Software Technology, PDEng

Software Technology, PDEng

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #104 (QS) ,
The Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) degree program in Software Technology is provided by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the context of the 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute.


The PDEng Software Technology program is offered by  Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Like a PhD candidate, you will have the status of TU/e employee after being selected for this program. The Software Technology program is designed to prepare you for an industrial career as a technological designer, and later on as a software or system architect. It starts with 14 months of advanced training and education, including 4 small, industry driven training projects, followed by a major design project of 10 months in a company.

The technological designer programs lead to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) degree. These programs are given under the banner of 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute, a joint initiative of the four universities of technology in the Netherlands. The ST program is part of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Eindhoven University of Technology.

After graduation

370 trainees successfully finished the Software Technology program since the foundation in 1986. A large majority started and proceeded their career in the Netherlands, especially in the Eindhoven Brainport Area. From software architect to entrepreneur, an ST graduate has many career choices.

Our alumni demonstrate that the diploma enhances the career opportunities. Industry offers engineers from our program excellent jobs, because they know that our graduates have gained superb qualities. Most graduates find jobs like software or system designer, (senior) software architect, and in the long term, system architect.

Many of the alumni work at (large) companies and institutes such as: Assembléon, ASML, Dutch National Aerospace Laboratories, Ericsson, FEI Company, Nikhef, NXP, Océ Technologies B.V., Philips Design, Philips Healthcare, Philips Research, Thales, TNO Defence, Security and Safety, TNO Information and Communication Technology, TomTom, TPVision, and Vodafone Group Research and Development. Other alumni are working for interim professional companies such as Atos Origin, CGI/Logica, Ordina, Sioux, TASS Technology Solutions, and TOPIC. Some alumni started their own small or medium-sized companies such as TeleIDEA, and Tiobe Software.


This program is recognized as a PDEng program by the CCTO, the Dutch certification institute for technological designer programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our two-year PDEng degree program on Software Technology consists of four in-house periods of each approx. 11 weeks and one on-site project of 10 months. The core elements of the in-house periods are intensive training periods during which the relevant sustainable competencies are covered (deepening, broadening, or reinforcing) and project periods during which teams of trainees are working (competitive, comparative, or collaborative) on designing and developing software for a specific problem domain using a given technology domain.

Each of the in-house periods ends with an intensive project period during which teams of PDEng trainees work on designing and developing software in the context of specific problem and technology domains. The following problem domains will be targeted: media processing, mechatronics/robotics, life sciences/medical applications, and embedded systems.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

To be eligible for a traineeship position you need to have (the equivalent of) an accredited B.Sc. degree (at least three years and 180 ECTS) in computer science (or a strongly related scientific or engineering discipline) combined with min. 5 years of relevant academic work experience or an accredited M.Sc.-degree (preferably at least 120 ECTS) in computer science or a strongly related scientific or engineering discipline with a significant number of computer science courses from an internationally recognized research-oriented university.

We require the proof of an English proficiency such as an Academic IELTS score of at least 6.5 on average and no score less than 6.0.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Eindhoven

  • 850 - 1350 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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