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Mechanical Engineering

Digital technology, Artificial Intelligence 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 students 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 students for an international digital and high-tech career in industry.

The close collaboration with the Innovation Cluster Drachten, a cluster of hight-tech companies in the north Netherlands, offers students a unique opportunity to be part of research and development teams where innovative high-tech systems, products and solutions are developed using cutting edge technologies. Some exemplary Mechanical Engineering design projects are the development of hydrogen refueling tank systems at Resato B.V., of sensor systems for radio astronomical applications at ASTRON, of robotic and data analytic solutions for the production and quality monitoring of consumer products at Philips Drachten, of mechatronics and robotics solutions for medical lab equipment at BD Kiestra B.V., along with many others. The programme plays a central role in the Smart Industry Hub of North Netherlands, in the Offshore Wind Innovation Centre, in the smart and green mobility centre of Hive.Mobility as well as in a number of other engineering initiatives in renewable energies and in smart and circular economies.

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, the Ocean Grazer project, smart energy systems, collaborative multi-robotic systems , digital twin 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, and smart & green energy savers.

Main compulsory courses

•Computational Solid Mechanics
•Introduction to Data Science
•Experimental Design

Advanced instrumentation

With the track-specific compulsory courses on Basic Detection Techniques , Analysis and Control of Smart Systems , and Advanced Instrumentation and Extreme Environments , you will learn the fundamental of detection technologies, gain knowledge on control systems that are crucial for high-precision of advanced instrumentation and understand state-of-the-art technologies in advanced instrumentation that can function under extreme environment, such as, cryogenic, ultra high vacuum or high temperature.

Additionally, in the advanced instrumentation track, you have the opportunity to follow five elective courses out of more than twenty elective courses. Examples of electives in this track include Space Mission Technology , Bio-signal Processing for Human Machine Interaction , Advanced Detection Techniques , Microfluidics , Advanced Vibration, Applied Optics , Opto-mechatronics , Medical Imaging Instrumentation , and many more.

Smart factories

Through the track-specific compulsory courses on Robotics , Advanced Processing for Complex Materials and Analysis and Control of Smart Systems , you will gain knowledge of crucial technology for smart factories in the era of Industry 4.0. You will learn the fundamentals of robotics and its control, understand techniques and methods relevant for processing of advanced and complex materials used in high-tech systems, and learn control systems required for the realization of smart factories.

Within this track, you will be able to specialize in Materials for Mechanical Engineering or in Robotics, Mechatronics & Smart Systems. In each specialization, you will be able to choose five elective courses from out of more than twenty elective courses. Examples of electives in this track include Multibody and Nonlinear Dynamics , Robotics for AI , Smart Materials for Engineering , Opto-mechatronics , Fracture of Materials , Metamaterials, Fitting Dynamical Models to Data , Data-driven Optimization and many more.

Smart and Green Energy Systems

The track-specific compulsory courses on Thermodynamics of Energy Conversion , Introduction to Electrochemical Engineering, and Advanced Process and Energy Technologies allow the students to understand the fundamentals of thermodynamics involved in the energy conversion of smart and green energy systems, to learn various advances in electrochemical engineering involved in batteries, electrolysers and fuel cells, and to gain state-of-the-art knowledge of process and energy technologies.

You will be able to choose five elective courses out of more than fifteen elective courses which allows you to specialize in processes and electrochemical systems or in renewable energy systems. Examples of electives in this track include Microfluidics , Hydrogen, Fuels and Electrolysers , Fuel-Cell Systems , Capita Selecta in Smart Grid, Capita Selecta in Ocean Energy, and many more.

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, Smart Factories and Smart and Green Energy Systems, with state-of-the-art facilities both on campus as well as at the high-tech industrial partners in the north of the Netherlands
  • Education provided by researchers from world top-ranked research institutes: the Automation and Control field has been ranking consistently in top 20 according to the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
  • Internship possibilities at local high-tech companies or abroad
  • The University of Groningen has defined Energy and Sustainability as two important societal themes in which Engineering & Technology and Artificial Intelligence are intertwined with researchers in social sciences, business and economics and legal & regulations. Furthermore the university plays a key role in the EU energy transition agenda to mitigate climate change through large-scale hydrogen transition activities and renewable energy and is an academic partner of New Energy Academy and Centre of Expertise Energy.
Programme

In the first year of the programme, you will follow a total of twelve courses. These consist of three core courses (Computational Solid Mechanics, Introduction to Data Science, Experimental Design), three are track-specific compulsory courses and six are track-specific electives.

Please find detailed information about the curriculum here: Advanced Instrumentation at https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6398 Smart Factories at https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6399

Courses
3 track specific compulsory courses (15 EC)
5 track specific elective courses (25 EC)
Computational Solid Mechanics (5 EC)
Elective course in Business, Management and Society (5 EC)
Experimental Design (5 EC)
Introduction to Data Science (5 EC)

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.

Curriculum

In 2022/2023, a curriculum revision will be introduced with a update of the track Smart and Green Energy Systems. The finalised curriculum of this track will be available by Spring 2022 here on the website. The curriculum presented below for this track is based on the curriculum of 2021/2022.

Programme options
Advanced Instrumentation (track)

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

The first theme is on the advanced instrumentation for healthcare, in collaboration with researchers based at Faculty of Medical Sciences and Center for Advanced Radiation Technology that develops advanced instrumentation for various fields of scientific research as well as for healthcare (proton therapy). The second theme is on the advanced instrumentation for astronomy and space research. The theme is developed together with researchers based at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) and at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute.

For the complete curriculum of this track, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6398

Smart Factories (track)

This track is developed together with high-tech companies associated to the Innovation Cluster Drachten.

The Smart Factories track offers two specializations that are coupled to two excellent research activities at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The first specialization focuses on Materials for Mechanical Engineering where students learn on the computation and engineering of advanced materials, understanding the interactions at multi-scale levels crucial for the intended functionalities of the materials, and the associated advanced processing of such materials. Researchers from the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) and the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM) are involved in this specialization. The second specialization focuses on Robotics, Mechatronics & Smart Systems where students learn on advanced technologies in the development of robotics, opto-mechatronics and many other smart sensor & actuator systems used in high-tech systems. These technologies are geared towards the factories of the future: intelligent, connected and customized production processes with intelligent, connected and customized products.The courses are given by researchers from the Engineering and Technology institute of Groningen (ENTEG).

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

Smart and Green Energy Systems (track)

In this track, two main themes can be chosen, both of which offers advanced technologies crucial for the energy transition in different domains.

The first theme is closely related to the hydrogen-based energy transition where a line of knowledge chain in electrochemical technologies is formulated. Various courses related to fuel-cell systems, electrolysers, thermodynamics and process design for energy systems are offered in this theme. This theme is coupled to the ambition of the region in becoming the hydrogen hub of Europe.

The second theme is related to engineering and technologies of renewable energy systems where the students can deepen their knowledge in specific renewable energy systems. The students can learn technologies in wind energy, wave energy, solar energy, ocean energy and smart energy systems. This track involves mainly researchers from Engineering and Technology institute of Groningen (ENTEG) and Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG).

For the complete curriculum of this track, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6700

Please note that the link leads to the former track Process Design for Energy Systems, which will be incorporated in the SGES track from 2022/2023 onwards. The information is therefore a mere indication of the SGES track's content.

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

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Applied PhysicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
AstronomyUniversity of Groningen

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Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
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track Instrumentation and Informatics

Applied MathematicsUniversity of Groningen

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Additional requirements:
  • additional subject
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Control Engineering, Mechanics

PhysicsUniversity of Groningen

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Additional requirements:
  • additional subject
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Control Engineering

Industrial Engineering & ManagementUniversity of Groningen

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Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
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track Production Technology and Logistics

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

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PhysicsAll Research universities

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Mechanical EngineeringAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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Applied MathematicsAll Research universities

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AstronomyAll Research universities

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Physics and AstronomyAll Research universities

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Physics and Astronomy (joint degree)All Research universities

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Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Mechanical EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
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Admission requirements

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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 or in Aerospace 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.

Current RUG students can find information about the entry requirements on the Student Portal.

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 Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

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

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

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023

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 and minimum scores.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

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

15 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 18850full-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 high-tech 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.

According to the survey of Innovation Cluster Drachten, a cluster of high-tech companies in north of Netherlands, the graduates of Mechanical Engineering are highly sought of. Current vacancies of high-tech positions within the cluster can be found here .

Research

The Groningen Engineering Centre (GEC) plays a central role in all engineering research within the University of Groningen that coordinates engineering activities across different research institutes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE).

Mechanical Engineering related research departments within FSE are organized within Engineering and Technology Institute of Groningen (ENTEG) , Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (KAI) , Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG) and Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM) . These research institutes provide teaching staff and research facilities for the Master's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering.

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Contact

  • Academic Advisors FSE
    Email: academicadvisor.me rug.nl
  • Study Science E-Mail (For students who are interested in a Campus Tour or who have other general questions)
    Email: studyscience rug.nl

Study associations

Masters Association of Science and Engineering

MASE, short for Masters Association of Science and Engineering, is the newly founded study association for students of the small FSE Masters in Nanoscience, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Mechanical Engineering and Science Education and Communication.
MASE aims to organize social, cultural, career orienting, networking, and internationalization activities. Study association MASE is housed in the Linnaeusborg, in room 0067.
https://www.masegroningen.nl/

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

T.F.V. Professor Francken

T.F.V. 'Professor Francken' is the study association for students of Applied Physics at the University of Groningen.
The association is named after Groningen's first ever professor of applied physics, and focuses on students and staff from the applied physics departments. The association has more than 700 members and organizes annual events including a symposium, excursions in the Netherlands and a foreign trip, as well as more informal activities, such as regular drinks parties.
https://www.professorfrancken.nl/
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