Energy & Process Technology

Large projects for Energy and Process Technology are getting more and more complex character. Therefore the market asks for highly qualified designers who have knowledge about different kinds of technical and non-technical aspects of contemporary issues. But above all the market asks for employees who know how to work properly in a multidisciplinary design team and deal with solving complex issues is really needed.

Since 1990 a lot of companies have been using the designer training of Twente University’s Process Technology (TWAIO-track). Because of this track of highly qualified processes, engineers are available for companies. A recent graduate of the EngD programme in Process Technology function very well. The track has been re-launched and is now up to date by adding a focus on Energy Technology.

EngD programme in Energy & Process Technology

The EngD programme in Energy and Process Technology focuses on creating technological solutions for products and processes in nutrition, energy and the process industry. The programme is based on functional and market-based requirements and focuses on quality, environment en sustainability. During the programme, you transfer results into technological innovation in industry and society.

A methodological approach, which tackles the always-present uncertainties, always comes first.

Employers of graduates of this EngD programme are often the organizations where the trainees do their design assignments. The branches of these organizations vary from large multinationals to smaller companies in the energy-, process- and materials sectors. Also, engineering companies and energy-generating companies have shown their interest.


The two years lasting EngD programme in Energy & Process Technology combines academic research in a professional context with education in a range of related subjects. It consists of three blocks: a block of professional development, a block with in-depth and broadening courses and a technological design project. These blocks with a total of 120 EC can run parallel to each other.

The block with in-depth and broadening courses can partly be tailored to the technological design project. Gained skills in professional development and gained knowledge from in-depth and broadening courses are employed in the design project. During the design project, you transfer results into technological innovation in industry or society.


The Professional Development courses are intended to improve professional skills and advance career opportunities. Besides, the University of Twente actively stimulates the entrepreneurial spirit of its employees. The course in Professional Effectiveness is compulsory, and others are electives (in consultation with your supervisors). The total study load of the professional development courses is 6-10 EC. See for an overview of professional development courses.


The in-depth and broadening block carries a total study load of at least 45 EC and comprises 2 obligatory blocks (design and core courses) and an elective block. The core courses and elective courses to choose from depending on the track in which your design project is categorized.

Compulsory block

The compulsory block includes three courses. One design course:

Two courses can be chosen from a set of 6 courses

The chosen compulsory courses will always be at a post-master level.

Elective block

The elective block of at least 18 EC allows you to extend your competencies in a specific direction as further preparation for the design project. For the composition of this elective block, together with your (daily) supervisors, you can select courses which are of interest for the technological design project. Elective courses can either be master courses or post-master courses at the University of Twente, national research schools, Capita Selecta courses, conference visits (incl. paper and/or poster), summer schools, in-company courses, or courses at another 4TU location.  


The design project will be defined in close consultation with the organisation or institution which you will be working for. The project can arise from a design question from the organisation/institution or from the valorisation of PhD research where the industry/government has an inquiry. The programme ensures that the design project is innovative and complex, contains sufficient design aspects and is sufficiently multidisciplinary. The design project is individual in the sense that you have your own project. Because of the complex and multidisciplinary character of the project, in most projects, you will work together with colleagues. The University of Twente ensures that there is a clear part of the design, for which you are responsible and for which you will be judged.

Target groups

The EngD-programme in Energy and Process Technology focuses on these target groups:

The EngD programme focuses on talented graduates with an interest in designing solutions for complex technological problems. This means that not everyone will be allowed and that the selection for this track will be strict.

Selection criteria

Candidates will be tested based on these selection criteria:

Candidates with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).

The selection will be done by the EngD-selection committee.


If you are interested in this EngD track Energy & Process Technology, read more about how to apply.


  • Marzieh Salehi

    Hi, my name is Marzieh and I’m taking the EngD programme Energy & Process Technology.

    My project

    "For the development of tires, extensive road tests are necessary. Up to date, there is no lab method and equipment to measure dry grip with a satisfying correlation with road vehicle tire performance. The goal of this project is to design equipment and a method for measuring dry grip, starting from the LAT100 (Laboratory Abrasion Tester) machine which is commonly used for measuring abrasion and wet grip."

    A tangible and practical experience within the industry

    "The main reason for choosing an EngD program was having a tangible and practical experience within the industry in addition to considering the theories behind it.

    The University of Twente is an international university which gives me a chance to meet international people in my field during this program.  I would recommend this two years program for MSc graduates who are interested in taking one step further in their educational status and directly getting involved with industries after their graduation.”

  • Andre Louis

    "I think the EngD enables me to experience a smooth transition from being a student to becoming an engineer. The environment gives me the possibility to further develop my personality and skills as well as gain experience in working at a company.

    At the university, people treat me in the same way as a PhD student. In general, I have weekly meetings with my supervisor, where we discuss my work in detail. There are also monthly meetings with the professor. Besides that, there are regular meetings with people from the company as well. Overall, I’m really happy with how these things work out.

    The EngD programme in Energy & Process Technology gives you the possibility to start your career at a place where you have all resources to develop yourself further. I guess much better than if you work at a company."


If you have any further questions about the EngD programme in Energy & Process Technology, please contact programme director A.K. Pozarlik