Degree programme

Mechanical engineers are involved in a vast number of areas. These include instruments for dentists and surgeons, dredging installations, oil platforms, production and assembly lines, aircraft engines, computer chip manufacturing and power stations. In the Mechanical Engineering degree programme, you will learn to view the working environment from a critical perspective to help you improve every aspect of a technical process. The University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology also offer a degree programme in Mechanical Engineering, although these are smaller in scale.


The Mechanical Engineering degree programme consists mainly of mathematics, mechanical engineering and typical subject-related courses. Lectures and tutorials are interspersed with laboratory courses and projects in which you make calculations and apply these to practical situations. These projects are geared to teach you how to collaborate, present and report, which are indispensable in your later work. You will spend about seventy per cent of your time attending lectures, tutorials, laboratory courses and instruction as well as carrying out self-study. For the remaining thirty per cent, you will work on projects in a group of about eight students. Once you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree, you can transfer to the Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering and choose one of the specialised tracks. Would you prefer to transfer to a different Master’s programme? With a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, you can also choose a Master’s in Marine Technology, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering or Biomedical Engineering at TU Delft.

Internship & study abroad

Experience gained abroad contributes to both your personal and professional development. It helps make you more attractive to employers in the Netherlands and abroad. Although the regular programme does not include an internship, you are able to go abroad during your minor. During the Master’s there are more options for studying abroad. you decide to take a Master’s programme, you will have more options. You can take courses, do an internship or work on your thesis project in another country.

For more information, visit: studying-or-doing-an-internship-abroad

Additional Opportunities

Delft Honours Programme Delft
The Delft Honours Programme is for ambitious students who are looking for a challenge over and above what their curriculum offers. This is in addition to your regular study programme in the 2nd and 3rd year. It gives you the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge in or outside your field of specialisation, to work on your personal development, and to collaborate with students on other programmes.
More information about the Delft Honours Programme

At TU Delft you have the opportunity to be involved in unique student projects that bring together students from various disciplines. These incredible student projects include the world’s fastest bicycle, the fastest solar-powered car, and the altitude record for amateur-built rockets. Our teams compete in worldwide competitions and achieve fantastic results that put TU Delft on the map.
More information about Dreamteams

Top sporting talent
Do you want to become a top-level athlete while studying for your degree? TU Delft supports students who combine their studies with top-level sporting activities and invests in the development of talent in and outside the lecture halls. Because it is often difficult to combine a regular programme of study with a top-level sports training programme, we offer special facilities and provisions for recognised top-level athletes. This includes coaching by academic counsellors and top-level sports coordinators, financial support in the form of the Graduation Support Scheme, sponsorship, and access to the sports facilities at X.
More information about top-level sport

Student support and guidance

During your studies, you are not on your own. In your first year of study you will be assigned a mentor who will help you to familiarise yourself with the campus and your study programme. Your mentor is there to answer questions you have during your new life as a student. In addition, every degree programme has academic counsellors to help you with questions about your degree programme and everything related to it. If you have questions about matters such as study planning, study delay and studying with a disability, we have a group of student counsellors, psychologists and study and careers advisers who are ready to help. Together they form the Student & Career Support team.

The 'Gezelschap Leeghwater' Society

Gezelschap Leeghwater was founded in 1867 and is the oldest study association in the Netherlands. The association has two main goals. Firstly, it aims to represent the interests of its members as well as possible in the area of education. And secondly, it aims to provide a practical supplement to the Mechanical Engineering degree programme. This means that Leeghwater offers facilities for purchasing textbooks, attending lunchtime lectures, taking part in excursions and study trips, but also for socialising with a get-together or party. Leeghwater also organises an annual design competition for first-year students in collaboration with the faculty.

Study load per week

12 hrs

10 hrs

18 hrs

Binding recommendation

TU Delft employs the BSA system: the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies. This means that you must obtain at least 75 per cent of your credits (i.e. 45 of the 60 ECTS) in your first year in order to continue your programme. If you receive a negative binding recommendation on the continuation of studies, you will not be permitted to enroll in this programme again in the next 4 years.


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