Embedded Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)


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 programme is delivered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Content of the Master's degree program in Embedded Systems

The emphasis of the Master's degree program in Embedded Systems lies on the design of efficient and reliable systems. In order to be able to construct reliable protocols for the behavior of complex software systems, you need to have knowledge of algorithms, performance, hardware and design and documentation methods. These subjects are all covered during the Master's program. You also need an understanding of the variability and maintainability of these protocols. These aspects are covered in the compulsory element of the Master's program.

You've graduated. What next?

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:

  • in the embedded systems industry
  • in research laboratories
  • in universities
  • in the software industry
  • in outplacement companies
  • in the government sector
  • in the education sector

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).

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses

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 include Computer science and Electrical Engineering courses.

Final project 

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:

  • Design of a high-performance buffered crossbar switch fabric using network on chip
  • ClasH – From Haskell to hardware
  • Advanced automated sequential hardware - in the loop simulator generator
  • DVB4Cell: Composable Algorithm Toolkit for the Cell Broadband Engine
  • Radio wave propagation in metal train compartments
  • Profiling symmetric encryption algorithms for implant Table medical devices
  • Control of section distributions on boundary layer suction systems for automotive wind tunnels
  • Analyzing RT-motion USB software framework
  • A multi-level parallel solution for Huffman decoding

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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:

  • A relevant Bachelor's degree (or equivalent), based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to be able to complete the TU/e Master's program in question. Specific requirements per country can be found here.
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum.
  • Sufficient mastery of the English language. In the case of the Master's program Medical Engineering, proficiency in the Dutch language is also required in the form of an NT2 II test.

All applicants must provide TU/e with a full application package before any decision can be taken on admission to a Master's program. An application is considered to be complete when:

  • the online application form has been filled in
  • all required documents have been uploaded in the online application form,
  • the application fee has been paid and proof of payment included in the uploaded documents
  • the online application form has been submitted
  • the application documents that are required on paper have been received by post or courier by the international office.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


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