Course information

Language of instruction

Since two years all tracks of the master programme of Mechanical Engineering are being taught in English. That is, all the course material is in English, and the language of instruction is English if one or more non-Dutch speaking students are present. The bachelor programme, on the other hand, is overall still being taught in Dutch. Therefore, there are hardly any subjects on bachelor level suitable for non-Dutch speaking students. This means that if you are interested to follow some courses in our department, you will have to be a final year bachelor or a master student.

When (year, semester, phase) and who (which participating department)

In the course information system VIST you can find information on all the courses of the University of Twente. It also contains, per department, news messages about the courses (i.e. schedule changes) and the announcements of the defence of MSc-theses.

When you start searching in VIST for suitable courses, please be sure to check to following:

- Year of study: 2008

- Participating programme: ME (= Mechanical Engineering)

- Phase: M (= master)

- Course language: English

Because VIST is sometimes not completely up-to-date, if you don't find what you're looking or hoping for you could try using:

- Year of study: 2007
(but you'll have to
check if the course is re-scheduled for the new year !)

- Participating programme: WB []
(WB = Werktuigbouwkunde = Mechanical Engineering)

- Phase: D1, D2, D3, D
(D = “Doctoraalfase” = "2nd & 3rd year of bachelor + 1st & 2nd year of master")

So, in case you do end up wanting to do a course scheduled in a B-phase (= bachelor), be aware that the language of instruction for these courses is probably Dutch, as mentioned before. If according to VIST the language of instruction of a desired course, scheduled in the M-phase, is Dutch, please check that it has changed in the meanwhile.

Prior knowledge

Another important aspect you have to be aware of while choosing courses: ‘required or desired prior knowledge’! For some of the courses you do need a certain prior knowledge. To save the Erasmus coordinator lots of time, please check within your own transcript of records if you have this prior knowledge. If you’re not sure you have it, please check whether your knowledge is sufficient with the person indicated after the word 'Inquiries' or with the contact person given in the description. Please use a cc: to the Erasmus coordinator.

Relation between master courses and tracks of the Master programme Mechanical Engineering

To give you an idea which courses / subjects are related to which research area, please check out the “Study Programme” links on this page containing information about the compulsary and elective courses for each master track and each of the three profiles. In this excell-sheet the information from the “Study Programme” is combined with information in which quartile or semester the subjects are taught. The overview might help you choosing subjects which are taught in the same time period. Finally, this schedule gives you an idea which subjects were taught at the same lecture hour in the academic year 2007-2008. Use it to avoid overlapping of subjects. Beware: the overview and schedules are valid in the current year. Next year things might change, so always check VIST, the latest schedules and/or your contact.

Some bachelor courses

The following bachelor courses are part of the minor "Luchtvaarttechniek" (= "Aeronautical engineering") and might be taught in English next year:

- Introduction in aeronautical engineering (115436 ; 4.0 EC ; S1)

- Aerodynamics (115437 ; 6.0 EC ; S1)

- The Aerospace and Aviation Industry (185258 ; 3.0 EC ; K2)

- Aircraftstructures, loads and vibrations (115439 ; 5.0 EC ; S1)

- Aeronautical engineering - Capita Selecta (115450 ; 2.0 EC ; -)

- Airport Management: Strategy & Operations (412110 ; 5.0 EC ; …)

- Aerospace and Aviation Industry - Capita Selecta (… ; 5.0 EC ; …)

- Introduction Mechanics and Aerodynamics (... ; 5.0 EC; … ; for students with a non-technical background)

NOTE 1: this minor is still in development (from Dutch to English), so please bear with me for the latest information. Do not "assume" anything but check with me first.

NOTE 2: Participation in these courses is subjected to an assessment by the minor coordinator. He will decide if your pre-knowledge will enable you to follow these courses.


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