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

The PDEng is a postgraduate degree in the Netherlands and stands for Professional Doctorate in Engineering. 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 PDEng trainee is hired as an employee of the university and receives a salary. PDEng graduates have excellent career opportunities, due to the high standards of the programme and the collaboration with industry companies.

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

What is the difference between a PDEng and a PhD?

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


The PDEng 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

salary indication

€ 2002 (scale trainee design engineers, Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch universities)