Digital technology, AI and data science are integral and essential parts of the 21st century mechanical engineering discipline. 21st century mechanical engineers must be versed in both the classical design and construction of complex mechanical systems, as well as the physical, mathematical and digital representation and analysis of these systems.
At the Faculty of Science and Engineering, we offer student a Masters degree programme in Mechanical Engineering that fits the needs of digital technology and digital society. The university is a unique place where engineering, natural sciences and social Sciences meet to tackle urgent societal challenges. It prepares you for an international digital and high-tech career in industry.
Mechanical Engineering in Groningen has a long-running tradition of top research. Exemplary research projects: nano- and microfabrication technology and advanced material at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM); 3D metal printer, smart micro sensor and actuator systems, smart energy systems, collaborative multi-robotic systems and systems & control at the Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG); advanced instrumentation systems at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) and the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (KAI); and fuel-cell and hydrogen conversion at the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG) & ENTEG.
The mission of the master’s degree programme in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Groningen is:
To train and prepare students to apply principles of engineering, science and mathematics in the modelling, analysis, design and realization of physical systems, components and processes; special focus is on advanced instrumentation, smart factories, process design for energy systems and materials for mechanical engineering.
Main compulsory courses
•Introduction to Data Science
Advanced Instrumentation is organized in cooperation with ENTEG, KVI-CART and SRON, research institutes specialized in instrumentation for many decades. You will learn about the fundamental limits and possibilities of detection technologies and high-precision control that are crucial for the development of advanced instrumentation. Application areas include space telescope, European Extremely Large Telescope, medical radiotherapy.
Smart Factories was developed with the input of companies from the Innovation Cluster Drachten and the Smart Industry Hub North Netherlands that succeeds the Dutch Smart Industry field lab on Region of Smart Factories. The University of Groningen is a partner of the Center of Excellence for Smart Sustainable Manufacturing and is coordinating the national TTW Perspectief programme on Digital Twin. You will gain essential knowledge on robotics, control and processing technologies for complex materials that define the factories of the future where machines operate with high precision and high adaptability enabling zero-defect manufacturing systems and mass customization.
Process Design for Energy Systems
The University of Groningen plays a central role in the EU energy transition with the establishment of New Energy Coalition by initiating the European Hydrogen Hub, by investing in the development of new renewable energy technologies, for example the Ocean Grazer and biomimetic wind turbine design. You will acquire advanced knowledge on the process and energy technologies, such as hydrogen fuel-cells & electrolysers, multi-domain dynamical modeling of process and energy systems, and advanced techniques for their control. You will be able to design and develop smart energy systems that include process design and optimization.
Materials for Mechanical Engineering
You will learn about the engineering of advanced materials and
their fundamental properties in the micro/nanoscale, essential for
the development of complex engineering systems that require
specific material properties. Examples are biomedical devices and
implants, consumer products and lithography machines.