EngD Application procedure

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How do you apply for EngD Data Science

Candidates can enter the program only after having successfully passed the full admission procedure. The procedure consists of three steps and involves a thorough assessment by means of a Data Challenge Week and an application interview

Step 1

The first step is to provide the necessary information for the program management to assess your eligibility for the program. Therefore, we kindly request you to submit the following documents to the secretariat of the program:

  1. Completed application form, which can be downloaded HERE.
  2. Photo (jpeg-format)
  3. Motivation letter
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Copy of the MSc-diploma, including an (informal) translation of this document into English
  6. Copy of the MSc-thesis
  7. A copy of the list of marks that you obtained in order to fulfill the requirements for the Master degree;
  8. The translation of the list of marks, validated by your university administration. Necessary only if your list of marks is not in English;
  9. Proof of level of English language (for example IELTS)(check language requirements)
  10. Copy of ID or passport

Please send these documents to DPdatascience@tue.nl. If you are selected for the next step, you will receive more detailed information, along with a formal invitation letter.

Step 2

Based on the documents submitted, the program selection committee invites the candidate to take part in an assessment in the form of a Data Challenge Week. These Data Challenge Weeks are organized twice a year, around September/October and March/April.

During the Data Challenge Week, candidates work together with current trainees and other applicants to solve a challenge provided by one of the industrial partners of the program. This week is both an assessment for the applicants and an intense way of learning for the students of the program. Data Challenge Weeks can be regarded as a high pressure project in which both the process (how?) and the result (what?) count. The Data Challenge week is concluded with a final presentation given by the applicants.

Candidates are assessed on their technical background, as well as on the following distinctive attitudes and skills: creativity, self-awareness, critical thinking, teamwork, and communication.

Candidates will also be asked to:

  • Write a document on personal understanding of the data set to be challenged and a personal introduction.
  • Take part in all team activities such as group meetings and technical discussions.
  • Do part of the final presentation at the end of the Data Challenge Week. They present results and conclusions of their group to the representatives of the company or business that set the data challenge.
  • Candidates fill out a personality questionnaire. They fill out the MPT-BS: Multi-Cultural Personality test – Big Six.

Step 3

The final step of the admission procedure is the job-interview. These take place on the last Thursday and Friday of the Data Challenge Week. The interview is arranged immediately after the assessment. The scientific director, program manager and professional development coach form the interview committee. The focus is on the candidate’s technical background, motivation and the assessment results. The application committee informs the applicant on Monday after the Data Challenge Week whether or not he/she is allowed to enter the program. Candidates will be employed by Eindhoven University of Technology as Technological Designer in Training.

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