Design your own curriculum

How we teach

The structure of our bachelor's degree programs

  • 3 years

  • 4 quartiles per year

  • 60 ECTS (credits) per year

  • Bachelor of Science Degree

  • Major

    Your major is the largest part of your course load and determines your field. It is a coherent set of courses that will give you a strong foundation in your chosen career. TU/e currently offers fifteen different majors.

  • Basic subjects

    Basic courses will provide you with a real engineering foundation in mathematics, natural sciences and design. They will also allow you to develop professional skills such as planning, organizing, communicating, looking up information and working in teams.

  • Electives

    Elective courses are how you accentuate your bachelor’s degree program. Choose courses from another field to broaden your knowledge. Or build even more expertise in your own field. You can shape your course program to hone your analytical skills and prepare yourself for the topics and career that fascinate you most.

    This is how you become an innovative problem solver who can work with people from all over the world.

  • USE

    USE stands for User, Society and Entrepreneurs, three points of view you will take in these courses. USE courses are not as technology-focused, but teach you the perspective you will need to be able to translate your technological knowledge into societal applications.

    All engineers are part of a larger ecosystem of perspectives, and the more you understand those, the more your inventions will change the world.

An average week

Becoming an engineer requires dedication. In an average week, you can expect to spend around 40 hours on coursework: 

  • 12 tot 15 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars, working groups or project work 
  • 15 hours of solo or group self-study, at home or in the TU/e working spaces

Design-Based Learning (DBL) 

Design-Based Learning projects are where you will learn to translate scientific technological knowledge into applications for use in society. This form of learning is an excellent addition to the usual lectures, instruction groups and seminars.  

You will work in small groups, combining various kinds of knowledge and applying it to the problem at hand. This may be specialist knowledge from your own major or knowledge from other disciplines. DBL projects help you grow into an engineer who can develop new or improved technical systems and products for society.