Formal Procedures



  • The Master’s Thesis Project is the final part of the EEMCS master’s degree programmes and aims to show that the student has acquired the academic competences for the degree ‘Master of Science’.
  • The Master’s Thesis Project comprises 40 - 45 ECTS and should take a maximum of nine months of work. In the programme Microelectronics explicit prototyping and field testing the period may be longer and is the project extended to 60 ECTS, i.e. a year.
  • The student can only start with his Master’s Thesis Project when he/she has an approved IEP. At least 60 EC of the IEP  should have been completed to be able to start with the Thesis Project. In order to show that the student meets the criteria, he or she should hand in a TEP to the thesis advisor before starting the master thesis assignment.
  • Procedure requesting TEP (Thesis Entrance Permit)
    • Student sends an email to requesting a Thesis Entrance Permit. Please state clearly that it concerns a TEP application and state your name and student number.
    • OSA checks if the student fulfils the requirements, given below, for obtaining a TEP
      • Approved Individual Exam Programme (IEP)
      • At least 60 credits of the Master's degree course work as stated in the IEP should be completed
    • If the requirements are fulfilled, OSA sends the student a TEP and registers the date the TEP is issued in a free field in OSIRIS. Please note that if a student does not fulfil the requirements for a TEP, he/she will be notified by email.
  • The Master’s Thesis Project consists of a research or design assignment. The Master’s Thesis Project will be assessed on basis of a written report, an oral presentation and defense. The assessment will be done by a thesis committee.
  • The Board of Examiners appoints the thesis committee. The professor responsible for graduation proposes a thesis committee more than 3 months before defense.(See R&G. art.27.2) (Use form: "Application form Members of MSc Thesis Committee")
  • At least 3 months before defense, the thesis committee is installed by the Board of Examiners. The thesis committee is nominated by the responsible professor in whose area the Master’s Thesis Project has taken place.
  • A thesis committee will be appointed by or on behalf of the Board of Examiners for the supervision and assessment of Master’s Thesis Project. This committee will consist of a core of three members: 1) the chair (a full professor or associate professor of the faculty), 2) a full professor, associate or assistant professor of the faculty, 3) a full professor, associate or assistant professor or an external expert. One of the core members must be from a different field and is a full professor, associate or assistant professor of an university. There may be additional members from the ranks of researchers, PhD students and internal and external experts. The core members, appointed by the Board of Examiners, determine the thesis grade. (See also R&G art. 27.1)
  • Students can present and defend their final thesis work only after they have finished all courses as stated in their approved IEP.
  • The defense consists of a public session. During this session the student will give a presentation on the Master’s Thesis Project and will be questioned by the thesis committee, after which the thesis committee determines the grade.
  • Thirty working days before the defense (See R&G art. 12.1), the student applies for the final examination by the Board of Examiners by submitting the form "EEMCS MSc Final Examination" at the Service desk.
  • At least five working days before the defense the student uploads a pdf of the final version of the thesis report in the electronic TU Delft repository. (
  • The Board of Examiners assesses whether the student has completed all parts of his master programme and may enter the final graduation ceremony.
  • At the graduation ceremony the student receives the Master diploma and has to sign it.


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Name author: Marike Korterink
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