A Master’s degree or PDEng degree enables you to apply for a PhD position within the Industrial Design graduate program. Over a period of four years, you develop the capability to carry out independent research, which means you are at the beginning of a scientific career. As a doctoral candidate you are employed by the university and you perform an important function for it: you contribute to the reputation and the continuity of the research.
Under the supervision of a professor, you work on a topic that fascinates you and into which you carry out further research. That means you need plenty of curiosity and motivation to increase the depth of your research topic. Independence, good communication skills and the ability to work in a team are important qualities that you need to develop.
You will write scientific presentations, and give presentations at congresses and seminars to scientists in your own field. You will also carry out some teaching tasks. By taking a PhD you show that you are capable of carrying out independent research, and of writing and defending your PhD thesis. After that, your are entitled to use the title of doctor, or in English PhD.
After gaining your doctorate you can continue your research at the university. However many companies are also keen to employ PhDs, because you have proved your ability to work at a very high scientific level. You possess specific knowledge which can be of great value for a company or research institute.
Past PhDs from ID went on to work in companies such as TomTom, Philips Design, Philips Research, and in universities such as University of Technology Sydney and University of Bristol. Some of them also started their own companies.