Study overview of Industrial Design Engineering

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The Bachelor’s Industrial Design Engineering equips you with the knowledge, working methods and tools to come up with and produce new or improved products from which people and society benefit. You do this by combining a variety of advanced technologies and a purposeful, systematic approach to engineering with firm knowledge and skills in design.

Many industrial design engineers have very clear ideas about how something can be improved, and enjoy making something that people around them can actually use. In the Industrial Design Engineering Bachelor’s, you learn to translate the end-user’s wishes into a product that works well and looks good. You gain expertise in all the necessary disciplines, from mathematics and electrical engineering to design and marketing. This helps you establish a solid foundation for further specialisation in the Industrial Design Engineering Master’s.

With your knowledge and skills as an industrial design engineer you are equipped to design smart, working solutions that make life more enjoyable, easier, better and sometimes even completely different.

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Overview modules

  • Year 1EC
  • Year 2EC
  • Year 3EC

First time at university

When you are a first-year student, you experience many new things. Here we start explaining a few of them.

  • You complete modules

    During your three-year bachelor's programme, you will take 12 modules (4 modules per year). Each module, you will address a theme that is hot in society, business or industry. This theme will bring together all the components of your study: theory and practice, research, designing solutions, self-study and teamwork.

    A fixed part of every module is the team project, in which you and your teammates apply the knowledge you have acquired to a current challenge and design a workable solution. This learning method is part of the Twente Education Model (TOM): an innovative approach to studying that you will only find at the University of Twente.

  • Study points - how do they work?

    Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work. You need to acquire 60 credits each year.

    You will receive credits for every assignment you pass. Your programme assigns fixed numbers of hours to each assignment, project report or exam. In the first year, you need to get at least 45 out of 60 points and to fulfill the additional requirements set by the educational programme, to be able to continue to the second year.

  • Did you get 45 EC or more and did you fulfill the additional requirements? Then you can enter the second year

    Our goal is to get you to the right place as quickly as possible, which is why we apply the principle of a binding recommendation. All first-year students receive this at the end of the year. You will receive positive advice if you have achieved 45 EC or more and fulfilled the additional requirements set by the educational programme. Negative advice is binding and means that you have to quit the study programme.

    Do personal circumstances such as illness or problems interfere with your study performance? Please contact the study adviser.

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