Final Project


Students complete graduation work (final project) worth 30 credits. For Trento Double degree students the following holds: if they are entry students (starting in Twente) they complete their graduation work in Trento; if they are exit students (starting in Trento) they complete their graduation work in Twente.


Graduation work consists of a graduation project, a graduation report, a summary of the report, and a presentation. Generally the Research topics of section f above immediately precede the graduation work, and serve as a preparation for the graduation work.


Students may start graduation work only if they have completed all of the remaining components of the study programme. The regulation of Article 4 under 3 (OER) does not apply.


Faculty chairs take responsibility for supervision and assessment of graduation work. For the M-HMI programme the chair responsible is HMI. For Trento Double Degree students the supervision is a joint effort by HMI and LMI.

The final project should enable the student to apply the expertise gained during prior courses, projects and practical training sessions to solve well-defined problems of sufficient academic difficulty. In completing the final project, students must be allowed to make their own decisions. Students must be able to address the problem systematically, achieve clear results and formulate clear conclusions. Students are expected to report, both orally and in writing, on their findings and read and process relevant literature critically. Students who choose the combined traineeship and final project may use part of their credits to focus on the project theme before leaving and work on their report after their return.

At the beginning of the final project, the student and the graduation supervisor make work agreements. The graduation supervisor ensures that the assignment is in line with the ‘mission’ of the student’s chosen specialization and arranges for adequate supervision. The student will meet with the supervisors regularly to discuss the progress of the final project. These meetings focus on both the content and the implementation of the final project (comparable to the job appraisal interviews students will encounter later in their career).

To complete the final project, the student must submit a written report and hold a public presentation. The report should also contain a text reflecting upon the relevance of the research work of the final project in the society.

The student contacts a chair willing to take responsibility for the development, organization and supervision of the project and/or an external organization where the project can be performed. The programme mentor can help find a chair. The chair can be of assistance in making arrangements with external organizations. The following conditions must be met prior to definitive admission to the final project:


The programme mentor has approved the student’s course programme.


A chair/chairs willing to take responsibility for the organization, supervision and assessment of the graduation project has/have been found.


Outside of the final project or combined traineeship and final project, the student requires no more than 10 credits to be eligible for the master’s programme final assessment.

The programme mentor is responsible for ensuring that there is proper supervision and evaluation during the course of the final project.

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