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Industrial Engineering & Management

Industrial Engineering and Management – that's a real engineering degree where you learn to translate new technologies into practical solutions, like sustainable production processes or new products.

In this English-taught Bachelor’s degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, students learn to analyze problems and develop, design and apply solutions. A technical solution is only useable if you have thoroughly tested its feasibility. What is that new product going to cost? Will it fit in the production line? What do the company’s employees think of it? And the customers?

The degree programme is offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering so you can be sure of lots of course units in mathematics, physics and chemistry. In addition you will follow course units in business studies, management and logistics. Your technical know-how and your management insights will prepare you for jobs where technology and management meet. Embedding in business and society is a key element of this degree programme.

English-taught Bachelor’s programme

The business world and the profession are becoming increasingly internationally oriented. Multinationals are introducing new products to the global market or want to open a factory abroad. These are all good reasons for offering this degree programme in English. Your fellow students and lecturers come from the Netherlands and abroad.

Facts & Figures
BSc in Industrial Engineering & Management Science
Course type
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Science and Engineering
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Groningen offers you the perfect opportunity to combine engineering with business aspects. You will learn how to make products or production processes better, by optimizing technical and business aspects of the product. With your scientific knowledge of mathematics, chemistry and physics, you will not only be able to develop effective technical solutions, but using your business knowledge you can implement these in an organization.
  • Your strength will be to combine technical solutions with entrepreneurial skills. As a result, a lot of future career options will be open to you once you graduate.
CoursesCourse Catalog >
B2B Marketing
Calculus 1 (for IEM)
Calculus 2 (for IEM)
Dynamics of Engineering Systems
Global supply chain management
Linear Algebra (for IEM)
Management accounting
Materials and Molecules
Organizational Behaviour and Group Dynamics
Programming, Modelling and Simulation
Statistics and Stochastics
System Dynamics


The Groningen science and engineering programmes stand out for their academic excellence. The Industrial Engineering & Management degree programme consists of one third business course units and two thirds technological course units.

First-year course units are introducing programming, simulation and modelling related to designing products and production processes, but you will also learn chemical and physical aspects of materials and molecules. In the business management courses units, you will learn the basics of management accounting and supply chain management. Next to the course units, learning communities are organized to offer study-related and personal support under supervision of experienced student-coaches. Further in the programme, you choose a specific industrial area, in the field of chemical engineering, biotechnology, control engineering or manufacturing. Therefore, you will specialize in a type of production, such as continuous production (petrol, medicines) or individually produced units (cars, aircrafts, consumer products). You will complete your Bachelor's with a final project in which you will solve a concrete technical problem for a business. Gifted and motivated students can follow an extracurricular programme in the Honours College.

For the complete curriculum, please visit:

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

An internship is currently integrated in the Master's degree of IEM. In the near future we may add the opportunity to also carry out your Bachelor's project abroad (eg China). During the IEM Master's degree you will have the opportunity to do a research project of several month 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 and medium enterprises in the Groningen area.

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Natuur & Techniek
  • Natuur & Gezondheid

    wiskunde B

  • Economie & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Een voldoende op je vwo-Engels is aan te bevelen omdat de opleiding Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements


Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

If you apply, you participate in the mandatory matching process of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. More information:

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

More information about matching:

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021

Choice of degree programme check

More information about matching:

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics and Physics.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

language test

Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programmes. Please find our English language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page:

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc Application Procedure' pages at:

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 14000full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Once you have completed the three-year Bachelor's programme and have your degree, you may continue with the Master's degree programme to study your field in greater depth. A Bachelor's degree in IEM qualifies you for the Master's degree programme in IEM at Groningen, or the equivalent at another university. A graduate in industrial engineering and management is at home in organizations that focus on innovation.

A Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management will open many doors to you in many different companies and organizations, from multinationals to consultancy firms, in the Netherlands and further afield.

Your technical know-how and your management insights will prepare you for jobs where technology and management meet. You will feel at home in companies and organizations interested in innovation, searching for new opportunities by integrating technologies.

Product manager and process technologist are jobs often offered to our graduates. You could also work in a hospital, investigating how to use research equipment better. Some graduates end up in the service sector or working for the government. Virtually all of our graduates find jobs immediately after graduating.

Examples include manufacturing (from cars to razors), as well as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries where you could end up as a process technologist, for example for Shell or DSM. Because of your business training, you can quickly find work in management positions. One interesting field is our future energy supply. Think of companies developing and improving solar panels, or generating electricity from biomass. You don’t have to stand in a lab yourself as long as you are able to translate the results of research into useful information for the rest of the company.

Job examples

  • Manager
  • Consultant
  • Industrial-process expert
  • Positions in the pharmaceutical industry

Our Bachelor's degree programme in industrial engineering and management is connected to the following research institute of the University of Groningen.

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  • Meet Our Students Via Google Meet (Starting in September 2020 and still have some questions? Please e-mail us for an appointment)
    Email: voorlichtingtbk
  • Academic Advisor (For questions regarding the programme)
  • (For international students who are interested in a Campus Tour or have other practical questions)
    Email: sciencebachelors
						Testimonial of Andres Conti

    Perfect combination of engineering and business-oriented subjects

    – Andres Conti
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    I decided to study IEM because I was unsure which engineering pathway I wanted to take. This was mostly due to my additional interest in business-oriented subjects. IEM seemed like the perfect combination of both fields, and so far, it has exceeded my expectations.

    In the first year, I really enjoyed an assignment which was based on a real-life case: a budget airline company needed to be managed to prevent it from bankruptcy.

    Originally, I’m from Punto Fijo, in Venezuela. I really enjoy living in Groningen, although the weather sometimes makes me think otherwise. The city has an overall amazing vibe and I have friends from many different countries and continue to meet new and exciting people every week.

						Testimonial of Warun Bhola

    Perfect balance between basic business administration and technical detail

    – Warun Bhola
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    After my graduation I started as a consultant at the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting. I focus on large scale transformations like designing and implementing new operating models, large scale cost reductions and mergers and acquisitions.

    Currently I’m working on a M&A project where I work in the team that designs the global to-be organization structure of two merging international clients in Consumer Business. My role typically includes facilitating client sessions, doing data analysis and making client documentation.

    During my years in Groningen I became a broad allround engineer with a strong analytical background. The combination of analytical and numerical skills and knowledge of business administration is crucial for a good consultant in my opinion. IEM Groningen offered me the perfect balance between basic business administration and technical detail.

    The study also allowed me to learn about my own strengths and interests. I think it’s important to do the things that you are passionate about and IEM will provide you with the right toolset to pursue any type of career after your graduation


Study associations

TBV Lugus

Students of Industrial Engineering and Management have their own study association, known as Lugus.
Lugus organizes various activities for its members, both social, educational and career-oriented. In addition, Lugus provides study aids in the shape of summaries and organizes regular book sales. Nearly all students of Industrial Engineering and Management join Lugus, which now boasts more than 550 members. This number is rising every year..
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Student profile


(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be issued a study advice at the end of your first year of study. You can expect a positive study advice if you have earned at least 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS; most course units are 5 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative study advice, you will not be allowed to continue your degree programme.

You will receive a preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you are. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the Binding Study Advice system.

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