Bachelor Mechanical Engineering

Course structure

For the Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree program, as for all our bachelor’s degree programs, TU/e has chosen an educational approach that combines learning subject matter knowledge with opportunities to apply that knowledge and to develop professional skills such as holding meetings, presenting and teamwork. The program consists of courses (learning the theory during lectures and practicing with the material during exercises) and Challenge Based Learning (CBL). In CBL, students work on problems in groups. More information about CBL

In each of the three years, electives allow you to shape your program. Gain a broader perspectives by selecting courses and projects from other TU/e bachelor’s degree programs or specialize within Mechanical Engineering by choosing courses and projects specific to Mechanical Engineering. The third year is the capstone to your bachelor’s degree program and the start of your preparation for a possible subsequent master’s degree program.

Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree program

Type of education

1st year

2nd year

 3rd year

Major courses



Major projects 10 10 10

Electives (courses or projects)*


20 30

Basisc courses

20 5


Final project


- 10
Total 60 60 60

First year

The first year consists of eight courses, two per quartile. In addition, you will do two DBL projects, some training sessions and two elective courses or projects. You can choose these elective courses or projects from Mechanical Engineering or any other TU/e program.

Second year

In your second year, you will do five courses, two DBL cases and a basic course. In addition, you will do an elective or USE course – courses linking technology to users, society and enterprise – every quartile.

Third year

The third year is the capstone to your bachelor’s degree program and prepares you for a master’s degree program. You will do some mechanical engineering courses, two DBL projects, an elective or USE course, and your bachelor’s degree graduation project. Each of these courses has room to go broader or more in depth.