The many flavours of PMM

3mE Department Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME)

Organisation of Precision and Microsystems Engineering

Study Guide PME 2007-2008

The PME Master variant offers a strong and unique combination of disciplines, which allows students to specialise in various advanced technical fields. The name of the Master variant reflects the major focus in the research of the supporting groups within the PME department: precision and micro. This focus is in line with major technical challenges in modern industry, where innovative solutions and advanced know-how are key-factors in creating the competitive edge. Think of optimised and smart structures for advanced aerospace or automotive applications, or of nanometer positioning systems for IC production or mirrors in satellites. Imagine high-speed spindles to manufacture sub-millimeter devices and multifunctional MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical System), where intelligent sensing and actuation is embedded in mechanical components smaller than a hair!

The application spectrum of this Master variant includes all fields where advanced simulation, mechatronics, smart microsystems and high-precision production techniques are essential innovation factors. The PME department has tight links to companies involved in consumer goods, IC manufacturing, industrial equipment, automotive, aerospace and biomechanics. A large number of our research projects is done in coordination with industry and directed towards future needs.



The educational program of the variant PME includes 3 specialisations. These are:

Organisation of the PME Master program

The PME Master program consists of several “building blocks” which for the most part can be shaped according to the student’s own interest. The student’s extent of freedom gradually increases in the course of the Master. The program starts with compulsory courses which are common for the three specialisations. Once the specialisation is chosen, there are some “specialisation-specific” components, which are the obligatory specialisation courses and the electives. The last part of the program offers the largest opportunity for the students to pursue their area of interest. This encompasses the design/literature/research assignment, the industrial internship and the Master thesis. Both can also be performed within the subject of another PME specialisation. This can be done in the Netherlands or abroad. A schematic overview of the various building blocks of the Master program is shown below, including the amount of ECTS per component.

Schematic overview of the Master program:

The PME Master variant supports students that want to study abroad. Within Europe there is the possibility to participate in an Erasmus exchange program. In the past, students have also been to Japan, Brasil, China, South-Africa, Dubai, USA and Australia amongst others.


Future prospects

The PME Master aims to prepare students to fulfil key-positions in companies that develop and produce advanced products. Examples are Philips, ASML, Océ, ESA/Estec, SKF, DIMES, Corus, BMW, Airbus, Stork Fokker, Rolls Royce, Bronckhorst, Siemens and Bosch.

Many of the abovementioned companies are eagerly looking forward to hire our best students as future leaders or members of multidisciplinary teams working on mechanical innovations. Other opportunities are continuing research within universities, institutes or companies. Another option is engineering consultancy or start-up of a company.


Naam auteur: MSc coordinator PME
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