The fast track to a career in mechanical engineering

  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
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Mechanical Engineering

3 years
Bachelor of Science
180 ECTS
Start: September
  • Science and Engineering

Are you an ambitious, driven student looking to build a career in Mechanical Engineering? Hanze University of Applied Science offers you an unique three-year bachelor’s course, meaning you can get a Master of Science degree in only 4.5 years. An opportunity you’ll find nowhere else in the Netherlands! This is what we offer:

✔ Extensive career opportunities ✔ Energy as a focal point ✔ International learning community

Projects with impact

What makes studying at Hanze UAS unique is that you will work on projects for real clients and contribute to concrete solutions for current issues impacting society. Below, you can find some examples of projects our students engage in.

We are Mechanical Engineering

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  • Myriam Jansen

    Lecturer and mentor

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  • Tamizh Munuswamy

    Lecturer and mentor

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About this programme

Do you want to understand, design and build the technology of the future? Come study Mechanical Engineering at Hanze University of Applied Sciences. You will be working on real life solutions for real life problems – such as the energy transition – from day one. Since we consider engineering to be a team sport, you will collaborate with other students from all around the globe. You will be part of a close-knit ambitious and inspirational learning community and personally mentored by our dedicated teachers.

Why choose Mechanical Engineering at Hanze UAS?

  • Fast track your career: Your Bachelor’s degree ensures direct admission to our European Master in Renewable Energy or Smart Systems Engineering, meaning, you can have your Master of Science degree in four and a half years. An opportunity you won’t find anywhere else in the Netherlands.
  • Energy as a focal point: Study at the forefront of energy transition; the world’s most needed technology. You’ll be working on innovative and future-ready energy projects at EnTranCe. EnTranCe is Hanze UAS’ Centre of Expertise where we create the renewable energy supply of tomorrow together.
  • International learning community: Become a part of our global learning community of engineering students where we value learning, discovering and building together. 
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Course overview

Year 1

You will get to know the  exciting and multi-faceted world of mechanical engineering by following courses such as Product Analysis, Applied Mechanics, Energy Technology, Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Technology. You will follow courses like Professionals Skills to develop you so called 'soft skills'. Besides the theory, you will be involved in practical lessons in the lab and work on projects. You will design your own product and focus on system analysis. You will also get an introduction to the operation of small systems, such as combustion engines. Lastly, you will learn about drives and installations.

Year 2

Projects will become more extensive and challenging and we expect you to show more initiative and ingenuity. Your tutors and coaches will, of course, supervise and coach you to finish your projects. Besides that, you will do an internship at a company of your own choosing.

Year 3

You can personalise your programme to fit your interests and ambitions by choosing a minor at Hanze UAS, another University of Applied Science in the Netherlands or abroad. The second semester you will round off your programme by engaging in a self-chosen graduation project at a(n) (inter)national company. During your graduation you can prove that you are the starting mechanical engineering professional the work field is waiting for!

After your studies

Pursue a master’s degree

After successful completion of the Mechanical Engineering programme, you can pursue a Master in Science degree. At Hanze UAS you can choose to follow the European Master in Renewable Energy or Smart Systems Engineering programme, which offers you the unique possibility of earning your Master’s degree in just 4,5 years!

As a Mechanical Engineering master you could choose the following programmes:

  • European Master in Renewable Energy, Hanze UAS
  • Smart Systems Engineering, Hanze UAS
  • Biomedical Engineering, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Career prospects

Our alumni are located around the world and work at top global companies, such as Philips. In addition, many alumni work at exciting start-ups or have set up their own company. The most popular jobs include:

  • Power Plant Engineer
  • Technical Commercial Manager
  • Research and Development
  • Installations Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer

Many graduates are offered jobs with their placement company or the company for which they did their final graduation project.

Admission requirements

  • Directly admissible

  • Admissible depending on 2 extra subjects

  • Not admissible

Do you want to freshen up your Mathematics or Physics?

For a technical programme you need a solid knowledge base of mathematics and physics. Hanze UAS offers the possibility to make sure your base is solid enough by providing a mathematics and physics refresher course. These courses will be given in Dutch by HanzePro. More information about the mathematic and physics courses can be found on the website

Entry requirements

International students need to have obtained the equivalent of a Dutch VWO diploma (NLQF4+/EQF4), including mathematics and physics at advanced level. Please check the Nuffic website.

For example:

Applicants from Germany must have a 'Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife'.

Applicants from the United Kingdom must have a 'General Certificate of Secondary Education in three subjects with marks ranging from A*-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with three subjects at advanced level (six different subjects in total)' or a 'Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate (Principal Subject)' or a 'Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma'.

Applicants from Belgium must have a 'Diploma van secundair onderwijs richting Kunst Secundair Onderwijs (KSO) / Technisch Secundair Onderwijs (TSO)' or a 'Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, richting Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (ASO)'.

As Mechanical Engineering is an international programme, a comprehensive understanding of English is a must. Therefore, students will need a level of English equivalent to CEFR B2 in at least reading and writing. For non-EU international students a minimum of Cambridge certificate graded A, B or C, an academic IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 6.0 (six) with no more than two subscores of 5.5, a TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 points and with no subscores under 18 is required. Click here to find more information about language requirements. You can find more general information about application and entry requirements here


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Fields of interest

  • Science and Engineering
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