Professional Development

Professional Development

This second component of the Honors Master Progam enables you to define your own program for professional development. Depending on what you would like to achieve, this may consist of challenging activities that broaden your horizon, (external) internships, (external) projects etc. You are encouraged to look for a context in which you can accomplish your personal leadership and other professional goals that you have set in your PDP (Personal Development Plan). These Honors activities have an overall size of at least 15 credits. You can take various routes:

  • Designed by yourself, so individual and tailor-made
  • Coherent, challenging, ambitious, broadening/deepening your horizon
  • Geared towards three larger themes:
    • Entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary cooperation
    • Research leadership
    • Engineering professionals
  • Context for further development of personal leadership

You will have to find and deisgn your own project but we will make sure you get a bit inspired. During the Professional Development option meeting you will meet students that are already busy with their Professional Development project. Besides, on Canvas we have a guide which you can use as a source of inspiration. 

Some examples of professional development

Example 1
An Applied Physics student is keen to continue as a PhD after her master. She wants to work in an international top-of-the-bill lab for 3 months (15 ECTS) and hopes to be able to present a paper at an international conference.

Example 2
An Electrical Engineering student has an idea for a new application and wants to analyze its prospects. Together with the Innovation Lab the student will explore the various options, write a first business plan (10 ECTS) and dive into Intellectual Property at the University of Tilburg (5 ECTS).

Example 3
A Mechanical Engineering student has a strong interest in materials. He wants to participate in a summer school (5 ECTS) and do an internship at a Dutch company (10 ECTS).

Master feedback session

During the period when you are doing your Professional Development, various feedback session evenings will be organized to meet other master students. These evenings are a good opportunity to inform your peers about your progress and to gain feedback and other insights. 

You can find all dates on the yearplanning in Canvas.