Ph. D. On Campus

Business and IT

University of Twente (UT)

24 months
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Part of 4TU Stan Ackermans Institute, the Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Business and IT (PDEng BIT) from University of Twente (UT) aims to raise the level of competence of professionals in IT to deal with the opportunities and challenges that IT-based innovations pose. 


In today’s networked and individualised world, businesses, consumers, citizens and governments interact in complex networks that span the globe and at the same time have huge local impact. Information technology (IT) is the means to make these innovations and their impact possible. IT allows organizations, people and devices to connect, to make these connections mobile, and to analyse the huge amounts of data generated by these connections. This in turn makes intelligent services possible, by which business and non-profit organizations can offer innovative products and services. However, careful analysis of IT-based mechanisms of value generation in business networks and IT-based design of new organizational configurations are needed to make these innovations successful.

The complexity of today’s IT-enabled world implies that IT professionals cannot restrict themselves to one discipline, such as Computer Science or Management Science. They need competences ranging from requirements engineering to system architecture, from design thinking to business analytics, and from e-business innovation to modernisation of legacy systems.

Technology is changing fast, and professionals need to keep themselves up-to-date. At the same time, some of the problems of business-IT misalignment, legacy software, and global cooperation are persistent. Modern IT professionals need to work in multidisciplinary teams to manage these problems. The mission of the BIT PDEng programme is to deliver professionals who are able to understand and design robust and economically sustainable IT-enabled networks, such as social networks, on-line markets, business networks, and public service networks, which balance economic opportunities and online IT risks to attain business goals.

Post-Master programme

BIT Master graduates do have knowledge and skills to assess and redesign business-IT alignment, but do not have sufficient knowledge or experience to integrate IT networks, coordination processes, and business architecture into an integrated whole that balances economic sustainability with an acceptable level of IT-related vulnerabilities, such as vulnerability to online fraud or to attacks by threat agents. 

This requires familiarity and experience with the business itself, as well as a deep knowledge of business networks, business analytics, of techniques for fraud assessment and for IT security risk assessment. The multidisciplinary of these problems in practice is greater than what Master students have been trained to handle.

The Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Business and IT (PDEng BIT) from University of Twente (UT) organizes the curriculum in a three-step design cycle, in which the designer learns how to investigate existing networks of people and organizations, and designs and validates IT enabled improvements of these networks.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systems Engineering 
  • Design Methodology
  • Business Process Integration Lab
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Architecture of Information Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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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 MSc; 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
  • Letter(s) of recommendation senior / graduate professor

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Enschede

650 - 920 EUR /month
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