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This specialization belongs to the master's programme Industrial Design Engineering.

Develop an Industrial Design Engineering vision that embraces the very latest technologies

Are you knowledgeable and skilled in the technical and aesthetic aspects of industrial design engineering, but at least as fascinated by the very latest technological possibilities? Are you eager to explore emerging theories and technologies and use them in designing engineering solutions? Do you see yourself using this expertise to bridge the gap between research environments and markets? If so, the Master’s specialization Emerging Technology Design (ETD), one of three tracks you can choose from within our Master’s programme Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), could be the perfect choice for you.

What are the latest theoretical breakthroughs in fields like Virtual Reality, structural dynamics, acoustics & control or advanced materials? What does it take to apply the underlying data and technological principles in creating new products, or reinventing existing ones, integrating technology and design? And how can these emerging technologies be made accessible to the wider community of industrial design engineers and the markets and industries they serve? These are typical questions you will learn to handle confidently in the Emerging Technology Design track.

It’s that eagerness and ability to bridge the gap between scientific theory and commercial application that distinguishes these students from other industrial design engineers.Prof. Dr. Ir. Emile van der Heide, Track Coordinator of Emerging Technology Design

What makes this track different from the other IDE tracks?

Designing on the cutting edge of science and technology

The IDE track Emerging Technology Design will deepen and broaden your knowledge of industrial design engineering, equipping you to work with the best of product creators. In this sense, it is on a par with the other two IDE specializations, Management of Product Development (MoPD) and Human Technology Relations (HTR). The main difference is that this track will take you far beyond the established technologies used by the majority of industrial design engineers: it will equip you to recognize, understand and apply the very latest technological possibilities – and to enable others in your field access to make use of them as well.

While the Management of Product Development will focus on your role as a designer-manager, and the Human Technology Relations track will help you grow as a people-oriented designer, the Emerging Technology Design track will make you an expert technology-oriented designer.

Getting state-of-the-art technologies to the consumer market

In this specialization you will learn how to bring state-of-the-art technologies to the consumer market instead of introducing a technology for a single, specific product. For example, you might make an expensive technology with a limited field of applicability more suitable for the mass market. Or you might use a new, advanced technology to modify an existing consumer product, making it more economic or creating greater diversity. In doing all of this, you will also help reduce the distance between researchers and the market.

Typically, your tasks as an ETD specialist will include developing innovative ideas, converting those ideas into project proposals, writing and presenting technical reports in an comprehensible, attractive way, connecting niche research and technologies to wider fields of opportunity.

  • Expand the technology and engineering expertise you gained in your Bachelor’s programme
  • Gain cutting-edge insights into emerging technologies, explore their potential for application and develop the skills needed to make them accessible to other industrial design engineers
  • Become an Industrial Design Engineer skilled in capitalizing on the latest research findings

Why should I take this master's track at the UT?

Combine technology and engineering with non-technical aspects

You can get a Master’s degree in industrial design at many universities worldwide. Here is what makes the IDE programme at the University of Twente, along with this track, different from others:

  • The UT was acclaimed in 2017 as the best university of technology in the Netherlands, while in the overall ranking we joined our country’s top three universities. Not only will you benefit from our campus’ world-class facilities, but also from our pioneering research in many (technological) fields. At the UT you will develop a cross-disciplinary, engineering mind-set that will equip you to tackle complex challenges.
  • As a university with leading-edge engineering research and education, we devote a lot of attention to engineering in this track. This makes our Master’s in Industrial Design Engineering stand out as the programme for acquiring a knockout profile in technology and engineering.
  • The combination of six emerging technologies with the ins and outs of design and engineering makes the ETD track a one-of-a-kind Master’s track.

What courses does this track involve?

A lot of room for personal preferences

Like most of our Master’s tracks, the IDE track Emerging Technology Design offers you a lot of room to make your own choices. Roughly speaking, you can draw up your own curriculum around the following components:

  • Courses (75 EC, equals 5 quarters)
  • Mandatory ETD courses (10 EC)
  • Technology-oriented courses (20 EC)
  • General IDE courses (25 EC)
  • Elective courses (20 EC)
  • Master’s assignment (45 EC, or 3 quarters)

For a more detailed overview of all the IDE courses, check the curriculum*. (*The blue blocks are ETD courses)

One track, six technology programmes

A key characteristic of ETD is that in this track you will get familiar with a range of six different emerging technologies. In each of these fields, you will come to grips with the latest research findings, while also learning how to convert those findings into marketable knowledge and solutions.

  • Advanced Materials Engineering (AME) 
  • Biomedical Product Design (BPD)
  • Product and Surfaces (ProSurf) 
  • Smart Environments & Virtual Reality (SE&VR) 
  • Structural Dynamics, Acoustics & Control (SDAC) 
  • Sustainable Technology for Product Development (STPD)  

What kind of graduation projects does this track involve?

Combine cutting-edge technologies with practical application

Naturally, you are free as a Master’s student to come up with your own graduation project proposal. As a university that places a strong emphasis on societal impact and valorization, we strongly encourage our Master’s students to choose graduation projects in which they combine fundamental research with practical application. Many of these projects are carried out with and for external stakeholders, for example in industry. Because of the high degree of personalization this programme allows for, the range of graduation projects is huge.

Examples of thesis topics

In the ETD track, your thesis topic will be connected to one of the six emerging technologies covered in the programme. Here are some examples of graduation projects:

  • Advanced Materials Engineering
    • Project example: the design and development of an innovative discontinuous and continuous reinforced hybrid composite material
  • Biomedical Product Design
    • Project example: the mOrgan, an innovative transport system for transplant organs that enables perfusion of organs
  • Product and Surfaces
    • Project example: the design and fabrication of a biomimetic lifting aid
  • Smart Environments & Virtual Reality
    • Project example: a study of the role of charging infrastructure in the diffusion of electric vehicles in Norway
  • Structural Dynamics, Acoustics & Control
    • Project example: the design and development of a sound beam product for Bang & Olufsen suitable for use during exercising
  • Sustainable Technology for Product Development
    • Project example: the development of a dedicated tool to support the development of domestic boilers for a circular economy

What are my career prospects if I complete this IDE track?

Demand for industrial design engineers is growing

On completing the Master’s programme Industrial Design Engineering you will receive a Master of Science degree. Your specialization is not mentioned on your diploma. We’ve designed the programme in such way that you will meet all the requirements of a qualified Industrial Design Engineer, regardless of the track you take. This means you will be equipped to enter any area of industrial design engineering – not just the area of your Master’s specialization.

Demand for industrial design engineers is growing, as innovation and smart design gain importance in the development of our society. The strength you will have gained at the UT in technology and engineering will only make you more employable.

IDE job examples

IDE graduates go on to fulfil a range of jobs: industrial designer, product designer, product engineer, design engineer, design manager, product manager, interaction designer, researcher, usability consultant, design-centred researcher, strategic designer, brand manager, new product development project leader, and design-brand consultant.

ETD job examples

Given the considerable head start in emerging technologies that you will acquire during the Emerging Technology Design track, you will be in high demand on the job market. For example, you could join a company’s Research & Development team, get a job in innovation or help a company get ahead of the market with new technological applications.

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