An EngD (Engineering Doctorate) programme is a 2-year post-master design programme focussing on the direct needs of the industry.
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.
The University of Twente offers a diversity of Post-Master EngD programmes:
What can I expect from an EngD programme?
By combining an educational part at the University (~60 EC) and a practical design part at an organization (~60 EC), the programme offers academic research in a professional context.
- The courses in the educational part help you to further your professional development by providing the necessary (non)technological background to evaluate the effects of technology in the industrial context.
- During the practical part of the programme, you will spend time working in the industry on a challenging and innovative technological design project – a real problem that needs to be solved. You will be supervised by both engineers from the industry as well as by university staff. This ensures support in the areas of scientific knowledge, practical design experience and project management expertise.
EngD is open for a wide range of technically educated Master graduates, even if you're not graduated in one of the aforementioned specific fields. What matters is a perfect match between the specific design project and your MSc programme, your affinity with technological designs and your intrinsic motivation.
Difference between EngD and PhD
EngD is a practical-oriented professional doctorate in engineering which is better suited to the direct needs of industry, whereas a PhD track focuses on scientific research. The three most noticeable differences between a PhD and an EngD programme are:
- A PhD programme has a duration of 4 years, whereas an EngD programme takes 2 years to complete
- A PhD candidate focuses on research at the University, whereas an EngD trainee focuses on technological designs in the industry
- A PhD can be done in any research area represented by a full professor at the University and leads to the title “Doctor” (Dr., equivalent to a PhD). An EngD leads to an “Engineering Doctorate” (EngD) and can be taken at the University of Twente in 5 areas of expertise: