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Industrial Engineering & Management

Industrial Engineering is a real engineers' degree, in which you learn to translate new industrial techniques into practical solutions, such as a more sustainable production process or new products.

In the Bachelor’s degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management (Technische Bedrijfskunde in Dutch), you learn how to analyse problems and develop, design and apply solutions. You are first and foremost trained to become an industrial engineer, and you learn to look at the applicability of your solutions in the business world.

After all, a technical solution is only useable if you have thoroughly tested its feasibility. Imagine, for example, that you have developed a new method to keep pepper-flavoured crisps fresh for longer. Is the production process still cost efficient? Does the method fit into the production line? What do the company’s employees think of it? And do customers still find the crisps tasty?

The degree programme is offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering so you can be sure of lots of course units in maths, 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.

International 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 an international English-taught variant. 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?
  • In Groningen, you have the opportunity to study the perfect combination of technology and business. In this way, you can combine technical solutions with entrepreneurship! As a result, a Bachelor's degree from Groningen will grant you many possibilities for your future.
  • Of all of the degree programmes in Industrial Engineering and Management across the Netherlands, the one taught in Groningen is the most technical: 2/3 of your time will be spent on course units focusing on technology and the technical sciences, and 1/3 on course units in business subjects.
  • Our Faculty has produced two Nobel Prize winners: Ben Feringa won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Frits Zernike was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
CoursesCourse Catalog >
Calculus 1 (for IEM)
Calculus 2 (for IEM)
Dynamics of Engineering Systems
Global supply chain management
Industrial Marketing
Linear Algebra (for IEM)
Management accounting
Materials and Molecules
Organizational Behaviour and Group Dynamics
Programming, Modelling and Simulation
Statistics and Stochastics
System Dynamics


Two-thirds of the degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management is comprised of course units focusing on the technical sciences, and one third of course units focus on business subjects.

In the first year, you will learn the basics of programming and you will also learn how to create models and simulations, with an eye to designing products and production processes. In addition, you will explore the chemical and physical aspects of materials and molecules. The course units on business and management provide an introduction to industrial marketing and management accounting, among other topics.

Apart from the content-based course units, you will receive study-related and personal support from experienced student coaches in your learning community.

Later on in the degree programme, you will choose a track: Sustainable Process Engineering or Production Technology and Logistics. You will complete your Bachelor's programme with a final project, in which you solve a concrete technical problem for a company.

Programme options
Production Technology and Logistics (track)

This track focuses on logistics and the automation of the production processes of large factories.

You will learn how to improve these processes, for example for a car factory. With this knowledge, you would also be able to work for a hospital, to investigate how medical research equipment can be deployed more effectively and efficiently.

You will follow course units including:

  • Production Techniques
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
  • Modelling and Analysis of Complex Networks
  • Mechanics for IEM
  • Production Planning and Quality Control
  • Outlining and Implementing Innovation Strategy
Sustainable Process Engineering (track)

This track focuses on the process from raw material to final product. To this end, special attention is paid to the chemical and biochemical aspects of the production process

After following this track, you would be able to work for the chemical or pharmaceutical sectors, for companies such as Shell or DSM.

You will follow course units including:

  • Industrial Biotechnology for IEM
  • Production Planning and Quality Control
  • Reactor Engineering
  • Process Design and Equipment
  • Outlining and Implementing Innovation Strategy
  • Operations Research

You might wonder what the difference is between this degree programme and the degree programme in Chemical Engineering. The latter degree programme is more focused on chemical processes and how exactly these work. In the degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, more attention is paid to the skills that are needed in the business world, including the chemical and food industries. You will learn, for example, how to scale up certain chemical processes in a cost-efficient manner.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
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 optional. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

More information about matching:

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022

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 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 13716full-time

The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year students in higher education.

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 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. Ultimately, virtually all of our graduates find jobs immediately after graduating.

Business sectors that you could enter as a process technologist, for example, include the production industry (from car manufacturers to shaving products) as well as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. You will have vast knowledge of production processes and chemical processes but, because you will also have thorough business training, you will be able to reach a management position faster. 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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						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

You are broadly interested in technology and the business world. You enjoy physics, mathematics and chemistry – the subjects that form the basis of this degree programme. In addition, you are focused on the human aspect and on results. In Industrial Engineering and Management, all these elements come together. You are first and foremost trained to become an engineer, with a solid background in the technical sciences but also with thorough knowledge of the business world.

(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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