The world of civil engineering is changing. Nowadays, there is an increasing demand for engineers who have a profound understanding of their own field and can oversee and combine the specialist knowledge from other disciplines. A Professional Doctorate of Engineering (PDEng) programme in Civil and Environmental Engineering will provide such an opportunity for engineers and graduated master students.
The faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of TU Delft, as one of the pioneers in education, has developed a two year PDEng programme in two tracks:
- Sanitary & Environmental Engineering
- Structural & Railway Engineering
Trainees will be given precisely the knowledge and practical experience in the field of design, construction, finance and maintenance, which is important for their role as the future head designer. The two years give an equivalent of four to five years of experience in the business.
The programme is unique: trainees will be taught subjects which deepen their specialisation, but also provide a wide-ranging overview of developments in the relevant professional field and adjacent disciplines. Joint and individual design assignments from professional practice will provide an opportunity for the trainees to learn to carry out complex design assignments independently and to communicate efficiently in a group. Trainees will receive intensive supervision from experienced designers active at TU Delft and in the civil engineering sector.
Working on strategic innovation
The two year Professional Doctorate programme in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is the starting point of an innovation project and a successful career in the industry or business as a designer or engineering expert. The degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) will be awarded upon the successful completion of the programme.
This programme will help you to develop strategic innovations. During the programme, you learn how to initiate, develop and finish a design project which is of interest to the company or your employer. The design project is the core of the programme and is carried out individually. It is supported with different courses as well as an integral project. The individual design project takes the innovation past the phase of prototyping to implementation and market introduction. In the project you demonstrate your ability to apply the knowledge you gathered in the different courses of the programme, in solving a real- life, complex design problem or developing a new system.
The new PDEng programme has two tracks:
- Sanitary & Environmental Engineering focuses on water management issues related to health technology, such as water collection, water and sanitation, environment and water transportation.
- Structural & Railway Engineering is aimed at innovation in civil engineering, for example smart buildings, new materials and sustainable railways.
The civil and environmental engineering sector is in urgent need of young professional designers who can provide the sector with a knowledge boost and advanced technical innovations. O
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesEnvironmental Engineering Civil Engineering & Construction General Engineering & Technology View 4 other PhDs in Civil Engineering & Construction in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
You will need at least a Master of Science degree or equivalent, preferably in the exact sciences. Excellent marks, being highly motivated and a design oriented attitude are vital. You should also have a good command of the English language.
To apply for the PDEng program, there are two possible routes:
(1) Apply for a paid positionSometimes paid positions become available for a PDEng trainee to carry out the research.
(2) Open application
If there are no (suitable) vacancies you can always send an open application. You have to be either:
- employed with your company willing to support this programme and the innovation project, or
- self-funded and you have found a company willing to host you for the innovation project.
International11000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11000 EUR per year during 24 months.
National11000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11000 EUR per year during 24 months.
Sometimes paid positions become available for a PDEng trainee to carry out the research. If there are no vacancies you can always send an open application.
Living costs for Delft
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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