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Industrial Design Engineering

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24 months
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Program description

Designing new products and improving existing ones is a continual process. The Master’s in IDE teaches you the ins and outs of the world of industrial design.

Many products we use today did not exist or were totally different ten years ago. And ten years from now these products will have evolved still further, maybe thanks to you. The Master’s in Industrial Design Engineering at the University of Twente will give you the know-how to make it happen. Your programme combines technology and social sciences, and you will design and improve on products that people use every day. This goes beyond just the nuts and bolts of electronic equipment. You will think about and design products that are safe, affordable and sustainable, and that are relevant both from a technological and societal point of view. The user experience will serve as an important frame of reference.

The programme will teach you the skills and professional attitude you will need as you prepare for your future career.

Industrial Design Engineering Curriculum

The objective of the course is to educate engineers who master the process and oversee all aspects; technical and non-technical of the design and execution of complex (i.e. cross-border) industrial design engineering projects.

Within Industrial Design Engineering there are six tracks: Architectural Building Components Design Engineering, Cradle to Cradle, Design and Styling; Emerging Technology Design; Management of Product Development and Industrial Design and Manufacturing. Each programme consists of 12 or 13 courses (each 5 or 10 ECTS) and a master thesis project.

Industrial Design Engineering Tracks

The Industrial Design Engineering program allows students to study one of 4 tracks.

1) Design and Styling
An industrial designer has several different roles to play.

Sometimes the most important part of industrial design is the application of a new technology. At other times the development of a better user interface is the? key. Most of the time, design is about combining and integrating many of these kinds of aspects. However, styling always plays an important role. In the Design and Styling specialization, you will learn to oversee all aspects of product development with an accent on the historical context of the product, its consumer concerns and its emotional benefits.

Graduates of the Design and Styling specialization often find employment in technical or commercial jobs, for example in marketing or product management. You may even work in advertising. Many graduates go into education or pursue a research career at a university or research institute. Most of our students, however, work as designers at design offices or in corporate design departments.

2) Emerging Technology Design
Many theoretical breakthroughs and new technological principles are rarely applied because nobody translates them into a product or application.

In this specialization you will learn how to bring new and state-of-the-art technologies to the consumer market instead of introducing a technology for a single, specific product. This can turn an expensive technology with a limited field of applicability into a more affordable option as it makes the transition to mass production. Consumer products can also be modified and new products brought to market thanks to new, highly advanced technologies (e.g. fuel cells) or technologies that make it possible to produce new shapes (e.g. hydroforming) or technologies that reduce the cost of production (e.g. composite materials that result in fewer parts). Another goal of this specialization is to reduce the distance between the research environment, industry and the market.

This specialization will train you to be an industrial designer with a solid background in cutting-edge technologies.

3) Management of Product Development 
When launching new products, it is essential to progress through the product development stages quickly and efficiently, from initial concept through to finished product.

In this specialization, you will learn to effectively manage the product creation process and to communicate with a variety of target groups, both internal and external (i.e. clients and suppliers). While the product development manager is not always directly involved in a product's design, he or she needs to be aware of various design techniques in order to successfully lead multi-disciplinary design teams. This may include generating a product development plan, drafting recommendations for the organization of a product’s development, organizing a feasibility study and optimizing a product’s life cycle.

4) Cradle to Cradle
When it comes to designing new products, the closed cycle for materials will continue to play an increasingly important role.

The new circular economy based on the Cradle to Cradle approach denotes an industrial economy that is restorative. One of the key issues covered in this specialization revolves around developing a strategy to maximize the industry’s ability to turn used materials into new products. You will become conversant with the principles of reusability and cutting-edge methodologies, and will apply these in an industrial environment.

Thanks to an alliance with the C2C ExpoLAB Foundation (sponsored by the municipality of Venlo) and EPEA enterprises, the University of Twente can avail itself of the expertise of private enterprise in training the professionals of the future.

Industrial Design Engineering Related Programs

Besides the Industrial Design Engineering MSc program, University of Twente offers a range of related Engineering programs such as the Master Industrial Engineering and Management

See which programs are related to the  Master Industrial Design Engineering

Industrial Design Engineering Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Industrial Design Engineering will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at the University of Twente

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Master Industrial Design Engineering program

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Academic degree

BSc-degree (or equivalent) of an engineering based, rather than a design program of high quality and level.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL internet based: 90

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