Difference between PDEng and PhD
Although the PDEng and PhD are both recognised as postgraduate degrees, the PDEng programme and the PhD process are not equivalent. The PDEng is a practical oriented professional doctorate in engineering which is better suited to the direct needs of industry, whereas the PhD focuses on scientific research. The three most pronounced differences between a PhD and PDEng programme are:
- The PhD has a duration of 4 years whereas the PDEng has a duration of 2 years;
- The PhD trainee is directly engaged with the university, the PDEng trainee with the professional field;
- The PhD focuses on research, the PDEng on (technological) designs.
If you are an ambitious student who has completed a Master’s degree and would like to focus on technological design, then a PDEng programme might be the perfect opportunity for you!
The University of Twente offers a diversity of Post-Master PDEng programmes. If you are interested in the PDEng programmes, click on the link below for a programme-specific webpage:
If you are interested in a PhD programme, please have a look at our Twente Graduate School.