Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering & Management


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Program Description

The course Industrial Engineering & Management teaches you how to use technology, management, and economy in such a way that you will be able to improve production processes or to make organizations profitable or more sustainable.

Do you want to help organizations - such as manufacturing sites, health care organizations, energy supply companies, or government agencies - to perform effectively in our increasingly complex society? Then this technical and managerial program is the right choice for you. As an Industrial Engineer & Manager, you will be involved in designing, managing, optimizing, and improving business processes. You learn how to use technology, management, and finance to help organizations more efficient and innovative, minimize risks, improve production processes, and maximize profitability. 



Read everything about the study program, minor, internship, and graduation.

1st and 2nd year

During the first year, you will lay a strong foundation in technology, economy, organizational science, and management. From day 1 you are introduced to your future professional work field. You work in project groups at host companies, on real-life assignments from the business sector relating to quality management, process optimization, and maintenance. You focus on themes, such as:

  • Productions and Business processes
  • Asset and maintenance management
  • Quality Management
  • Operational excellence

During the second year, you will delve deeper into various subjects. Projects become more complex and focus on innovation and sustainability within an international context. You focus on themes, such as:

  • Process Design and Process Redesign
  • Material sciences
  • Business Information Systems
  • Innovation, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Change management
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Management 

3rd and 4th year

You gain further experience with your internship "Exploring today: Managing operational challenges" and with a minor in the Netherlands or abroad. 

During your 4th year, you broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills even further and you prepare for your final thesis. You focus on themes, such as:

  • Focus on future: analyzing strategic innovations
  • Professional integration: aligning operational challenges with strategic innovation

Internship and graduating

In the third year, you will do an internship at a company of your choice in the Netherlands or abroad. During your internship, you will experience first-hand how process optimization works in a technical company. How can you design the process to install a smartphone screen in such a way that fewer damages occur, fewer phones are rejected, and the profit increases?

In your final year, you will conduct graduation research and you will demonstrate that you are ready for the professional field. You can research how the production process of a renowned shoe manufacturer can be made more economical and efficient through robotization and mechanization, while at the same time the quality of the shoes remains the same as when they were handcrafted.

Student experiences

Do you want to know how students experience the Industrial Engineering & Management program? Read it in their own story.


Industrial Engineering & Management

"Each semester we go to a different company so you get to see different companies. That way you get to explore in which type of engineering you would like to specialize."


Industrial Engineering & Management

"You have to like the process, like to improve things, and like to make equipment of machines work faster and more efficient."


You can make the course as international as you want. You can follow an internship or a minor abroad. The HZ has an extensive network of partner schools and companies which offer you plenty of opportunities to go abroad. After your graduation? International experience is a big plus for your resume and it will increase your chances of getting a job.



Before you apply to the Industrial Engineering and Management program, you have to meet a few admission requirements. 

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the program you need:

  • A qualification equivalent to a Dutch secondary education Diploma.
  • Good knowledge of mathematics. Economics and/or physics would be an advantage.
  • Good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

Alternative entrance exam

  • If you don’t have the appropriate secondary school diploma, and if you are at least 21 years old, you may be exempted from this requirement. The HZ provides the possibility of taking an alternative entrance exam. 

Tuition fees

The amount that you will be required to pay depends on your nationality and the program you have applied for.


  • 2020-2021 tuition fees for EU-students are: €2.143*

* 50% reduction tuition fees

EU-students and students with a Norwegian, Swiss, Icelandic, Liechtenstein, or Suriname nationality are entitled to a 50% reduction on Dutch tuition fees for the first study year. The halving applies to all students who for the first time in the academic year start a bachelor's degree (or associate degree) at a funded university of applied sciences or research universities in the Netherlands. Students who pay institutional tuition fees are not entitled to the halving of the tuition fees. 

Non-EU students:

  • 2020-2021 Institutional tuition fees for non-EU students are: €7.835

Fees and finances

Next to the tuition fees and cost of living there are extra costs for your study program (study materials and books). You will have excursions on a regular basis.


While common in other countries, scholarships, especially full scholarships, are rare in the Dutch education system. However, there are some scholarship options available at the HZ.

Holland Scholarship for incoming students

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The Holland Scholarship is for incoming students not originally from the EEA who have not previously studied in the Netherlands, and who plan to attend the HZ University of Applied Sciences in the framework of diploma mobility. The scholarship awarded is not a full scholarship. It has a value of € 5,000.00 and is allotted for one year only. 

Conditions for allotment: 

  • The student is not from the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
  • The student has not previously studied in the Netherlands.
  • The student has an IELTS of 6.5 (or higher) or an equivalent.
  • The student wants to enroll in a fulltime (four-year or three-year) bachelor’s program at HZ.
  • The student has already been (conditionally) accepted to the HZ Bachelor’s program indicated with his/her scholarship application.

How to apply for the Holland Scholarship  

Students can apply for the scholarship by sending an email to before 1 May of their starting year. In this email, the student should indicate the reasons for choosing the particular HZ Bachelor program of study. The student must also send a copy of his/her CV with the email. The applications will be assessed by a two-member HZ Scholarship Committee, nominated by the academy directors. The HZ Scholarship Committee will award the scholarship based on previous academic results, motivation for choosing a program of study, and C.V. applicants will be notified of the decision within 6 weeks after the application deadline of 1 May. 

Mobility scholarships

When you are a student at HZ University of Applied Sciences and you are thinking of studying or doing research or an internship outside of the Netherlands during your studies, then you can apply for a scholarship. 

HZ Grant

HZ offers an HZ Grant for students who study or do an unpaid internship outside the EU. As far as we know, HZ is the only university of applied sciences in the Netherlands that subsidizes its students with a grant.

Holland Scholarship

This scholarship is meant for full-time HZ students who want to study, do research, or an internship outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. The Holland Scholarship is a scholarship made available by the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science together with Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship amounts to a one-off payment of € 1,250 and is meant as a contribution towards your study expenses. 

Erasmus+ grant

If you do part of your study at an HZ partner institute within the EU or an internship within the EU, you can apply for this grant. The Erasmus+  is a grant that the European Union has made available in order to stimulate students from its member states to gain experience abroad during their education; to enhance their languages, to become acquainted with other cultures, etc. The grant also serves as compensation in the travel and accommodation costs that a study/internship abroad will bring in its wake. Clearly, the Erasmus+ grant will not cover all the costs that you will have abroad.

As soon as you are a student of HZ, we can help you apply for a grant. 


After graduation

Bachelor's degree

Congratulations, you're now graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Science’. 

Did you participate in the Honors Program? You will get an extra certificate with your bachelor's degree.

Career prospects

There is a large demand worldwide for professionals with a combined technical and managerial background. Industrial Engineering & Management offers the best job perspectives and the highest starting salaries. Our graduates have secures positions as:

(Asset) manager

Assets are company resources, for instance, machines, vehicles, and other important ‘tools’. As an asset manager, it is your responsibility to make the right choice with respect to these (often) large, expensive, and advanced assets. You will be responsible for the purchasing, complete life cycle, and maintenance of these assets. To this end, you will outsource the research into the costs as well as the technical and commercial aspects, and the impact on the environment. You will give your advice based on this investigation.

Process engineer

You are able to quickly scan a company of department and use a variety of tools to analyze, improve and (re)design a given process. 

Quality or Health and Safety Engineer 

As a quality manager, you assist in establishing systems to support drive continuous improvements and minimize the costs. You plan, schedule, execute and coordinate the different activities related to quality, health, or safety issues.

Further studies

Upon graduation, you can enroll in a master's degree program. If you want to do this abroad you can usually start straight away. If you wish to do this at a research university in the Netherlands, you may be required to follow a pre-master's program.


Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

HZ University of Applied Sciences is located in the South-West of the Netherlands. With a population of some 4,800 national and international students, we are a small university with a personal approa ... Read More

HZ University of Applied Sciences is located in the South-West of the Netherlands. With a population of some 4,800 national and international students, we are a small university with a personal approach. HZ offers high-quality study programs. Since 2011 -so for the past nine years- HZ has been in the top three of Dutch multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences. Read less
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