Your course program? You decide!

Program structure

Facts & figures

  • 3 years

  • 4 quartiles per year

  • 60 ECTS (credits) per year

  • 45 ECTS worth of free electives in total

  • 40 hours of study time per week

  • Bachelor of Science Degree

Future-proof engineer

Are you thinking of doing a bachelor’s degree program at Eindhoven University of Technology? Then you are on your way to becoming a future-proof engineer. An engineer ready to create technological solutions for the challenges our world faces - not just today, but in the future as well. At TU/e, you will:

  • develop a thorough technological foundation in your field
  • immediately apply what you learn in practice
  • learn to collaborate with disciplines outside your field and with other cultures

You will also learn how you can continue to develop yourself as a professional throughout your career. That is an essential skill, since developments are faster than ever. The technological knowledge you learn today will likely become obsolete in only a few years’ time.

Different types of courses

During your studies here at TU/e, you will come across several types of courses in your bachelor’s degree program:

  • Basic courses
    The basic courses are the same for every TU/e bachelor’s degree student. These courses will teach you the “language” of technology, making it easier to “talk to” engineers in other fields later on. For instance, courses like mathematics, natural sciences and designing and using large datasets.
  • Major courses
    Major courses match the field you want to specialize in. They constitute the largest part of your bachelor’s degree program. Right now, you can choose from 15 majors.
  • USE courses
    The USE courses teach you to view technology from the perspective of Users, Society and Enterprises. You will place technology within a wider context and will learn to keep the wishes of all those involved in mind. For instance, how can you make sure that patients will actually use a care robot or self-driving car? And which ethical questions pop up when you are developing a new technology?
  • Free electives
    With your free electives, you can give your degree program a personal flair, based on your interests and ambitions. Do you want to specialize in a single field? Or would you rather combine disciplines? The choice is yours. Of course, that does not mean you have to make all the decisions by yourself. Our teachers will support you whenever necessary.

From lectures to design projects

The courses include inspiring lectures, small-scale instruction meetings, supervised independent learning and Challenge Based Learning (CBL). During CBL projects, you and your team will work on technological design assignments. In other words: you will translate the knowledge you have gained into concrete solutions for a societal problem. Sometimes together with students from your own program, and sometimes with students from other programs. This way you will learn to build bridges between technology and the world around you, even before your career starts. A skill that is very much in demand with employers. This means that your chances in the labor market, after you graduate, will be excellent. Especially in Brainport Eindhoven, the technological hotspot of Europe with TU/e at its beating heart. Brainport is one of the reasons TU/e is renowned internationally for its industry collaborations!

An average week of studying

Per week, you will spend around 40 hours on studying.

  • 12 to 15 hours of lectures
  • About 10 hours in working groups or project teams
  • 15 hours of self-study, at home or in one of the TU/e working spaces


A bachelor’s degree program consists of 180 ECTS credits worth of courses. You can find the split in the table below. One ECTS credit is equivalent to 28 hours of study.

Program part

Number of credits

Per course


Final project


Basic courses (5 courses)


Major (17 courses + final project)


USE courses (3 courses)


Free electives (9 courses)


Honors Academy

Are you looking for some additional challenge during your bachelor’s degree program? Then our Honors Academy may be just the thing for you. The Honors Academy gives you the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary student team and work on a project that can really make a difference. The first car that runs on formic acid, an motorcycle, house drone or a biosensor that detects disease – all innovations from Honors Academy students. The Honors tracks are in addition to your regular course load and will earn you 30 additional ECTS credits.

Come take a look!

We understand that deciding on a bachelor’s program is not easy. That’s why there are several ways to get acquainted with the TU/e bachelor’s degree programs. Watch a webinar, visit an information day or come be a student for a day. Would you like to be kept up to date of our information activities? Create an account on MyStart@TU/e. You will receive an email when registration opens for an activity.