The two years lasting PDEng programme in Civil Engineering combines academic research in a professional context with education in a range of related subjects. It consists of three blocks: a block professional development, a block with in-depth and broadening courses and the technological design project. These blocks with a total of 120 EC can run parallel to each other.
The block with in-depth and broadening courses can partly be tailored to the technological design project. Gained skills in professional development and gained knowledge from in-depth and broadening courses are employed in the design project. During the design project, you transfer results into technological innovation in industry or society.
Professional Development courses
The Professional Development courses are intended to improve professional skills and advance career opportunities. Besides, the University of Twente actively stimulates the entrepreneurial spirit of her employees. The course in Professional Effectiveness is compulsory, and others are elective (in consultation with your supervisors). The total study load of the professional development courses is 6-10 EC.
In-Depth and Broadening courses
The In-Depth and Broadening block carries a total study load of at least 45 EC and comprises a compulsory block and an elective block.
Compulsory courses (depending on your specialisation domain)
The compulsory block includes four compulsory courses, i.e. Systems Engineering, Design Methodology and two courses, depending on the domain you follow within the programme (Water Engineering, Transport Engineering or Construction Management). These compulsory courses are accompanied with assignments, specific for the PDEng trainee. The compulsory courses will always be at a post-master level. Curious about the compulsory courses? Look here for more information about the courses within the PDEng in Civil Engineering.
For the elective block, together with the direct supervisors you can select courses which are of interest for the technological design project. Elective courses can either be master courses or post-master courses. Curious about which elective courses you can choose? Look here for more information about the courses.
The design project will be defined in close consultation with the organisation or institution where you will be working for. The project can arise from a design question from the organisation/institution or from the valorisation of PhD research where industry/government has an inquiry to. The programme ensures that the design project is innovative and complex, contains sufficient design aspects and is sufficiently multidisciplinary. The design project is individually in the sense that you have your own project. Because of the complex and multidisciplinary character of the project, in most projects you will work together with colleagues. The University of Twente ensures that there is a clear part of the design, for which you are responsible and for which you will be judged.