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Industrial Engineering and Management

How can you design a complex and sustainable consumer product or bring novel renewable energy technologies and processes to market? How can you minimize production costs without compromising on quality and safety?

These are typical questions that a graduate of the Master's programme 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 IEM learns how to solve technological problems in a business context. In IEM, we work on industrial problems from 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 in the fields of Production Technology and Logistics (PTL) and Product and Process Technology/ Sustainable Process Engineering (PPT/SPE).

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 tracks:

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
  • SPE: Sustainable Process Engineering (formerly PPT)
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
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.

The 2-year programme consists of 4 compulsory courses, 5 track specific courses and 4 electives that allow you to choose your preferred specialization. In addition, 55 ECTS of the second year is dedicated to projects in research and design.

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

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

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.

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

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 (click Contact button on this page) if you have questions about the deficiency

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 (click Contact button on this page) if you have questions about the deficienc

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Industrial Engineering & ManagementUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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 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: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/esc/academicadvisors/external-pages/msc.-industrial-engineering-and-management-studieadviseur

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.

Registration procedure

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don't wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master's programme (for a course start on 1 September). If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:

Application - Decision:

1 December– 15 January

1 February – 1 March

15 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June

The Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Please fill out the checklist to describe your pre-education.

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

We always ask you to have: Experience in individual research, preferably a thesis/final project in your previous education (of around 15 ECTS). As proof of the required skills, we ask for an individual writing sample in English of at least 3000 words. In addition, your previous education should include both relevant technical courses, and business related courses.

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 and minimum scores.

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 experience

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.

Please fill out the checklist to describe your pre-education.

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don't wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master's programme (for a course start on 1 September).

If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:


Application - Decision:

1 December– 15 January

1 February – 1 March

1 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June

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€ 17416full-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 9 research groups:
- Advanced Production Engineering
- Bioproduct Engineering
- Computational Mechanical and Materials Engineering
- Green Chemical Reaction Engineering
- Discrete Technology & Production Automation
- Optimization and Decision Systems
- Products and Processes for Biotechnology in the Biobased Economy
- Product Technology
- Smart Manufacturing Systems


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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..
https://www.tbvlugus.nl/home
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