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During your Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, you will collect a total of 120 EC within two years. You will follow (elective) courses related to the specialisation in Aeronautics, do an internship and you will end your Master’s by writing your master’s thesis. What your curriculum will look like exactly, depends on the choices you make within this specialisation.

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.

Number of EC

Specialisation courses
You need to choose at least six of the specialisation courses.

30 EC

  • Advanced Topics in Finite Element Methods
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Aircraft & Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Composites
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Design for Maintenance Operations
  • Experimental Methods in Fluid and Thermal Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Numerical Methods
  • Frontiers in Aeronautics
  • Linear Solid Mechanics
  • Safety by Design
  • Structural Health and Condition Monitoring

Elective courses

You can choose courses of the Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, but you can also choose (a maximum of three) courses offered by other programmes at UT. Of course, you can also choose more of the specialisation courses listed above.

30 EC

Examples of electives that perfectly fit this specialisation:

  • Composites Forming
  • Computational Optimisation
  • Control for UAVs
  • Flexible Multibody Dynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Machine Learning in Engineering
  • Nonlinear Solid Mechanics
  • Wind Energy


15 EC

In the first quartile of your second year, you will do an internship, as preparation for the professional field. If you are a student entering from a university of applied science (Dutch HBO), you will follow 15 EC master’s courses, instead of doing an internship.

Master’s thesis

45 EC

You will finish your Master’s in ME with your master’s thesis.

Total EC

120 EC

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During your Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, you will gain practical experience by doing an internship for approximately three months. There are many options open to you when it comes to choosing your internship. If you are a student entering from a university of applied science (Dutch HBO), you will follow 15 EC master’s courses, instead of doing an internship.

Examples of internships our students took on:

Master’s thesis

You will end your Master’s with your master’s thesis. The choice of your graduation subject is largely up to you. Some examples of topics include aerodynamics for aircraft/UAV and wind turbines, gas dynamics for high speed flow and space applications, design and analysis of materials, numerical methods (computational fluid dynamics or finite element analysis), experimental methods (wind tunnel testing), noise control, safety, or maintenance. You can choose to complete (part of) your final thesis at an external institution or organisation as well.

Your master’s thesis could involve undertaking projects such as:
  • Design optimisation for the various configurations of upcoming, more electric aircraft
  • ·Advanced computational fluid dynamics studies of aircraft or wind turbine blades, aircraft wings, or turbine blades, contributing to sustainable or silent design
  • Comparative studies into hydrogen-, biofuel- and electric propulsion-based power for aircrafts in order to understand what should be used when and where
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