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Integral Product Development

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12 months
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Netherlands Government
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University of Applied Sciences

Program description

Today, product development requires a mix of specialists that know how to cooperate in order to obtain the best possible results: useful, functioning, desirable and sustainable products.

Technology develops quickly and the changing market continuously demands new products and better performance. Newly graduated engineers need the knowledge, skills and working techniques to be effective in this work environment. As a design engineer you must be able to understand and present the effects of industrial designs. You must have a perspective on the role played by cultural differences, customer needs and innovative technology and their (strategic) impact on new products for a specific company.

The Integral Product Development (IDP) program offers you that experience. The IPD program aims to let students experience integral product development in multidisciplinary teams. A project team consists of students from various engineering disciplines. The programme includes opportunities to work with industry: large enterprises and SMEs.

Integral Product Development Program Content

The Certificate Program Integral Product Development consists of several smaller projects and one main project for industry. The projects are supported by lectures in which the students on the one hand deepen the knowledge and skills of their own domain and on the other hand broaden their knowledge where it is crucial for a better understanding of the other team members.

As the semester progresses, you will learn how to translate the newly gained knowledge into concrete designs. The IPD programe offers two routes:

  • IPD-Mechanical Engineering
  • IPD-Electrical Engineering

The two routes have combined parts (f.i. introduction week, project work and design aspects), but also offer different modules, related to mechanical or electrical engineering.
During this programme you will participate in a group of students from various countries, including the Netherlands, and with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Integral Product Development Study Subjects

IPD - Mechanical Engineering: Project work; Introduction; Design aspects; Styling and design; Innovation and Creativity; Sustainability; Production development; Specialisation/ free space; Mechatronics; Polymers; Academic Counselling; IPD - Electrical Engineering: Project work; Introduction; Design Aspects; Academic Counselling; Embedded Systems; Solid Works; RF- Technology; EMC; Digital Signal Processing; VHDL (Labs); Telecom (Labs).

Integral Product Development Related Programs

Besides Integral Product Development, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen  offers a range of other Engineering short courses such as Electronic Product Design and Engineering.

See which programs are related to the Integral Product Development program

Integral Product Development Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Integral Product Development program will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top Engineering certificate at Hanze University of Appied Sciences Groningen.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Integral Product Development program.

Admission requirements

Previous education

3 to 4 years of study (180 ECTS) at undergraduate level in electrical, mechanical, industrial design or related engineering programmes.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6, TOEFL paper based: 550, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80

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