MSc Industrial Design Engineering

University of Twente

Program Description

MSc Industrial Design Engineering

University of Twente

Many products we use today did not exist or were totally different ten years ago. The core competence of industrial engineers is to design, redesign, develop and enhance products for all purposes.

This means graduates of Industrial Design Engineering master’s program have knowledge of many disciplines, including technology, production, marketing, consumer behavior and aesthetics, and know how to integrate these when developing new concepts, products or solutions. Industrial engineers need to be able to take a wide spectrum of factors into account during the production process, including the price of the production process. During the master’s program, students gain skills and professional attitude that are needed to prepare them for the future.


  • Architectural Building Components Design Engineering
  • Cradle to Cradle
  • Design and Styling
  • Emerging Technology Design
  • Industrial Design and Manufacturing
  • Management of Product Development

Program Structure

The Master of Science program IDE (120 EC) offers four specializations (tracks), Architectural Building Components Design Engineering (ABCDE), Design & Styling (D&S), Management of Product Development (MPD) and Emerging Technology Design (ETD). Furthermore, IDE and ME (Mechanical Engineering) jointly offer the MSc program Industrial Design and Manufacturing (IDM). The IDE master program consists of theory courses and projects (together 75 EC) and a master graduation assignment (45 EC).

Typically, one-third of the courses are compulsory for all IDE students, while about another one-third is compulsory for the students of the particular track. The other courses are chosen with regard to the ambitions of the student and the theme of the graduation assignment.

The co-coordinator of the track approves the student’s program after a careful check of its coherence and depth. Thereafter the program is submitted to the Examination Committee for a final approval. After approval, the student is admissible to the courses.

The graduation assignment is an individual project with a focus on either design or on research. The assignment can be undertaken in one of the university’s laboratories or externally in a company or in a design firm. The graduation projects give students the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in applying their knowledge and skills acquired during the preceding years at a master’s of science level.

Admission Criteria

The general requirements for admission to a Master program are:

-- A relevant BSc degree* (or equivalent) based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to be able to complete the Master of Science (MSc) degree course you intend to pursue at the University of Twente.

-- For applicants whose mother tongue is a language other than English:

  1. Academic IELTS**, an overall band score of at least 6.5.
  2. TOEFL**, Internet-based (TOEFL-iBT) of at least 90. Please note that we do not accept “Institutional TOEFL” tests except for the one organized and certified by the Netherlands Education Support Office in Jakarta.
  3. Nationals of the People’s Republic of China please note: A “NESO-certificate” must be sent to the University of Twente as proof of the validity of your qualifications. In order to obtain the NESO-certificate, you will need to take the IELTS test. The Netherlands Education Support Office in Beijing does not accept the TOEFL for a NESO-certificate.
  4. Indonesian students should take their TOEFL test at one of the centers recognized by the NEC (Netherlands Education Support Offices) in Indonesia.

Please note that exclusively nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempted from the English test requirement.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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2 years
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1,672 EUR
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per year.€12500/year for non-EU citizens