Research, Design and Development

The ‘Research, Design and Development’ track supports you in developing the attitude, skills and knowledge you need to work successfully in the R&D or design department of a corporation or public institution. 

As you are expected to operate effectively in a business context, you need to develop design management skills and business awareness in addition to an ability to design and realize interactive systems via a user-centric process. So you need to be able to apply various design approaches fluidly and without hesitation.

The final Master’s degree project will be performed on behalf of, or within, a corporation (e.g. Philips, TomTom, BMW, Océ or Nedap), a government agency or a semi-public institution. The results are presented in a report that is both relevant for the company and demonstrates your academic development.

After completing the RDD track, students can either start to work in industry or enroll in Industrial Design's User-System Interaction Program. This two-year Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) course allows you to continue to develop your skills in user-centric design methodologies.