Physics Design Programme

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is introducing a new and innovative educational project within the physics Master’s programme in Applied Sciences: Physics Design. This is system and product design for physicists. 

Are you a company working on an R&D problem that involves a Physics Design challenge? Are you open to working with the brightest minds of our university? Then this is something for you!

Who is it for?

The Physics Design Programme gives companies the opportunity to find new innovative solutions for their system or product design cases. It is a path for discovering how physics can be applied in (large) industrial projects. As such, the role of physics and physicists in industry will be prominently highlighted. Under the guidance of an academic advisor, teams of highly motivated Master's students will work hand-in-hand with researchers and engineers from your company. The programme involves intensive team work and dealing with diversity in the working environment.

This programme offers your company the possibility for broadening its network, interacting with young researchers as possible future employees and strengthening academic collaboration with our university, which is likely to lead to new and exciting R&D projects.

Physics Design Project

We are looking for a design challenge in the fields of: Physics for Health and Life, Physics for Energy, Physics for Instrumentation, Physics for Fluid Engineering, Physics for Quantum Devices and Quantum Computing, anything in the overlap between the above fields or any other physics or physics-related field.

If your problem does not appear to meet the above criteria, please feel free to contact us; we might still be able to accommodate you in this programme.

Your team

Upon selection, a team of 5-7 Master’s students and an academic supervisor will be allocated to your company. Researcher(s) from your company will be part of the team and will be expected to actively participate in the project, providing the team with relevant input, and ensuring that proposed solutions remain realistic and practically feasible.

Your team will be spending most of their time at the university, but we strongly encourage you to organise regular visits to your company.

What is expected from you: 2h/week minimum for interaction with your team, to be present at the opening and the closing of the project (at the university), to meet with your team at least 5 times during the (two-months) project, to arrange a company tour and accommodate students at your company if the project requires it.


The prices listed below will be used to cover costs related to paying for any necessary equipment, transportation, venues for the progress meetings or covering any other costs related to your project.

For large R&D enterprises (more than 250 employees): € 1.000

For small and medium R&D enterprises (fewer than 250 employees): € 500

Application procedure for companies

Any company and non-governmental organization can apply by filling in the application form and submitting it together with the signed participation rules document. Please express your company interest to participate to the programme by submitting a pre-proposal. Upon selection by the university and the interest of the Master’s students, we will contact you for a submission of a full-proposal.

Confidentiality agreements and intellectual property

The main purpose of this programme is to educate Master’s students in the field of Physics Design and work on real-cases defined by the industrial partners. We find that the exchange of knowledge between the participating companies and students team should be as smooth as possible. The results generated are intended to be public. To stimulate the free flow of information, all team members should sign the participation rules to ensure information protection. Please ensure that your company agrees with the participation rules enclosed here. The signed document should be submitted together with your application.

Planning for Companies

Submit Your Case

Please submit your proposal via email: and The deadlines are:

Pre-proposal: 18 January 2021, 14:00 (CET)
Full-proposal: 28 June 2021, 14:00 (CET)

The proposals must be structured according to the format in the ‘Template for Physics Design Project Pre-Proposal’ and ‘Template for Physics Design Project Full-Proposal’ documents. The language should be English and the exact titles of the paragraphs should be used. The pre-proposal should contain the title, abstract and a picture describing the project. The full-proposal should be submitted at later stage (upon selection) and should have a maximum length of two pages A4.

Faculty: Applied Sciences (Physics)

Participants: 5 selected companies, 25-30 Master’s students in their 2nd year

Start: every year in September

Duration: 2.5 months (see planning below)

Submit your company case: via email and

Deadline for submission by companies:
Pre-proposal: 18 January 2021, 14:00 (CET)
Full-proposal: 28 June 2021, 14:00 (CET)

Coordinator Design Programme and Lecturer Physics

Maria Sovago