During the programme

The courses of the Master Next Level Engineering (NLE) programme in which you learn how to work on complex challenges are Data Science, Systems Engineering and Complex Systems & Organizations. Beside this, you will develop your professional skills, learn more about performing research and  engineering fundamentals. The knowledge and skills you obtain in the programme are applied to the themes that we deem important. Those are related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as (but not limited to) health technology and affordable and sustainable energy.

Students working on a group assignment

The programme is both meant to strengthen your engineering know-how as well as stretching 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 semester you will prepare for your thesis, which takes place in the second semester.

Content of the Master Next Level Engineering

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.

Courses Block A

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.

Courses Block B

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.

Courses Block C

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.

Courses Block D


Hours a week
  • 40%Individual work
  • 60%Groupwork


Hours a week
  • 60%Practice
  • 40%Theory

    Want to know more about this programme?

    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 makes for the most effective learning. 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).

    Use our tuition fee calculator to find out what you will be paying. Additionally, you can expect to pay between € 250 and € 500 annually for books, materials and excursions.

    Why study Master Next Level Engineering at 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.

    "The study material presupposes that you learn independently"

    Tjelvar van Zuijlen (23) student