Programme structure Energy& Process Technology

The two years lasting PDEng 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 professional development, a block with in-depth and broadening courses and the 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.

Professional Development courses

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 her employees. The course in Professional Effectiveness is compulsory, and others are elective (in consultation with your supervisors). The total study load of the professional development courses is 6-10 EC.

In-Depth and Broadening courses

The in-depth and broadening block carry 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 depend on the track in which your design project is categorized.


The compulsory block includes three courses. One design course:

Two courses that can be chosen from a set of 6 courses

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


The elective block of at least 18 EC allow you to extend your competences in a specific direction as a 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 where 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 industry/government has an inquiry to. The programme ensures that the design project is innovative and complex, contains sufficient design aspects and is sufficiently multidisciplinary. The design project is individually 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.