Programmes for prospective doctoral candidates

PDEng > EngD

As of 1 September 2022, the PDEng programmes were renamed to Engineering Doctorate (EngD). Read more about the name change to EngD.

For PDEng alumni: If you want to obtain documentation about the name change, you can either a) download an explanation document or b) request a diploma supplement (including a statement mentioning you) by emailing the EngD coordinator ( Please make sure to provide your full name, defence date and the mailing address where we should post the documents.

At the University of Twente, you can pursue a career in scientific research after completing your Master’s programme. This will lead to a PhD degree. You can also opt for a more practical, design-oriented  Engineering Doctorate (EngD).  

Discover your PhD and EngD options at the University of Twente
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PhD programme

A PhD involves spending four years of in-depth studying and researching in a particular area. You can do this within any of our research groups.  

Most PhD researchers in the Netherlands are paid employees, often working directly for the university, see our vacancies website. Some Other PhD researchers come to the Netherlands with an international scholarship.       

ENGD programmes 

The other, more practically oriented, route you can opt for at the university is an EngD programme. These programmes focus on technological design and take two years to complete. The University of Twente offers EngD programmes in the fields of Business & IT, Civil Engineering, Energy & Process Technology, Maintenance and Robotics.  

All EngD programmes are tailor-made in close cooperation with an industry partner. You will learn to design high-level, creative and innovative designs for complex issues, within a multidisciplinary team. Find out how you can apply.