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:
    • Entepreneurship and interdisciplinary cooperation
    • Research leadership
    • Engineering professionals
  • Context for further development of personal leadership


You can define your professional part yourself. To give you some inspiration, check these possible options:

course or project at the TU/e university or another university in the Netherlands or outside

Osiris course cataloque  

Innovation Space project: innovation on entrepreneurship processes
one elective 5 EC

Course code: 1ZM150
Every semester interested challenges to choose
10 EC   
Q1 - Q2  or  Q3+Q4 
timeslot D


Innovation Space project: innovation through art & design
one elective 5 EC

Course code: 1ZM250
Every semester interested challenges to choose
10 EC   
Q1 - Q2 or Q3 - Q4
timeslot C
4TU Responsible sustainability challenge
challenges in technology aiming at increasing sustainability in society
Course code: HA012
Challenge description
15 EC
application and project plan Q1-2
project Q3-4
Challenge offered by Eindhoven Engine every semester
Challenge offered by EuroTeQ Engineering University every semester
Challenge offered by EWUU every semester
MedTech Innovation Center; e/MTIC honors, bring clinical data science into reality.
  • Especially interesting for EE and BME master students
  • This new honors program offered at the TU/e will start in the first semester of the 22/23 academic year.

    • In September 2022, two students who do the master’s program Electrical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering at TU/e will be selected for this honors program.
      • The Bench-to-bedside project they will participate start in January 2023.
    • In February 2023, two new tracks will be available for EE and BMT master students.
      • The Bench-to-bedside project they will participate starts in July 2023

January 2023 Project 1
Application opens in September


July 2023 Project 2
Application opens in Februari

More information

Nationale Think Tank every aug - december
project / internship at a company in the Netherland or outside every semester

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.