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Industrial Engineering and Management

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 programme 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 programme 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 programme 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 programme of 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 specialisations:

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

  • PTL: Production Technology and Logistics
  • PPT: Product and Process Technology
Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60029
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Integration of technology and management
  • Strongly embedded in a specific technology of your choice
  • Best master programme 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
Programme

Curriculum

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

We advise you to choose one specialisation, but after following the compulsory modules you are free to choose courses from both specialisations. The Master's degree programme consists over two-thirds on technology.

For the complete curriculum, please see: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=3754

Programme options
Production Technology and Logistics (PTL) (track)

More information about the specific content this track can be found here: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6396&ocasysyear=2019

When you decide to apply for the Master's degree programme in IEM, be sure to apply to your preferred track.

Product and Process Technology (PPT) (track)

More information about the specific content this track can be found here: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6397&ocasysyear=2019

When you decide to apply for the Master's degree programme in IEM, be sure to apply to your preferred track.

HTSM Honours Master (honours program)

This Master's degree programme gives access to the additional, highly selective, High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) Honours Master.

The HTSM Honours Master is organized in cooperation with Philips and other major industry partners.

More information about this option

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 programme. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Internship: This programme 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.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

A universitary Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management or equivalent degree. A special pre-master programme is available for holders of a technical Dutch HBO or WO Bachelor's degree in the field of engineering. For details on the transfer options, please make an appointment with the academic advisor M. Onrust ( m.onrust@rug.nl .

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is also published on: https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Mechanical EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
More information:

Access to be decided by the admissions board.

Mechanical Engineering students often follow the Production Technology and Logistics track within the MSc Industrial Engineering and Management.

Contact the academic advisor (m.onrust@rug.nl) if you have questions about the deficiency programme.

Chemical EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

Access to be decided by the admissions board

A Chemical Technology diploma provides access to the PPT (Product and Process Technology) track of the MSc in Industrial Engineering & Management.

Contact the academic advisor (m.onrust@rug.nl) if you have questions about the deficiency programme.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Industrial Engineering & ManagementUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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 programme.
language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements for all the necessary information about required language tests.

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 programme: 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 programme: Chemical Engineering; Biochemical Engineering; Biotechnology; Bio Process Technology.

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

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Registration procedure

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

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 15500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

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) specialisation ==

IEM engineers with a PTL specialisation 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) specialised 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 programme 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 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

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Industrial Engineering and Management, please contact:

  • Academic Advisor (For questions regarding the programme)
  • sciencemasters@rug.nl (For international students who are interested in a Campus Tour or have other practical questions)
    Email: sciencemasters@rug.nl
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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.  

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