M.Sc. Industrial Design Engineering

University of Twente (UT)

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: May). Start in 1 February: November (non-EEA: October).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,226 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Designing new products and improving existing ones is a continual process. Take the Master’s in IDE and discover the full potential of the interaction between design and engineering.

Ten years ago, many of today’s products did not exist or were nothing more than prototypes of their current selves. Ten years from now, these same products will have evolved still further, maybe thanks to you. The Master’s in IDE gives you the know-how to make it happen. This programme combines design, engineering, technology and the social sciences. You will go beyond the mere circuitry of electronic equipment to design and improve products that are part of people’s everyday lives. You will consider their safety, affordability and sustainability, with the user experience as a key frame of reference. It takes professionals with a wide array of skills to develop consumer products. At the University of Twente you will not only learn how to design a product on paper, but explore the whole product development chain to become a professional product developer. The world needs well-rounded developers with a feeling for the integrated development of smart technologies. Fast-developing technologies in combination with ever shorter time-to-market will only increase the demand for IDE professionals who are able to cross traditional boundaries and apply a wide range of skills.


Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


Design and Styling:

An industrial designer has several different roles to play. Sometimes the most important part of industrial design is the application of a new technology, while at other times the development of a better user interface is key. Most of the time, design is about combining and integrating a range of disparate elements. Whatever the focus, styling always plays an important role. In the Design & Styling specialization, you will learn to oversee all aspects of product development, with an emphasis on the historical context of the product, its consumer concerns and its emotional benefits. As a graduate of the Design & Styling specialization you can find employment in technical or commercial jobs, for example in marketing or product management. Most of our graduates work as designers at design studios or in corporate design departments, but you could also opt for a career in advertising, education or pursue a research career at a university or research institute.

Emerging Technology Design:

Many theoretical breakthroughs and new technological principles are rarely applied because nobody translates them into a product or application. In this specialization you will learn how to bring new and state-of-the-art technologies to the consumer market instead of introducing a technology for a single, specific product. This can turn an expensive technology with a limited field of applicability into a more affordable option as it makes the transition to mass production. Consumer products can also be modified and new products brought to market thanks to new, highly advanced technologies (e.g. fuel cells), technologies that make it possible to produce new shapes (e.g. hydroforming) or technologies that reduce the cost of production (e.g. composite materials that result in fewer parts). Another goal of this specialization is to reduce the distance between the research environment, industry and the market.

Management of Product Development:

When launching new products, it is essential to progress through the product development stages quickly and efficiently, from initial concept to finished product. In this specialization, you will learn to effectively manage the product creation process and to communicate with a variety of target groups, both internal and external (e.g. clients and suppliers). While the product development manager is not always directly involved in a product’s design, he or she needs to be aware of various design techniques in order to successfully lead multidisciplinary design teams. This may include generating a product development plan, drafting recommendations for the organization of a product’s development, organizing a feasibility study and optimizing a product’s life cycle.

Cradle to Cradle:

When it comes to designing new products, the closed cycle for materials will continue to play an increasingly important role. The new circular economy based on the Cradle to Cradle approach denotes an industrial economy that is restorative. One of the key issues covered in this specialization is the development of a strategy to maximize industry’s ability to turn used materials into new products. You will become conversant with the principles of reusability and cutting-edge methodologies, and will apply these in an industrial environment. Thanks to an alliance with the C2C ExpoLAB Foundation (sponsored by the municipality of Venlo) and EPEA enterprises, the University of Twente can avail itself of the expertise of private enterprise in training the professionals of the future.


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