Admission Criteria and Application for Designer Programme

A candidate is admitted to the EngD programme when they have met the following entry requirements:

1. Master's degree

A candidate is admitted to the programme when they have a master's degree, recognised according to NUFFIC standards, in line with the designer programme, or have a master's degree with work experience that is in line with the designer programme. Accredited master's degrees obtained in The Netherlands are automatically recognised. 

2. English proficiency

    The programme requires English proficiency at a certain level to verify that the candidate can participate in English. Applicants for the position must provide an internationally recognized English proficiency test (not older than 24 months). The minimum requirement of a TOEFL internet-based test is 90 with a minimum of 20 for speaking, IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 for speaking, Cambridge Certification of Advanced English (CAE) with a minimum level C or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Furthermore, applicants that are native speakers will be exempt from the English test requirement along with applicants who have acquired an English-instructed master's degree. 

    3. Proof of funding

    For a candidate to be able to start an EngD, funding must be guaranteed. This includes funds for research, tuition fees, monthly allowance, and bench fees. These fees are to cover research expenses, working facilities, access to the library and a Wageningen University & Research account. 

    Application procedure

    To apply for the Engineering Doctorate programme, you can either:

    1. Apply for a paid position:

    A paid position can become available for an Engineering Doctorate trainee to perform the research. Upon availability of such positions, an opening will be offered on the vacancy page.

    2. Open application when the following requirements are met:

    • Employed at a company that is willing to financially support this programme, or
    • Self-financed in conjunction with a company willing to host the programme.

    You can apply by sending all required documents to

    Applicants for the programme can apply all-year round.

    The admission of candidates to the Wageningen Designer Programme will be assessed by the Engineering Doctorate committee.