The graduation thesis project is the concluding study unit of the program. The thesis project size is 45 EC, but can be extended with a pre-study of maximum 15 EC in the free elective space to an overall project load of 60 EC. This is often done in case of chip design projects to give students sufficient time to measure and characterize the produced silicon chips.
The project may be executed within a research program at TU Delft, or in a suitable research institute or company. The project must be carried out with a systematic approach and should include all phases of a research or design project: analysis, modelling, implementation/construction and validation/evaluation. The student executes the thesis project independently, with guidance of a thesis supervisor and under the responsibility of the full professor who approved the IEP.
Students must pass the Master's degree course work as stated in his or her individual study programme (ISP) to within 12 ECTS before embarking on the thesis project and have to show a Thesis Entrance Permit (TEP) to their thesis supervisor. With regard to the thesis project, the thesis supervisor may impose additional conditions for starting the thesis project.