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.