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Delft University of Technology. The Netherlands. Master and PhD programmes at TPM, Delft University of Technology. Martin de Jong Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. Faculties. Aerospace Engineering Applied Sciences Architecture Civil Engineering and Geosciences

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master and phd programmes at tpm delft university of technology

Master and PhD programmes at TPM, Delft University of Technology

Martin de Jong

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering and Geosciences
  • Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
  • Technology, Policy and Management
master of science programmes
Master of Science programmes


Integrated Product Design Life Science & Technology Management of Technology

Marine Technology

Materials Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Media & Knowledge Engineering

Bioinformatics (track) NanoScience Offshore Engineering Science Education & Communication

Strategic Product Design

Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis & Management

Systems & Control Technische Universitaire Lerarenopleiding

Transport, Infrastructure & Logistics

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Earth Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • BioMedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial Ecology (track)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Design for Interaction
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Power Engineering (track)
  • Microelectronics (track)
  • Telecommunications (track)
  • Engineering & Policy Analysis
faculty technology policy and management s mission
Faculty Technology, Policy and Management’s Mission
  • The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management intends through internationally oriented education and research to make a significant contribution to sustainable solutions to complex social problems
  • TPM does this by analyzing the structure and operation of technical multi-actor systems and by developing intervention strategies, practices and instruments for designing and improving systems of this kind
typical tpm problems 1

Typical TPM-problems (1)

How can we prevent electricity liberalization from leading to widespread power failures?

Is there a relationship between the liberalization and power failures elsewhere in the world? What technological solutions and institutional arrangements are worth recommending?

typical tpm problems 2
Typical TPM-problems (2)

How can organizations seize the strategic opportunities of ICT?

What are the consequences for organizations of offering electronic services? What technology is needed and what organizational adjustments have to be made? And how can business processes be improved by telematics?

education portfolio of tpm
EducationPortfolio of TPM
  • Bsc ‘Technische Bestuurskunde’
  • MSc Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
  • MSc Management of Technology
  • MSc Engineering and Policy Analysis
  • MSc Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics
msc management of technology programme manager roland ortt
MSc Management of Technologyprogramme manager: Roland Ortt

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management


MSc Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA)Programme manager Bert Enserink

  • Analysis and modeling of problems in large scale complex systems (infrastructures and innovation clusters)
  • Focus on policy analysis in public-private interface
  • Multiple actors, multiple disciplines and intercultural communication skills

Target group: Bachelors of Science (academic and vocational level)

Target group: Bachelors of Science (academic and vocational level)


EPA’s five themes

  • Policy Analysis
  • Systems Analysis & Modelling
  • Economics
  • Management & Organisation
  • Projects
  • Electives

EPA’s International Collaboration

  • EPA is one of the partners in EMIN, starting 2006-2007
  • EPA has developed a double degree with Harbin Institute of Technology, starting 2007-2008
  • Student exchanges with Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech and QUT in semester 3.
mot and epa
MoT and EPA

Two-year MSc program

Started in the early 2000s:

  • One class per year of 25-50 students
  • Approx. 50-75% foreign students
  • Bachelor degree in a mono-disciplinary technological field or natural sciences

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

mot and epa1
MoT and EPA

MoT graduates will work as:

Managers of processes of technological

innovation, Members of strategy teams,

Consultants and Entrepreneurs

EPA graduates will work as:

Managers of processes in decision-making on

large complex technical projects, Consultants and

Policy Analysts and Broad-scope engineers

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

mot and epa2
MoT and EPA

Distinctive features of the education programme:

  • Simulation and Games
  • Individual and Group Projects
  • Lectures by Leading Practitioners in the Field
  • Excursions
  • Competences
  • Study Progress Monitoring

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

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MoT and EPA

Philosophy of the Programme:

  • International setting
  • Work load 40h+
  • Two year programme = two years
  • Go/ no-go study advise at end of first semester

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

tpm organization chart


Management Team

Advisory committees

TPM Organization Chart

Dean’s Staff

Directorate Development

Directorate Research

Directorate Education

Dept. of Engineering and Reflection

Dept. of Innovation Systems

Institute of Technology & Communication

Dept. of Multi Actor Systems

Dept. of Infrastructure Systems and Services





specific context for phd students in the netherlands
Specific Context for PhD Students in the Netherlands
  • Staff member for 4 years with regular salary
  • Under supervision of one or two promotors and daily supervisor
  • Not following courses, but conducting independent research and completing this with a book
  • Transition from German style master and apprentice system to Anglo-Saxon course system
  • Desire for more guidance and structure, but low acceptance of compulsory courses
phd courses at tu delft
PhD Courses at TU-Delft
  • Week of research and modeling methods in location away from the faculty building (previously Best Practices Cycle)
  • Mini-defense each month lasting an hour, presentation and statements for discussion
  • Demand-driven seminars, on SPSS and infrastructures
  • ‘Speed-dating’ every 2 months. Students address questions to each other of whatever type they like
  • Peer-groups of 4 students and 1 mentor, were they read all of each other’s work
how to invest in the quality of tpm dissertations

How to invest in the quality of TPM dissertations?

A good-bye message at the occasion of our parting dean Hugo Priemus

Bauke Steenhuisen, Mónica Altamirano, Michiel Houwing and Martijn Jonker

best practices cycle reformed
Best Practices Cycle reformed

Block 1: Research Methods

Provide overview of research methods used in TPM and

relate them to each other. Examination through writing

paper in which students motivate the application of

methods to their own research (proposal)

Block 2: Application Focus

Focus at level of research programs, body of knowledge.

Examination left to supervisors.

first offering research methods course
First Offering: Research Methods Course
  • Last year, off-site Oud-Poelgeest
  • Well-received by Ph.D. students
  • Good selection of perspectives on research methods
  • Design focus provided by Dan Frey, M.I.T.
  • Helped create a community of Ph.D. students
first offering methods and skills offered
First offering:Methods and skills offered

Methods Skills

Antropological (Enserink) Creativity (Appelman)

Participatory (Mayer) Professionalism and ethics (Walker)

Simulation (Slinger) Communication (Chatterjee)

Experimentation (Lukszo) Conceptualization (Thissen)

Archival (van Eeten)

Design (Dan Frey, MIT)

Interviews (Costa)

Modelling (Heijne)

Reasoning (Franssen)

schedule oud poelgeest 15 oct 07
Schedule: Oud-Poelgeest, 15 Oct 07










Case Studies






Hall 1





Hall 2


















Hall 3



in development for block 2
In development for block 2

Block 2: in development

  • A senior researcher produces a list of the seminal papers in the field
  • Groups of students discuss the seminal papers in the research field under guidance of a senior researcher
  • Each student should produce a relevant paper that applies the discussed material to its own research thesis.
other educational programs
Other Educational Programs
  • Research Schools (such as TRAIL and NIG) play a role in our PhD education program
  • We want to work this in, and increase awareness of PhD for complementary educational programs
  • On Demand Seminars are an opportunity for PhDs to “self organize” on topics of interest guided by internal or external lecturers
design relevant phd s
Design-Relevant PhD’s
  • Design is an emerging issue for our PhD education.
  • Last year Dan Frey (visiting, MIT) chaired the session on methods
  • He served as a focal point for PhD’s to
    • discuss the design relevance of their planned research
    • better understand expectations for design-related PhD’s
  • Incorporate similar content in 2008
in conclusion
In conclusion
  • Issues for PhDs are very different in the Netherlands:
  • Challenge or joy to work independently and make more choices
  • Challenge or joy to have a book published and spent 4 years on that
  • Relationship with supervisor and time spent on supervision matters
  • Desire for some supporting courses, but no wish for compulsory courses and tests