Department TFE

Master's in Mechanical Engineering

The department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering contributes to the master's programme Mechanical Engineering. Thermal and Fluid Engineering is one of the five specializations the student can choose from within this master's porgramme.  Visit the website for the MSc programme Mechanical Engineering for more general information. 

thermal and fluid engineering specialization

Modern engineering challenges concern the design and development of processes and equipment with a high performance and minimal environmental impact, i.e. effective use of resources, energy and minimal generation of waste products and noise.  Examples in the realm of Thermal and Fluid Engineering are: wind turbines, pumps, airplanes, compressors, gas turbines, pyrolysis in fluidized beds, heat pumps, heat engines, multi-scale systems, thin layer flows, contact mechanics, and granular flows.

The research is both experimental and theoretical, including numerical simulations. Our laboratories are well-equipped and have bench-scale facilities and pilot-plants for thermal conversion processes and (aero-acoustic) wind tunnel facilities. New processes,  equipment and advanced methods for (multi-scale) modeling are developed. The department collaborates with research institutes and industry.

As a Thermal and Fluid Engineering student you will be trained to translate fundamental insights from physics, thermodynamics, mechanics and nature into solutions for the major problems in society.

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master program structure

The two-year, full-time Master's in Mechanical Engineering will prepare you for your future profession based on of three competency profiles: Design and Construction (D&C), Research and Development (R&D) and Organization and Management (O&M, only available for SET students). You will have the freedom to compose your own programme with a clear focus on the chosen competency profile and your chosen specialization.


You will choose 25 EC of competence profile courses: 20 in electives within your chosen profile and 5 from another profile. This is independent on the chosen specialization. For your specialization, you will pick 15 EC of the departments core courses and 20 EC on specialisation courses. Go the the course list for a full list of courses offered by the TFE department. 


All specializations of the Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering (ME) include a mandatory internship. Although you are supposed to find a suitable employer for this internship yourself, internships are often arranged through contacts within the TFE department. The Student Mobility Centre (SMC) of the Faculty of Engineering Technology can help you finding a place as well. International internships are very much encouraged, since gaining international experience is one of the objectives of the Master's programme in Mechanial Engineering.  Examples of company's students from the TFE department have been are: Shell, Exxon, Philips, Akzo, NLR, ECN, Marin, Gasunie, TNO's, Wartsila, Siemens, Nuon, Rolls-Royce (UK, D), BASF, GE, DLR, Imperial College, Stanford, Sintef, Vestas, Statoil and many more. 

master assignment

The master assignment is the programme's final component. The project shows that you are able to function on an academic level and to deliver a valuable contribution to the research field within your chosen specialization. Within the TFE department it is possible to do your master assignment on an external location (institute, university or company) or in-house in one of the three research groups within the TFE department. Enroll yourself for the TFE Blackboard organization page for a up-to-date list of master assignments.