Are you a Master’s graduate with an interest in designing practical and innovative technologies for the industry sector? Then a EngD programme is your ticket to a successful career!

The EngD is a postgraduate degree in the Netherlands and stands for Engineering Doctorate. The 2-year programme consists of lecturers, workshops and a technological design project. You perform the design project in and for an industry company. A great way to apply your theoretical knowledge in solving a real-life, complex design problem.

You combine learning and earning during the programme, because a EngD trainee is hired as an employee of the university and receives a salary. EngD graduates have excellent career opportunities, due to the high standards of the programme and the collaboration with industry companies.

Four Dutch universities offer the EngD programme: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente, Wageningen University and Research. For more information about the EngD programmes visit

What is the difference between a EngD and a PhD?

  • The PhD has a duration of 4 years whereas the EngD has a duration of 2 years;
  • The PhD trainee is directly engaged with the university, the EngD trainee with the professional field;
  • The PhD focuses on scientific research, the EngD on technological designs.


The EngD programmes have high admission standards. You should bring:

  • Msc degree in exact sciences
  • eye for application of technology in industry/society
  • interest in product design
  • ambition in an industrial career
  • excellent English language skills
  • interdisciplinary attitude
  • above average Msc course ratings

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