KU Leuven: Faculty of Engineering Science

Introduction

The mission of the KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Science is to educate high-quality engineers for the benefit of society

The Faculty brings the intellectual and human capital of each individual student to a higher level by offering him or her a research-based education in scientific and engineering fundamentals. The Faculty stimulates students to practice in-depth learning by addressing and challenging their “disciplinary future self”, to make them aware of who they wish to become as a professional (Beruf) and as members of society in general (Bildung). In order to stimulate the development of the students’ disciplinary future self, the Faculty provides multidisciplinary programmes that acquaint students with the engineering profession and with related disciplines. We value both breadth and depth of knowledge, expanding the reasoning, communication and problem-solving abilities, in order to prepare students for life-long learning. Our research-oriented education is based on research programmes which are defined and developed in close collaboration with recognized international peers and with industry.

Strategy. The following strategic objectives enable the KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Science to realize its mission, which entails preparing students for the world of tomorrow where societal, environmental and human dimensions play an important role due to the advent of complex technical and societal challenges that require a multidisciplinary approach. It means teaching students how to learn, preparing them for life-long learning, aiming both at “Bildung” and “Beruf”, two complementary elements, where “Bildung” consists of the development of values, culture and citizenship and “Beruf” focuses on the development of entrepreneurship, professional and leadership skills.

Education

SO1. To define programme outcomes that meet international standards of engineering education.

SO2. To offer programmes that deliver broadly educated engineers, well grounded in the basics of mathematics, sciences, and technology, who can expand their vision of design through a basis in the humanities, and exhibit strong analytical skills, practical ingenuity, good communication skills, and are knowledgeable of business and management principles. The Faculty aims to educate engineers as generalist professionals to operate in a variety of complex environments.

SO3. To contact our students in our Bachelor’s programme, with a range of engineering disciplines through multidisciplinary education, before they specialize in the Master’s. The multidisciplinary character of our Bachelor of Engineering: Architecture programme is formed through an intensive combination of technical construction sciences, the theory of architecture and architectural design classes. The multidisciplinary character of our Bachelor of Engineering programme is achieved through a combination of both a major and a minor in two different disciplines, after being acquainted with all options during the first three general semesters.

SO4. To provide an environment in which students are given the essential resources to develop their design and problem-solving abilities and abilities to address, research and solve real-life problems, through both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Research/Industry

SO5. To perform internationally recognized and relevant research - both applied and theoretical - that will positively impact and improve our education, profession, and society. The Faculty has many research groups that are internationally recognized in their field, enabling teaching staff to train highly qualified engineering students in both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. Students receive a research-oriented education through an academic experience of learning about research and putting it into practice.

SO6. To promote the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge to companies and society by actively seeking projects in collaboration with industry, public authorities, and societal organizations, and by offering continued further education and training in the most recent developments in the field.

Internationalisation

SO7. To develop an international open policy and atmosphere; to offer a variety of opportunities for international experiences; to prepare students for a career in an international context; to attract students having the right academic background in a wide range of international programmes.

SO8. To offer stimulating research environment for international short- and long-term visitors and to promote international mobility for its researchers.

Context

SO9. To invest in state-of-the-art education.

SO10. To professionalize lecturers and teaching assistants (TAs) through a programme that is adjusted continuously and taking into account the growing number of diverse backgrounds of teaching assistants and more diverse learning methods.

SO11. To work on the continuous improvement of our programmes based on an explicit internal quality assurance policy.

SO12. To attract students with the right academic background profile, both first-year Bachelor’s students as well as lateral-entry students, with an eye for diversity, including gender balance.

SO13. To promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in society, and more particularly in secondary and even primary schools.

COME TO STUDY AT KU LEUVEN

Welcome to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, one of the oldest universities in Europe. We offer high-quality education based on cutting-edge international scientific research and excellent, wide-ranging student facilities. Leuven is a picturesque historic town, but one that is bustling with life and lives at a student’s rhythm.

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp.

Mission statement

KU Leuven fulfills its mission by providing high-quality interdisciplinary research and education with a Catholic signature.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Dutch

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Leuven et al)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven

The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation, and engineering of matter, particles, and structures on the nanometer scale. Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products. KU Leuven offers this joint Erasmus Mundus Master together with universities in Barcelona (Spain), Chalmers (Sweden), Grenoble (France) and Dresden (Germany). [+]

www.emm-nano.org

The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation, and engineering of matter, particles, and structures on the nanometer scale. Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products.

KU Leuven offers this joint Erasmus Mundus Master together with universities in Barcelona (Spain), Chalmers (Sweden), Grenoble (France) and Dresden (Germany).

What’s the Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology all about?

http://www.emm-nano.org/

Within the Erasmus Mundus framework, four leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The partner institutions are:... [-]


Master of Artificial Intelligence (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Investigating the true nature of intelligence is one of today’s most fascinating research avenues. Advances in the study of cognitive processes and models, natural language and perception, human knowledge, representation, and reasoning attest to this. One of the scientific community’s key research objectives is the development of an intelligent robot. The Master of Artificial Intelligence explores and builds on this challenge, will you? [+]

Investigating the true nature of intelligence is one of today’s most fascinating research avenues. Advances in the study of cognitive processes and models, natural language and perception, human knowledge, representation, and reasoning attest to this. One of the scientific community’s key research objectives is the development of an intelligent robot. The Master of Artificial Intelligence explores and builds on this challenge, will you?

What's the Master of Artificial Intelligence about?

The Master of Artificial Intelligence program at KU Leuven explores and builds on these fascinating challenges. For many years, it has provided an internationally acclaimed advanced study program in artificial intelligence. The multidisciplinary program trains students from a variety of backgrounds - including engineering, sciences, economics, management, psychology, and linguistics - in all areas of knowledge-based technology, cognitive science, and their applications. The one-year program taught entirely in English, is the result of a collaboration between many internationally prominent research units from seven different faculties of the university. It allows you to focus on engineering and computer science, cognitive science, or speech and language technology.... [-]


Master of Chemical Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The program aims at applying chemical engineering principles to develop products and to design, control and improve industrial processes, taking into account environmental, safety and economical aspects. With a focus on process, product, and environmental engineering, the program guarantees a solid classical chemical engineering background. In addition, it focuses on modern aspects of chemical engineering such as process and product intensification, energy efficient and sustainable processing routes, biochemical processes and product-based thinking. [+]

The program aims at applying chemical engineering principles to develop products and to design, control and improve industrial processes, taking into account environmental, safety and economical aspects. With a focus on process, product, and environmental engineering, the program guarantees a solid classical chemical engineering background. In addition, it focuses on modern aspects of chemical engineering such as process and product intensification, energy efficient and sustainable processing routes, biochemical processes and product-based thinking.

What's the Master of Chemical Engineering all about?

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program is primarily aimed at applying chemical engineering principles to develop technology products and to design, control and improve industrial processes. Students also learn to take environmental and safety issues into account during all phases of the process.... [-]


Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Want a program with true pedigree? Try the Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites, run by the RLICC (Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation), founded by Raymond Lemaire. The RLICC has more than 40 years of experience in training, research and consulting in the field of preservation of constructed heritage. Its advanced international and interdisciplinary study program in the conservation and restoration of historic monuments and sites is a three-semester program. [+]

Want a program with true pedigree? Try the Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites, run by the RLICC (Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation), founded by Raymond Lemaire. The RLICC has more than 40 years of experience in training, research and consulting in the field of preservation of constructed heritage. Its advanced international and interdisciplinary study program in the conservation and restoration of historic monuments and sites is a three-semester program.

What is the Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites about?

This three-semester program is organized jointly by the Department of Architecture and the Department of Civil Engineering.

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Master of Electrical Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems – will you be involved? The program delivers graduate students who are able to pioneer this next generation due to the comprehensive course of study and foundational knowledge. The program gives you an in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or on the design of applications. [+]

KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems – will you be involved? The program delivers graduate students who are able to pioneer this next generation due to the comprehensive course of study and foundational knowledge. The program gives you an in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or on the design of applications.

What's the Master of Electrical Engineering all about?

KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems - will you be involved? The Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT) is the largest department within the university and was the starting point of i.m.e.c. and many spin-off companies. With such an excellent reputation within an innovative industry, the program exemplifies the link between education, research, and valorization. The Master in Electrical Engineering program gives you in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or the design of applications. Your Master's thesis, carried out in close co-operation with the department's ongoing research, will expose you to cutting-edge research.... [-]


Master of Engineering: Computer Science (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

We live in a digital world. Computers and software play a central role in society: in companies, in education and research, and in our daily lives. Year after year, our daily activities become more connected with the digital dimension. In this context, the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven steers the most novel evolutions and develops the technology required for the next generation of applications. [+]

We live in a digital world. Computers and software play a central role in society: in companies, in education and research, and in our daily lives. Year after year, our daily activities become more connected with the digital dimension. In this context, the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven steers the most novel evolutions and develops the technology required for the next generation of applications.

What's the Master of Computer Science about?

This Master will train you to become an expert in the development and up-front professional use of computer and software systems. Nowadays, these systems are indispensable in nearly all areas of our society: in industry, the public sector, health and many social applications for end users. They are also the most complex systems ever created by humans.... [-]


Master of Engineering: Energy (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

What will the future bring in terms of energy? Will we produce electricity from renewable sources such as the wind and sun? Will nuclear energy make a comeback? What will power cars in the future and what will their engines look like? The liberalization of energy markets is causing a genuine techno-economic revolution. The greenhouse gas issue threatens our way of life. Guaranteeing a (sustainable) supply of energy is a challenge for all mankind. These phenomena make the subject of energy highly topical. [+]

What will the future bring in terms of energy? Will we produce electricity from renewable sources such as the wind and sun? Will nuclear energy make a comeback? What will power cars in the future and what will their engines look like? The liberalization of energy markets is causing a genuine techno-economic revolution. The greenhouse gas issue threatens our way of life. Guaranteeing a (sustainable) supply of energy is a challenge for all mankind. These phenomena make the subject of energy highly topical.

What's the Master of Engineering: Energy all about?

The program addresses every multidisciplinary aspect of energy. There is extensive coverage of the possibilities and limitations of the various energy technologies, but also of the environmental consequences and economic aspects.... [-]


Master of Human Settlements (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master in Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. The program aims to provide insight into the problems of human settlements as related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, formal and informal city-making. [+]

The Master in Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. The program aims to provide insight into the problems of human settlements as related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, formal and informal city-making.

What are the Human Settlements about?

Architecture, urbanism and spatial planning are the core disciplines of the program. Contributions from economics, geography, and anthropology, among others, complement this core.

The structure is organized around:

Introductory courses Core courses Design Studios Optional courses Master's thesis (research- or design-based) ... [-]

Master of Materials Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Materials are at the heart of our quality of life and economic welfare and this will continue to be the case in the foreseeable future, especially considering the need to build a sustainable world and to use our resources intelligently. Materials engineers invent, design, make and use materials for products, processes, and services. You are educated for leadership in sectors where materials play a decisive role. [+]

Materials are at the heart of our quality of life and economic welfare and this will continue to be the case in the foreseeable future, especially considering the need to build a sustainable world and to use our resources intelligently. Materials engineers invent, design, make and use materials for products, processes, and services. You are educated for leadership in sectors where materials play a decisive role. What's the Master of Materials Engineering about? The structure of the program consists of a core of 60 credits, four options of 12 credits, three fixed elective packages of 12 credits, engineering and general interest electives of 12 credits and the Master's thesis of 24 credits. The four options focus on materials families or on application domains: Metals and Ceramics, Polymers and Composites, Materials for Nanotechnology, and Materials for Biomedical Applications. The three fixed elective packages have been designed to help the students in imagining themselves in their future professional environment and thus in developing a career profile: research, production, and management. The two latter packages include industrial internships. The program is crowned with the 24 credits Master's thesis where the student will apply his/her knowledge to a research topic of choice. These topics are usually embedded in a cutting-edge research project in cooperation with other institutions and/or industrial companies. Application deadline for 2018-2019 1 March 2018 (for non-EEA citizens) 1 June 2018 (for EEA citizens) KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can download and submit your application form via www.kuleuven.be/application. Students... [-]

Master of Mathematical Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Without mathematical tools, there would be no internet search engines, no weather forecast, no security in banking. Mathematical models and techniques play an important role in automatic pilot technologies, the design of quieter cars, the optimisation of wind farms, medical scanners, etc. At first sight, these applications have little in common, but they all process a large amount of data. Mathematics is becoming critical in many applications because of increasing model complexity and higher demands from customers and the environment. [+]

Without mathematical tools, there would be no internet search engines, no weather forecast, no security in banking. Mathematical models and techniques play an important role in automatic pilot technologies, the design of quieter cars, the optimisation of wind farms, medical scanners, etc. At first sight, these applications have little in common, but they all process a large amount of data. Mathematics is becoming critical in many applications because of increasing model complexity and higher demands from customers and the environment.

What's the Master of Mathematical Engineering all about?

The Master of Science in Mathematical Engineering is unique in Flanders and is supported by high-quality research that has led to several spin-off companies.... [-]


Master of Mechanical Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Mechanical engineering is a very broad field of study in the engineering sciences. It integrates almost all disciplines of technology. Any device or product that is used in modern, everyday life is the result of an ongoing synergy between different basic techniques. In short, all products in modern society arose from the merger of different technical disciplines. Mechanical engineering is the preferred integrator specialized for realizing this. [+]

Mechanical engineering is a very broad field of study in the engineering sciences. It integrates almost all disciplines of technology. Any device or product that is used in modern, everyday life is the result of an ongoing synergy between different basic techniques. In short, all products in modern society arose from the merger of different technical disciplines. Mechanical engineering is the preferred integrator specialized for realizing this.

What's the Master of Mechanical Engineering all about?

The Master of Science in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering is a general training program integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering, and technology. An essential element of the mechanical engineering curriculum at KU Leuven is the direct training of each student in a real-life industrial or research setting. Following up on the design assignment in the Bachelor's program, the Master's program brings the student in close contact with the industrial reality.... [-]


Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

This master’s program combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The program fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology and engineering sciences in general. Nanotechnology and nanoengineering are the application of this science in new nanomaterials and nano concepts for new components, systems, and products. [+]

This master’s program combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The program fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology and engineering sciences in general. Nanotechnology and nanoengineering are the application of this science in new nanomaterials and nano concepts for new components, systems, and products.

What's the Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, and Nanoengineering all about?

Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation on the atomic and molecular scales (nanometers: i.e., one billionth of a meter). Important material properties such as the electrical, optical and mechanical are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble into larger structures on the nanoscale.... [-]


Master of Nuclear Engineering (Leuven et al)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including power production, waste management, nuclear fuel production, etc. The Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network (B.N.E.N.) combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, UGent, VUB, UCL, U.L.G. and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN. [+]

Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including power production, waste management, nuclear fuel production, etc. The Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network (B.N.E.N.) combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, UGent, VUB, UCL, U.L.G. and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN.

What is the Master of Nuclear Engineering about?

Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including:

power production nuclear fuel production radioelement production engineering accelerator design and fabrication waste management safety management nuclear medicine research ... [-]

Master of Safety Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master of Safety Engineering meets the existing needs and growing demands for safety experts coming from society and industry. The program will prepare you to improve and realize safety in many different areas. The program trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety. [+]

The Master of Safety Engineering meets the existing needs and growing demands for safety experts coming from society and industry. The program will prepare you to improve and realize safety in many different areas. The program trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety.

What is the Master of Safety Engineering about?

The Master of Safety Engineering will prepare you to improve and realize safety in many different areas. The program trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety. You’ll obtain detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant, and risk evaluations based on qualitative and quantitative methods.... [-]


Master of Science in Engineering: Logistics and Traffic

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

This master program forms engineering students in traffic and intelligent transportation systems (design, maintenance, and management of infrastructure and (public) transportation systems), and in logistics and transportation (supply chain engineering, distribution logistics, etc). The program is all about the complex interaction between different aspects and the possibility for optimization of processes both for logistic as for traffic. The focus is on the application of new (intelligent) transportation technologies. [+]

The world of traffic evolves fast! Just think of the rise of the self-driving car. Besides the traditional governments, road admissions and public traffic firms, traffic becomes more than ever big business for trendy firms. Examples are Google, Tesla, and Uber or fun apps like Moovit and Waze. In most cities, you can already find car and bike sharing systems (e.g. Villo, Cambio, and Car2Go) and enterprises that provide completely integrated packages of Mobility-as-a-Service and want to ban private cars to the history lessons.

Are you one of the young ambitious engineers of this new generation and would you like to help this revolution?

The world of logistics is constantly changing. Familiar terms such as e-commerce are in fact a super dynamic logistic machine with a web-store as visible outing: when you click on ‘buy now’, somewhere in Utrecht or Dresden a machine pops into action and within 24 hours your purchase is delivered at your front door anywhere in Belgium. Behind the scenes, optimization stays the keyword. Airplanes, vans, and cargo-bikes today, maybe in the future drones or automatic vans, will deliver your packages. The same process appears in the supply chain of enterprises that constantly redesigns due to new players, different prices and new technologies like 3D printing since the old solutions became too expensive or dispensable.... [-]


Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

As an internationally oriented program developing a critical understanding of contemporary conditions of cities and urban regions, the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning aims to cultivate innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through design, planning, and policies. It prepares students for leadership roles in urban design, urban development and management, and strategic planning, with a special focus on European-wide urban problems. [+]

As an internationally oriented program developing a critical understanding of contemporary conditions of cities and urban regions, the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning aims to cultivate innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through design, planning, and policies. It prepares students for leadership roles in urban design, urban development and management, and strategic planning, with a special focus on European-wide urban problems.

What is the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning about?

The Master of Science in Urbanism and Strategic Planning (MaUSP) is a four-semester academic degree offered within the Faculty of Engineering Science by the Department of Architecture. The program interacts with research conducted by the research groups active in the department.... [-]


Master

EIT-KIC Master in Energy (Leuven et al)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master in Energy for Smart Cities program addresses internationally-oriented and entrepreneurial engineering students who wish to implement modern energy technologies for end-users of the electrical value chain. The program is a collaboration between the KU Leuven and technical universities from Eindhoven, Stockholm, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Grenoble. [+]

The Master in Energy for Smart Cities program addresses internationally-oriented and entrepreneurial engineering students who wish to implement modern energy technologies for end-users of the electrical value chain. The program is a collaboration between the KU Leuven and technical universities from Eindhoven, Stockholm, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Grenoble.

What is the ‘EIT-KIC Master of Energy’ all about? Structure

The Master's program consists of 120 credits, organized in two stages of 60 credits. The first stage consists of compulsory courses that cover a broad base of electrical, thermo-mechanical, and techno-economic subjects. In the second year, students continue working towards writing a Master's thesis and attend elective courses: general, broadening and option-specific.... [-]