M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering

  • On Campus, Online
  • 24 months
  • EUR12916 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR1835 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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Delft University of Technology | Delft, Netherlands
The MSc programme in Aerospace Engineering aims to develop the basic competences acquired in a BSc programme and take them to a higher level in terms of knowledge, critical reflection, making judgements and working independently.



At the start of the programme, you will select a general field of aerospace engineering, known as a track. You will then proceed to refine this direction by selecting a profile. The mandatory internship enables you to experience the professional environment of the job market and to make an active contribution, preferably in an aerospace-related industry or research institute. You will complete the programme by carrying out your own final research project and reporting your methodology and results in your Masters thesis.


Once you have completed your Masters programme, you will be:

  • alert
  • responsive
  • professional
  • equipped to work all over the world
  • capable of giving consideration to the environmental and social impact of technology
  • able to work as an industrial engineer, director, manager, senior advisor or consultant

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft offers specialised courses, offered online, that make your study more flexible and easier to combine with your work. After finalising one or more of these courses, you will have a better background to solve real-life problems using advanced analysis tools.

Who for?

  • Industry professionals who want an update in their own field.
  • Industry professionals who want to refocus their specialization.
  • Government policy makers and military personnel who need a baseline.
  • Lecturers at HBOs who want to upgrade their qualifications.
  • When you finish a course successfully
  • When you finish a course successfully you receive a Certificate from Delft University of Technology, specifying the course, the number of credits and the grade.

What do you need?

  • The entry level is a BSc-degree in a relevant field of engineering or comparable. Each course has its own prior knowledge expectations, please see the course descriptions below for more details.
  • You need to allocate time, approximately 8-10 hours/week, depending on the course.
  • Combining study with a regular job requires motivation and determination.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12916 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 1835 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Tuition fees 2013/2014: EU: 1.835,- (app.) Non-EU: 12.916,- Apart from the tuition fees, the cost of living and studying in Delft is estimated to be 850,- to 1.100,- per month. This includes such things as food, accommodation, transport, books, compulsory health insurance, social life expenses and study trip costs.

*Tuition fee for online courses: 700EUR

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus, Online
Educational variant Full-time
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Programme structure and description of the basic constituents

The master programme Aerospace Engineering has a common outline for all Tracks. Each Track is composed of Core, Profile and Elective courses, a Master Orientation Project or Literature Study, an Internship and the Thesis project, all with a fixed size.

The Core courses enable you to develop a broad view over an identifiable field of aerospace engineering that spans across the expertises of the Track and are essential for the Profiles in the Track. All Tracks contain the common course Ethics for Aerospace Engineers which is a nontechnical course about the awareness of the technical and social implications of aerospace engineering. The Core courses form a solid package of appx. 15 EC without a choice.

The Profile courses are essential for the field of expertise of the Section and enable you to develop a thorough and detailed knowledge of that field. Profile courses can also be produced by other Sections or faculties. The courses have a study load of appx. 17 EC and leave you no choice. The sum total of Core and Profile courses has a study load of appx. 32 EC.

The Elective courses provide the flexibility for you to meet specific interest in a specialisation in (sub)field of expertise or add multi-disciplinary elements, repair your deficiencies, or add a personal interest. The Elective courses are selected by you in consultation with the professor. The minimum study load of the Electives is 14 or 20 EC, depending on the choice of a Master Orientation Project or Literature Study. You can also fill part of the Elective space by courses abroad (Exchange programme).

A Profile contains a Master Orientation Project or a Literature Study, or offers both possibilities so that you have the freedom of choice. The Master Orientation Project is primarily for those of you who do not want to develop into a researcher, but who want to be an engineer. The project objectives are the development and application of research skills, and familiarization in a field of expertise to get a sneak preview of what it means to perform independent research on a day to day basis in one specific field of expertise.

The project assignment practices the theory on research methodologies, taught in the course Research Methodologies. The deliverable report of the project is assessed by the project supervisor (content) and the instructor of the course Research Methodologies (method). The project is supervised and coached by PhD students. The deliverable and assessment criteria are equal for all students, no matter in which Profile the project is done. The Master Orientation Project prepares you for the choice of the subject of his master thesis. It has a fixed study load of 6 EC.

The Literature Study is a preparatory research in relation with the Thesis project, with the aim to achieve maximum depth in the thesis in the second year. You practice the theory on research methodologies, taught in the course Research Methodologies. The Literature Study in the first year has a fixed study load of 12 EC. The deliverable is a Literature Study report that is assessed by the supervisor (content) and the instructor of the course Research Methodologies (method).

The study is supervised, coached and assessed by the future Thesis supervisor. For those of you who follow a Master Orientation Project in the first year, the Literature Study forms part of the Thesis project in the second year. In that case, the planning, deliverable, assessment and study load (typically 7 EC) are variable and subject to the agreement between the student and the Thesis supervisor.

The course Research Methodologies is obligatory for all students and focuses on the key questions what research is and how to systematically perform scientifically correct research; which research methods exist and what can be the differences and similarities in research projects? The theory is directly applied in the Master Orientation Project or Literature Study. The deliverable output of this course is contained in the Master Orientation Project resp. Literature Study report. You can also deepen in research methodologies in an elective practical.

The Internship exposes you to a real work environment for a period of 12 weeks on a fulltime basis (nominal study load of 18 EC). It is a 'learn and explore' kind of internship, enabling you to acquire professional skills different from those taught in the programme and has three main elements:

  1. Company assignment (as usual)
  2. Dedicated assignment about the Engineering Profession
  3. Personal reflection on performance in the internship

The master is concluded by a Thesis project (42 EC). The Thesis is always an individual indepth research or expert design project in the field of expertise of the Profile. For those of you, who did not take a Literature Study in the first year, can take it as part of your Thesis project. In this case the outcome of the literature study is assessed as part of the Thesis project. The Thesis includes a workshop about Thesis Research Planning where you learn how to design and plan the MSc thesis project. This workshop of two half days is compulsory and scheduled four times a year for all students enrolled in the MSc Aerospace Engineering.

You can choose to take an in-depth mono disciplinary thesis project or link your thesis to a multidisciplinary project that runs with contributions and support from various sections. In that case the thesis project has its main point in one specialisation but it crosses over with another one. The thesis work is supervised by the chair who is owns the specialisation, and the project coordinator.

English Language Requirements


What is required to be considered for admission to an MSc programme? Please note: if you do not meet all the formal requirements, it is no use applying.

1) A good university Bachelor's degree in a main subject closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying, with good grades on the key courses.
orB. A proof that you have nearly completed a Bachelor's programme in a main subject which is closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying, with good grades on the key courses.

Exceptions: Management of Technology, Engineering and Policy Analysis and Science Education & Communication, to which all students holding any Bachelors of technology or science / engineering degree may be admitted.

2)Bachelor's Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum, unless specific requirements are defined for the country in which you obtained your Bachelors degree:

  • Countries A - H
  • Countries I - P
  • Countries Q - Z

Please note: if you have not graduated yet your CGPA must meet the requirements at the time of application.

3)Proof of English language proficiency

4) A clear and relevant essay in English (1,000 - 2,000 words) addressing the following:Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.

    • Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.
    • Why you wish to pursue this programme abroad and/or in the Netherlands in particular.
    • Why you are interested in TU Delft and what you expect to find here
    • If there are optional specialisations in the Masters programme of your choice: which specialisation(s) interest you most, and why?
    • Describe your hypothetical thesis project; what kind of a projectwould you prefer if you were free to make a choice? Also briefly explain what you would want to explore in your thesis project. Provide a maximum of three hypothetical thesis topics and elaborate on your particular interests in them.
    • A brief summary (maximum 250 words) of the thesis work or the final assignment (to be) done for your Bachelors programme, including information on the credits earned, grade, and full workload.

5)Two reference letters in English, French, German or Dutch:

  1. one from from a professor or an assistant professor from the faculty from which you graduated.
  2. one from your employer, if you already have work experience.

If you have not yet graduated or do not have work experience, you need to provide two letters from professors or assistant professors from the faculty at which you are studying.

6)An extensive résumé (curriculum vitae) written in English.

7)Proof of identity

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Technological Requirements

You will need a modern computer with a broadband internet connection in order to follow online education.

More Information


Online MSc education

As of 1 September 2013, TU Delft will also be offering a number of the courses of three MSc programmes online. This means that you can take part in the courses at a distance, via the Internet. Some of courses can be followed online in their entirety, but for other courses you will need to come to Delft for some of the course components, such as the examinations. This will always be clearly indicated alongside the course on the website of the faculty in question. The online courses are identical to the courses given on campus in terms of their content.

Who is it aimed at?

Online MSc education is intended for everyone who can also take part in the on-campus MSc education offered by TU Delft. This means that everyone who possesses the required prior education and who wants to expand their knowledge in the disciplines that are offered can register for a complete online MSc programme or for one or more Master's units.

Following online courses

When you have successfully completed one or more online courses, you will receive a TU Delft certificate. If, after following a number of courses, you decide that you would like to complete the full Master's programme, you will need to register for the programme as a student (link registration/admission requirements). In that case you can also submit a request to the Board of Examiners of the Master's programme in question to have the results you have already attained count towards that Master's programme.

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