Joint Interdisciplinary Project

The deadline has passed for signing up for the Joint Interdisciplinary Project in September 2018. The information on this page is now purely informative for the next edition in September 2019, which promises to be even bigger than the current pilot!

If you would like to stay informed about the Joint Interdisciplinary Project, send us an email and we will keep you posted.


Adventurous future engineering 
Adventurous to seek an integrated learning experience?  To develop both technical knowledge and ‘generic’ skills (communication, teamwork, ethics, sustainability etc.)? Are you generous to share your experiences and motivated to inspire your fellow students with your own disciplinary knowledge. Curious about the challenges in interdisciplinary business innovation development in a real-life testing environment. Do you want to surprise professionals in the world of engineering with innovative, unexpected, transcending insights? Apply for the new curriculum pilot “Joint Interdisciplinary Project”. 

About the project
A pilot in the MSc curriculum: for second years master students of all master tracks of the 5 participating faculties. 
AE     Aerospace Engineering
CEG    Civil Engineering and Geosciences
3mE    Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering 
AS    Applied Sciences- Chemical Engineering
TPM    Technology, Policy and Management

Pilot starts September 2018
Joint Interdisciplinary Project (15 ECTS)
September-November fulltime (Q1)

The pilot has started in September 2018. The pilot of 2018 intends the participation of ± five interdisciplinary project teams of each 4 to 5 selected MSc students. The projects are focused on integrated design or research assignments, in addition to value adding, societal acceptance and engineering ethics. 
-    Working closely together with companies in business innovation ‘in the niche’ on a business case to create innovative impact. 
-    Broadening yourself out of your field of expertise and sharing your disciplinary knowledge, deepening your analytic and creative skills. 
-    To realize change and impact. Not afraid of getting a taste of success and failure to become resilient in the face of obstacles.

Submit to prepare yourself for a future professional engineering environment in a rapidly changing world with complex global challenges and professions which even don’t exist yet.

Students will be selected on basis of motivation, study progression and recommendation.
Intended learning goals: 
-    Cognitive abilities attributable to interdisciplinary thinking
-    Scientific and intellectual development
-    Research and design capabilities
-    Collaboration and communication in an interdisciplinary team
-    Self-adjustment and reflection capabilities

Information for Aerospace Engineering students
Application to the pilot is open for master students from all AE Master tracks. The Board of Examiners are working out the details, but the Joint Industry Project can be followed instead of the internship. The project can also be done as 15ECTS extracurricular if you already have an internship. For Honours students the project is also available for their individual HPM program.

- You have almost completed the first year of the master’s degree programme and will enroll in your second year of master’s degree programme at TU Delft in September 2019
- The students will be selected by the director of her/his master track

Application Documents:
- A motivation for participating in the Joint Interdisciplinary Project
- Top 3 preferred projects
- Curriculum Vitae
- Grade transcript 
- (Optional: letter of recommendation of a supervising TU Delft professor)

The point of contact for Aerospace Engineering students is Rens van der Zwaard of the VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’.  Email: Phone: 015 278 3470. Send an email if you would like to apply or have any questions.

From the Aerospace Engineering faculty staff, Aldert Kamp, Stephanie Cazaux and Julien van Campen are very closely involved in the project.

Context: interdisciplinary  teamwork
Currently there is this increasing importance of interdisciplinary thinking in the engineering profession  . Some experts: Most graduates do not become discipline-based academics. In order to come up with valuable breakthroughs in the future, engineers must be able to combine specialist mono-disciplines, cross borders and respect other people’s views. This calls for expert thinking, but even more for collaboration and multi- and inter- disciplinary thinking that cross the borders of engineering. High-tech enterprises increasingly look for engineers who can develop the outline for an integral design, keep the overview and keep an eye on system design consistency. These system architects and integrators not only need solid fundamental knowledge, but must understand “the big picture”, have a sense of the multidisciplinary problem domain and a good awareness of the business side and human context. They must be able to reduce the complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity to workable concepts, and create value for the enterprise and customer.” 

The new TU Delft Vision on Education reads “...we aim to strengthen education with multi- and interdisciplinary programmes”. The chapter Students and Education of the TU Delft Strategic Framework 2018-2024 reads “We prepare students to contribute to solving societal challenges by providing students with a solid grounding in interdisciplinary skills, sustainability and entrepreneurial thinking. To this end we will increase the elective space in MSc programmes”, “Multi- or Interdisciplinary teamwork as an option for the MSc thesis within the Faculty or interfaculty” and “Personalised learning paths – freedom of choice”.