Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

This Master programme combines the core disciplines of Industrial Engineering and Operational Research. Industrial Engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with analysing, designing and optimising complex operational systems. The set of the mathematical tools these engineers rely on for designing operational systems is known under the term Operations Research.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
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What

The Master programme combines the disciplines of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research into a single study programme. Industrial Engineering (IE) is a branch of engineering  that deals with analysing, designing and optimising complex operational systems, with the aim of improving their effectiveness and efficiency, and thus increasing their productivity in a sustainable manner. A unique feature of IE that distinguishes it from other engineering disciplines, is the explicit consideration of the human element as an essential and determining factor in these operational systems.

For designing and managing operational systems, an IE engineer often relies on mathematical models, both  deterministic and stochastic in nature, that are then subjected to simulation and optimisation techniques. The whole of these mathematical tools is known under the term Operations Research (OR). They comprise mathematical programming, simulation, search algorithms and heuristics, dynamic programming, queueing theory, decision techniques, statistics, stochastic modelling, network analysis, etc... . The combination of these disciplines forms a crucial branch of engineering for companies worldwide.

Internationally, this specific engineering profile is one of the largest engineering domains that effectively prepares students for taking up leading roles by thoroughly training them in technical principles of the design, planning and control of systems in manufacturing and service industries.

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The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) offers most of its Master’s Programmes in Engineering in English. This underlines the faculty's international ambition, as well as the importance of international education and multiple language skills for students.

For whom

The admission requirements depend on previous degrees (type of degree, country of issue etc ...) or additonal experience.

Structure

The programme consists of a general module, main subject modules, elective courses, and a master dissertation.

The general module contains 38 credits of courses that cover the core competences of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Students then choose among two main subject modules, with 30 credits of specialist courses in either the domain of Manufacturing & Supply Chain or Transport & Mobility.

By means of 28 ECTS-credits worth of elective course units, students can further deepen and/or broaden their knowledge and skills in both technical and non-technical subjects. As part of the electives, students can obtain a minor in either Artificial Intelligence or Automotive Production Engineering, two domains closely related to Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

The Master's Dissertation covers the final 24 ECTS-credits of the two-year programme.

Labour Market

Many companies, both small and large, are eager to recruit IEOR engineers. They mainly work on the design and continuous improvement of systems that manufacture products and serve customers and are often also involved in the design of new products and services. IEOR engineers are not only found in industry but also in many organisational systems of society such as government, health care and hospitals, public service, law enforcement, transport and traffic systems, etc....

Notable examples of what IEOR has to offer in today’s society can be found on www.iise.org the website of the Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIE) which is the international professional organisation of engineers in this discipline.