University of Twente (UT)

Industrial Design Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    1906
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The M.Sc. in Industrial Design Engineering at University of Twente teaches you how to make good use of creativity and innovation when designing new products while considering safety, affordability, sustainability and user experience. The Master’s combines notions of design, engineering, ergonomics and social sciences. Specialise in human technology relations, emerging design or product management.

About

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.

Accreditation

Accredited by: nvao in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Specialities:

Human Technology Relations:

One can consider Industrial Design Engineering the discipline that makes technology available for users, since a sole technology, like ‘a lab on a chip’ is not graspable for people. In order to solve diseases or monitor blood sugar levels for people that suffer from diabetes, such a technology needs an interface to the world of the patient. In the master track Human Technology Relations, one learns to design such connections between people and technology from a people oriented perspective. Two insights are central to this objective: At first, the people oriented designer knows the problems, aims, concerns and aspirations of individuals, collectives and societies, and he or she is able to translate these into feasible product design solutions. Secondly, the people oriented designer is able to create beautiful things. Because “attractive things really do work better†(Donald Norman, 2004). To achieve this, the master track consists of a set of mandatory courses -ranging from emotional design to philosophy of technology- which creates the basis for the people oriented perspective on design engineering. On top of that one can choose electives for individual specialization.

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) or 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. This specialization will train you to be an industrial designer with a solid background in cutting-edge technologies.

Management of Product Development:

When launching new products, it is essential to progress through the product development stages quickly and efficiently, from initial concept through 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 (i.e. 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 multi-disciplinary 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Academic degree: BSc-degree (or equivalent) of an engineering based, rather than a design program of high quality and level.

Knowledge minimum: CGPA of at least 75% of the maximum score

Personal motivation: Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)

Additional language requirements:

  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • TOEFL internet based: 90

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 1906 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships / Grants:

Nuffic:
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) fosters capacity building within organisations in 51 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members at the University of Twente. The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes is an initiative of the Dutch government.

Foundation for Refugee Students:
The Foundation for Refugee Students UAF provides financial and other support to refugees and asylum seekers who plan to study in the Netherlands.

University of Twente:
The University Twente Scholarship (UTS) is a scholarship for excellent students from both EU/EEA as well as non-EU/EEA countries, applying for a graduate programme (MSc) at the University of Twente. The students receive between € 3,000 and € 25,000 for one year.

Holland Scholarship:
The Holland Scholarship is a scholarship for excellent students from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for a Bachelor's or Master's programme at the University of Twente. The scholarship amounts to € 5,000 for the first year of your studies.

LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan):
The LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) scholarship offers talented students from Indonesia the opportunity to obtain a Master's or PhD degree at the University of Twente. The University of Twente is listed as one of the top 200 eligible and preferred LPDP foreign partner institutions.

ETS:
The scholarship program is designed to award TOEFL test takers for achieving academic excellence, exhibiting leadership skills, performing extracurricular activities and demonstrating English-communication proficiency.

Post-9/11 GI Bill:
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship:
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO):
Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO) is, among other things, responsible for the distribution of Dutch student grants. The IB-groep can provide financial support to international students as well, through grants or loans.

Erasmus+:
Erasmus+ Master Loans allow students to apply for financial support for their Master's studies abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favorable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates.

Erasmus+:
Erasmus+ encourages individual mobility, transnational partnerships and alliances to foster cooperation between organisations and institutions and to stimulate knowledge and innovation in the field of education, training and youth.

Maxican Council for Science and Technology:
The Mexican Council for Science and Technology, CONACyT, supports students from Mexico. It applies to Mexican students who want to enroll for a Master's or PhD programme at the University of Twente.

Kipaji Scholarship Fund:
The Kipaji Scholarship Fund is founded especially for talented students from countries with upcoming economies. Students from these countries could have the potential, but not the means to study at the University of Twente. The scholarship is meant as additional support for UTS scholarship students.

Nuffic:
The New Holland Scholarship Australia (NHS Australia) offers credit mobility scholarships to students from Australia who would like to study in the Netherlands for a short period and become part of the long-standing historic ties between the two countries.

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.