Welcome to The Dutch website of the EFCE-working party on education
This website is edited by the discipline-based section Process Technology of The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI). It is intended to give details of the education of chemical engineers in The Netherlands for those not familiar with the system.
Compulsory education begins at 4 years old in a primary school. At the age of 12 children move to different types of secondary schools. One preparing for university education (VWO - 6 yrs), higher professional education (HAVO - 5 yrs) and other forms of education.
Students with pre-university education (VWO) with a profile in Science & Technology or Science & Health (with extra mathematics) are admitted to the bachelor programs of Universities of Technology i.e. Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University Twente (Engineering degrees) and Wageningen University. Besides these four universities of technology also Groningen University offers a bachelor programme in Chemical Engineering.
At Dutch universities students study for 3 years to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA). Students at the universities of technology all offer a 3-year BSc degree followed by a 2-year MSc degree in engineering. A normal trajectory for a Chemical Engineering student is a bachelor programme followed by a master of science programme.
For those students who do not fulfil the entry requirements of the master programme universities offer a preliminary year/programme, known as a bridging year/programme. In particular the best students from the professional education (BEng in chemical engineering) or science students (e.g. BSc in chemistry) take this opportunity to obtain a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Most universities have an academic year consisting of two semesters of 20 weeks (start in September and February). Courses are given in modules, totalling 60 ECTS credits with a student workload of 1680 hours. The details vary with universities.
In The Netherlands honours programme consist of extra activities / courses on top of the normal 60 ECTS credits per year. Student with marks of 7.5 (out of 10) are eligible to follow these programmes.