Research

Twente Graduate School

A global pioneer in tackling the challenges of our time

Whether you are a junior or senior scientist, the University of Twente offers you a first-class research environment with plenty of opportunities for innovation and growth. We are a modern, entrepreneurial university and a global pioneer in tackling the challenges of our time by combining new technologies and engineering with behavioural and social sciences. Our goal is to be a catalyst for innovation and progress in society – and to produce scientists and professionals ready to take their place as agents of change.


The University of Twente is a global name in research, offering a growing range of integrated master’s and phd programmes aimed at graduates eager to take their place as agents of change in today’s world.

High Tech Human Touch

Our strength lies in our capacity to combine. We engage in leading research in technologies we believe are vitally linked to behavioural and social sciences. Our niche is where technology and society meet. We call it ‘High Tech, Human Touch’. A key element in our social impact is our strong emphasis on commercial knowledge valorisation, or the ability convert complex knowledge into viable economic activity and social applications. Over 900 successful spinoff companies are evidence of this vision.

Our research institutes are among the world’s very best

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 five leading research institutes are committed to being a part of a more sustainable world.

MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology

MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology is one of the world’s largest and leading centres of expertise on nanotechnology with a total of 525 researchers

MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine

MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine is one of Europe’s leading catalysts in the fields of medical technology, combining fundamental research, applied research and clinical practice.

IGS Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies

IGS Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies is one of our largest research institutes, specialized in governance and the management of technological and social innovation.

CTIT Institute for Telematics and Information Technology

CTIT Institute for Telematics and Information Technology is one of Europe’s largest academic ICT research institutes with over 475 researchers actively participating in its multidisciplinary programmes

ITC Faculty for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation

ITC Faculty for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation is a global leader in geo-information science and earth observation with an emphasis on solving problems in developing countries and emerging economies.

Science Based Engineering

SBE is an institute of Engineering at the University of Twente and develops and applies science and technology in multidisciplinary systems to the needs of industry and society, in order to enable a sustainable future.

Twente Graduate School

The Twente Graduate School (TGS) plays a vital role in our research. TGS offers an increasing range of high-quality educational programmes in areas closely related to the work of research institutes and taught and supervised by expert researchers from these same institutes. If you are eager to pursue a career in scientific research, TGS’ various integrated Master’s and PhD programmes offer outstanding opportunities with ample room for specialization and personal preferences.

Find out more about Twente Graduate School and our tenure tracks or check our vacancies.

EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH DEPENDS ON PEOPLE

In order to lead the way in scientific research, you need world-class facilities, funding and an inspiring climate. But more than on any of those factors, excellence in research depends on people. At the University of Twente, we do everything to can to attract and to keep people with the drive and the capacity to make our world a better place through cutting-edge scientific research.

Get inspired by the stories of leading UT scientists and how they are changing our world.

TGS Programmes

Below you will find the Twente Graduate School programmes related to the Master’s in Chemical Engineering

Next Generation Energy and Resources

We offer a versatile platform to educate scientists and engineers for next generation Energy and Resources and to contribute significantly to future developments in this field.

Applied Physics

Apply yourself to one of the oldest fields of science: physics. Gain fundamental insights into your own research field while honing your research skills.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering encompasses the fields of chemistry, materials science and process engineering. Chemical engineers are also well versed in areas such as fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

Environmental and Energy Management

The Master of Environmental and Energy Management programme (MEEM) is a one-year, fulltime programme and offers three specialisations: Water Governance, Environmental Management and Energy Management.

Environmental and Energy Management

The Master of Environmental and Energy Management programme (MEEM) is a one-year, fulltime programme and offers three specialisations: Water Governance, Environmental Management and Energy Management.

Mechanical Engineering

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.

Sustainable Energy Technology

The Master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) enables you to become an engineer with in-depth knowledge on renewable energy technologies.

MESA+ School for Nanotechnology

MESA+ boasts a state-of-the-art NanoLab with a floor area of 1250 square metres. The fact that its users are offered a wide variety of technologies and equipment to develop an almost unlimited number of applications makes this NanoLab quite unique. MESA+ actively seeks collaboration with industry and encourages entrepreneurship among its employees. Though collaboration and a focus on interdisciplinary research, the excellent infrastructure and entrepreneurship, MESA+ is one of the world’s top institutes in the field of nano and microtechnology.

Novel Nano Materials

To optimize properties for given applications, it is very important to understand and control the materials from the atomic to the macroscopic scale.

Applied Physics

Apply yourself to one of the oldest fields of science: physics. Gain fundamental insights into your own research field while honing your research skills.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering encompasses the fields of chemistry, materials science and process engineering. Chemical engineers are also well versed in areas such as fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

Electrical Engineering

This MSc programme challenges you to develop new methods and technologies for high-tech electronics-based systems in nanotechnology, robotics, electronics, telecommunication or biomedical systems.

Nanotechnology

The two-year MSc programme in Nanotechnology focuses on the design, creation and study of functional materials, structures, devices and systems by directly controlling matter on the nanometre scale.

MESA+ School for Nanotechnology

MESA+ boasts a state-of-the-art NanoLab with a floor area of 1250 square metres. The fact that its users are offered a wide variety of technologies and equipment to develop an almost unlimited number of applications makes this NanoLab quite unique. MESA+ actively seeks collaboration with industry and encourages entrepreneurship among its employees. Though collaboration and a focus on interdisciplinary research, the excellent infrastructure and entrepreneurship, MESA+ is one of the world’s top institutes in the field of nano and microtechnology.

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