Industrial Engineering and Management – that's a real engineering degree where you learn to translate new technologies into practical solutions, like sustainable production processes or new products.
In this English-taught Bachelor’s degree program in Industrial Engineering and Management, students learn to analyze problems and develop, design and apply solutions. A technical solution is only useable if you have thoroughly tested its feasibility. What is that new product going to cost? Will it fit in the production line? What do the company’s employees think of it? And the customers?
The degree program is offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering so you can be sure of lots of course units in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. In addition, you will follow course units in business studies, management, and logistics. Your technical know-how and your management insights will prepare you for jobs where technology and management meet. Embedding in business and society is a key element of this degree program.
English-taught Bachelor’s program
The business world and the profession are becoming increasingly internationally oriented. Multinationals are introducing new products to the global market or want to open a factory abroad. These are all good reasons for offering this degree program in English. Your fellow students and lecturers come from the Netherlands and abroad.
Why study this program in Groningen?
Groningen offers you the perfect opportunity to combine engineering with business aspects. You will learn how to make products or production processes better, by optimizing technical and business aspects of the product. With your scientific knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, and physics, you will not only be able to develop effective technical solutions but using your business knowledge you can implement these in an organization.
Your strength will be to combine technical solutions with entrepreneurial skills. As a result, a lot of future career options will be open to you once you graduate.
Calculus 1 (for IEM)
Calculus 2 (for IEM)
Dynamics of Engineering Systems
Global supply chain management
Linear Algebra (for IEM)
Materials and Molecules
Organizational Behaviour and Group Dynamics
Programming, Modelling, and Simulation
Statistics and Stochastics
The Groningen science and engineering programs stand out for their academic excellence. The Industrial Engineering & Management degree program consists of one third business course units and two thirds technological course units.
First-year course units are introducing programming, simulation, and modeling related to designing products and production processes, but you will also learn the chemical and physical aspects of materials and molecules. In the business management courses units, you will learn the basics of management accounting and supply chain management. Next to the course units, learning communities are organized to offer study-related and personal support under the supervision of experienced student-coaches. Further in the program, you choose a specific industrial area, in the field of chemical engineering, biotechnology, control engineering or manufacturing. Therefore, you will specialize in a type of production, such as continuous production (petrol, medicines) or individually produced units (cars, aircraft, consumer products). You will complete your Bachelor's with a final project in which you will solve a concrete technical problem for a business. Gifted and motivated students can follow an extracurricular program in the Honours College.
Study abroad is optional
An internship is currently integrated into the Master's degree of IEM. In the near future, we may add the opportunity to also carry out your Bachelor's project abroad (eg China). During the IEM Master's degree, you will have the opportunity to do a research project for several months 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 and medium enterprises in the Groningen area.
Mathematics and Physics.
This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor program for which you applied.
Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programs.
Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.
This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.
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The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.
Once you have completed the three-year Bachelor's program and have your degree, you may continue with the Master's degree program to study your field in greater depth. A Bachelor's degree in IEM qualifies you for the Master's degree program in IEM at Groningen or the equivalent at another university. A graduate in industrial engineering and management is at home in organizations that focus on innovation.
A Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management will open many doors to you in many different companies and organizations, from multinationals to consultancy firms, in the Netherlands and further afield.
Your technical know-how and your management insights will prepare you for jobs where technology and management meet. You will feel at home in companies and organizations interested in innovation, searching for new opportunities by integrating technologies.
Product manager and process technologist are jobs often offered to our graduates. You could also work in a hospital, investigating how to use research equipment better. Some graduates end up in the service sector or working for the government. Virtually all of our graduates find jobs immediately after graduating.
Examples include manufacturing (from cars to razors), as well as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries where you could end up as a process technologist, for example for Shell or DSM. Because of your business training, you can quickly find work in management positions. One interesting field is our future energy supply. Think of companies developing and improving solar panels, or generating electricity from biomass. You don’t have to stand in a lab yourself as long as you are able to translate the results of research into useful information for the rest of the company.
Positions in the pharmaceutical industry
Our Bachelor's degree program in industrial engineering and management is connected to the following research institute of the University of Groningen.
Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG)
Related research groups
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Aquatic Biotechnology and Bioproduct Engineering
Products and Processes for Biotechnology in the Biobased Economy
Discrete Technology & Production Automation
Smart Manufacturing Systems
Advanced Production Engineering