PhD or EngD?

Next to a PhD programme our faculty also offers a postgraduate EngD programme Civil and Environmental Engineering


Although the EngD and PhD are both recognised as postgraduate degrees, they are not the same. A EngD is a practical oriented professional doctorate in engineering which is better suited to the direct needs of industry whereas the PhD is focused on scientific research. The three pronounced differences are:

  • The PhD has a duration of 4 years whereas the EngD has a duration of 2 years;
  • The PhD trainee is directly engaged with the university, the EngD trainee with the professional field;
  • The PhD focuses on research, the EngD on (technological) designs.
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