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Process and Equipment Design, PDEng

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #50 (QS) Delft, Netherlands
Part of 4TU Stan Ackermans Institute, the Process and Equipment Design programme from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a dream come true for aspiring engineers. But also for technological companies. They need people with more than just a MSc degree.
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The Process and Equipment Design programme from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is an advanced level traineeship that trains and educates MSc-graduates to become certified designers. This traineeship is full time and takes two years to complete. After careful selection MSc-graduates are hired as PDEng trainees, becoming employees of the university, and receiving a salary.

Succesful trainees are awarded the diploma "Professional Doctorate in Engineering" (PDEng) and may add the abbreviation PDEng to their professional title.

Objectives of the Process and Equipment Design programme

To enhance the level of technological competence in the Netherlands, the Ministries of Education and of Economic Affairs initiated a National Educational Programme for Technological Design. As part of the 4TU.School for Technological Design, the Dutch technical universities started a number of two-year post-MSc PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) design programmes.

In 1990 the Delft University of Technology started the postgraduate (post-MSc) programme "Process and Equipment Design". As per September 2019, 252 PDEng trainees have enrolled into this programme.

The advanced level PDEng programme "Process and Equipment Design" trains and educates MSc graduates to become certified designers, capable of designing "fit for purpose" and "first of its kind" products, processes and equipment. It aims at developing the design skills of the participants to an advanced level. Emphasis lies on the interdisciplinary area of the design. It encourages to actively look beyond the perimeters of the own discipline and to recognise the challenges and restrictions imposed by product chain management, environment, time and money.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The programme takes two years (3400 hours) and is divided into four phases.
  • Broadening phase
  • Deepening phase
  • Group Design Project
  • Individual Design Project

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The applicants must have above average ratings and must be highly motivated to ensure completion of the traineeship within two years. The programme welcomes applications from well-qualified students who have successfully completed 5 years of university training (M.Sc., Ir., Drs.). Graduates with diverse backgrounds are admitted:

  • Chemical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering
  • Applied Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization related to chemical engineering, such as Industrial Process Equipment and Energy Systems
  • Applied Earth Sciences, with specialization Raw Material Processing or Petroleum Engineering
  • Physical Technology
  • Other, with equal merit, within the discretion of the Selection Committee

Tuition Fee

This course differs from most of the courses at the University because participants will receive a salary instead of paying for the course.

Living costs for Delft

  • 780 - 1160 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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