After getting your Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering, you can further specialize by completing a Master’s programme. Most students choose to do this. You can follow a Master’s programme at the University of Twente, at another Dutch university, or at a university abroad. Some Bachelor’s graduates join the job market straight away, or start their own business.

Further Studies

Most people who graduate from the Bachelor’s programme IDE enter our two-year, English-taught Master’s programme Industrial Design Engineering. This Master’s programme is a perfect follow-up to the Bachelor’s programme. Another popular choice is the Master's in Mechanical Engineering. With your Bachelor’s degree Industrial Design Engineering, you can enter most engineering & technology Master’s programmes, provided you first complete a pre-Master’s programme. 

Popular Master's programmes after this bachelor's

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  • Industrial Design Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish3 specializations
    Designing new products and improving existing ones is a continual process. Take the Master’s in IDE and discover the full potential of the interaction between design and engineering.

    3 specializations for Industrial Design Engineering

    Emerging Technology Design

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    In this specialization you will learn how to bring new and state-of-the-art technologies to the consumer market instead of introducing a technology for a single, specific product.

    Human Technology Relations

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    The Human Technology Relations specialization is dedicated to the exploration and design of products that serve the problems and aspirations of people on an individual, social or societal level.

    Management of Product Development

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    In this specialization, you will learn to effectively manage the product creation process and to communicate with a variety of target groups, both internal and external (i.e. clients and suppliers).
  • Mechanical Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish7 specializations
    Mechanical engineers focus on the design, analyses and maintenance of machinery, structures and products. The Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering zooms in on one of these disciplines.

    7 specializations for Mechanical Engineering


    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    The Aeronautics specialisation at UT aims to educate versatile mechanical engineers, well-equipped to contribute to new fundamental knowledge of aerodynamics.

    Design & Manufacturing

    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    This specialisation can guide the student in becoming a specialist in the design, maintenance and optimization of large systems, such as entire factories and supply chains.

    Energy & Flow

    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    This specialisation focuses on the development of sustainable energy systems, efficient processes and high-performance innovative equipment, and minimal environmental impact.

    High-Tech Systems & Materials

    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    This specialization includes an emphasis on mechanics, control, materials and processes. These skills are indispensable to create new materials (composites), products and manufacturing processes.

    Maintenance Engineering & Operations

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    The MEO specialization focuses on improving the maintenance of technical systems, using research into design methods, physical failure mechanisms, structural health and condition monitoring.

    Personalised Health Technology

    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    The Master’s specialisation Personalised Health Technology integrates several mechanical engineering disciplines to analyse, simulate and support aspects of human functioning.


    MSc2 yearsFull-time
    In this specialisation you will combine Mechanical Engineering with other technical disciplines, such as electrical engineering, software programming and biomedical engineering.

Other Master’s programmes, elsewhere in The Netherlands or abroad 

Of course, with your Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering you can also continue on to Master’s programmes in different fields, at other universities, in the Netherlands or abroad. 

A Master’s programme, such as Biomedical EngineeringInteraction TechnologySustainable Energy TechnologyEnvironmental and Energy ManagementPsychology, Philosophy, or Business Administration, is also possible. In most cases, you will have to take a tailored pre-Master’s programme first. This also applies to Master’s programmes at other (inter) national universities.

Finding a job after the Master’s Industrial Design Engineering

Our programme will equip you to design smart products, with an eye for the overall design process. If you want to set to work with your additional Master's degree, you will find plenty of job opportunities, also in Twente, the fastest-growing industrial region in the Netherlands. Most of our graduates find a job within three months of finishing. You’re likely to end up working in a position in which you can, literally and figuratively, shape the future as a designer who is comfortable with all aspects of the product development process and can operate across the boundaries between different disciplines. 

  • Engineering & production: In Engineering and production, you design new solutions for problems, systematically using your scientific knowledge. Do you enjoy working on process innovations? Then you could work as a product designer, or set to work as an enterprising technical designer at an engineering firm.
  • Research & development: Some of our students set to work as researchers, for example, at a research institution, or at a Research & Development department in industry. A position at the university is also a possibility. As a researcher or product developer, you test existing knowledge and build on it. You systematically work on discovering new things that are important to industry and society.
  • Management & consultancy: As a product leader, consultant or head of the development department at a large company, you bring together knowledge and skills from different areas of science. Your broad knowledge and central role  enable you to contribute to new solutions in complex societal or industrial environments.  

Well-known companies that have hired graduates from our programme include Audi, Thales, Heinz, Unilever, Vredestein, Bang & Olufsen, and TNO.

Start your own company

You can also start your own business with a solution that you have developed. The UT enjoys recognition as ‘the most entrepreneurial university’ in the Netherlands. We are strong in the application of expertise to meaningfully influence society. Together with our students we like to work with the innovation specialists from Novel-T, who like to tap in to promising innovative business cases.

 Spin-offs from the Bachelor’s programme Industrial Design Engineering

Examples of spin-offs that have come out of this programme include Aryzon, a producer of Augmented & Mixed Reality headsets, CodeSandbox, an online code editor for programmers, and Exintec, a technical consulting and support firm.

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