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The first year of the programme consists of coursework and a Group Design Project, the second year is devoted to the Individual Design Project in (collaboration with) industry.

1st year

Your course programme is tailor-made and differs from trainee to trainee, depending on background and interest. Part of it is compulsory: all disciplines have to be represented. The courses are organized by different institutions, like the TU Delft and the University of Leiden, but also the Graduate School on Process Technology (OSPT) and BSDL-EDU organize courses, that are specifically aimed at the PDEng, PhD or professional level.

Below is an overview of the compulsory disciplines, with an example of selected courses



Applied mathematics

Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering

Physical/chemical basics

An unified approach to mass transfer

Conversion technology and reactor design

Bioreactor design and operation


Scale-up/Scale down

Separation processes

Distillation, Absorption and Extraction

Process integration and control

Advanced methods Process Design and Analysis


Advanced Process Integration & Plant-wide Control


Thermodynamics in Biochemical Engineering

Biosciences and environmental technology

Metabolic Reprogramming


Systems Biology


Applied genomics of Industrial Fermentation


Microbial Physiology and Fermentation Tech


Molecular Genetics


Bioconversion Technology

Business sciences

Economic evaluation of projects


Product discovery and design

Communication skills

Project Management

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Group Design Project
Obtain the essentials of engineering design, while working in a team with other postgraduate students.

2nd year
During the second year you work on an industrial, Individual Design Project. This is where you implement and integrate all the first year courses, the engineering and scientific ones with the project management and economics. This project is performed in the R&D department of an industry or as a developer in a smaller industry. It may be providing a solution for a specific problem, but it may also regard the whole design process, from idea to feasibility.

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