MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management

General

Program Description

How can you design an electronic toll collection system? How can a production plant minimize production costs without compromising on quality and safety? How can you design a complex consumer product?

These are typical questions that a graduate of the Master's program Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) can address. In a progressively technological society, IEM engineers will increasingly become leaders of technological innovation and design.

A Student of the Master's degree program Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) learns how to deal with practical problems in businesses. A focus lies on how to find solutions to problems while taking on a technical and scientific design perspective. The general aim of the IEM Master's program is to train engineers to acquire a thorough overview of all primary and secondary business processes, especially with respect to the design of a technological product or process.

More than its nearest competitors, the IEM Master's degree program at the University of Groningen focuses on technology. Over two-thirds of the curriculum is dedicated to engineering and technology. Additionally, there are courses that focus on management and business. You can choose between two specializations:

About 65% of the curriculum is dedicated to engineering and technology, and about 35% focuses on management and business. You can choose between two specializations:

  • PTL: Production Technology and Logistics
  • PPT: Product and Process Technology

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Integration of technology and management;
  • Strongly embedded in a specific technology of your choice;
  • Best master program IEM in the Netherlands according to Keuzegids Masters 2016;
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike.

Program

Curriculum

2-year program; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

We advise you to choose one specialization, but after the compulsory modules, you are free to choose courses from both specializations. The Master's degree program consists of over two-thirds of technology.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks

Exchange: Studying abroad is possible at a number of partner institutions, in consultation with the degree program. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Internship: This program offers you the opportunity to carry out an internship at a company in the Netherlands or abroad. Our choice of industry partners ranges from large multinationals (such as Shell, Philips, Unilever) to dynamic small-medium enterprises in the Groningen area. The internship has a typical duration of 3 to 5 months and counts towards your final degree.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

Previous education

A university Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management or equivalent degree. A special pre-master program is available for holders of a technical Dutch HBO or WO Bachelor's degree in the field of engineering.

International diploma

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Additional subject

We always ask you to have:

  • A thesis/final project in your previous education (of around 15 ECTS); please provide us with a copy of your thesis/final project (if available) and a recommendation letter from your supervisor to state that you have done independent research.
  • Attach course descriptions to your transcript of records of your Bachelor's degree program.
Previous education

Depending on the applicant's previous education, admission may be limited to a specific track or specialization. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of your courses meet the admission requirements.

Production Technology and Logistics

Preferred Bachelor's degree program: Mechanical Engineering; Materials Science / Engineering; Applied Physics; Industrial Engineering; Control Engineering; Aerospace Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Applied Mathematics; Systems Engineering.

Prerequisite courses: Calculus; Linear Algebra; Supply Chain Management; Operations Research; Accounting; Mechanics; Control Engineering; Automatic Control; Production Planning; Quality Control.

Product and Process Technology

Preferred Bachelor's degree program: Chemical Engineering; Biochemical Engineering; Biotechnology; Bioprocess Technology.

Prerequisite courses: Calculus; Linear Algebra, Operations Research, Supply Chain Management; Accounting; Reactor Technology; Separation Processes; Transport Phenomena.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree program. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 May 2021

01 September 2021

EU/EEA students

01 May 2021

01 September 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2021

01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 17500 full-time

Job prospects

Career opportunities are abundant for Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) engineers. Career-market analyses consistently show that there is a strong need for professionals with a combined technical and managerial background.

IEM engineers with a Production Technology and Logistics (PTL) specialization

IEM engineers with a PTL specialization can start a career as a product manager, involved in the development of new innovative products within the tight boundaries of technical, market and product-related constraints.

Product and Process Technology (PPT) specialized IEM engineers

PPT-specialised IEM engineers can become members of product and process design teams or for example, begin a career as a production manager in industrial companies.

Job examples

  • Product manager
  • Product developer
  • Production manager
  • Process designer

Research

Integrate Technology and Management in your Research Projects

Various research groups are associated with the Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) Master's degree program at the University of Groningen, and all are clustered within the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG).

The Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG)

The research in the institute focuses on the application of fundamental sciences (physics, mathematics, (bio)chemistry and material science) to the design of a new (sustainable) product and production concepts and to the control of the production processes, and supports their valorization.

At the moment the Institute comprises 7 research groups:

  • Advanced Production Engineering
  • Aquatic Biotechnology and Bioproduct Engineering
  • Products and Processes for Biotechnology in the Biobased Economy
  • Product Technology
  • Discrete Technology & Production Automation
  • Smart Manufacturing Systems
  • Green Chemical Reaction Engineering
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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