Interested in a doctoral programme (PhD/EngD) at UT?

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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Why UT? 

The University of Twente (UT) is different from other universities, both in The Netherlands and internationally. Have a look at our Master's website, where you can get an impression of the unique campus and research environment and why choosing UT is a smart choice. Or read more about UT's position in worldwide university rankings

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. On top of that, it's possible to start a PhD on behalf of the company you are working for, without applying for a PhD vacancy at UT.

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.