Contact & FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Practical Information
    • Who is eligible to apply?

      UT students from all master programmes are eligible to apply.

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

      We welcome every UT master's student to apply for the programme.

    • How many students do you accept each year?

      We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per year.

    • Is this a part-time or full-time programme?

      This is a full-time six-month programme.

    • Can I do a master course from my own study or an internship in parallel to the Master-Insert?

      We strongly encourage students to follow the programme full-time without any extra commitments. Any exceptions should be discussed with the respective master study advisers and our programme director Klaasjan Visscher (

    • What does the programme start?

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

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

      Roughly speaking, you 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.

    • 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 our programme. Please contact our programme director Klaasjan Visscher ( for more information.

  • About the Programme
    • 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 harmoniously brought together!

    • 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 this programme?

      We go 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 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 Master-Insert?

      The assessment philosophy of the 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?

      To read more about former students’ experiences, check our student experiences page!


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