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EngD degree

3rd cycle of higher education

On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified diploma and are entitled to use the academic degree Engineering Doctorate (EngD). The programmes fall within the 3rd cycle of higher education, as do the doctorate PhD programmes.

From MTD to PDEng

From January 1st 2004 onwards all candidates that successfully finalise one of the programmes are awarded the degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering (abbreviated PDEng, to be placed behind the surname). Before this date candidates, who successfully completed one of the programmes, received the degree Master of Technological Design (MTD).

From PDEng to EngD

As of 1 September 2022, the degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering is changed to Engineering Doctorate. Why? Read it here


All diplomas are entered into a central Register, which is kept by the “Koninklijk Instituut Van Ingenieurs” (KIVI, Royal Dutch Society of Engineers).

Certification by CCTO

All programmes are certified by the Dutch Certification Committee for Technological Design Programs consisting of representatives from the Universities of Technology in The Netherlands, the Council of Central Industrial Organizations in The Netherlands and the Royal Dutch Society of Engineers. Further information about the EngD degree and  Supplement issued by the CCTO can be found in the below-offered downloads.

Diploma supplement EngD degree

Diploma supplement EngD degree short version/CV


The Dutch Universities of Technology (Delft University of Technology, University of Twente, Eindhoven University of Technology and Wageningen University) organized in the 4TU.Federation, offer full-time two-year post-masters academic programmes (120 EC) including a final industrial project since 1986.

As of January 1st, 2006 the 3TU.Federation has created a joint institute for the programmes called the 3TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute, later 4TU.

Study in holland

The EngD degree is listed on the website The Study in Holland website is an initiative of Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education, to promote and inform students about Dutch higher education worldwide.