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The PDEng programme in Civil Engineering at the University of Twente might be just the ticket! It´s a two-year post-master’s programme with a focus on design.


The postgraduate PDEng programme combines academic research in an industrial context with taught modules in a range of related subjects. It involves coursework and The PDEng (Professional Doctorate in culminates in a design project. As a Engineering) programme in Civil trainee, you will be employed by the Engineering will educate you to University of Twente or you will be develop high-quality, creative and placed at a company. During your innovative designs for complex civil employment you will receive a salary. engineering issues. As a technologically designer, you will be The two-year programme comprises perfectly capable in linking various three main components: professional disciplines and then integrating them development, in-depth coursework to produce effective designs. The and a technological design project. programme combines state-of-the-art The educational component and the technical expertise with professional design project can be scheduled development to result in an inspiring parallel or sequentially. This will be learning process. looked at with the placement company and the opportunities

engineering subjects (such as Collaborative Design and Engineering and Integrated Global Project Management). See ce_courses/ for an elaborate overview of the courses; 3) A technological design project (~50% of programme). This project focuses on producing a design within the field of the main themes of water management, transport or construction engineering. During the design project, you will directly apply your newly acquired expertise. During the design project, you create technological innovations relevant for industry and society.

DIPLOMA AND DEGREE available at the university. For each PDEng trainee, the educational programme is tailored to the specific design project, trotted out by the company. The PDEng programme is build up as follows: 1) Professional development (~10% of programme), including professional effectiveness, technical writing, project management, interviewing skills, and conflict management; 2) State-of-the-art post-graduate education (~40% of programme), comprising generic courses such as Systems Engineering, Risk Management, Innovation & Technology Dynamics, projectspecific courses and civil

You will receive a certified diploma upon successful completion of the programme. You will be entitled to use the academic degree of Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) and you will be registered as a Technological Designer in the register kept by the Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI). The quality of the programme is assured by an assessment and certification procedure carried out by the Netherlands Certification Committee for Technological Designer Programmes (CCTO, Nederlandse Certificatie Commissie voor Opleidingen tot Technologisch Ontwerper).

PDEng IN CIVIL ENGINEERING Projects in the field of civil engineering are becoming more and more complex. On the one hand, the spectrum of potential technical solutions is becoming ever wider thanks to technological innovations. On the other hand, the context of these projects is also becoming very complex. Consider for example an urbanised area with many – and often conflicting – constraints from a management or administrative perspective. Because of this increasing complexity, the market requires highly qualified civil engineering designers who are experts in the various technical and non-technical aspects of conflicting issues. Furthermore, the market requires employees who are skilled in working in a multidisciplinary design team and know how to approach complex issues and arrive at practical solutions. The purpose of the PDEng programme is to educate trainees who will be the ‘new employees’ in the field of civil engineering. The programme focuses on solving design issues within the main themes of water management, transport and construction engineering. Examples of design issues include the accessibility of urban areas, high-quality public transport, risk management, flood protection under the influence of climate change, urban renewal, asset management for infrastructure or complex buildings (e.g. hospitals), underground construction, multifunctional land use, etc.


NIELS VOSSEBELD TRAINEE PDENG IN CIVIL ENGINEERING “What I like the most about the programme is the tailor made character of it. There is a lot of freedom in choices for all parties. Another big advantage - compared to a PhD - is that the PDEng programme is shorter. In addition I think it better fits to my pragmatic mind set. Of course I could choose for a regular job or a traineeship in the professional field after obtaining my Master’s degree, but the PDEng attracts me because of the knowledge based approach. With the knowledge obtained I can distinguish myself.”

STUDYING AFTER YOUR MASTER’S: PDEng OR PhD? Although the PDEng and PhD are both recognised as postgraduate titles, the PDEng programme and the PhD process are not equivalent. The PDEng is a vocationally oriented doctorate in engineering which is suited to the needs of industry. The three most pronounced differences between a PhD and PDEng programme for you as a trainee are: • 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 research, the PDEng on (technological) designs. In short: if you are an ambitious student who has completed a master’s degree and would like to focus more on design and less on science, then the PDEng programme in Civil Engineering might be the perfect opportunity for you!

INTERESTED? The PDEng programme is the perfect step for talented students with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related specialisation (both national and international) who are interested in designing solutions for complex civil engineering problems. If you would like to apply for this PDEng programme, then please send us an email containing the following information and attachments: • A short curriculum vitae (1 A4 page max); • A letter of motivation (1 A4 page max) • Your grade point average from your master’s programme; • The grade of the final assignment from your master’s programme; • A transcript of your master’s courses (including grades). A PDEng selection committee is responsible for admitting new students to the programme.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE High tech, human touch. That is the University of Twente, located centrally in Europe in the east of the Netherlands in the city Enschede. The University of Twente is where talent can best realise its full potential. Students and staff are the key. Together, 3,300 scientists and professionals carry out groundbreaking research, bring about socially relevant innovation, and

PDEng, AN INITIATIVE OF THE 3TU FEDERATION Hundreds of companies have already had good experiences with the PDEng programmes that are offered at the three universities of technology in Netherlands. The universities of Delft, Eindhoven and Twente are responsible for the joint post-master’s design programmes offered under the auspices of the Stan Ackermans Institute, 3TU School for Technological Design. For more information:


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Information about the programme C.M. Dohmen-Janssen Director of the PDEng programme in Civil Engineering T + 31 53 489 4280 E General information P. Jansen, MSc. Office manager of the PDEng programmes at the University of Twente E Website:

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