The Bachelor’s programme Mechanical Engineering is a challenging programme for hard workers with strong analytical abilities and plenty of resourcefulness. In order to feel at home in the field of mechanical engineering you need to love technology, be versatile and keen to solve the challenges that people and society face today.

Throughout this programme you will become an expert in designing, improving and maintaining all kinds of machines, devices and installations, as well structures and processes. We will equip you for a very broad field of work, teaching you to contribute to many different kinds of innovations and improvements. Some examples include: 3D-printing a ship propeller; making a power plant sustainable; building a window-cleaning robot, or an exoskeleton for rehabilitation processes; developing and applying new materials for lighter, stronger aeroplane wings; contributing to the development of the self-driving car, or the magnetic glider train.

With this Bachelor’s programme you will become an academically educated and highly resourceful mechanical engineer – an independent thinker who understands the technology our society relies on, now and in the future.

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First time at university

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

You complete modules

Your Bachelor’s programme is three years long and is designed according to the Twente Educational Model. Every year you have four ten-week modules; so, during the course of your studies you complete twelve modules. In every module you work on a current subject from society or the business world. Within that subject all the different parts of your study come together: theory and practice, researching connections and designing solutions, self-study and teamwork.

Study points - How do they work?

At university you will come across something called study credit. Also known as EC(s). The abbreviation EC is derived from the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which allows you to compare courses internationally. One credit equals 28 hours of work; you need to reach 60 credits each year. You receive credits for every assignment you pass. Your programme decides how many hours it takes to complete an assignment, write a project report or study to pass an exam.

Did you get 45 credit points or more? Then you can continue on to the second year

In order to pass from first year to second year, you have to get a minimum of 45 out of 60 points in the first year. You need at least 45 EC in your first year in order to continue with the programme. At the end of your first year, we will give you a Binding Study Advice (BSA). If you reach 45 EC, you can be sure that you are in the right place and can keep up with the programme. If it doesn’t go exactly as you had planned, then we are of course always available to advise you. 

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