M.Sc. Electrical Engineering

University of Twente (UT)

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: July (non-EEA: May). Start in 1 February: November (non-EEA: October).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,226 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This MSc programme challenges you to develop new methods and technologies for high-tech electronics-based systems in nanotechnology, robotics, electronics, telecommunication or biomedical systems.

Electrical Engineering teaches you how modern technology can be used to further enhance, accelerate or scale down electronics-based systems. It will provide you with skills and expertise that you can apply in nearly all fields of technology. You will be challenged to improve high-tech systems with an emphasis on themes such as sustainability, health and safety. Our research focuses on many areas, ranging from microsystems, mechatronics and telecom, to integrated circuit design/architecture and biomedical applications. You can tailor a large part of the programme to suit your own personal interests (ranging from technical to managerial aspects). This English-taught programme provides you with a wider range of interesting specializations, small classes, personal guidance and gives you the opportunity to broaden your perspective internationally. Electrical engineers are highly employable, largely because their training encompasses a branch of science rather than a specific profession. Without electrical engineers there would be no cars, aircraft, mobile phones, tablets, PCs or TVs. It is one of the best programmes you can take in terms of excellent job prospects.


Types of teaching (in year 1): * theory: 25%
* practice: 25%
* self study: 50%

Types of teaching (in year 2): * practice: 80%
* self study: 20%

Programme internationalization: * Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Lab-on-a-chip Systems for Biomedical and Environmental Applications:

A `Lab-on-a-Chip´ (LoC) consists of electrical, fluidic, and optical functions integrated in a microsystem, and has applications in (bio)chemical and medical fields. The core of the lab-on-a-chip system is a microfluidic channel structure, through which fluid samples of less than a nanolitre are propelled by hydraulic, electro-kinetic or surface forces. The fluid sample is then analysed by the circuitry of the `lab´. These LoCs can be used for diagnostic devices in clinical measurements and in life sciences, experiments on the micrometre to the nanometre scale, microreactors, for the manipulation and analysis of cells and biomolecules and in tissue engineering. You will learn more about nanofluidics and nanosensing, and about new micro- and nanotechnologies for Lab-on-a-Chip systems and the potential of LoC applications.

Neurotechnology and Biomechatronics:

The focus of the specialization in Neurotechnology and Biomechatronics is on neural engineering, on interfacing with the neural system and on monitoring and influencing body functions through such interfaces. Research is conducted on three levels: * The cellular and network level: neuro-electronic interfacing of live neural tissue on electrode substrates, learning and memory in cultured circuits, neural endcap prosthesis. * The human function level: neuromodulation and dynamic identification applied to pain, motor control and heart function; diagnosis, functional support and neurofeedback training in rehabilitation. * The healthcare level: telemedicine. Remote monitoring and remotely supervised treatment using wearable interfaces and ICT systems.

Dependable Integrated Systems:

A dependable system is a system that has been designed to satisfy the changing requirements of its users. Whereas the specialization in Communication Networks concentrates on communication systems, the emphasis of the specialization in Dependable Integrated Systems is on computer architectures. Topics include streaming applications in the high-performance high-tech domain (e.g. phased array antenna systems, medical image processing and signal processing on board of satellites), architectures for embedded systems and on ICT for energy management (e.g. smart grids).

Robotics and Mechatronics:

The specialization in Robotics and Mechatronics deals with the application of modern systems and control methods in practical situations. Its focus is on robotics as a specific class of mechatronic systems. The robot application areas include inspection robotics (UAVs, UGV, UUVs), medical robotics (assistance to surgeons), and service robotics (street cleaning, service to people). The science and engineering topics you´ll work on include modelling and simulation of physical systems, intelligent control, robotic actuators, and embedded control systems.

Communication Networks:

A dependable system is a system that has been designed to satisfy the changing requirements of its users. You will learn to design and implement dependable networked systems. The primary focus is on communication systems (wired, wireless, or embedded in other systems) as well as on methods and techniques to support the design and dimensioning of such systems. All of this is done to ensure their dependability in all phases of their lifecycle (availability, reliability, performance and security).

Integrated Circuit Design:

ICs are at the heart of the rapid developments in mobile telecommunications, multimedia and the internet, and in numerous other applications. IC design is of major industrial importance, which is even more true for analogue circuit design, an area in which the European electronics industry leads the pack. The focus is on integrated transceivers in CMOS technology. This includes transmitters and receivers for wireless and wired communication systems. Clever IC design techniques are being developed to realize portable, fast and energy-efficient communication systems. Current projects are in the field of frequency synthesizers, radio frontends, RF beamforming and cognitive radio.

Integrated Optical MicroSystems:

Our research activities focus on micro-/nanoscale integrated optical devices. This involves novel materials, structures, and optical phenomena, device design, realization, and characterization, as well as applications in optical sensing and communication. Currently we are working on various on-chip integrated optical devices such as amplifiers and lasers, bio-sensors and medical instrumentation, and we are exploring phenomena based on opto-mechanical interactions. We make use of the excellent clean-room facilities of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology for our device fabrication endeavours, while our optical research is carried out at our IOMS laboratories.

Nano Electronics:

The specialization in Nanoelectronics comprises the study of the electronic and magnetic properties of systems with critical dimensions at the nanoscale, i.e. sub ~100 nm. Hybrid inorganic-organic electronics, spin electronics and quantum electronics are important subfields of nanoelectronics. This specialization combines aspects of Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology.

Devices for Integrated Circuits:

This specialization teaches you all about silicon circuit technology. The primary focus areas are: IC processing: * CMOS wafer post-processing - can we fabricate new components on top of a microchip? * Novel devices - can we incorporate LEDs, high-quality passives, gas sensors etc. into a CMOS process? * Nanotechnology, such as novel thin films, nanocrystal memories, ultrathin silicon, and silicon nanowires Device characterization and reliability: * Novel characterization methods to measure the capacitance-voltage relationship * Improving characterization methods to measure contact resistances * Reliability of MOS devices, interconnect, and novel devices Device physics and modelling: * Ultra-thin silicon - how can we understand and model silicon now that it is practically no longer three-dimensional? * What techniques can we employ to model a bulk-acoustic-wave resonator? * How can we model silicon LEDs?

Computer Vision and Biometrics:

This specialization focuses on signal processing and pattern recognition. These signals are obtained from all kinds of scanning sources such as MRI, CT and X-ray, from conventional digital cameras, and from arrays of touch sensors. The signals are in fact information carriers. They can be 1-D time signals, 2-D images, 3-D data sets or 4-D moving structures. The objective is to retrieve the information from the signals. In other words, to recognize diseases based on medical images, identify thieves based on security camera footage, or recognize a gun owner based on fingerprints.

Telecommunication Engineering:

The focus of the specialization in Telecommunication Engineering is on optical signal processing and networks, mobile communications, microwave techniques and radiation from ICs and PCBs. This specialization examines: * Short-Range Radio (SRR) The demand for ad-hoc networks, personal area networks (PANs) and Body Area Networks (BANs) is growing exponentially. A PAN is defined as a computer network used for communication among computer devices close to one person. Body Area Networks have an even closer personal proximity. A BAN consists of a set of mobile and compact intercommunicating sensors, wearable, implanted, or even ingestible into the human body, that monitor vital body parameters and movements. The main issues in this research area (which we call Short-Range Radio - SRR) are low power consumption, resistance to interference, on-chip integration (including the antenna) and overall costs.

Transducers Science and Technology:

The specialization in Transducers, Science and Technology is concerned with three-dimensional nanofabrication and microfabrication based on top-down lithography methods. The research group is currently working on three generations of fabrication technologies: * Microtechnology * Nanotechnology * Self-assembly


Academic degree: Bachelor's degree with honours or higher marks in Electrical Engineering or Physics from an internationally acknowledged university.

Knowledge minimum: CGPA of at least 70-75%.

Additional language requirements: * IELTS overall band: 6.5
* TOEFL internet based: 90
* Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


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