Industrial Engineering

Degree structure

Course structure

In addition to the subject-specific knowledge you gain during the Bachelor Industrial Engineering at TU/e, there is ample opportunity to apply this knowledge and to develop professional skills. Think of attending and participating in meetings, presentations and collaborations. The program contains lectures that explain the theory. During the guided self-study, you practice the theory by doing exercises. You then apply this knowledge in the Challenge-Based Learning projects.

You can shape your three-year program according to your wishes by choosing electives. You may want to broaden your knowledge by taking subjects or projects from other bachelor's programs at TU/e, or you can deepen your knowledge within the field of Industrial Engineering by choosing subjects and projects from the Industrial Engineering program. The third year marks the capstone of the bachelor's program and prepares you for potentially pursuing a fitting master's program.

So, a bachelor's degree at TU/e is three years and consists of various learning activities:

  • Core courses – courses linked to the Industrial Engineering domain/field of expertise of IE
  • An impact of technology learning line (ITEC) – learning how technology can make an impact on society
  • Electives – develop your program to your personal preferences by choosing deepening or broadening courses
  • Challenge based education – application of your knowledge in real life projects
  • External learning activities – internships, courses at other Dutch or alliance universities, projects at the TU/e Innovation Space

First year

During the first year, you become familiar with the areas of expertise that shape the field of Industrial Engineering. You predominantly develop your competences: you take  engineering courses (mathematics, statistics, data engineering) combined with core  courses that form the fundament of the IE program, and an ITEC course on ethics.  The core courses are related to the key areas of the IE program:

  • Work and organization psychology
  • Operations Management
  • Product Innovation
  • Information Systems

Second year

In the second year, you deepen your knowledge in the above four key areas of IE. Furthermore, you learn to apply your knowledge and develop your professional skills in two integration courses, and a multidisciplinary challenge-based project.

In the second year you also make a start with personalizing your program by taking 3 elective courses.

Third year

The third year is all about strengthening your vision and identity and about demonstrating your competences in the Bachelor End Project.

Half of the third year is dedicated to electives. In the other half, you follow the final core courses and the ITEC course, and you do your Bachelor End Project.

In this individual project, you show that you are able to analyze and research a business case relevant to Industrial Engineering by formulating a clear research question. You collect and analyze data, define possible causes and explanations for the issue and provide recommendations for improvement.

You conduct your research at, or in collaboration with, a company or external organization and present your results in a presentation and in a report.

Do you want to know more about the curriculum of the Bachelor's Program of Industrial Engineering or the Final Bachelor's Project? Check out the educationguide. Please note: the Education Guide is a document that is used as a source of information by current TU/e students, containing detailed, practical information that is important during the course


In addition to your core you can choose electives that will accentuate your study program. You can pick subjects from another field that will help broaden your knowledge or you can choose to go deeper in your own field.  

Current electives include:

  • Health 
  • Economy 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Logistics 
  • Work and organization psychology 
  • Information systems 

By shaping your own study, you select the societal challenges you want to help solve. As a TU/e graduate you will have a powerful analytical capacity, you will be innovative, a problem-solver and able to work with people from all over the world.

Teaching approaches

Industrial Engineering offers you a wide range of subjects through various teaching approaches.  

  • Lectures: in which a lecturer explains the theory of a subject 
  • Tutorials: in which you work on assignments under the supervision of a lecturer or tutor; this is usually for the mathematics subjects 
  • Group projects: in which you work together with your fellow students in groups on typical industrial engineering assignments 
  • Challenge-Based Learning (CBL): in which you apply the theory in real-life projects 

Right from the first year, lectures alternate with tutorials, group work and assignments. This means that as well as studying the theoretical basic subjects, you  are immediately working together with your fellow students on projects. One day you might be examining purchasing, the next you’ll be studying the process from the perspective of marketing or logistics.


In the first year you are coached by a student mentor to ensure that you make a smooth start. Experienced TU/e coaches are by your side to offer personal advice from the very start of your study, from the moment you enroll when you and your coach look at the major that best suits you and how you can best supplement this with your electives. In this way you create your own study program, one that fits your interests and ambitions.