PhD or PDEng?

Although the PDEng and PhD are both recognised as postgraduate degrees, they are not the same. A PDEng 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 PDEng has a duration of 2 years;
  • The PhD trainee is directly engaged with the university, the PDEng trainee with the professional field;
  • The PhD focuses on research, the PDEng on (technological) designs.