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Switch from PDEng to EngD as of 1 September 2022

Wednesday, 18 May 2022
The joint Executive Boards of the 4 TUs decided as of 1 September 2022 to change from the degree of Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) to the degree of Engineering Doctorate (EngD) for graduates from the Technological Design or PDEng programs.

Why do we switch the degree?

We change our degree because the Universities of Applied Science in the Netherlands are starting with Professional Doctorate (PD) trajectories. Therefore, we want to avoid confusion between those trajectories and our programs at academic level. The aim is to get the degree EngD at a later stage into Dutch law.

EngD resemble our programs

EngD is used as a degree already in the United Kingdom (UK) for programs that resemble our programs. The national associations for both programs AEngD and 4TU.SAI have been affiliated members since 2012. In the past we agreed that EngD and PDEng were on the same level.

New diplomas & statement

This means that as of 1 September 2022 new diplomas will be available for graduates after that date at the 4TUs. And of course, for graduates before that date a statement will be available explaining the switch.