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 LoCs circuitry. LoCs can be used for diagnostic devices in clinical measurements and in life sciences, for experiments on the microscale and nanoscale, in 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:

This specialization focuses on neural engineering, interfacing with the neural system and on monitoring and influencing body functions through such interfaces. Research is conducted at three levels: - At cellular and network level, you will look at neuro-electronic interfacing of live neural tissue on electrode substrates, learning and memory in cultured circuits and neural endcap prosthesis. - At human function level you will study neuromodulation and dynamic identification with reference to pain, motor control and heart function; diagnosis, functional support and neurofeedback training in rehabilitation. - At healthcare level you will explore areas of telemedicine, such as 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. While the Communication Networks specialization concentrates on communication systems, the emphasis 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 satellites), architectures for embedded systems and 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. Areas of application 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 will work on include modelling and simulation of physical systems, intelligent control, robotic actuators, and embedded control systems.

Communication Networks:

A dependable system is designed to satisfy the changing requirements of its users. You will learn to design and implement dependable networked systems, focusing primarily 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 dependability in all phases of the lifecycle (availability, reliability, performance and security).

Integrated Circuit Design:

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

Integrated Optical Systems:

This specialization focuses on microscale and nanoscale integrated on-chip optical devices. We are particularly interested in the integration of active nanodevices and microdevices (e.g. amplifiers and lasers) in passive photonic technology platforms. We are also investigating how to utilize the beneficial aspects of plasmonics to produce integrated devices with novel and/or improved functionalities. Our main focus is on applications in sensing and communication (i.e. on-chip optical interconnects).

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. Its key areas include hybrid inorganic-organic electronics, spin electronics and quantum electronics and it combines aspects of Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology.

Devices for Integrated Circuits:

This specialization teaches you all about silicon circuit technology and focuses on three main areas. The first, IC Processing, is concerned with the fabrication of new on-chip components (CMOS wafer post-processing), incorporating features such as LEDs, high-quality passives and gas sensors into a CMOS process (novel devices) and exploring the world of nanotechnology in the shape of novel thin films, nanocrystal memories, ultrathin silicon and silicon nanowires. The second, Device Characterization and Reliability, deals with novel characterization methods to measure the capacitance-voltage relationship, the improvement of characterization methods to measure contact resistances and the reliability of MOS devices, interconnections and novel devices. The third, Device Physics and Modelling, addresses the problem of understanding and modelling ultra-thin silicon that has almost ceased to be three-dimensional, and looks at possible techniques for modelling a bulk-acoustic-wave resonator or silicon LEDs.

Computer Vision and Biometrics:

This specialization focuses on signal processing and pattern recognition. Signals are viewed as information carriers, which can vary from 1D time signals and 2D images to 3D data sets and 4D moving structures. The objective is to retrieve the information from the signals, for example to diagnose a disease on the basis of medical images, to identify criminals based on security camera footage, or to discover the identity of a gun owner based on fingerprints.

Telecommunication Engineering:

Our research concentrates on optical signal processing and networks, mobile communications, microwave techniques and radiation from ICs and PCBs. The TE groups research can be divided in three principal areas: - Short-Range Radio (SRR): The main issues in this research area are low power consumption, resilience to interference, on-chip integration (including antenna) and overall costs. - Microwave Photonics (MWP): Our research focuses on integrated photonic chips that perform various microwave signal processing functions such as filtering, tuneable signal delay and signal combining for optical beam-forming networks. The main field of application is smart phased-array antenna systems for airborne and radio astronomy applications. - Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC): The EMC groups research focuses on modelling radiated emission and immunity of circuits at IC and PCB level, signal integrity of high-speed electronic circuits, development of test techniques for high-intensity electromagnetic fields, and the combination of two or more numerical methods for optimum prediction of Electromagnetic Interference.

Transducers Science and Technology:

Research at TST is conducted at the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology. We specialize in three-dimensional nanofabrication and microfabrication based on top-down lithography methods. We invent new fabrication techniques and demonstrate them on various devices with the aim of ultimately transferring our knowledge to industry. We are working on three generations of fabrication technologies, in different stages of the process between fundamental research and application: microtechnology, nanotechnology and 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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