mechanical engineering

Invent innovative solutions for social challenges
Perhaps the Bachelor's programme in Mechanical Engineering getting underway in Amsterdam in September 2019 is just the thing for you. The programme is a collaboration of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Twente.

Innovation and social relevance

Mechanical engineers invent, design, make and improve all kinds of machines, constructions, processes and technologies. They can be deployed wherever social issues need high-tech solutions. These solutions might involve new technologies in the care sector, the use of drones for our safety, working on the development of a fuel-efficient hydrogen car that can reduce the use of fossil fuels, and mobile devices and e-bikes that simplify our lives. In short, mechanical engineering is a broadly-based technical degree programme that's highly innovative and has real social relevance.

Invent and create a relevant high-tech product with a team of students

During the degree programme, you'll put into practice the theory you learn from tutorials and lectures. You'll work with groups of students on high-tech designs that are beneficial for people and society: an innovative blood pressure monitor, an e-bike or a waste-collection vehicle for a festival site, for example. You and your team might sometimes even deliver a genuine working prototype!

Practicals and projects at the University of Twente campus too

To optimize the degree programme and make it as innovative as possible, you’ll take classes taught by lecturers from both VU Amsterdam and the University of Twente. You'll have most of your tutorials and lectures in Amsterdam, and you’ll go to the high-tech workplaces on campus in Enschede for various practicals and projects.
Highly educated technicians are very much in demand in the Netherlands. As a mechanical engineering graduate, you'll have excellent job prospects in a broad spectrum of sectors and professions. The fields open to you will include the care sector and the automotive, aircraft, electronics, engineering and chemical industries. You'll be well qualified for a position at large companies such as Shell, Akzo, KLM, TATA steel, MEDcom and ASML, as well as smaller engineering firms and research institutes, like TNO. You'll be able to embark on a career as, for instance, a technical advisor or a product or project manager, or you can even set up your own business.
International diploma
Students from outside the Netherlands should have a pre-university secondary education comparable to the Dutch VWO diploma, with high passing grades in Mathematics and Physics as required subjects. As the programme is taught entirely in English, a high level of English proficiency (CEFR, B2/C1 level; minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent)

Dutch VWO diploma
You will be directly admitted to the Bachelor’s programme in Mechanical Engineering if you possess a Dutch VWO diploma with a profile in 'Natuur & Techniek'. You may also be eligible to start the programme with a profile in 'Natuur & Gezondheid', but only with the subjects 'Wiskunde B' and 'Natuurkunde'. Furthermore, you may be eligible to start the programme with another profile, but only with the subjects 'Wiskunde B' and 'Natuurkunde'.

More information
Read more about how to enrol or please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Apply
You can arrange your application via University of Twente.
University of Twente campus
The campus, a site equivalent to 200 football fields where more than 10,000 students live, study and relax, is located on the periphery of Enschede and is a quarter of an hour from the centre of town by bike. You'll make the acquaintance of the members of 'W.S.G. Isaac Newton', the student association for mechanical engineering students at the University of Twente, attend guest lectures, enjoy all kinds of sports, and participate in activities such as the Batavierenrace, an annual 175-km relay race, and DeBedrijvendagen, the largest career event held in the Netherlands.

Commuting to Enschede
The timetable of the days on which you'll take classes at the University of Twente campus will be available soon. It is advisable to purchase a public transport weekday pass.

Overnight accommodation in Enschede
The accommodation available in Enschede for overnight stays and the related prices will be announced shortly.

Do you have more questions please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
Telephone: +31 (0)53 4895489
We are available on weekdays from 09.00 - 17.00 hrs.
E-mail: study@utwente.nl 

This is what you’ll be doing

The Bachelor's programme lasts three years and is divided into six semesters, each of which is six months in length. The semesters of the first two academic years all have a specific theme:
  • Smart factories/manufacturing
  • Energy transition and sustainability
  • Resilience and maintenance
  • Technology for healthcare
Your subjects:
  • In your first year, you'll take mathematics & modelling, mechanics & materials science, design & production and thermodynamics & life cycle analysis.
  • In your second year, you'll take mathematics & modelling, dynamics, plastics, physics of fluids and control systems engineering.
  • Finally, in your third year, you'll take the minor of your choice and work on your graduation research.
Extensive information is given below.

Annual overview

You can find more information about the structure of the Bachelor's programme in Mechanical Engineering in the annual timetable.

First year

In your first year, you'll start directly with the basic mechanical engineering disciplines mechanics & materials science, design & production and thermodynamics & life cycle analysis. Mathematics is integrated into all the mechanical engineering subjects so its significance will immediately be evident. Academic and professional skills will also be covered. You'll spend around 50 percent of your time on team projects tackling current problems and on tutorials.

  • In the first semester (which runs from September up to and including January), the theme will be ‘Manufacturing’ and you and your project group will make a technical design for a selected product. This will involve dealing with metal as a material and stiffness and strength calculations. You'll also learn various methods for producing designs. You'll conclude the semester with a prototype of the product you have designed and produced, and justify the design and the choices made in a project report.
  • In the second semester (which runs from February up to and including June), the theme will be ‘Energy Transition & Sustainability’ and you'll master the skills needed to address issues concerning the generation and application of sustainable energy. You'll analyse the existing energy management of a region, for instance. Then you'll look at the innovation opportunities and separate processes (how, for example, does solar energy work and what is biomass, what is the lifespan of the equipment and plants involved, how do you calculate it and how are you ultimately going to generate the energy?). You'll subsequently answer the question of what technology is required and design a new system to generate the energy needed.

Second year

In your second year, the disciplines covered will include dynamics, plastics, physics of fluids, control systems engineering and academic and professional skills. The programme will comprise a combination of theory (lectures and independent study) and solving current problems (projects and tutorials), as was the case in your first year.

  • In the first semester, the theme will be ‘Maintenance’ and you and your project group will start by designing a durable lightweight product made of plastic. Essential aspects here will be the design, manufacturability, production process and maintenance; the parts must be durable and easy to replace. Following on from this, you'll examine a large-scale mechatronic system such as a train or aircraft. A mechatronic system consists of large mechanical subsystems, sensors, actuators and control systems for the realization of controlled mechanical movement. Defects may arise at many points, but they can be prevented by a good maintenance analysis. You and your project group will design and analyse the maintenance status of subsystems based on tribology, dynamics, the production of machine parts and signal analysis.
  • In the second semester, the theme will be ‘Technology for Healthcare’ and you'll develop your know-how in the field of thermal conduction, flows and energy and apply it to medical equipment such as a breathing apparatus for newborn babies, blood pressure monitors, etc. Subsequently, you and your project group will design a medical instrument, making stress and deformation calculations of the instrument in the process. Finally, you'll design the production process for your project group's medical instrument. Learn more about the ‘Smart Factory’ here.

Third year

The third year of your Bachelor's programme in Mechanical Engineering will feature a minor and your graduation research.

Minor
In the first six months of your third year, you'll take the minor of your choice. Your minor may comprise specialized modules from your own degree programme, such as aviation technology or (bio)robotics. On the other hand, you can choose to broaden your horizons by taking modules from another programme, such as Civil Technology, Industrial Design Engineering or (Technical) Business Administration. The world is your oyster and you can, of course, go and study at another Dutch university or even abroad for six months.

And, if so inclined, you can use these optional subjects to prepare for a Master's in a different field of study.

Many students opt to take a module that's in line with their aspirations and that gives them a distinct advantage on the job market.

Graduation
The last semester of your degree programme will kick off with subjects in precision engineering and control engineering and you'll apply what you have learned in a small project in the field of robotics and mechatronics.

For the rest of the semester you'll be engaged in technical and scientific research in one of the Mechanical Engineering disciplines. You'll learn to set up and carry out a study and to look critically at the results it yields.

You'll complete the Bachelor's programme by publishing a paper and giving a presentation on your research and its impact on society.

This Bachelor's programme will give you access to Master's programmes at VU Amsterdam and the University of Twente so that you can specialize further.

Annual overview

You can find more information about the structure of the Bachelor's programme in Mechanical Engineering in the annual timetable.

First year

In your first year, you'll start directly with the basic mechanical engineering disciplines mechanics & materials science, design & production and thermodynamics & life cycle analysis. Mathematics is integrated into all the mechanical engineering subjects so its significance will immediately be evident. Academic and professional skills will also be covered. You'll spend around 50 percent of your time on team projects tackling current problems and on tutorials.

  • In the first semester (which runs from September up to and including January), the theme will be ‘Manufacturing’ and you and your project group will make a technical design for a selected product. This will involve dealing with metal as a material and stiffness and strength calculations. You'll also learn various methods for producing designs. You'll conclude the semester with a prototype of the product you have designed and produced, and justify the design and the choices made in a project report.
  • In the second semester (which runs from February up to and including June), the theme will be ‘Energy Transition & Sustainability’ and you'll master the skills needed to address issues concerning the generation and application of sustainable energy. You'll analyse the existing energy management of a region, for instance. Then you'll look at the innovation opportunities and separate processes (how, for example, does solar energy work and what is biomass, what is the lifespan of the equipment and plants involved, how do you calculate it and how are you ultimately going to generate the energy?). You'll subsequently answer the question of what technology is required and design a new system to generate the energy needed.

Second year

In your second year, the disciplines covered will include dynamics, plastics, physics of fluids, control systems engineering and academic and professional skills. The programme will comprise a combination of theory (lectures and independent study) and solving current problems (projects and tutorials), as was the case in your first year.

  • In the first semester, the theme will be ‘Maintenance’ and you and your project group will start by designing a durable lightweight product made of plastic. Essential aspects here will be the design, manufacturability, production process and maintenance; the parts must be durable and easy to replace. Following on from this, you'll examine a large-scale mechatronic system such as a train or aircraft. A mechatronic system consists of large mechanical subsystems, sensors, actuators and control systems for the realization of controlled mechanical movement. Defects may arise at many points, but they can be prevented by a good maintenance analysis. You and your project group will design and analyse the maintenance status of subsystems based on tribology, dynamics, the production of machine parts and signal analysis.
  • In the second semester, the theme will be ‘Technology for Healthcare’ and you'll develop your know-how in the field of thermal conduction, flows and energy and apply it to medical equipment such as a breathing apparatus for newborn babies, blood pressure monitors, etc. Subsequently, you and your project group will design a medical instrument, making stress and deformation calculations of the instrument in the process. Finally, you'll design the production process for your project group's medical instrument. Learn more about the ‘Smart Factory’ here.

Third year

The third year of your Bachelor's programme in Mechanical Engineering will feature a minor and your graduation research.

Minor
In the first six months of your third year, you'll take the minor of your choice. Your minor may comprise specialized modules from your own degree programme, such as aviation technology or (bio)robotics. On the other hand, you can choose to broaden your horizons by taking modules from another programme, such as Civil Technology, Industrial Design Engineering or (Technical) Business Administration. The world is your oyster and you can, of course, go and study at another Dutch university or even abroad for six months.

And, if so inclined, you can use these optional subjects to prepare for a Master's in a different field of study.

Many students opt to take a module that's in line with their aspirations and that gives them a distinct advantage on the job market.

Graduation
The last semester of your degree programme will kick off with subjects in precision engineering and control engineering and you'll apply what you have learned in a small project in the field of robotics and mechatronics.

For the rest of the semester you'll be engaged in technical and scientific research in one of the Mechanical Engineering disciplines. You'll learn to set up and carry out a study and to look critically at the results it yields.

You'll complete the Bachelor's programme by publishing a paper and giving a presentation on your research and its impact on society.

This Bachelor's programme will give you access to Master's programmes at VU Amsterdam and the University of Twente so that you can specialize further.

Overview Mechanical Engineering

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

3 years (full time)

TUITION FEE

Your tuition fees will be payable to the University of Twente since this is the university that will be awarding you your degree. Read more about the tuition fees on the University of Twente website.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

before 1 May 2019

START DATE

1 September 2019

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

BINDING STUDY ADVICE

45 EC

FIELD OF INTEREST

Computer Science, Mathematics and Business
Natural Sciences

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