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Doctoral research for the corporate sector

The temporary deployment of academic talent will create enormous value to a business or a non-profit organization. The PhD candidates and PDEng trainees of the University of Twente bring their scientific expertise to the work floor.

Curious to find out what our PhDs and PDEngs can do for your organisation?


In order to take advantage of opportunities for collaborating with the industry, it is important that a university builds up - from an international perspective - a distinctive position based on scientific quality. Research investments with a specific industrial interest are therefore in line with the university's scientific strategy. An doctoral degree place is a PhD, who does research on this interface between applied research and scientific research. Such a PhD is employed by the UT. More information: Strategic Business Development,, phone +31 54 489 2024.


Is your company facing a technological problem that needs solving or a challenging design issue that needs unravelling? Then a technological designer of the University of Twente is the answer. 

In consultation with you as an industrial partner and the University of Twente, a PDEng trainee is responsible for a solution for your technological design issue. PDEng trainees (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) attend a two-year post-master's design programme that consisting of a cursory programme (50%) and the in-company design project (50%). There are five different PDEng programmes: Business & IT, Civil Engineering, Energy & Process Technology, Maintenance and Robotics.

The basic principle of the PDEng programme is that the trainee, the set of courses and the expert coaching will come together with only one thought: ‘the best possible solution for the design problem’.

For more information, see our PDEng Business pages or contact Mariska de Roo:

M. de Roo (Mariska)
Business Relations Manager PDEng & Life Long Learning
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