Embedded Systems, M.Sc.

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Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) ,
The emphasis of the Master's degree program in Embedded Systems from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) 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.
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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.

4TU Federation

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.

Education Master's in Science Education and Communication

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.

Why choose a Master's degree program at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)?
  • Are you considering studying on one of the Master's degree programs in computer science at TU/e? There are a range of reasons why Eindhoven has more to offer than other cities.
  • You will study in the center of one of Europe's major high-tech regions. ASML, Vanderlande Industries and TNO are all located in the immediate vicinity of the university. The Eindhoven High Tech Campus, which is home to companies such as Philips, is also only 10 minutes away.
  • We maintain excellent contacts with the business community, which gives you the opportunity to contribute to the latest developments during an internship and upon completing your studies.
  • There are also plenty of employment opportunities available once you have obtained your degree. This is partly the reason why we have a large international student contingent.
  • The research sections involved in the program are among the best in the world in the field of business processes and information systems.
  • You will take compulsory computer science courses, but you will also have plenty of freedom to choose the components that make up your studies.
  • For our best students, we offer an Honors program. With this program, we aim to challenge you to reach your highest potential. We also encourage you to opt for a PDEng route towards a Designer program or with a view to obtaining a PhD.
  • It is possible to combine your Master's degree with the education Master's in Science Education and Communication (SEC). With an SEC degree under your belt, you are qualified to teach computer science in pre-university education.
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

Degree structure

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:

  • compulsory courses
  • electives
  • final project
Courses Embedded Systems

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 are as follows:
Computer science courses:

  • Architecture of distributed systems
  • Real-time embedded systems
  • Automated reasoning
  • System validation

Electrical Engineering courses:

  • Embedded computer architectures
  • Systems on silicon
  • Multiprocessors
  • Performance analysis

Further information relating to compulsory courses and electives can be found in the Master's Guide.

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
Internship options

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.

Opportunities to study abroad

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:

  • Studying one subject from your Master's program in a university in a different country
  • Undertaking an internship in another country.
  • Undertaking your final project in another country.
Honors Program

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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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.
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum.
  • Sufficient mastery of the English language.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA


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