Are you about to receive your master’s degree, but are you not quiet done learning? Would you like to work on innovative technological solutions for the high-tech industry or healthcare? Apply for a Engineering Doctorate (EngD) program at TU/e and become an expert at high- level technological design.

An EngD program in short

  • 2-year post-master program

  • Mix theory and practice

  • Kick start career in industry or healthcare

  • Paid position, no tuition fees

Why become an EngD trainee at TU/e

An EngD program will put you on a faster track to a successful career in industry.  The industry offers graduated designers from our programs excellent jobs. Many of our EngD trainees have found jobs in (multi-)national companies including Philips and ASML. And besides these career opportunities:

•          you deepen your technological knowledge at a top university of technology in the Netherlands
•          you gain practical experience with the latest design methods
•          you develop your professional skills
•          no tuition fees, but you earn a salary and an attractive benefits package during the program
•          2-year only 
•          almost all programs in English

Hear from trainees Tom and Mahsa about why they have chosen an EngD program and how they have experienced their EngD traineeship.  

General structure of an EngD program

An EngD program is 2 year. In the first year, you will deepen your technological knowledge, gain practical experience with the latest design methods, and work on your professional skills. And in the second year, you will do a technological design project (10 to 12 months) for a leading high-tech company or healthcare institution.

How to apply to an EngD program?

For EngD positions, an application procedure applies.

Application is open to university graduates from the Netherlands and other countries. You will at least need a Master of Science degree or equivalent, preferably in the exact sciences.

There will be an assessment and selection procedure before you can enter the program. We use strict selection criteria to ensure the required high quality. Excellent marks, motivation, and a design-oriented attitude are vitally important, as well as an excellent command of the English language.

Each EngD program has its own starting dates, admission requirements, and selection procedure. On each program page, you can find specific information regarding the procedure for that program.

EngD stories: why an EngD?

Chat with our students

Difference between EngD and PhD

If you would like to explore how technology is applied, an EngD is a good option. If you are already certain of the research you want to conduct in a specific sub-field, a PhD program might suit you better.
An EngD program is on par with a PhD program. The main difference is with PhD is the focus: a PhD is aimed to establish you as an independent researcher and an EngD prepares you for a high-level position in industry.  A PhD-program takes 4 years, an EngD program 2 years.

Other EngD programs in the Netherlands

All EngD programs are part of the joint initiative 4TU.SAI: 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute. The institute is a joint initiative of the 4 universities of technology in the Netherlands.

Some characteristics of our trainees (2023)

  • 227 trainees; of which 44% female

  • International community; 40 nationalities

  • Age: half of the trainees are between 25 and 29 years old.