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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 Design & Manufacturing, 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

  • 3D printing
  • Biomechatronics
  • Composites
  • Design, Production & Materials
  • Design of Production & Inventory Systems
  • Durability of Consumer Products
  • Frontiers in Design and Manufacturing
  • Laser Materials Processing
  • Maintenance Engineering & Management
  • Manufacturing Facility Design
  • Modelling of Technical Design Processes
  • Systems Engineering

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:

  • Adhesion and Bonding Technology
  • Composites Forming
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Electric Vehicle System Design
  • Governing Product Development
  • Integrative Design of Biomedical Products
  • Life-Cycle Strategy


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. Most students complete their graduation project at an external organisation, either in the Netherlands or abroad. This is a highly recommended option since it is a great opportunity to combine your academic skills with experience in the professional field.

Your master’s thesis could involve undertaking projects such as:
  • Transforming a company’s product portfolio from engineering-to-order to configure-to-order
  • Designing, prototyping and validating a 5-axis extrusion 3D printer
  • Developing a methodology for efficient determination of process parameters in Pulse Electrochemical Machining
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