Industrial Engineering, PDEng

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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As a trainee of the Industrial Engineering program from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) you will be trained to use these tools and techniques to design and implement innovative logistics solutions for leading companies in the Industrial Engineering company network, giving your career as a technological designer a kick-start.


Industry has to deal with increasing complexity in the manufacturing and distribution networks of goods and services as well as rapid changes in products, services and technologies. Advanced logistics systems are key for achieving high performance in costs, speed, flexibility and reliability under such conditions. The PDEng program Industrial Engineering responds to this challenge by offering a two-year post-Master Industrial Engineering (IE) program that involves on-the-job training in design, testing and implementation. This post-Master program cooperates with companies that are extremely ambitious in the area of logistics and supply chain performance.

In its School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) more than 60 researchers, about halve of them PhD students, work to find innovative solutions for complex logistics and supply chain problems. They closely cooperate with leading industries in fields like retail, process industry, capital goods industry, and transportation and warehousing.

In the program you will focus on strengthening both your technical and non-technical competencies related to efficient and effective design and implementation of advanced logistics systems. The program’s context is smart logistics and the related societal challenges.
In particular, there is a focus on multidisciplinary design and a project-based result-oriented approach is used. This is reflected in the set-up of the program, and in the selection of trainees in cooperation with the companies where design projects are carried out.

Fast track to a higher level

As a trainee of the Industrial Engineering program you will be actively involved in applying logistics tools and techniques to a much greater extent that would be possible in industry alone. You will address logistics problems from perspectives such as human-performance management, organization and organizational change, ICT, and logistics methods and techniques. It would take many more years to gain the same experience in industry, if possible at all.

The Industrial Engineering program is unique: dedicated courses, industrial assignments and design mentors who are actively involved in design projects in leading companies. As a technological designer trainee you will receive a salary.
After successfully completing our program, you will be granted the degree of ‘Professional Doctorate in Engineering’ (PDEng).


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

Programme Structure

From the start of your appointment as a trainee, you are supervised by a design mentor, one of our professors who are highly experienced designers and are involved in the industry projects as coaches. They will show you how to turn academic knowledge into innovative industrial solutions.
You will be trained in applying scientific knowledge, tools and techniques in real life company environment.
You will be working on design assignments, small real problems that are assigned to us by our industrial partners.

In industry: the design project

You will spend the last ten months in industry working on a challenging logistics design project, a real problem that needs to be solved. In this project you will integrate knowledge from a number of disciplines. You will be supervised by a mentor from industry as well as your university design mentor. Each trainee is also supported by a coach, who has an extensive career and excellent track record in the high-end technology industry. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Admission and application

Application is open to university graduates from the Netherlands and other countries. You will at least need a Master of Science degree or equivalent, preferably in the exact sciences. There will be an assessment and selection procedure before you can enter the PDEng program. The PDEng programs use strict selection criteria to ensure the required high quality. Excellent marks, motivation and a design-oriented attitude are vitally important. You should also have an excellent command of the English language.


You can apply by sending your letter of application with a complete curriculum vitae and at least two letters of recommendation (in English). Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview with the selection committee of the relevant PDEng program. Each PDEng program has different starting dates, as well as its own specific admission requirements and selection procedure. The exact requirements and selection procedure for each program are listed on the program's website.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA


If you are selected for a PDEng program, you are appointed as a trainee for the duration of the program, up to two years. You are a member of the scientific staff and receive a salary in accordance with government regulations. Because you are a trainee, you do not have to pay a tuition fee.

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