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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 Energy & Flow, 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 Thermodynamics
  • Composites
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy Conversion Technology
  • Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Fluid Mechanics of Turbomachines 1
  • Frontiers in Energy and Flow
  • Fundamentals of Numerical Methods
  • Multiphase Flows
  • Multiscale Functional Materials
  • Structural Health and Condition Monitoring
  • Transport Phenomena

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:

  • Aircraft & Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Biofluid Dynamics
  • Design for Maintenance Operations
  • Energy from Biomass
  • Energy Storage
  • Gasdynamics
  • 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. Your research can be experimental or theoretical, including numerical simulations, as well as fundamental or directed at a specific application. You can choose to conduct (part of) your final thesis at an external institution or organisation as well. At UT, you can make use of excellent facilities, like our state-of-the-art wind tunnel, pilot-plants for thermal conversion processes, or a specialised high-tech lab facility for thin-layer flow.

Your master’s thesis could involve undertaking projects such as:
  • Performance measurements of a small scale wind turbine in UT’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel.
  • Development and validation of pump and gas turbine models
  • Modelling and evaluation of a sodium-chlorid fluidised bed drying process
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