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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering in Groningen has a long-running tradition of top research. We offer student a Master's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering that perfectly fits the needs of a flourishing local industry, as well as preparing you for an international career in industry.

The MSc Mechanical Engineering ('Werktuigbouwkunde' in Dutch) is organized with the goal of shaping new leaders in the engineering field. In the North of the Netherlands and, in particular, at the University of Groningen, cutting-edge research in mechanical engineering has been performed across various institutes for many years.

Our Master’s degree programme in Mechanical Engineering makes the connection between a collaboration of highly ranked research institutes, and the demands of modern local and global industry, offering students a unique combination of engineering science and its applications to real-life problems.

The programme offers two different tracks, each preparing you for a different specialized field. They are created in such a way that the needs of industry are met, perfectly preparing students for the innovative working field. Each track is closely linked to a relevant research institute:

  • Advanced Instrumentation is organized in cooperation with ENTEG, KVI-CART and SRON, research institutes specialized in instrumentation for many decades. Students may choose to focus on either radiation or space instrumentation.

  • Smart Factories was developed with the input of companies from the Innovation Cluster Drachten and the Region of Smart Factories organization. This track is mostly based on control engineering and includes robotics and autonomous systems.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Mechanical Engineering
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60439
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Unique tracks in Advanced Instrumentation and Smart Factories, with corresponding facilities of relevant partners
  • Education provided by researchers from renowned research institutes
  • Internship possibilities at local companies or abroad
  • Engineering in a comprehensive environment
Programme

In the first year of the programme you will follow a total of twelve courses, of which six courses are compulsory and six are electives. The courses depend on which track you choose.

Please find detailed information about the curriculum here: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6068

Courses
5 Elective courses (30 EC)
Analysis and Control of Smart Systems (5 EC)
Computational Mechanics (5 EC)
Elective course in Business, Management and Society (5 EC)
Introduction to Data Science (5 EC)
Track specific compulsory course
Track specific Compulsory Course

In the second year of the programme, you will perform a design project and a research project. The Design Project takes place at a company or research institute outside of the University of Groningen (in the Netherlands or abroad) to provide you with work experience closely related to the kind of job you will do after graduation. The Research Project takes place at a research group within the University of Groningen and is meant to equip you with key research experience and skills.

Courses
Design Project at a company or research institute outside of the University of Groningen (20 EC)
Research Project at a research group within the University of Groningen (40 EC)

Curriculum

The Master's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Groningen is a two year programme and has two tracks to choose from. Each track contains a compulsory design project at a company and a research project at renowned research institutes.

Programme options
Advanced Instrumentation (track)

The education in the Advanced Instrumentation track focusses on two major themes.

One is radiation instrumentation for science and healthcare, in collaboration with researchers based at KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (KVI-CART), who develop advanced instrumentation for various fields of scientific research as well as for healthcare (proton therapy). The second theme is Astronomical and Space Instrumentation that is developed together with researchers based at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON).

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6398&ocasysyear=2019

Smart Factories (track)

A second track on Smart Factories is developed together with the companies in the consortium Innovatiecluster Drachten.

The University of Groningen is a partner in the largest field lab of the Netherlands: Region of Smart Factories. This consortium brings together multiple smaller and larger companies and universities in order to develop the factory of the future: intelligent, connected and customized production processes, for intelligent, connected and customized products. Researchers from the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) and the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials participate in this field lab and contribute to this component of the education.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6399

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Either the design project or the research project can be done abroad.

All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Students with the following Bachelor's degree may apply:

From Universities in the Netherlands:

  • Students with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, direct entry.
  • Students from other relevant engineering programs (such as Electrical Engineering) with taking into account the repairing of some deficiencies.

From Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands:

  • Students with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics or similar will need to do a tailor made pre-master programme.

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

other admission requirements

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

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.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Applied PhysicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
AstronomyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
More information:

track Instrumentation and Informatics

Applied MathematicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PhysicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Industrial Engineering & ManagementUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
More information:

track Production Technology and Logistics

Chemical EngineeringUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program in elective courses with a maximum of 30 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
MathematicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please contact the academic advisor for more information: academicadvisor.me@rug.nl

PhysicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please contact the academic advisor for more information: academicadvisor.me@rug.nl

Mechanical EngineeringAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Please contact the academic advisor for more information: academicadvisor.me@rug.nl

Applied MathematicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please contact the academic advisor for more information: academicadvisor.me@rug.nl

AstronomyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please contact the academic advisor for more information: academicadvisor.me@rug.nl

Physics and AstronomyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please contact the academic advisor for more information: academicadvisor.me@rug.nl

Physics and Astronomy (joint degree)All Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please contact the academic advisor for more information: academicadvisor.me@rug.nl

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Mechanical EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
More information:

Please contact the academic advisor for more information: academicadvisor.me@rug.nl

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme, based on your credentials. Possibly you might need to do a tailor made bridging programme.

knowledge minimum

Students with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics or related might be accepted. In addition, the student needs to have sufficient experience with a complete mechanical systems design process.

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit https://www.rug.nl/fse/beta-master/registration-for-a-master_s-degree-programme for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

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

Language requirements

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

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 15500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

After your studies you can perform a wide range of jobs. Jobs can be found in Research & Development departments of larger companies, at design & construction companies, in engineering consultancy, or at research institutes. The type of job ranges from technical leadership positions to management positions. Other possibilities include performing a PhD project at a university or starting your own company.

Research

The Groningen Engineering Centre (GEC) is the pivot of all engineering research within the University of Groningen. Different research institutes operate within the domain of the Groningen Engineering Centre.

Mechanical Engineering related research departments within FSE are organized within ENTEG and the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. who also provide teaching staff for the Master's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering..

The Groningen Engineering Center (GEC) is the pivot of all engineering research within the University of Groningen. Different research insititutes operate within the domain of the Groningen Engineering Centre.

Mechanical Engineering related research departments within FSE are organized within ENTEG and the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. who also provide teaching staff for the Master's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering..

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