Step 1: Start your Master Thesis Project
Make sure you go trough all following steps before starting your graduation.
Starting conditions for the master thesis project are formulated in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER), Appendix 2. Implementation Regulations: Article 2 - Master Thesis Project
Fulfill the prerequisites
- A student can start the Master Thesis Project when all other study units of the curriculum have been completed.
- If the requirement in subsection 1 has not been met our first advice is to visit the academic counsellor.
- When the Master Thesis Preparation course has been completed and if you have up to and including 9 EC left, you can send in a request to the Board of Examiners to ask for permission to start with your master thesis. These requests will be handled outside the meetings of the Board of Examiners.
On this page you will find helpful information how to find a master thesis project.
On this page you will find helpful information on how to compose your graduation committee.
Please note: if you want to conduct research at a company, you may be asked to sign a declaration of confidentiality to specify that you will not release any confidential company-related information. However, this can cause problems for your study programme. After all, the study programme must be able to assess your work and to do this, your supervisors at TPM must be able to gain insight into your activities, progress and results. If the company in question does not grant its approval for either of the options, you will have to ask yourself whether this particular project is suitable as a graduation project. Don't sign a confidentiality agreement without consulting your graduation committee. You can find the default graduation contract with explanation under forms. This is in principle the only confidentiality agreement that the TU Delft is prepared to sign. Any deviations from this model agreement must be approved by the legal department.
Guidelines for human research
Does your research involve human subjects (for example: interviews, online questionnaires, serious games or brainstorm sessions)? In that case, your research has to be in accordance with the guidelines of the Human Research Ethics committee of the TU Delft (HREC) i.e.:
- Informed Consent by the participants
- Data protection in line with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
Please ask your supervisor to fill in the checklist (under B3) to see whether your research is 'Minimal Risk'. If the research might be considered to be more than minimal risk (for example, because it involved sensitive personal data, vulnerable people or deception), then ask the supervisor to hand in the application for HREC for approval.
Please consider the following etiquettes:
- Always remember that you are in a way representing TU Delft and TPM faculty vis-à-vis an external organisation, so please observe the proper courtesy forms in your contact.
- If you are simultaneously exploring options at various organisations, let them know that you are looking around elsewhere as well, transparency is expected and appreciated.
- When you have definitely chosen for a graduation project at one of the organisations, you need to correctly inform the other organiations that you will not join them.
- If you discuss your options with several staff members: let them know that you do so, transparency in this is expected and appreciated.
- Keep them informed of your final decisions and acknowledge their efforts in helping you.
- If you have found a graduation project: don’t “shop around” for supervisors. Think about which sections would be most suitable to supervise your graduation project before approaching each and every section. The graduation coordinator of the sections can advise you on the composition of the graduation committee
- If, for some reason, you are unable to work on your thesis project for a longer period of time, please notify your supervisors.