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This specialization belongs to the master's programme Industrial Engineering and Management.

Our third specialization, Production & Logistics Management (PLM), focuses on the design, planning, optimization and control of operational processes in production, transportation, supply chains and sustainability and service logistics. How do you plan logistics between multiple actors in an uncertain world? How do you use real-time location information to improve performance? In this specialization, you will gain expertise in a key area Industrial Engineering & Management: the impact of customized logistical designs on overall performance. 

Modern production and logistics methods are growing ever more complex. Product lifetime is on the decrease, suppliers and buyers are spreading across the planet and more activities are being outsourced. In the PLM track, you will cut straight to the heart of the supply chain, from sourcing raw materials to delivering finished products to customers. You will learn to pinpoint the best location for production facilities and distribution centres, and identify the resources they need. You will also get to grips with how to structure operations management in production, warehousing, transport, distribution and purchasing. The key is to give customers the standard of service they want and to ensure process reliability.

In the courses, you will apply advanced software tools for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and integer linear programming (ILP) problems, capacity analysis of production systems, distribution planning and vehicle routing. You will also get familiar with Economic Order Quantity calculations, a typical Industrial Engineering & Management challenge. Some courses in this track are shared with our Master’s programme Mechanical Engineering.


The PLM track offers four Research Orientations:

  • Service Logistics & Maintenance Management
  • Supply Chain &Transport Management
  • Manufacturing Logistics
  • Operations Management in Healthcare 

Mandatory common courses:

  • Operations Research Techniques 1
  • Operations Research Techniques 2
  • Simulation

For each Research Orientation, three of the following courses are also mandatory:

  • Reliability Engineering & Maintenance Management
  • After-sales Service Logistics
  • Advanced Inventory Management
  • Planning & Scheduling
  • Maintenance Engineering & Management
  • Warehousing
  • Transportation & Logistics Management
  • Optimization of Healthcare Processes
  • Statistics & Probability

Additional specializations

For the niche expertise you may want to develop during your Master’s in Industrial Engineering & Management, we offer numerous additional specializations, for instance:

  • Mathematics
  • Maintenance
  • Information Systems & Management
  • Transport Engineering
  • Management & Design

Want to learn more about how to tailor the IEM Master’s to your special wants? Contact us today

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