The University of Twente offers you a first-class research environment with multiple labs & opportunities for innovation and growth.

Our multicultural community of talented, ambitious students, scientists and educators have - together with our business and government partners - access to the best possible conditions. Though small in scale, the UT is home to more than 1,500 excellent scientists and over 370 state-of-the-art lab facilities. Our campus has powerful research institutes that focus on:

  • nanotechnology
  • ICT
  • biomedical technology
  • technical medicine
  • governance & behavioural sciences
  • engineering
  • geo-information sciences
  • earth observation.

As a master student at the UT you will often do research in one of these world-class research institutes:

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Our scientific themes

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
IMPROVING HEALTHCARE BY PERSONALIZED TECHNOLOGIES

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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CREATING INTELLIGENT MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

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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SHAPING OUR WORLD WITH SMART MATERIALS

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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ENGINEERING OUR DIGITAL SOCIETY

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

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ENGINEERING FOR A RESILIENT WORLD

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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PhD and Pdeng degrees at Twente Graduate School

What’s next after you’ve completed your Master of Science degree? Are you interested in a career in research? The 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. TGS offers PhD and PDEng programmes for graduate students who are keen to pursue a career as a scientific researcher or technological designer. 

From knowledge to spinoff

We are recognized as the most entrepreneurial university in our own country. We are strong on application and always seeking to use our expertise for impacting 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?

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