Why study at UT?

Ready to get a Master’s degree and busy scanning the globe for a university offering you the perfect programme and environment?

The University of Twente (UT) is leading in new technology to initiate change, progress and renewal in society. Our multicultural community of talented, ambitious students, scientists and educators have - together with our business and government partners - access to the best possible conditions.

At our innovative campus, you will benefit from a first-class research environment with three powerful research institutes and about 400 labs for innovation and growth in various research areas, for example, Nanotechnology, IT, Biomedical technology, Data Science, Earth observation, Robotics, and Social sciences.

Science for society

We believe technology and people have a leading role to play in providing solutions for complex societal challenges worldwide. Central to our vision is our High Tech Human Touch philosophy, in which we fuse natural science, data science, biology and engineering with social and behavioural science while maintaining a relentless focus on societal impact. With this unique cross-disciplinary approach and excellence in scientific disciplines, our scientists, teachers and students work every day on our scientific themes:

Our scientific themes

The healthcare sector worldwide faces many challenges. Among the answers emerging in our time is the trend towards personalization as a means of offering patients more effective treatment.

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The depletion of earth’s resources is pushing us to reduce waste and transportation and to create a more circular economy. Formerly isolated factories and supply chains are merging into so-called Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.

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Today, the challenges society faces call for an entirely new kind of material, with functionalities not yet found in the physical world.

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Digitalization is forming entirely new worlds, redistributing power, and shaking up our notions of privacy, identity, and democracy.

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The UN Global Goals, ambitious and inspiring as they are, reveal a vulnerable planet. Technology can sustainably contribute to the long-term resilience of society.

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Reasons to choose UT

  • A broad range of master’s programmes

    We offer master's programmes, administered by five different faculties, along with ambitious Honours tracks and Executive programmes. Our focus is on Biomedical Technology & Health, Engineering, European Public Administration, IT, International Business Administration, Behavioural Sciences and Science & Technology. 

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  • Most entrepreneurial university

    UT is recognised as the most entrepreneurial university in our own country. We are strong in transforming knowledge into business in order to impact society in meaningful ways. We reward typically human qualities, such as creativity, innovation and guts. No wonder more than 1,000 successful startups have been launched here, including Booking.com, Takeaway.com, Demcon.nl and Athom.com. On-campus, we accommodate over 130 student startups. What are your plans?

    Our ambition is to become a European leader in entrepreneurship. How? By attracting enterprising people. By placing entrepreneurship at the heart of our programmes. By providing startup support. By rewarding creativity, innovation and guts. 

  • Global ambition and multicultural community

    With over a hundred nationalities, UT is a colourful multicultural community. Most of our programmes are English-taught and we are raising our international profile. Get to know new cultures and people from all over the world. Become a global citizen, equipped for working in varying international contexts. 

  • Many postgraduate opportunities

    What’s next after you’ve completed your Master of Science degree? Are you interested in a career in research? Our Twente Graduate School (TGS) plays a vital role in our research, coordinates high-quality educational programmes based on topics closely related to the work of the university’s research institutes, taught and supervised by expert researchers and designers.

    Unlike in many other countries, PhD or EngD researchers are often paid employees in the Netherlands. TGS offers normal PhD programmes, but also offer integrated programmes. This means that a master's and a PhD programme are integrated in a period of five or six years. Students are educated to become researchers in fields of expertise for which high-quality research is carried out at UT. 

  • A global name in research

    Our world today is facing major environmental, economic, social and political challenges. Scientific research has a pivotal role to play in creating conditions that will sustain life on this planet.

    Our research institutes are committed to leading the way in areas ranging from nanotechnology to technical medicine, behavioural sciences and geo-information science and earth observation. In the coming years, UT will focus on various scientific themes like improving healthcare by personalised technologies and creating intelligent manufacturing systems.

  • The only park-like campus in The Netherlands

    One of UT’s crown jewels, without doubt, is our campus: a breath-taking and sustainably managed parkland of 146 hectares dotted with state-of-art facilities – from libraries and laboratories to cultural and sports facilities. A campus with the hustle and bustle of a small metropolis. A dynamic community to live and work in. 

  • One of the world’s leading research universities

    Among the world’s 18,000 universities, the University of Twente belongs to the top 200. In Europe, we’re rated as one of the 25 best universities. Our research institutes have a world-class reputation in many areas, including nanotechnology, biomedical technology, information technology, governance studies, sustainable energies and high-tech systems. Read more about ranking 

  • Our approach: High Tech, Human Touch

    We are pioneers in fusing technology, science and engineering with social sciences to impact the world around us. This cross-disciplinary way of working that characterises our university opens up unexpected possibilities - especially in combination with creativity and excellence in scientific disciplines. Get used to crossing boundaries and become a problem-solver of the future, equipped to work in teams and create solutions that people and society really need: High Tech, Human Touch. 

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