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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.

You have an interest in technology, you enjoy coming up with smart solutions for the technical and management field. You are versatile and you can work in different branches of an organization, regardless if it is the planning, purchasing, production or distribution department. With your problem-solving abilities, you are able to (re)design, improve and optimise production resources and processes by applying technology, economy and management.

You will be working in the business or industrial sector or for the government. Would you like to work as an asset manager, a business consultant or a project manager? The Industrial Engineering & Management course trains you to become an engineer and a technical professional with a broad range of skills.

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During the first and second academic year, you will develop a broad base of knowledge in technology, (business) economy, organization and management. Collaborating with the professional practice is the focal point from day one. You and your classmates will work together in project groups on assignments from the business sector relating to process optimisation, quality management, and maintenance and asset management.

This will introduce you to your future professional field. In the second year, you will deepen your knowledge of the company processes and you will work on more complex projects from the professional field, with a focus on the environment and sustainability as well. You could collaborate on a research project about the sustainable use and maintenance of wind farms off the coast. 

In the third year, you will do an internship at a company in the Netherlands or abroad. For example, you could do an internship at a company where you will analyse the impact on the production process, the price and the quality of packaging material if the company switches to biodegradable and environmentally friendly plastic. Additionally, you will follow a minor that deepens or broadens your knowledge. Finally, you will conduct a research project in preparation for your final internship. Here you can find all minors that HZ has to offer.

In your final year, you will conduct a graduation research and you will demonstrate that you are ready for the profession field.

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.

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
Oldair Industrial Engineering & Management "You have to like the process, like to improve things, and like to make equipment of machines work faster and more efficient." Read Oldairs 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, physics or economics.
  • A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

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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 for Industrial Engineers in the Netherlands and abroad. After your graduation, you can work (with or without a few years of experience) for example as (asset) manager, technical business manager or adviser. 

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.

Technical business manager
As technical business manager, you will manage the people and the resources in the company where you work. You will set goals, manage and attract assets, establish partnerships and you will ensure that the goals are met. 

As an internal or external adviser, you will research and analyse the processes and the corporate culture of organizations and you will give advice to make them more effective and/or more efficient. Based on your analysis, you will find creative solutions and you will draw up a project plan to improve processes. Additionally, you will help the client to put your advice into practice. You will manage projects or advise management about their role in implementing the suggested changes and you will ensure that there is sufficient support.

With a HZ bachelor's degree, you can enrol in a Master’s 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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