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Doctoral programmes at the University of Twente

Twente Graduate School(TGS) coordinates all doctoral programmes at the University of Twente.

You can either pursue a career in scientific research, leading to a PhD degree, or opt for a more practical, design-oriented Professional Doctorate in Engineering(PDEng).

Each programme centres on topics closely related to the work going on at our research institutes and is taught and supervised by expert researchers and designers. Find out more about the research-driven PhD opportunities or our design-oriented PDEng programmes


Covid-19 restrictions

TGS operations under Covid-19 restrictions
  1. PhD and PDEng candidates experiencing immediate personal problems due to the corona crisis, such as subsistence (living costs), housing, mental or health problems, and/or in case you are in need of a coach, please contact TGS for emergency help (including the UT emergency fund) or further reference. Contact us by email: tgs@utwente.nl / Tuesday and Friday from 9.00-11.00 a.m. you can reach us at:
     +31 6 19851634
  2. Registration in Hora Finita: business as usual
  3. Intake session:  done online until further notice
  4. TGS Introductory Workshop of November 2021:  done f2f but online option is available (other 2022 sessions f2f or online to be decided)
  5. Generic course registration via Coursefinder: business as usual (many courses are online now, if courses have to be postponed, the candidate will receive an email about online options or rescheduling. 
  6. Hora Finita submissions and approvals (T&SP, Qualifier, Annual interviews, 30EC certificate check): business as usual
  7. Qualifier / annual interviews: face to face if possible, online if needed, postpone if there are valid reasons (at the discretion of the candidates and their supervisors)
  8. The format of the defences is adapted regularly on the basis of the latest COVID-19 crisis measures. There are three general formats of PhD defences:
  • (a) on campus defence with a possible maximum of persons allowed and possible restrictions in the possibilities to organize a reception on campus after the defence;
  • (b) a fully digital PhD defence (during a full lockdown); or 
  • (c) 1,5-meter defence (when lockdown measures are partially lifted but social distancing is being enforced).

    When not restricted by governmental measures, we organize PhD defences on campus, if needed as a 1,5-metre defence, but candidates can always opt for a fully digital defence. Internal and external committee members are welcome on campus if governmental measures allow this, but they have the possibility to join the defence online.
    Candidates with an upcoming defence will be informed by the doctorate board support office about the possibilities and restrictions that apply to their defence.

For more information / TGS update coronavirus see the COVID-19 information page of the UT or our TGS news page.


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