Industrial Engineering & Management

The course Industrial Engineering & Management teaches you how to use technology, management and economy in such a way that you will be able to improve production processes or to make organizations profitable or more sustainable.

Do you want to help organisation - such as manufacturing sites, health care organisations, energy supply companies or government agencies - to perform effectively in our increasingly complex society? Then this technical and managerial programme is the right choice for you. As an Industrial Engineer & Manager you will be involved in designing, managing, optimising and improving business processes. You learn how to use technology, management and finance to help organisations more efficient and innovative, minimize risks, improve production processes and maximize profitability. 

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During the first year you will lay a strong foundation in technology, economy, organisational science and management. From day 1 you are introduced to your future professional work field. You work in project groups at host companies, on real-life assignments from the business sector relating to quality management, process optimization and maintenance. You focus on themes, such as:

  • Productions and Business processes
  • Asset and maintenance management
  • Quality Management
  • Operational excellence

During the second year you will delve deeper into various subjects. Projects become more complex and focus on innovation and sustainability within an international context. You focus on themes, such as:

  • Process Design and Process Redesign
  • Material sciences
  • Business Information Systems
  • Innovation, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Change management
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Management 

You gain further experience with your internship "Exploring today: Managing operational challenges" and with a minor in the Netherlands or abroad. Here you can find all minors that HZ has to offer.

During your 4th year, you broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills even further and you prepare for your final thesis. You focus on themes, such as:

  • Focus on future: analyzing strategic innovations
  • Professional integration: aligning operational challenges with strategic innovation

In the third year, you will do an internship at a company of your choice in the Netherlands or abroad. During your internship, you will experience first-hand how process optimisation works in a technical company. How can you design the process to install a smartphone screen in such a way that less damages occur, less phones are rejected and the profit increases?

In your final year, you will conduct a graduation research and you will demonstrate that you are ready for the profession field. You can research how the production process of a renowned shoe manufacturer can be made more economical and efficient through robotisation and mechanisation, while at the same time the quality of the shoes remains the same as when they were handcrafted.

Student experiences

Do you want to know how students experience the Industrial Engineering & Management programme? Read it in their own story.

Dounia Industrial Engineering & Management "I mainly chose this programme because of the unique opportunity to experience the real professional life." Read Dounia's story
Shalyn Industrial Engineering & Management "Each semester we go to a different company so you get to see different companies. That way you get to explore in which type of engineering you would like to specialise." Read Shalyns story


You can make the course as international as you want. You can follow an internship or a minor abroad. The HZ has an extensive network of partner schools and companies which offers you plenty of opportunity to go abroad. After your graduation? An international experience is a big plus for your resume and it will increase your chances of getting a job.


Before you apply to the Industrial Engineering and Management programme, you have to meet a few admission requirements. 

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the programme you need:

  • A qualification equivalent to a Dutch secondary education Diploma.
  • A good knowledge of mathematics. Economics and/or physics would be an advantage.
  • A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

Read more about the admission requirements

Alternative entrance exam

If you don’t have the appropriate secondary school diploma, and if you are at least 21 years old, you may be exempted from this requirement. The HZ provides the possibility of taking an alternative entrance exam

Language requirements

Read all about the language requirements here

Course description

Read more detailed course information in the Academic and Examination Regulation.

Practical information

Read everything about the fees and finances, what it's like to study in the Netherlands, what you need to arrange when studying abroad and how to apply for a study programme. 

Fees and finances

Next to the tuition fees and cost of living there are extra costs for your study programme (studie materials and books). You will have excursions on regular basis.

Read more about the fees and finances here.  


Have you made your choice? Read all about our application procedure and apply. 

Pre-arrival information

A visa, health insurance, accomodation and a Dutch bank account..You need to arrange quite some things when you decide to study abroad. Read all about it here

Studying in the Netherlands

What it's like to study in the Netherlands? And what is Vlissingen like? Read all about Zeeland, the Netherlands and HZ.


Do you have any questions or do you need more information about the study programme? Please contact our admission office:

After graduation

Congratulations, you're now graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Science’. 

Did you participate in the Honours Programme? You will get an extra certificate with your bachelor's degree.

Get a copy of your bachelor's degree here.

There is a large demand worldwide for professionals with a combined technical and managerial background. Industrial Engineering & Management offers the best job perspectives and highest starting salaries. Our graduates have secures positions as:

(Asset) manager
Assets are company resources, for instance machines, vehicles and other important ‘tools’. As an asset manager, it is your responsibility to make the right choice with respect to these (often) large, expensive and advanced assets. You will be responsible for the purchasing, complete life cycle and maintenance of these assets. To this end, you will outsource the research into the costs as well as the technical and commercial aspects, and the impact on the environment. You will give your advice based on this investigation.

Process engineer
You are able to quickly scan a company of department and use a variety of tools to analyse, improve and (re)design a given process. 

Quality or Health and Safety Engineer 
As a quality manager you assist in establishing systems to support an drive continuous improvements and minimize the costs. You plan, schedule, execute and coordinate the different activities related to quality, health or safety issues.

Upon graduation you can enroll in a master degree programme. If you want to do this abroad you can usually start straight away. If you wish to do this at a research university in the Netherlands, you may be required to follow a pre-Master’s programme.

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