FAQ

If I have questions concerning the portal and/or graduation, what should I do?

Look for more FAQ on this page of this Graduation Portal.   

Please send your comments and questions ​concerning the portal and/or graduation at TPM to Sonja Heijink-Lispet of TPM Education and Student affairs: S.Heijink-Lispet@tudelft.nl.

I intend to graduate cum laude. What are the requirements?

The requirements for graduating 'cum laude' are to be find in the 'Rules and Guidelines for the Board of Examiners art 30' on TPM Studentportal: Rules and guideliness

CoSEM: Which courses can I choose for my track electives?

This applies to the CoSEM students of cohort 2016 and later: See the Specialisations / Electives page.

What are the requirements for an internship?

An external project or internship is an elective part of the Master program.MOT and EPA students are permitted to do an external project instead of the 9 resp. 10 EC of master electives.CoSEM students can take an external project instead of the 10 EC track electives or 9 EC (cohort 2015 and earlier) domain courses.An internship cannot be part of the 15 EC specialisation / MSc electives package.The number of available projects is limited and varies in time; consequently the availability cannot be guaranteed. Besides the offered projects, students are encouraged to organise their own external project.The work must comply with the following requirements:

  • authorization in advance is given by the Board of Examiners,
  • the student takes care that the required documents are completed. These documents can be applied for to the module manager
  • the work is done in a professional environment: in a company or an authority (e.g. a government) outside the university,
  • the external supervisor and the CoSEM/MOT/EPA examiner are known and committed,
  • the student is registered as master student during the duration of the external project (the work may be done part-time).

For more information see SPM5931 or contact the module manager: J.M. Duran

When do I have to fill out an application form for Specialisations / Electives?

For students started 2016 and later: 
MOT and CoSEM: Always fill out the application form - see the Forms page
EPA:

  • In the case you want to compose a free specialization (15 EC): approval by the Board of Examiners is required -> fill out the application form
  • In the case you want to choose your own electives (10 EC): approval by the Board of Examiners is required -> fill out the application form
  • In the case you choose a model specialization ànd the EPA2112 course: no approval is required -> application form is not necessary

For students started in 2015 and earlier: See the Forms page -> Information for students started in 2015 and earlier. 

Which CoSEM Master Electives Packages are offered?
What are the requirements for starting a graduation project?
What are the requirements for the domain courses for CoSEM students?

This applies to the SEPAM (CoSEM) students of cohort 2015 and earlier. Please note that the composition of the domain related courses has been changed as per the academic year 2017-2018. See the Model Master Electives packages / specialisations on the Specialisations / Electives page for the domain related courses (2016-2017) and the new composition (2017-2018).

What are the requirements for the electives courses for MOT and EPA students?
Which Model Specialisations (EPA and MOT) are offered?
Can I see examples of previous Master thesis reports?

We recommend to view some master thesis reports as a preparation for your own master thesis report. It can give you an impression of what is to be expected and what already has been done on related topics by other students. All master thesis reports that are written by TPM students can be found in the TU Library Repository.

Who are the members of my graduation committee and what are their roles?

Members of your graduation committee and their roles:

  • The Chair​ is a permanent staff member of TPM who is appointed as promotor by the TU Delft Board for Doctorates who participates in at least one of the following programmes: TB, CoSEM, EPA and MOT, or a current or former Director of Studies from the Faculty of TPM..
    It is their responsibility to guarantee the procedure and scientific quality of the MSc thesis. Most students will only meet him or her at the formal meetings during the graduation project, i.e. the kickoff meeting, the green light meeting and the graduation. Often their dairies determine available time-slots for these meetings. You can contact their secretary to schedule a meeting. 
    Tip: make not only an appointment for a meeting, but also when you will deliver products so that they can schedule sufficient time to read and prepare the meeting.
  • The first supervisor​ is a member of the scientific staff (lecturer) of TPM.​ He or she will be the person you will meet most often. How often that is depends on your independence and motivation: some meet once a week, while others meet only once a month or even less. All choices and questions with regard to the content of the project can be discussed with your supervisor. It is the responsibility of the first supervisor to take care of the research design and scientific contribution of the graduation project. Of course your supervisor also has an agenda, so discuss at the start of your project what you expect from each other and what are requirements. First supervisors have approximately 40 hours for you and your products in total, however, this is a rough guide. Some need less, some need more time. Tip: at the start of your project make a plan together with your first supervisor when to meet, what to discuss in order to graduate in 21 weeks.
  • The second supervisor​ is a member of the scientific staff (lecturer) from another section than the first supervisor​, and will only be on the sidelines of your graduation project. Often the second supervisor is consulted about specific issues, in which he or she is an expert. The second supervisor most important contribution is on the scientific quality and the research design and MSc thesis. Second supervisors have approximately 12 hours for you, including reading your products. This is, again, a rough guide. However, you cannot expect much more time from them, so determine what you want from them to use your time effectively.

Supervisors in general are there to answer questions and guide you through the process. Not so much to judge whether something is correct or not. In that case, you would not write your thesis, but theirs. In the end, the total committee will judge both quality of the report and the process and express that in a final grade. In some projects additional members are added to the committee, and are invited to all official meetings of the committee. Additional members can be:  

  • The committe can be advised by an advisor​. The advisor is any member of the scientific staff of the faculty TPM; this may be a PhD candidate (with at least 18 months full time experience in current research project at TU Delft’s Graduate School), a post-doc researcher or a tenure tracker (who has completed a workshop in graduation supervision).
  • An external supervisor​​ is a person from an external organisation in which you carry out your master thesis project. He or she obviously will make sure that you make a relevant contribution to their problem and business. Their involvement highly vary between organisations; some meet in daily matters, others only a few times during their internship.
What is the correct composition of my graduation committee?