The field of transport, infrastructure and logistics is interconnected with virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Put simply, without transport systems, our complex economies, cities and societies are simply inconceivable. Every day we take the bus, train or our cars and drive over interconnected systems of road infrastructure, rail- or tram networks. We go to shops and buy products that were produced, manufactured and distributed across all continents over all conceivable transport networks, over water, land or via the air. And even within large or small industrial complexes, again transport plays a fundamental role.
Think of the automated baggage handling at international airports, fully automated production chains or automated container terminals at large harbors. Transport is everywhere, 24/7, 365 days of the year! And transport is not just a means to an end in our daily practice, it also influences heavily how we plan our environment and our economy, how politicians determine policies and how you, me and every one make choices about where we live, where we work, which activities we undertake and how we spend our lives
Clearly, if there is one engineering discipline, which by nature is multi- and interdisciplinary, it is this incredibly broad field of transport, infrastructure and logistics. Unfortunately, it is fragmented into many specialized sub-disciplines, each with their own vocabulary, paradigms and theories. For example, logistical engineers may view an urban transport network as just "another" link in a complex network of supply chains, whereas urban planners may consider transport networks just instrumental in their planning of modern cities and landscapes. Civil engineers on the other hand consider transport networks as the central (vascular) network which enable complex economic, social and spatial activities and processes. Of course, they all have a point. But wouldnt it be great if urban planners, policy makers and traffic and transport engineers had a common understanding of all these different and vocabularies? The TU Delft MSc Masters Programme in Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TIL) offers exactly this!
TIL is a comprehensive MSc program, which aims to provide graduates with that broad knowledge and skills over the entire TIL domain. That doesnt imply you specialize in everything! You are a generalist in the first place and you choose one of four specializations, alongside a large number of other courses at your disposal. But throughout the TIL curriculum you are forced to work in interdisciplinary projects and courses, with students who have different backgrounds and specializations. Just like in the real world. For example, you might specialize in policy analysis and spatial planning and work on new sustainable mobility for the Rotterdam area. You will do this project together with students specializing in transport network design, or advanced traffic management and technology, and/or students specialized in automation of container handling. Collaboration over these disciplines is not only necessary; most of all its fun!
The MSc programme TIL offers you courses and projects to acquire knowledge, insights, and skills in the broad area of traffic (the movement of vehicles), transport (the movement of passengers and freight), infrastructure (roads, railways and harbours) and logistics (the organisation behind freight movements and transhipments both within and between industrial complexes).
First of all you follow a number of joint courses (the so-called fundamentals, the TIL seminars and the TIL interdisciplinary project). Next you choose one of four specializations and further complete your program with a broad list of recommended electives. In doing so, youll find yourself in lecture halls and coffee corners in all three participating faculties and even other ones.
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.
The MSc programme in Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TIL) is a two-year comprehensive programme that covers the main elements in the broad field of transport, infrastructure and logistics. An interdisciplinary systems approach is a most important educational concept, where relevant elements and relationships within several cross-sections of transport and logistics systems are important fundamentals of the courses offered.
The programme aims to provide graduates with broad knowledge and understanding of all phases of the life cycle of transport and logistics systems: from transport policy making and spatial planning; through the design of transport systems, supply chains and infrastructure networks; to the operation, management and control of these systems.
TIL graduates have the capability to design new road, rail, air and water transportation services for passengers and/or freight; to efficiently manage transportation networks; and to design and control complex supply chains. These skills are invaluable for the design, development and maintenance of cost-effective, efficient systems for moving passengers and freight. In addition to providing an understanding of the complex decision-making processes during infrastructure development and planning, the programme provides graduates with the interdisciplinary knowledge to make appropriate decisions for clients, employers and society.
Graduates of this programme will have a comprehensive systems view of the field of transport, infrastructure and logistics.
The study programme of 120 EC includes the following components:
Courses, 80 EC
Projects and seminars, 40 EC
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. 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)A 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:
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
Only nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement. Applicants who obtained a bachelors degree in one of the mentioned countries, are also exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement.
Certificates older than two years are not accepted. As the whole process of collecting information, registering for the tests and receiving the test results may take several months, we advise you to register for the IELTS or TOEFL several months before starting your application.
It is allowed to send us a copy of your test results, please check the application documents for detailed information.
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.
5)Two reference letters in English, French, German or Dutch:
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
8)Please note:Applicants for Architecture Urbanism & Building Sciences, Design for Interaction, Integrated Product Design and Strategic Product Design are required to upload a digital portfolio. Please note that only uploaded portfolios will be processed. The programme specific portfolio requirements are described on the following pages:
No work experience is required.
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