Logistics Engineering

Are you curious about how the package delivery driver is able to deliver your new phone so quickly? You will discover the reason during the degree programme Logistics Engineering, where you will learn everything there is to know about management and logistics at companies and organisations.

Order today, delivered tomorrow. It seems simple, but the process behind it is complex. How is it possible that your new sneakers are delivered to your house so quickly, even though they are coming from the other side of the world? Every day, large companies such as bol.com, DHL and Amazon are faced with the challenge to deliver their products to their customers on time. And because of new techniques and methods, companies are constantly dealing with their logistics process. Think of self-driving trucks, drones that deliver products to your doorstep or robots in the warehouse.

Logistics is everywhere, regardless of whether you are dealing with products, events, information or people. During the four-year degree programme of Logistics Engineering, you will learn to analyse, improve, plan or (re)design these processes in companies and organisations. You will immediately apply a lot of what you have learnt in practice through internships and projects. This degree programme offers excellent job prospects: employers in the Netherlands and abroad are eager to have logistics management talents. This degree programme is offered in Dutch and English. If you choose the English-taught programme, you will take classes with students from all over the world.

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During the first academic year, you will be introduced to the basics of logistics. You will learn more about the logistics sector and get a clear picture of your future career. You will get to work on topics such as international logistics, financial management and events logistics. In your second academic year, the focus will be mainly on management and change processes. In addition, you will deepen your knowledge about the world of logistics. You will deal with topics such as marketing and export management, distribution logistics, production planning and you will train your practical management skills (what type of manager are you and how do you adjust your leadership style when in contact with other staff members). In addition, you will take English classes and you will learn how to start and carry out a research project. One day a week, you will either participate as an intern at a logistics company or you will be active on the board of the study association of the degree programme. More to that, you will go on regular excursions in the Netherlands and abroad and to different companies such as CoolBlue, Coca-Cola and the Air Force. You also get to visit these companies and follow guest lectures.

In your third academic year, you will do an internship or follow a minor here or abroad. With a minor, you will deepen or broaden your knowledge and skills. You can follow a minor at HZ or at another University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands or abroad. Here you can find all minors that HZ has to offer.

In your fourth academic year, you deepen your knowledge in one of the specialisations of the degree programme and you will do an internship at a company where you will conduct your graduation research. For your research, you will analyse a problem at a logistics company and produce the best solution. Research can include how to improve cargo ship storage, how to improve the waiting times in health care or how to create a benchmark of different ports. You will also choose a specialisation. All classes during the fourth year will be in English. 


In the fourth academic year, you get to choose from one of the following specialisations: Supply Chain Management, Human Logistics Management or Maritime Logistics Management. 

  • Supply Chain Management
    As supply chain manager, you plan, coordinate and monitor the flow (supply chain) of products and services from supplier to customer. In this specialisation, you will learn how to streamline this process by means of proper product planning, transportation, orders, a company’s inventory and storage.
  • Human Logistics Management
    In Human Logistics Management, you deepen your knowledge on events management and human-related logistics processes. These processes can vary from management activities, planning festivals, or large-scale military action, to disaster logistics and the improvement of processes in health care. 
  • Maritime Logistics Management
    As maritime logistics manager, you coordinate the flow of goods at the port, for example. You will check if transport has gone as planned, but you also need to organise storage. Your focus is on cargo that is shipped by sea or water, but you will also study the organisation of new port facilities, terminals and wharfs.

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Before you apply to the Logistics Engineering programme, you have to meet a few admission requirements

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Logistics Engineering programme you need:

  • A qualification equivalent to a Dutch secondary education diploma, which gives you access to higher education. 
  • A good knowledge of mathematic. Economics 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

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 (study materials, excursions and books). In the first two years these costs are approximately €750,- per year. 

Read more about the fees and finances here. 


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

Pre-arrival information

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: study@hz.nl.

Course description

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

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.

After your graduation, you have gained enough knowledge to ensure that the connection between all the chains of a logistics process is seamless. You can work at a transport and distribution company, a shipping company or a consultancy agency as a buyer, logistics manager, consultant, supply chain manager or material manager. Logistics managers are always in high demand, so after your graduation it won’t take you long to find a job. 

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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