The two years lasting PDEng programme in Robotics 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.


The professional development courses are intended to improve professional skills and advance career opportunities. Therefore, the course in Professional Effectiveness and the TGS Introductory Workshop are compulsory. Other courses are elective and can be chosen 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.

In-dept and broadening courses

The In-Depth and Broadening block carries a total study load of at least 42 EC and comprises a compulsory block and an elective block.

Compulsory courses (depending on your specialisation domain)

The compulsory block includes four compulsory courses, i.e. Systems EngineeringDesign MethodologyModern Robotics and a course which can be chosen from a set of 3 courses:

The compulsory courses will always be at a post-master level (master courses need to be upgraded to post-master courses).

Elective Courses

The elective block of at least 15 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.  

Design project

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.