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Complex Systems Engineering & Management

Delft University of Technology

Master Postgraduate Delft

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Engineering
Course summary This two-year programme is aimed at educating engineers who can contribute to the design and management of infrastructures and related services.
Course description The interdisciplinary MSc programme Complex Systems Engineering and Management (CoSEM) aims at designing innovations in a complex socio-technical environment and tackling large-scale problems in a highly interconnected world. Typical CoSEM problems are the energy transition, smart information society, smart and sustainable cities, intelligent transport systems & logistics, smart regulation & compliance. The foundations of the programme comprise complex systems engineering, institutional economics, law and managing multi-actor decision making. Modelling and analysis methods allow the students to handle the big, heterogeneous and contested data on which the designs are based, and to take into account deep uncertainty about the development of the socio-technical systems. By choosing a track * Built environment & Spatial development (B&S) * Energy (E), * Information & Communication (I&C) or * Transport & Logistics (T&L) students become an expert in a specific technical domain, with regard to the engineering, policy and management of related large-scale systems.
Study subjects Complex Systems Engineering and Management is a full-time two-year Master's programme in English. The curriculum comprises two years of two semesters each (one semester has two course periods), which adds up to 120 EC.
Course objectives You learn to work in a broader field than technology alone. When designing technological innovations, you have to deal with matters such as existing regulations, subsidies, distribution channels and infrastructures, as well as interests, cultures and human behaviour. Our designs always have an ethical dimension and an international character. The programme therefore spends a great deal on ethical issues and has an international character.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, integration module, oral presentation, research, project, internship, tutorial, working group
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Information about the institution TU Delft cooperates with many other educational and research institutions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. The high quality of our research and teaching is renowned.


Admission requirements
  1. BSc degree (or equivalent) of a good quality higher education institution. For non Technische Bestuurskunde BSc students a 30 ECTS bridging minor.
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Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL internet based 90
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Jul 2020 -
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
No tuition fees available.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


China Programme (CSC), OECD, Erasmus Mundus Programme (action 1), StuNed Scholarship Programme, Tuition fee waivers, UNESCO, Unido, Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Justus & Louise van Effen scholarship

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Marja Brand

Academic Counsellor

Toke Hoek

International Academic Counsellor

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