Career perspectives

Visit our Master Open Day on 21 March on campus

As a graduate in IDE with the deeply human perspective you have developed within the Human Technology Relations (HTR) track, you will be able to get a job in which people’s needs and wants really matters. You could easily find work as a product designer, interaction designer or usability specialist, to name just a few of the many options. Are you a real entrepreneur? You can also start up your own business, like some of our former students did. Or you can opt to further develop yourself by following an EngD- or PhD-programme.

Type of degree

When you have completed this Master’s with the HTR track, you will receive a Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering. Also, you can title yourself Master of Science (MSc.). Your track will not be mentioned on your diploma, as the programme is designed in a way that all graduates – regardless of their track – meet the requirements of a qualified industrial design engineer.

Job opportunities

After graduating, you will be equipped to enter any area of industrial design engineering – not just the area of your Master’s track. You might, however, bring a specific perspective to the job you fulfil, that distinguishes you from graduates of other Master’s tracks.

UT alumni with this track currently work in various positions and organisations. For example:
  • Researcher personalised eHealth for Women with Breast Cancer at Ziekenhuis Groep Twente and UT
  • UX Designer at the Dutch Police
  • Product Designer at Koninklijke Gazelle

As a graduate of the Master’s track in Human Technology Relations, you will be specialised in people’s wants and needs and know how to translate these into smart and effective solutions. With that expertise, you will be in high demand in a wide range of markets, from healthcare and education, to mobility, construction, packaging, branding or the tech industry.

You could fill up a position as a product designer or engineer, interaction designer, usability specialist or consumer insights analyst, but you can also fulfil a management position, like project leader or head of product development. Also, the kind of employers is highly varied. Graduates of this Master’s track work at a range of commercial organisations or big tech companies like Philips or Nedap, but also hospitals, municipalities or engineering firms like PCV group or digital agencies like Trimm.

Start a business

Do you have a great business idea? At the University of Twente, you can turn it into reality! At UT, we highly encourage entrepreneurship. In fact, UT has been voted the most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands four times in a row. We have a unique approach of putting scientific knowledge to practical use and turning our expertise and yours into solutions that people and society actually need. As a catalyst for meaningful entrepreneurship, we offer you the Novel-T foundation and the start-up hub on campus.

Former students have gone before you. For example, Aryzon, a company that develops 3D Augmented Reality Headsets and industrial design agency Dynteq, were once started up by IDE-graduates. Will you be next?

Continue as a researcher: obtain a PhD 

Instead of pursuing a professional career as an industrial design engineer right away after obtaining your Master’s degree, you can opt to follow a PhD programme as facilitated by Twente Graduate School. This involves spending four years studying a particular research area in-depth in one of our research chairs. Obtaining your PhD will earn you the title of Doctor (Dr.). 

Follow an EngD programme

For excellent professionals and graduates with a Master’s degree from a university, TGS offers five different Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programmes. These two-year, tailored programmes are aimed at you becoming a high-level technological designer. The EngD programme most likely to match your interests as a Master's in Industrial Design Engineering would be Maintenance. On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified diploma and the academic degree title, Engineering Doctorate (EngD.). Interested in doing an EngD? You can check below if there are any vacancies. If not, you can also send in an open application. 

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