During the programme
The courses of HU's Next Level Engineering (NLE) programme teach you how to deal with an increasing level of complexity and can be applied to one of our institutes four themes: Energy Technology & Sustainability, Rapid Prototyping, Health Technology and Asset Management. You will often work together in teams, conduct research, study math and modelling.
The programme is both meant to strengthen your engineering know-how and stretches your analytical skills. You will find that some of the courses meet your previous skills and knowledge more than others. Therefore, we expect you to assist your fellow students on subjects that are new to them, and you will benefit from their knowledge and experience in return. In the first three blocks you prepare for your thesis phase, which takes place in the final block.
During the first ten-week block, you'll have courses on Systems Engineering and Professional Skills, start on your Interdisciplinary Project and you will get to know your Learning Team, which stays together for the duration of the programme.
By this time, you know how you need to study and work together during this intensive programme. While the Learning Teams continue, the interdisciplinary project will be finished by advising the principal researcher who is your projects’ group client on his research problem. You will be challenged in the two courses, one of which focuses on maths, physics and programming skills, the other on complexity science. In the meantime, you start with the acquisition of a thesis project.
In Block C you will be further challenged in two courses, and the focus will further shift towards preparing your thesis project. One of the two courses in this block focuses on writing and reviewing a research paper, the other course explores Data Science in an engineering context. In the interdisciplinary project you will actively and practically prepare your research for your thesis project.
In this block you show that you can perform applied research independently and on a Master's level and in an engineering context, such as: Energy Technology & Sustainability, (Rapid) Prototyping, Health Technology or Asset Management. Beside your thesis coach, your peer students from your thesis team function as your sparring partners, as well as your learning team.
- 40%Individual work
Next Level Engineering students are expected to form an active and reinforcing learning community. This community consists of you and your fellow students and if necessary teachers of the core team. This community is much like a group of co-workers in your future work environment, working independently but together when needed, all working towards the same goal: making a success of your Master Programme.
We also expect you to study independently: preparing for the classes you attend so they can be interactive, which results in the most effective learning experience. You're expected at HU for an average of four days a week to work together in project groups and your learning team.
All programmes at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht are tested and approved by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
"The study material presupposes that you learn independently"Tjelvar van Zuijlen (23) student
Why choose HU?
Applied Master programme
Study hands-on complex problems in the engineering field that require a Master’s approach; real Applied Science.
Master of Science in one year
This pressure cooker programme is demanding and is for you when you are motivated to study hard. You'll obtain a Master of Science (MSc) in one year.
Applied Master in Utrecht
Centrally located in the Netherlands, don’t move after your bachelor’s at HU but simply stay in vibrant Utrecht.