The concluding Master’s thesis project is both a research and a design assignment where you are expected to apply the theories and skills you have developed in the program. During the second and third semesters you will work on the preparations for your project. In the final semester you will focus totally on the internship, after which you will graduate with the international Master of Science (MSc) degree and the Dutch diploma of ‘ingenieur (ir.)’.
Most of the projects are conducted in full or in part on site at our industrial partners. Most students (>90%) choose to conduct their thesis work on-site at one or more companies, while some students prefer to conduct their thesis work on campus. You will define the subject of your thesis yourself, in close collaboration with your mentor, who will also be supervising your research. Projects include a wide variety of subjects, and will require you to specialize further in one of the three key disciplines that contribute to the program. If you would like to get an impression of the work that OML students conduct during their Master Thesis project, please check the online catalogue, which contains all theses in full text.
In the third semester you will have the opportunity to follow a research internship at a university abroad, subject to the requirement that this internship is linked to your thesis and your study background.
Outside the academic year the program also offers extracurricular summer internships, which you can follow between the second and third semesters.
Master students from outside the Netherlands please note:
You are admitted with an individual program. This means that you have to pass some extra undergraduate (minor/pre-Master) courses up to a maximum of 20 credit points. You are allowed to include these courses in the free electives' space of your Master program.