Programmes for prospective doctoral candidates

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 Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng).  

Discover your PhD and PDENG 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.       

PDENG programmes 

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

All PDEng 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.