The objective of the programme for the Engineering Doctorate is to obtain knowledge about scientific ideas and methods and then apply this in a design. The study programme is therefore not focused on learning to develop new fundamental scientific knowledge (i.e. curiosity-driven research such as for a PhD), but on combining new and existing scientific knowledge from a variety of knowledge domains, with a focus on applying it in innovative designs and prototypes through the use of design methodologies.
The three most noticeable differences between a PhD and an EngD are:
- A PhD candidate focuses on research at the university, whereas an EngD candidate focuses on technological designs in industry and society
- A PhD programme has a duration of four years whereas the EngD takes two years to complete
- A PhD leads to the title “Doctor” (Dr., equivalent to PhD). The designer programme leads to an “Engineering Doctorate” (EngD).