While studying Industrial Engineering, you will follow mathematics and basic engineering courses in addition to Industrial Engineering courses. From your second year, you will be able to broaden or deepen your knowledge with electives. You will also take courses that will give you a solid foundation as an engineer.

With the electives, you determine the direction of your studies. You can choose from courses within the Industrial Engineering program for extra depth. You can also choose to broaden your studies and take courses from other programs of the department or other programs at TU/e. There must be a connection between the courses. The package of courses that you choose must meet the requirements regarding the number of introductory, deepening and advanced courses.

To help you meet all of the requirements and make a good plan, you can make use of the PlanApp and various information sessions. Of course, the academic advisors are also available to you with personal advice.

For more information, visit the online education guide: https://studiegids.tue.nl/opleidingen/bachelor-college/majors/industrial-engineering

To give you an idea of what is possible, here are some examples.

Examples of deepening courses within Industrial Engineering

  • Courses on Advanced Operations Management
    • You will learn how to model and analyze various operations and processes, followed by how to solve the resulting decision problems. You will additionally learn about processes in the transportation and maintenance industry.
  • Courses on Business Economics
    • You will gain a deeper and broader understanding of subjects such as accounting, finance, risk management and microeconomics.
  • Courses on Advanced Information Systems
    • You will learn about the role of business information systems in digitization. Part of this is the quantitative analysis of business problems. In addition, you will study the strategic importance of these types of systems and applications of information systems within healthcare.
  • Courses on Data Science for IE
    • You will take courses related to the use of data, algorithms, the basics of computation, programming and machine learning.
  • Courses on Finance and Risk & Economics
    • You will get a realistic picture of the important role that mathematical models play in the world of finance.

Examples of broadening courses within the department:

  • Courses related to the Psychology & Technology bachelor’s degree
    • You will learn more about the consequences of people’s behavior and how to achieve a perfect match between people and work. In doing so, you will look at situations from both perspectives.
  • Courses related to Sustainable Innovation
    • You will learn how to deal with innovation and how to handle uncertainty and risk in high-tech markets.


You can also take broadening courses at other programs within TU/e, such as at the Department of the Built Environment and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Depending on how you choose to fill out your elective space, you can start a follow-on master’s program without barriers or conditions after completing your bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. The Operations Management Logistics (OML) and Innovation Management (IM) master’s programs can be started directly after completing your Industrial Engineering bachelor’s degree.