Embedded Systems: you will find these in dozens of products that we use every day, such as television sets and copiers. The combination of computer science (software) and electrical engineering (hardware) in these types of equipment requires an integrated approach towards the design process. And that in turn requires a new type of engineer who has a knowledge of both software and hardware.
The Master's program in Embedded Systems is a joint program of the 4TU Federation: a collaboration between the 3 universities of technology in the Netherlands.
In addition to taking your Master's in the computer science field, it is also possible to take the Education Master's in Science Education and Communication (SEC) at the same time. With this degree under your belt, you are qualified to teach computer science in upper pre-university education.
After completing your Master's degree in Embedded Systems, you will possess a combination of a scientific perspective with the practically-orientated approach of an engineer. This will provide you with an excellent foundation for a successful career. The numerous fields of application of embedded systems provide you with a broad range of jobs.
You could be working:
There is a need for engineers with expertise in this field. Most begin as a member of a team, but quickly develop into a team leader and management roles. Starting your own business is another possible option.
This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
The Master's program in Embedded Systems lasts 2 years. Each year of the program is divided into semesters (September to January, and February to July) and each semester is composed of two quartiles of 8 weeks each. During this time, you have lectures, followed by an examination period of two to three weeks. The program consists of the following components:
During your Master's program, you take compulsory courses and electives. The compulsory courses will provide you with a general foundation, while the electives will enable you to broaden your program on the basis of your personal interests and ambitions.
The compulsory courses are as follows:
Computer science courses:
Electrical Engineering courses:
Further information relating to compulsory courses and electives can be found in the Master's Guide.
You spend 1 semester in the second year of study on your final project. You may choose to carry out this project in the business community or you can make a contribution towards scientific research at our university. There is a wide range of subjects in which to complete your studies. Some examples of titles of final projects include:
Would you like to apply the knowledge that you gain during your program to a practical setting and get an early insight into the employment market? If so, you can undertake an internship with a company, a(n) (government) institution or with our university itself. The subject of the internship may differ from the specialization that you have chosen but it must be relevant to the Master's that you are undertaking.
Further information regarding undertaking an internship and how to arrange one can be found in the Master's Guide.
Would you like to spend part of your Master's program studying abroad? If so, there are various options for you as a student with a Bachelor's degree obtained in the Netherlands:
We offer anHonors program, which is intended for our best-performing students. This challenging program offers you the opportunity to participate in and contribute towards research carried out by the department. The basis of the program consists of 2 research projects of 6 ECTS, which you will take in addition to your standard program.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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The general requirements for admission to the TU/e Master's of Science programs for students with a Bachelor’s degree from a university outside the Netherlands are:
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