Aerospace Engineering, M.Sc.

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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) , | Online
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. In order to achieve the levels we aim for, the MSc programme requires that you specialise and choose a specific direction within the domain of aerospace engineering. Since all of the faculty’s teaching and research activities centre on aerospace vehicles, the range of choices available focuses entirely on aircraft and spacecraft.
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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 Master’s thesis.


Once you have completed your Master’s 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


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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
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Admission Requirements:

In most cases, if you hold a BSc degree and the Master’s programme is closely related to your Bachelor’s programme, you will be admitted directly into the programme. However, if the Master’s programme does not follow directly from your undergraduate programme, you will be required to take additional courses in what is called a bridging programme. This may be a standard programme, or it may be tailored to your specific situation.

Technological Requirements

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA


Numerous scholarships are awarded to admitted students with exceptional promise and outstanding academic achievement by the university, its faculties, departments and industry partners. Consideration for these scholarships requires students to have been admitted to their MSc Programme. Make sure you submit your application as early as possible to be in time for all the scholarship deadlines. More information on the University Website.

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