24 months
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The purpose of the PDEng programme in Civil Engineering from University of Twente (UT) is to educate trainees who will be the 'new employees' in the field of civil engineering.

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The programme in Civil Engineering from University of Twente (UT) focuses on solving design issues within the main themes of water management, transport engineering and construction engineering.

What you'll learn

During the programme, you transfer results into technological innovation in industry and society. 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.

Design project

The design project will be defined in close consultation with the organisation or institution where you will be working for. The project can arise from a design question from the organisation/institution or from the valorisation of PhD research where industry/government has an inquiry to. 

The programme ensures that the design project is innovative and complex, contains sufficient design aspects and is sufficiently multidisciplinary. The design project is individually in the sense that you have your own project. Because of the complex and multidisciplinary character of the project, in most projects you will work together with colleagues. The University of Twente ensures that there is a clear part of the design, for which you are responsible and for which you will be judged.


Employers of graduates of this PDEng programme are often the organizations were the trainees do their design assignments. The branches of these organizations vary from government to engineers of consultants and contractors. Furthermore, large research institutes can be clients for design orientated issues and therefore an employer of PDEng graduates.

Programme Structure

The compulsory block includes two compulsory courses:

  • Systems Design & Engineering
  • Technology Development and Management for Civil Engineering
Elective courses:
  • For the elective block, together with the direct supervisors you can select courses which are of interest for the technological design project. Elective courses can either be master courses or post-master courses.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates will be tested based on these selection criteria:
  • CV candidate, with special attention to: results of the Master’s programme; other diplomas, courses; and years and type of work experience (if applicable);
  • Motivation candidate, with special focus on demonstrable affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments;
  • Professional skills, such as English language skills, communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, initiative and self-reflection; and
  • Letter(s) of recommendation senior / graduate professor.

Tuition Fee

At this moment, the fees for a PhD position are determined per faculty. Therefore, we advise you to contact your prospective PhD supervisor.

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Living costs for Enschede

650 - 920 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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