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Mechanical engineers invent, design, make and improve all kinds of machines, constructions, processes and technologies. They can be deployed wherever social issues need high-tech solutions. 

These solutions might involve new technologies in the care sector, the use of drones for our safety, working on the development of a fuel-efficient hydrogen car that can reduce the use of fossil fuels, and mobile devices and e-bikes that simplify our lives. 

In short, mechanical engineering is a broadly-based technical degree programme that's highly innovative and has real social relevance.

During the Mechanical Engineering degree programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you'll put into practice the theory you learn from tutorials and lectures. You'll work with groups of students on high-tech designs that are beneficial for people and society: an innovative blood pressure monitor, an e-bike or a waste-collection vehicle for a festival site, for example. You and your team might sometimes even deliver a genuine working prototype!

Practicals and Projects at the University of Twente Campus Too

To optimize the degree programme and make it as innovative as possible, you’ll take classes taught by lecturers from both VU Amsterdam and the University of Twente. You'll have most of your tutorials and lectures in Amsterdam, and you’ll go to the campus in Enschede for various lectures, practicals and projects.

Your Future Prospects

Highly educated technicians are very much in demand in the Netherlands. As a mechanical engineering graduate, you'll have excellent job prospects in a broad spectrum of sectors and professions. 

The fields open to you will include the care sector and the automotive, aircraft, electronics, engineering and chemical industries. You'll be well qualified for a position at large companies such as Shell, Akzo, KLM, TATA steel, MEDcom and ASML, as well as smaller engineering firms and research institutes, like TNO. You'll be able to embark on a career as, for instance, a technical advisor or a product or project manager, or you can even set up your own business.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Statics, Mechanics of Materials and Linear Algebra 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Materials Science
  • Electricity & Magnetism 
  • Thermodynamics, Sustainable Engineering Technology and Calculus
  • Dynamics and Mathematical Analysis 
  • Thermodynamics, Sustainable Engineering Technology and Calculus
  • Materials Science and Manufacturing

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • In order to meet the general admission requirements for a Bachelor's programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will need a diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10625 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10625 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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