Twente Graduate School

Why Twente Graduate School?

There are a lot of reasons to apply to the University of Twente, we listed five reasons why you should be interested in our Twente Graduate School:


PhD candidates at the UT are supposed to fill their PhD trajectory with 30 credits of education. These courses can be taken at several research schools, but also at the UT's Centre for Training and Development or at the Twente Graduate School itself and are meant as deepening, broadening, academic skills and career development courses.

The Twente Graduate School programmes offer guidelines for structured programmes to be individually tailored with your professor, so that your programme fits in with your objectives.

Integrated master's and PhD programmes

Twente Graduate School offers talented researchers integrated Master's and PhD programmes. Did you know from an early age that research was where your heart lay? Twente Graduate School will help you to realize your dream as quickly as possible. Start getting into the right lane during your Master's in order to be certain you are properly prepared for the PhD-phase.

Excellence programmes

The UT offers extracurricular programmes of excellence for Master's students. These are honours programmes in the fields of Design, Organization and Research. Do you excel in research? Then consider the Research honours programme offered by the UT.

Excellent research institutes

The UT has five excellent research institutes which are explicitly involved in TGS. Heard about our MESA+, Institute for Nanotechnology, one of the world's leaders in the field of Nanotechnology, with its own cleanroom? Or CTIT, ICT Research in Context, the largest academic research institute in the field of ICT and ICT applications in the Netherlands. We also have the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine which, with experimental Centre for Technical Medicine, has strong links with hospitals, the world of business and the government. IGS, the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies, is one of the top research institutes of the University of Twente, performing multi-disciplinary research and postgraduate research training in the field of governance and management of technological and social innovation. Lastly, the ITC enjoys international recognition in the field of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation.

Entrepreneurial University

After completing your PhD programme did you decide you didn't want to continue as a researcher because you had come up with a great product or discovered a niche in the market due to your research? In that case you can of course always enter the world of commerce or start up your own business. The UT encourages students with an entrepreneurial spirit and has already been at the birth of over 800 spin-off companies.