Thinking of a career in industrial engineering? Or are you already a student at our department? Then this is where you will find all the information you need for your studies.

Even if you are a past student, already working in the industrial engineering field, we have something for you… just browse to see how we can help you make a success of a career in industrial engineering.

SU Industrial Engineering Overview 2024

Masters Degree in Engineering Management

Undergraduate Programmes

At the department of Industrial Engineering, we are continuously in pursuit of ensuring academic excellence.
In today’s world there is a greater demand for productivity, competitiveness than ever before.

Solving really hard and complex problems
Creative and Innovative problem-solving
Finding simplicity in complexity
Connecting across disciplines
Solve contemporary challenges that business and society face
Understanding what the right problem is to solve, in order to have impact

Industrial engineers are responsible for the analysis, design, planning, implementation, operation, management and maintenance of integrated systems consisting of people, money, material, equipment, information and energy. Quite a mouthful! These are the fields you will be exposed to as an undergraduate:


In all business and organisational activities is the act of coordinating the efforts of people to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. Management comprises planning, organising, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling an organisation (a group of one or more people or entities) or effort for the purpose of accomplishing a goal.


Is the management of the flow of resources between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet certain requirements. The resources managed in logistics can include physical items, such as food, materials, equipment, liquids, and staff; as well as abstract items, such as time, information, particles, and energy.


Is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data. Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information, analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming and operations research to quantify performance.


Is the production of goods for use or sale using labor and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation. The term may refer to a range of human activity, from handicraft to high tech, but is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale.

A person with a degree in industrial engineering has a very wide choice in terms of work environment, type of employer or self-employment.

Postgraduate Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Research Masters in Industrial Engineering
  • Research Masters Engineering Management

Structured Programmes

  • Structured Masters Data Science
  • Structured Masters Engineering Management
For more information about a PhD Industrial Engineering and a PhD Engineering Management, please contact us!

2024 Yearbook

News and Updates

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