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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions that will help you better prepare for the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert on Shaping Responsible Futures.


  • What is the starting date of the master-insert?

    The Transdisciplinary Master-Insert will take place once a year, starting in November (Quarter 2) and ending in April (Quarter 3).

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    All UT master students from all master programmes are eligible to apply. Ideally, the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert should be pursued after completing the majority of your master courses and prior to starting a graduation assignment, but this is not a strict requirement.

  • Do I have to be a student from a specific master's programme?

    We welcome every UT master's student to apply for the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert. In fact, we strive to have students who come from a diverse set of disciplines. For example: the first (pilot) cohort consisted of six students from Civil Engineering, Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society, Business Information Technology, Psychology and Industrial Design Engineering.

  • I am an international student on a visa. Can I still do the master-insert?

    For questions regarding visas / residence permits, you will need to talk to the international office. We do not foresee any complications extending visas / residence permits as you will still be enrolled at the university. 

  • I am a student with a scholarship for a pre-defined amount of time. Can I still do the master-insert?

    For questions regarding scholarships, you will need to talk to the organisation that awarded your scholarship for an extension. Currently, we have the opportunity to offer one scholarship specifically for the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert. Please contact Klaasjan Visscher for more information.

  • How many students do you accept each year?

    We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per year.

  • Is the master-insert a part-time or full-time programme?

    The Transdisciplinary Master-Insert is a full-time six-month programme. Therefore, we do not advise you to combine the activities and assignments from other master's programmes or other educational activities.

  • Can I do a master course from my own study or do an internship, parallel to the master-insert?

    We strongly encourage students to follow the programme full-time without any extra commitments. This is important to ensure the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert community feeling. Any exceptions should be discussed with the respective master study advisers and the programme director of the master-insert, Klaasjan Visscher.

  • What will the timetable look like once the programme starts?

    Roughly speaking, most modules will have contact hours on Monday afternoons and on the mornings between Tuesday and Friday. These contact hours will be in the form of workshops, feedback sessions, inspiring lectures, or discussion & reflection hours. The afternoons are often reserved for teamwork and self-study. Note that times may differ depending on the module, e.g., some workshops may be offered as full-day instead of half-day workshops. 

  • I am not sure if I can start the master-insert this quarter, will it repeat in the next quarter?

    No, the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert will take place once a year, starting in November (Quarter 2) and ending in April (Quarter 3).

  • Do I need to pay a tuition fee for this programme?

    As a UT student you do not have to pay an additional tuition fee for this programme. However, keep in mind that the programme (most likely) extends your studies by 6 months, during which you have to pay your UT tuition fee. 

  • COVID-19 regulations: What will education look like from November onwards?

    Health and safety is the most important starting point.

    If the situation remains stable, we believe that it will be possible to run the programme on campus. We do prefer this form as it adds value to the programme. For this, we will take into account the regulations of UT. Stay informed via the Corona facts & figures page.


  • How many modules are there in the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert on Shaping Responsible Futures?

    There are 6, 5-EC modules, which add up to a 30 EC programme in total. For more details on each module, check out our curriculum page (to be published soon).

  • Is the programme technology-oriented or society-oriented?

    It’s both. In fact, the six modules are designed and developed in such a way that these two aspects are brought together with equal weight harmoniously – as represented in the High Tech Human Touch vision of the university.

  • It seems that I have already done similar activities or followed similar courses in my own master study. What’s the added value of doing the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert?

    There are numerous multi-disciplinary learning activities going on at the University. The transdisciplinary master-insert goes one step further than the existing multi-disciplinary projects at the UT, not only by bringing different disciplines together, but also by weaving these disciplines together to create new, transdisciplinary practices and knowledge spaces. Furthermore, the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert provides opportunities for acquiring advanced transdisciplinary skills with an explicit attention to personal development.

  • What type of teaching activities should I expect in this programme?

    All modules in the master-insert incorporate workshop-style activities and self-organised learning sessions. Most work is to be carried out in groups that will work in a transdisciplinary manner.

  • What is the assessment philosophy of the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert?

    The assessment philosophy of the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert is to focus on feedback in order to enable professional and personal growth. Instead of receiving a grade, you receive a pass (or fail) for the modules, together with extensive feedback related to the quality of your work and the process. 


    To stimulate you to actively engage in the programme and to integrate your learning in a personal, professional, and academic sense, you write a Personal Development Plan at the start of the master-insert. You define personal goals you want to reach during the programme. You monitor your proggress by building a portfolio with achievements in the modules and teacher feedback. Finally, you reflect on your growth in a Self-Evaluation Report. 

  • What type of societal challenges should I expect to work on?

    We take United Nations’ 17 Global Challenges as our starting point, while at the same time, connecting these to the local challenges experience in the Twente Region to ensure good stakeholder access and hands-on experiences. We are open to incorporating cases and themes that our potential students are passionate about – so please do mention such cases and themes in your application to the programme, i.e., in your personal motivation letter.

  • What are the experiences of former students?

    Former students stated that the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert will change your perspective on how you collaborate with others in the future. Several students looked forward to working with people from different backgrounds, which differs greatly from working with students within the same master’s programme. One student stressed: ‘By following the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert, you consciously gain insight into your unique competencies, and you get the chance to strengthen your team through using them.’

    To read more about former students’ experiences, keep checking our student experiences page.

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