Admission and Enrollment

The Post-Master's Program Process and Product Design is open to recent university graduates and in particular to engineers and Master graduates from the discipline of Chemical Engineering. Graduates from Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Food Technology and Bio-process and Environmental Engineering can also be considered if they have a firm background in Chemical Engineering.

To guarantee the quality of the program, the PPD Selection Committee applies strict selection criteria. Candidates must be among the top 25% of their discipline. Next to excellent grades, their motivation and personality will be extremely important.

Applicants are requested to send:

  • a well-motivated application (motivation letter)
  • an extensive curriculum vitae
  • translated certificates certified by their University
  • certified lists of marks
  • two letters of recommendations from two professors (or supervisors)
  • a passport photograph
  • a copy of their passport
  • the address of the website of the university and department where they received their certificate (including a link to the course descriptions of your program)
  • An executive summary of your master thesis.
  • A proof of English proficiency (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL test)

Incomplete applications will not be considered by our Selection Committee.

Application procedure

Applications can be sent in at any given time and even well in advance of graduation. The program starts two times a year: 1 April and 1 October. The application procedure will take about 2 to 3 months. For more detailed information on application deadlines, click FAQ.

If you wish to develop into an executive design engineer in industry, please send your application documents in one email to:

Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview. Course participants are paid a monthly salary of approximately € 2100,- gross by the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Should you have any questions you'd like answered before applying, or just would like to come in for an informal talk, please contact:
Jeanine Stassen MSc
STW 2.37
E-mail: or


After having completed all components of the curricular part and defended the design project in a public presentation and in a closed session with an examination committee, PPD participants will be presented with a certified diploma by their supervising professor during a graduation ceremony of the Stan Ackermans Instituut. The design engineers are entitled to bear the degree ‘Engineering Doctorate' (EngD) and will be entered as EngD into the register of the Royal Dutch Institute for Engineers (KIvI).

Link to professional practice

As the design project is nearly always carried out in collaboration with a company it is very practice-based. During the curricular year, advanced knowledge and skills are taught in block courses by lecturers who nearly all come from industry. All courses have been set up specifically for trainee design engineers and are completed individually or in teams. The composition of the group of course participants in the program Process and Product Design is multidisciplinary and international. The design project for a company ensures that the course participants solve problems that actually need solving. All the elements of the PPD -  structure of knowledge and skills, teamwork and practice-based design projects -  enable an easy transition to professional practice. You will be coached by experienced design engineers from industry and by TU/e staff with clear and relevant design experience. You will acquire independence and learn to make choices and work well in a project-based manner.