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Living Labs (30 EC)

In an authentic or realistic project environment, the student works full time for ten weeks in a multidisciplinary and multinational team on concrete results. They can fulfil a roll corresponding with their field of training, or outside of their field.

The projects run throughout the year whilst being multidisciplinary and multinational in nature. The methodologies of Prince2 and Systems Engineering are applied at an advanced level. The positioning of the project or the social interest is not forgotten. Outside the regular lectures concerning these principles, additional lectures and workshops will be offered when the students encounter project specific needs for additional knowledge.

This minor can be performed at various Living Labs, for example at the following:

1) "The Formula Cruisers", location Delft

2) "The Handbike  Battle", location Delft

3) "The Green Village", location Delft

4) " Med2go”, location Delft and The Hague (not the THUAS campus in The Hague)

5) “Re/Manufacturing lab”, location Delft

6) “The Light Challenge”, location Delft

7) “Tomatoworld”, location Honselersdijk and Delft

8) “The meaningful Robot”, location Delft


Formula Cruisers

In this Living Lab, an electric racing car is being built. This will be used in the competitions in the context of the Formula Student competition in Silverstone (England) and / or in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria. Further explanation on request. (


The Handbike Battle

Within this living lab environment, students design and build a hand bike that suits the needs of a disabled person and that can collect various amounts of data from the driver. This lab is associated with reasearchers from the VU University and THUAS. The Handbike Battle is an annual competition for charity which supports research and the acceptance of people with disabilities.


The Green Village

The Green Village is a field lab for sustainable innovation in the build environment on the TU Delft campus. This long-term project is experimenting in the real world with circularity in terms of energy, water and other resources and scaling up to campus Delft and other cities. Students are invited to find new innovative solutions for sustainable housing, urban farming and so on. Promising concepts can be build as a full scale proof of concept on the campus of the TU Delft.



You will be part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment where students, teachers, researchers a entrepreneurs work together to develop new ways of safely storing temperature sensitive medication. This lab is situated partly at our campus in Delft, and partly at a start-up office in The Hague.


Re/Manufacturing lab

In our RE/ManufacturingLab we combine education and research on the topic of industry 4.0. The projects are cross-educational and connect connect students from a multitude of programs. This lab is led by the research group Smart Sustainable Manufacturing and seeks answers to real-world questions inspired by our manufacturing compagnies in our region. The projects involve so-called “key enabling technologies” and are on the cutting edge of industrial automation. 


The Light Challenge

You are involved in developing a new a innovative way of lighting a park in Delft (Delftse Hout). This new light experience is being developed in collaboration with the Delftse Hout business association, Education Center De Papaver, the municipality of Delft and the Hague University.
Light can influence the perception of safety, the ecology in the park, the use as an part of the infrastructure, energy consumption and countless other (hard to quantify) values.



Our region is second to none in the world of horticultural (greenhouse) innovation. Tomatoworld is an showcase and research facility right in the hard of our agritech region.

When joining this lab, you will be part of the Green Team. This is a new project, so how the team is structured and how it will operate should be discovered by you - meaning that this is one of the tasks that you can take on. Possible project you could work on are: the Online Platform of Tomatoworld, urban farming, or greenhouse automation.

Working in Tomatoworld means that you will be part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment, where students, researchers, and farmers (entrepreneurs) work and learn together. 


The meningful Robot

A robot to use in the healthsector. You can build a robot, but you can also investigate how this works in practice. You will investigate the applicability with various stakeholders.

Other projects

New projects are constantly being initiated. The current state of affairs and number of living labs represented in this minor, can be requested from the contact person of this minor. Further explanation on request.


In the Living Lab Environment, learning objectives are pursued at three levels, namely:

  1. Learning to realize one or more subject-specific assignments in the domain of one's own study program or outside of The assignment always depends on that of other team members. (You must add value to the project)
  2. Project-based collaboration is of the utmost importance. The student learns to take responsibility for his own task whilst looking at the project as a whole.

In the above-mentioned project space, the student enters into a dialogue between the project and themself, the reflection on their own actions and performance is the competence to be developed. Their own talents and motives play an important role in this.


Students develop self-formulated subject-specific and personal learning objectives. The latter are approved by the minor coordinator.

Regarding project-based collaboration, a critical success factor is being able to cope with the high degree of personal freedom and the associated responsibility. The goal is for the student to grow in these areas.

The ultimate goal on a personal level is being able to deal with the tussle between self-interest and the importance of the project. This requires that the student to be aware of his or her own talents and can use them in a functional way and to have insight into their own motives.


    • The student has passed his / her propaedeutic exam. In other words, the student has the basic knowledge and skills of their own discipline.
    • The student has the basic knowledge and skills of project-based (collaboration) work.
    • Both the subject-related and personal learning objectives of the student are in line with the objectives of the project and can be realized in the context of the project.


  • The study aids are:

    1. Handouts, readers, project archive.
    3. Books/Articles related to your own substantive assignment and personal learning objectives.

    Students are encouraged to consult university libraries and visit relevant symposia / conferences / scholarships.


Ten days before the start of the minor, an email with information about scheduling will be sent to you. Please send an email to if you haven't heard anything by then.



If you want to know more about other minors at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, view our Minorbrochure.


The assessment is based on the following proceeds from the personal assignment, namely:

1. Substantive reports, documents, notes and products (hardware, software).

2. Documents created within the framework of project-based collaboration. Examples of this are agendas & minutes of meetings, work meetings, policy documents, procedures, reviews, evaluations of processes and reports in the context of issue management.

3. Documents prepared in the context of personal development. These include their own talent profile, personal journals, journals, interview notes, feedback received and given, reflection reports and assessments.


Minimum requirements for sufficient

The supervising lecturer gives a C1 assessment based on substantive reports in readable English, satisfying the requirements of methodology and knowledge that the relevant study program places on reporting or otherwise describing a generally accepted reasoning of problem analysis, quantitative or qualitative research and development up to and including with conclusion and recommendations or else reflection from a pre-selected professional perspective on one or more processes within the project.

A C2 assessment is given for project-based collaboration with their own team members and stakeholders.

An assessment C3 is given for reflection on own actions and associated personal development.

Participation in all workshops Cultural Differences / English Course, Strengthsfinder, project management & system engineering are mandatory. The attendance is registered, homework checked and "assessed" with "Pass". If not present, this will be "assessed" with "Fail". For this accompanying education, a "Pass" is given if all components have been assessed as "Pass", otherwise a "Fail".

There are also general tasks in the context of public relations. These are not assessed, but in view of the importance of these tasks for the continuity of the projects, every student must have made a contribution to this. If this is the case, the PR tasks are "assessed" with "Pass", otherwise with "Fail".

The overall assessment is expressed in the final grade which is a weighted average of the above figures. Final mark C = (1/3) * C1 + (1/3) * C2 + (1/3) * C3.

The final grade C is only awarded, that is to say entered in Osiris, if both accompanying education and PR tasks have been assessed as "Pass".

Aanvullende informatie

The study load is 30 credits, and is divided as follows:

Study load is 840 hrs = 30 credit points (cp)

  • Project and Personal Coaching: 48 hrs
  • Project Management Courses: 172 hrs
  • Project Work: 552 hrs
  • Languages & Culture: 56 hrs
  • Social Activities: 12 hrs

With team: full time (40 hrs / wk), including at least 1 hrs / wk personal coaching. Locations: Betafactory  workspace and Betafactory THD0.06 in Delft.