• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Software Technology programme offered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) 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 Software Technology programme offered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is an accredited and challenging two-year, Bologna Third-cycle (doctorate-level equivalent to EQF level 8) engineering degree program during which its trainees focus on strengthening their technical and non-technical competencies related to the effective and efficient design and development of software for resource-constrained software-intensive systems, such as real-time embedded or distributed systems, in an industrial setting. In particular we focus on large-scale project-based design and development of this kind of software.

The various parts of our PDEng degree program aid to develop the capability of individuals to work within a professional context. It advocates a scientific research based approach to solving problems, a systematic way of collecting evidence and a critical, reflective, and independent mind for the analysis and interpretation of evidence.

It adds an additional dimension to a full MSc program by extending it and integrating it with new elements. The emphasis is on developing and strengthening (exercising) the competencies necessary for finding technical solutions. For finding such solutions an effective collaboration with representatives of different domains is inevitable and this is practiced during the program. During our program our PDEng trainees focus on systems architecting and designing software for software-intensive systems in multiple application domains for the High Tech Industry.


More than 400 trainees successfully finished the Software Technology program since its foundation. 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.


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

It is an accredited and challenging two-year, Bologna Third-cycle (doctorate-level equivalent to EQF level 8) engineering degree program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Requirements Engineering
  • Systems Architecting (Product Families, Product Lines)
  • Formal Methods
  • Verification & Validation/Testing
  • Creativity Techniques
  • Modeling Techniques

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.

Work Experience

At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.

Living costs for Eindhoven

  • 850 - 1350 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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