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Doctoral research for the corporate sector

The temporary deployment of academic talent will create enormous value to a business or a non-profit organization. The PhDs and PDEng trainees of the University of Twente bring their scientific expertise to the workfloor.


A PhD student (also known as a doctoral degree candidate) conducts four years of research on a specific subject, generally while affiliated with a UT research institute. Many of our university's PhDs carry out their doctoral degrees in collaboration with the corporate sector. The doctoral candidates work in various fields of research, such as advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and mechatronics, medical technology and devices, wireless and remote sensing, and safety and security. In setting up the research activities, the needs of your company come first. Where do we see opportunities to create value for your organization using the scientific knowledge and expertise of the UT?

General information about PhD tracks is available via the website of the Twente Graduate School:


A PDEng may also be interesting for your company: the Professional Doctorate in Engineering. This is a multidisciplinary designer who spends two years at the university following a post-master's course and works as a trainee on a concrete task formulated by a company. This may be an interesting option if your organization is faced with a challenging design problem or wants to solve a technical problem. The UT offers programmes in five specialisms: Civil Engineering, Energy & Process technology, Care Logistics, Maintenance and Robotics.

For more information about our PDEng programmes, see