1 TU/e Graduate School,, PhDs Where innovation starts
2 Contents 1. TU/e: the right choice 2. TU/e Graduate School 3. Graduate programs 4. Application and scholarships Cover: Faisal Irzal, TU/e Mechanical Engineering PhD student from Indonesia
3 TU/e Graduate School TU/e Graduate School Studying at TU/e Dear student, Whether you want to pursue knowledge and scientific research or explore the world of business and industry, the next choice you make will be a vital one. Even more important, the place where you choose to study can be a life-changing decision. So choosing a top university like TU/e situated at the dynamic heart of Brainport Eindhoven is a choice for challenge and opportunity. TU/e is a top science and engineering university whose international character makes it a microcosm of the world of science and technology. A world in which TU/e is a fully involved and pro-active member. Our university has outstanding networks and an enviable reputation for industry cooperation and partnerships, something that pays off in the constant demand for top-quality TU/e graduates. The quality of the graduate programs is complemented by the freedom and flexibility that characterize our education. The TU/e Graduate School comprises 15 graduate programs all geared to specific research domains linked to the major and complex challenges being faced by society all over the world. The research insights are incorporated in the education programs, which means that you as a student are always in touch with the very latest developments. The world is at your fingertips. In addition to the various, you have the possibility to explore the frontiers of your fascination in a Technological Designer s or PhD program. You determine the goal of your study and set out your own route to get to that goal. Of course, you can be assured of the very best individual supervision from our staff along the way. Let us just take a glimpse into Here you are, a young enterprising engineer, degree in hand. You are able to develop technological solutions for societal issues, solve complex problems like energy, health and mobility. You are at the start of your career. The future is yours to choose. This brochure along with the information on can help you to make the choices that are right for you. Explore your possibilities at the TU/e Graduate School and realize your ambitions. I hope that in 2017 when you look back on your decision to choose the TU/e Graduate School, you will recall a period of personal and scientific development, and know that you made the right choice. I look forward to seeing you at TU/e! Hans van Duijn, Rector Eindhoven University of Technology
4 2 1 TU/e: the right choice Why study at TU/e Studying at TU/e means that you have chosen a top university. Here you can be assured of an education that will provide a springboard for a great career. TU/e excels when it comes to its collaborative and cooperative links with government, industry and social institutions. Many of our professors work part-time in industry. You can benefit from this special relationship and boost your employment opportunities, via the Amandus H. Lundqvist Scholarship Program, among others. With topquality teaching and research, the university contributes to progress in the engineering sciences and to the development of technological innovations. The result is growth in welfare and prosperity in the Eindhoven region and far beyond. Modern research facilities Eindhoven researchers have modern and unique research equipment and laboratories at their disposal. Many departments, for instance, use the ultramodern large cleanroom on the campus. TU/e also sets the tone in the Netherlands with the Dutch Polymer Institute, the Embedded Systems Institute and participation in the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine. Furthermore, TU/e is an active participant in the Holst Center recently established by Philips, imec and TNO for autonomous wireless systems and systems-in-foil. Together with industry and government in the region TU/e cooperates in a wide range of projects geared to strengthening the economic structure. Links with Philips Research in particular are close; more than 20 percent of researchers working at Philips Research all over the world were educated at TU/e. Top quality education Studying at Eindhoven University of Technology means that you choose a university with top quality education and internationally prominent research. The Times Higher Educational World University Rankings of 2011 ranked Eindhoven University of Technology at 116. It is not only the high independent ranking positions that make TU/e a good place to study. TU/e leads from the front as an international research university in engineering science and technology, taking up the societal challenges especially in the fields of energy, health and mobility. Through close cooperation with industry and the healthcare sector we translate our research results into innovative products and services, especially in these fields. TU/e offers students various accredited Bachelor s, Master s, Technological Designer s and PhD programs. You can explore the breadth and depth of your scientific field and combine this solid foundation with competence in design and enterprise that focuses on real-world application. As a TU/e graduate you have the tools to make a varied, challenging and lucrative career.
5 TU/e Graduate School 3 TU/e: the right choice! Leading in Engineering, Science & Technology Excellent and modern student facilities Scholarships available More than 80 nationalities present International contacts with leading universities TU/e students in high demand among employers Brainport Eindhoven, the Dutch high-tech region English spoken everywhere in the Netherlands Personal contact and supervision TU/e is a relatively small university with a high ratio of scientific staff to students. It is easy to contact professors and lecturers because of the open and informal atmosphere. You will soon feel at home on the campus and you will often study and work with fellow students in smaller groups. TU/e creates optimal study conditions to enable students to maintain the pace of the two-year Master s degree schedule. Each program has its own student counselor who will discuss your study results with you, and can advise you on things like examination planning or your choice of subjects. PDEng trainees and PhD students can also count on excellent supervision from a professor or other academic expert on the basis of a personal development plan for which there are special additional courses and training available. A truly international university TU/e has a high appreciation of the value of the international exchange of knowledge, and actively encourages its department members, researchers and students to work with colleagues abroad. An example is participation in many European programs, such as Erasmus Mundus and the Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC). In addition, TU/e is actively involved in several European networks of leading universities of technology, such as CLUSTER and EuroTech Universities. In addition, TU/e has strong alliances with leading universities, for example in China, the US, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and India. The really European and global dimension of TU/e is underlined by the fact that students of more than 80 nationalities are currently studying at TU/e. The TU/e campus is a place where Dutch and international students get together in an informal atmosphere. Sports Sport is an important aspect of life in Eindhoven and at the university. The TU/e Student Sports Center has a lot to offer students, from athletics to diving and from snowboarding to gliding. There are around 70 associations you can join, and many of the sports you can take part in at or close to the sports center on the TU/e campus. The sports center also has its own swimming pool. Eindhoven, too, has much to offer when it comes to sport. The Philips Stadium is home to the top soccer club PSV while in the south of the city the leading fieldhockey club Oranje Zwart plays its matches at a sporting complex that hosts major international sports events like Davis Cup tennis and European or World Championships for volleyball, table-tennis or darts.
6 4 About the Netherlands Relatively speaking, the Netherlands is a quite small country with a population of 16.8 million people, which makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world. On the other hand, the Netherlands is one of Europe s most accessible and centrally located countries, with major European cities in countries like England, France and Germany close by. The extensive rail, road and air network enable you to get to any place of interest, in the Netherlands and in Europe, quickly and easily. The country has a knowledgebased society and its prosperity is primarily based on sophisticated, global services. The Dutch have always had extensive trade relations with other countries and continents, and the tradition of openness towards the rest of the world is very much alive today. It is open to business and for business, but also open in a social and cultural sense. This international orientation along with religious tolerance have led to a well integrated international mix of people settling in the Netherlands over the centuries. Dutch culture The Dutch regard their reputation for down-to-earth directness as a sign of honesty and openness. They are used to discussing differences of opinion and admire those who stand up for themselves, their ideas and ideals. The Dutch are also known for being tolerant, particularly to those of different opinions and persuasions; freedom is a cherished virtue in the Netherlands. Also, being a small country, the national language, Dutch, is little spoken outside the Netherlands so the majority of the population speaks English and often other foreign languages as well, like German or French. This makes it an ideal environment for students who want to enrich their knowledge abroad. About Eindhoven Eindhoven is located in the south-east of the Netherlands, within 50 kilometers of both the German and Belgian borders and about 100 kilometers of Amsterdam. The Eindhoven region is served by an international airport and a comprehensive road and rail network. With a population of around 217,000, it is the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands. Eindhoven is a modern city with extensive cultural and sports facilities as well as plenty of city parks and rural countryside nearby. It also has a lot to offer for people with a technological focus. You can find out more about Eindhoven at Brainport EIndhoven TU/e is situated in the top technology region Brainport, the beating technological heart of the Netherlands, with many excellent relationships with high-tech companies and organizations in the region. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2013 shows that TU/e has the strongest research cooperation with industry of all universities worldwide. This demonstrates the stability of the unique and intensive partnerships between TU/e and industry, and specifically with high tech companies in the Brainport Eindhoven region. As a student you can benefit from the presence of many high-tech companies located both on and near the TU/e campus. The claim that Eindhoven is leading in technology is more than just a slogan. Forty percent of all Dutch spending on research and development
7 TU/e Graduate School 5 Xin Hu (China) Commenting on the Electrical Engineering Master s, student Xin Hu says that the Master s program includes a number of internships in industry. These give you a good impression of your future, in terms of both the environment in which you re later going to work and the contents of your specialized field. Classes with a strong link to issues that come up in practice enable you to do these internships. The teachers are helpful, and they also help you to find an internee position. I find that very useful because I don t have so many contacts yet. After my Master I may decide to do a Technological Designer s program in the TU/e Graduate School to prepare me even better for the future. It means two years of extra studying, but one year of that is in a company. I m really looking forward to that. Once I ve finished my studies, I think I might work in the Netherlands because there s still a lot that I can learn here. takes place in this region, which is internationally recognized as a center for advanced technology and characterized by knowledge and creativity. As one of Western Europe s leading technology centers it is strategically important and has been the base for the R&D facilities of Royal Philips Electronics for over a century. With many other global companies having established research, development and production facilities in the Eindhoven area, it is no surprise that Eindhoven and the surrounding region is officially referred to as Brainport. Like the High Tech Campus Eindhoven in which research and development take place in an environment of open innovation, focusing on the technology of tomorrow and helping to create a caring, safe and sustainable world. You benefit from these relationships in terms of your assignments, internships, graduation projects and future career. Eindhoven has everything you need, all the facilities and amenities you would expect of a modern city. A great place to live, work and learn. London Amsterdam Eindhoven Brussels Paris Stockholm Berlin Prague Barcelona Rome
8 6 2 TU/e Graduate School The TU/e Graduate School offers 15 graduate programs each focused on a specific field of research. A graduate program consists of one or more with the possibility to continue with a Technological Designer s or PhD program in the same field. This offers you as a student the chance to specialize within a research discipline along with the freedom to decide on your research project and how you want to flesh it out. So after you have completed your Master, you can opt for a designer s program within that domain or apply for a suitable PhD position or even to start a career in industry. The strong relationship between research and education within a graduate program ensures that the results of state-of-the-art research are naturally integrated into the education. Moreover, you see the same intrinsic focus in cooperation with industry. This generates countless opportunities for cooperation both during and after your study. In brief, a graduate program at TU/e comprises three components from which you can choose: Master of Science programs, leading to an MSc degree Post-Master, leading to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) PhD programs, leading to a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) degree In the Netherlands, a Master s degree or an equivalent qualification is required for admission to a PhD or PDEng program. As a result, an Eindhoven graduate program for foreign Bachelor s graduates typically comprises an MSc program followed by either a PhD or a PDEng program. Even so, it is still possible to follow just one or two components within a graduate program (see the figure on page 7). The two-year at TU/e are conducted in English. TU/e offers 22 Master s programs and 8 Special Master s tracks. The difference between programs and special tracks is in their formal status. The relatively new special tracks have not yet been recognized by the government as independent programs. If you graduate in one of these Special Master s tracks, you will receive the diploma of the corresponding recognized Master s program. All these programs link up education and research, which means that TU/e students are up close to the latest technological developments. All MSc degree programs offered by TU/e are fully accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). There is a wide choice of specializations and once you have successfully completed your studies you are awarded the degree of Master of Science (MSc). More information can be found on
9 TU/e Graduate School 7 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) ECTS is a standard system, based on the workload of a student to complete course units. One ECTS is equivalent to a workload of 28 hours. A full-time, one-year program amounts to 60 credits, which comprises a student workload of about 1,680 hours. Post-Master TU/e offers several two-year PDEng programs which will help Master s graduates in engineering to expand their technological knowledge, to apply this in practice and to work on their professional skills. In the first year, students mainly take courses and in the second year of the program they do a complex design project in industry. Once you have successfully completed your studies, you will be awarded a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng), equivalent to the British Engineering Doctorate. All designer s programs (PDEng programs) offered by TU/e are fully certified by the Dutch Certification Committee for Technological Designer s Programs (CCTO). When you enroll in a post- Master Technological Designer s program, you are considered to be an employee and you will receive a salary. Full information on all TU/e PDEng programs can be found on PhD programs After gaining your Master s or Technological Designer s degree, you can apply for a PhD position within the TU/e Graduate School where you can develop into an independent researcher within four years. You will undertake research within a domain under the supervision of a professor, and complete the research with a dissertation. You will write scientific articles, give presentations to scientists in your field at conferences and seminars as well as perform some educational duties. TU/e also offers PhD students the opportunity to take courses and training geared to personal development as well as supplementary scientific schooling. All TU/e research programs in which PhD students participate are subject to independent external assessments according to the Standard Evaluation Protocol for Public Research Organizations. As an employee of TU/e, you will receive a salary during your PhD research period along with attractive secondary employment conditions. Once you have successfully completed your dissertation, you will be awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy, which will boost your career prospects in both science and industry. Full information on all TU/e PhD programs can be found on Joint Master programs and Joint PhD programs TU/e is involved in various joint or joint PhD (Sandwich PhD) programs funded by the EU. This means that students enrolled in these programs will follow a part of their study program at TU/e and another part at one of the partner universities within the EU. Often scholarships are available for these study programs. Within Erasmus Mundus joint Master and joint PhD TU/e is partner of: Joint Master in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT), Joint Doctorate in Interactive Environments (ICE), Joint Doctorate Environmental Pathways for future energy services, Joint Doctorate Simulation in Engineering and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED), Within Knowledge Innovation Centers (KIC s) TU/e is partner of: Joint Master in Environomical Pathway for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT), Joint Master in Smart El3ectrical Networks (Sense), KIC EIT-ICT Labs Masters school. Technical Majors in Embedded Systems and Systems Design Engineering, science (fundamental) / research University of Technology programs Education at a University of Technology comprehensive universities BSc 3 yr PhD MSc BSc MSc 2 yr 4 yr PhD 4 yr 2 yr 0,5-1 yr PDEng Professional Doctorate design oriented Academic Engineer Professional Bachelor Polytechnics; Fachhochschule; HBO engineering (applied) / design
10 8 3 Graduate programs In this section is a list of the 15 graduate programs and corresponding, Special Master s tracks, and PhD positions. * Check out current PhD positions on our vacancies site:
11 TU/e Graduate School 9 Applied Physics - Applied Physics - Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion - Design and Technology of Instrumentation - School of Medical Physics and Engineering Eindhoven (SMPE/e) Architecture, Building and Planning - Architecture, Building and Planning - Construction Management and Engineering (3TU) - Architectural Design Management Systems - Smart Energy Buildings and Cities Automotive Systems - Automotive Technology - Automotive Systems Design Chemical Engineering and Chemistry - Chemical Engineering - Process and Product Design Electrical Engineering - Electrical Engineering Special Master s tracks - Broadband Telecommunication Technologies - Care and Cure - Information and Communication Technology - Healthcare Systems Design (track in ICT) Complex Molecular Systems - There is a research track on top of five existing Industrial and Applied Mathematics - Industrial and Applied Mathematics - Mathematics for Industry Computer Science - Computer Science and Engineering - Business Information Systems - Embedded Systems (3TU) Special Master s tracks - Information Security Technology - EIT ICT labs Service Design and Engineering - EIT ICT labs Embedded Systems - Software Technology Industrial Design - Industrial Design - User System Interaction Industrial Engineering - Innovation Management - Operations Management & Logistics - Logistics Management Systems Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Systems and Control (3TU) Special Master s tracks - Fluid and Solid Mechanics Innovation Sciences - Human-Technology Interaction - Innovation Sciences Science Education and Communication - Science Education and Communication (3TU) (this Master s program is taught in Dutch) Life Sciences and Engineering - Biomedical Engineering - Medical Engineering Special Master s tracks - Regenerative Medicine and Technology - Care and Cure - Healthcare Systems Design (track in ICT) - School of Medical Physics and Engineering Eindhoven (SMPE/e) Sustainable Energy Technology - Sustainable Energy Technology (3TU) - Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion - Smart Energy Buildings and Cities
12 10 4 Application and scholarships Application and admission procedure for Master s programs If you want to enroll as a student in one of the at TU/e, you will first need to apply for admission. TU/e has developed a procedure to evaluate applications and to assess whether your previous education meets the requirements for admission. Admission requirements The general requirements for admission to the TU/e Master of Science programs for students with a Bachelor s degree from a university outside the Netherlands are: A relevant Bachelor s degree (or equivalent), based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to be able to complete the TU/e Master s program in question. A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum. Sufficient mastery of the English language. In the case of the Master s program Medical Engineering, proficiency in the Dutch language is also required in the form of an NT2 II test. There may also be specific additional requirements for some, depending on the nature of your prior education. For the latest information about admission requirements and details about the English proficiency requirement please check the website or contact the TU/e International Office by Application procedure You can apply online via After you have successfully submitted your online application you will receive a confirmation , which includes your application number. You also need to send a complete application package of originals/certified copies to the TU/e International Office. Applications are evaluated by two separate committees: the Central Admissions Board, which checks the authenticity of your documentation and your level of English, and the Departmental Admissions Board, which evaluates your previous educational background. The application procedure takes approximately eight weeks. It is essential that you also send all the required documents at the same time by post. Applications by fax or are not accepted. Please check the website for full and up-to-date information about admission requirements, details about the English proficiency requirements
13 TU/e Graduate School 11 and for the closing dates for applications. If you have any further questions about the application and admission procedure, please contact the International Office: Scholarships for TU/e You may qualify for a scholarship to fund your studies at TU/e. Information about possible scholarship sources are on the websites of both TU/e (www.tue.nl/scholarships) and Amandus H. Lundqvist Scholarship Program Each year a number of scholarships is awarded by the TU/e in partnership with top international technology companies and institutes situated in the Eindhoven region and throughout the Netherlands. Currently ASML, NXP, Océ, Trespa, SoLayTec and Philips are all involved in the Amandus H. Lundqvist Scholarship Program (ALSP), named in honor of the former TU/e President. The scholarships are awarded to students with the best grades from their previous education at respected universities outside the Netherlands. The ALSP scholarships cover a period of five years, two years studying for your Master at TU/e and three years working for the company that sponsors your scholarship or PhD program. In this way you will also gain international work experience and increase your career opportunities. The scholarships will be awarded to highly talented international students who have an excellent academic record. TU/e will match your academic back-ground and particular skills to the requirements of the organizations that fund the scholarships (TU/e and companies). You will automatically enter the selection procedure for the ALSP when you submit a complete application package before the required deadline and are subsequently admitted to a Master s program at TU/e. For the latest information and advice on scholarships, visit Tuition fees Master s students from countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) are required to pay the statutory tuition fee. This is about 1,835 euros each academic year (for the year ) and is reviewed each year by the Ministry of Education. The tuition fee for non-eea Master s students is 12,916 euros per year. The tuition fee is set each academic year. For Erasmus Mundus joint programs and other types of enrollment, a different tuition fee may apply. For the latest information, visit our website Cost of living If you intend to study in the Netherlands it is important to make sure that you have sufficient financial means of support. The cost of living in the Netherlands is comparable to Western European standards. TU/e estimates that international students need an annual budget of at least 10,000 euros for rent, insurance, living expenses, books and local transportation. Of course the budget depends on the student s lifestyle and is an estimated minimum budget. Tuition fees and international traveling expenses are not included in this estimate.
14 12 Applying for PDEng and PhD programs Students who want to be eligible for a PhD position or PDEng traineeship after their Master can apply via the TU/e recruitment site. Check out to see what is currently available. This page also provides more information about the application procedure. Services after admission If you are admitted to one of our study programs, there are many things you will need to organize. To help you make the necessary arrangements, the Education and Student Service Center/International Relations Office offers a number of services, including: On arrival Meet and Greet service Assistance with the enrolment procedure Assistance in opening a bank account Assistance in insurance arrangements TU/e Introduction Program Support in residence permit application The International Office can be reached by International PhDs and PDEng trainees who come to TU/e can also count on support in arranging the necessary formalities. The Human Resources Expertise Team is there to help. Check out more information about this on Before arrival Information on enrollment and other procedures Arranging a priority visa application (if needed) Accommodation Support through Facebook group
15 Eindhoven University of Technology: Where innovation starts More information If you would like more information about TU/e graduate programs, would like to order brochures or visit our website, check out the contact details below: Eindhoven University of Technology International Office P.O. box MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands Tel (40) Eindhoven University of Technology 3TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute P.O. box MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands Tel (40) PhD positions Eindhoven University of Technology Human Resources department P.O. box MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands Tel. +31 (40) Digital newsletter Also take a look at our social network site: No rights may be derived from this publication. Published September 2012
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