Products and services in today’s world are steadily becoming more advanced and complex.

We need modern business processes in order to develop, sell, produce, purchase and maintain them, and to use and recycle them safely and efficiently. The way these business processes are organized and managed is crucial. And this is precisely the area on which te master’s programme in Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) concentrates.

The master’s programme focuses on the development and management of processes within or between companies. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge of scientific theories, allowing you to analyze and optimize processes in organizations and apply your findings. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the relation between process development, process control and the relevant achievement indicators.

Are you interested in advising organizations in the business, financial services or healthcare sectors on how to improve processes so that they can optimize their performance? Can you appreciate the extent of the opportunities offered by information technology? Then this could be the right master’s programme for you!


Study Details:

MSc 2 years full-time

Module Details:

The master’s programme in IEM is taught entirely in English en starts in September. The programme comprises a total of 120 European Credits (EC) over a period of two years. There are four specializations within the IEM master’s programme as above.

You have to choose one of these specializations before starting the master’s programme. The IEM programme offers six common courses (30 EC), open for all students. Some are compulsory, some are elective. The common courses are:

– Introduction to IEM;
– Simulation;
– Management and Organization of Technological Innovation;
– Management of Technology;
– Organization & Strategy
– Empirical Research and Data Analysis.

In addition to the common courses each specialization offers:
– two bridging courses (10 EC) (which give students the possibility to cover possible knowledge gaps depending on educational background);
– a number of specific specialization courses (50 EC);
– final thesis (30 EC).

Elective courses

The programme offers a fair amount of flexibility through elective courses. You can focus on your area of interest for up to one half year of the programme (30 EC) and achieve your personal goals. The electives also offer for a chance to study abroad.

After passing all the courses, you complete the master’s programme with a master’s thesis (30 EC). You choose your thesis subject and complete research either within the university or as an assignment at an external organization.


2012-2013 Statutory tariff full time €1771; Institutional rate full time €12650

Entry Requirements

The IEM Admission Board assesses international applicants with a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a research university or university for higher professional education (college) on an individual basis. International applicants have to meet the following criteria:

– an adequate educational background (certificates including secondary school);
– a NUFFIC credential evaluation;
– good academic records (with an overview of all courses you finished);
– a convincing explanation of your motivation in English;
– a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS (or equivalent) is required (see also
An applicant with a Dutch nationality and an international degree will be assessed on the admissions requirements as mentioned under national degree.
An applicant with a non-Dutch nationality and a Dutch degree will be assessed on the admissions requirements as mentioned under international degree.

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