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In addition to the compulsory courses of the Master's in Industrial Engineering & Management, you will follow additional courses within the specialisation in Production & Logistics Management (PLM)In two years of study you will collect 120 EC.

European Credit Transfer System

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.

Contents of year 1

First year

Compulsory courses for the Master's
for all Master's students in Industrial Engineering & Management

10 EC

IEM Research Orientation

Data Science

Specialisation courses
compulsory for the specialisation in PLM 

15 EC

Operations Research Techniques 1 

Stochastic Optimization and Learning


Orientation courses
depending on your chosen research orientation within PLM you will take three of these courses

15 EC

After-Sales Service Logistics

Advanced Inventory Management

Transportation and Logistics Management

Planning & Scheduling


Reliability Engineering & Maintenance Management

Elective courses

20 EC

In consultation with the specialisation coordinator, you will compose a study plan that best matches your wishes and future plans. In two years, you will collect a total of 45 EC of elective courses. Examples of electives are the courses that are not compulsory for your orientation and/or all available courses by other engineering programmes. 

Total EC of year 1

60 EC

Do you need in-depth information about these courses?
Contact our programme coordinator Niek van der Veen:

Contents of year 2

Second year

Elective courses

25 EC

You will finish the total of 45EC electives. These electives can be followed at UT, at other universities in the Netherlands or even abroad. You can also choose to add a second specialisation, consisting of a prefixed package of courses worth 30 EC. 

Master's thesis 

35 EC

Your master’s thesis is worth 30 EC. You will prepare your thesis by writing a research proposal during the Thesis Preparation, which is a 5 EC course. 

Total EC of year 2

60 EC

Master's thesis

You will finish your Master’s by writing your master’s thesis. This involves applying what you have learned to a real-life situation, executing a research at an actual company and writing a thesis. The choice of your graduation subject is largely up to you and the research orientation you have chosen. Most of the master’s projects involve improving efficiency within an organisation.  

Your master's thesis could involve investigating questions such as:
  • How can the performance of a packaging line of the Heineken Brewery be enhanced, while taking into account the quality and safety regulations?  
  • How can the waste collection planning of the municipality of Amsterdam be improved? 
  • How can operating room utilisation at Bergman Clinics be improved?
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