EIT Digital Master School

Embedded Systems (ES), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Why study Embedded Systems?

The Embedded Systems (ES) programme is offered by EIT Digital Master School. Embedded systems are everywhere. More than 98% of the world’s processors are located in embedded systems. Applications include a wide variety of industrial and personal systems such as satellites, robots, cars, airplanes, elevators, mobile telephones, washing machines, and health-care equipment just to mention a few. In all these areas, embedded systems confer added value to the products by either extending the range of the delivered functionalities or by enhancing the quality of a “traditional” functionality that is rendered to the user.

What are the career opportunities for Embedded Systems graduates?

Many European companies are world leading in the field of embedded systems design and have a strong demand for highly skilled, creative engineers, innovators, system architects, and specialists. Europe also needs brand new companies that are able to provide innovative embedded solutions to address societal challenges, to improve the quality of life, and to boost the European economy and leadership.

What is Embedded Systems Master at EIT Digital all about?

Graduates of the Embedded Systems (ES) programme at EIT Digital Master School will be world-class specialists and innovators in the field of embedded systems, capable of developing embedded solutions for new challenges in the cyber-physical systems and internet-of-things domains.

The Embedded Systems programme has three entry points and seven exit points. The first year will be similar at the three entry point universities (KTH, TUB, TU/e), covering the common base studies on construction of embedded systems, embedded hardware & software, and models & methods for embedded systems design. The second year will accommodate the technical specialisation provided by one of the exit point universities (KTH, TUB, TU/e, AALTO, TUCS, UNITN, BME). The seven specialisations are: (1) Embedded Platforms (2) Embedded Multicore Processing, (3) Embedded Networking, (4) Mobile Cyber-Physical Systems, (5) Internet of Things and Energy-Efficient Computing, (6) Real-Time Systems and Design of Cyber-Physical Systems, and (7) Critical Embedded Systems.

What are the goals of the programme?

The mission of the Embedded Systems programme is to give students a holistic and multidisciplinary view and skillset on embedded systems, their underlying technologies, their development, and their integration. Through the combined technical and entrepreneurial education, students will get insight into the role of embedded systems in the modern society and ability to develop innovations into business ideas and high tech embedded systems start-ups. They will also be capable of taking on leading management roles in embedded systems and more general ICT companies.

Where can I study Embedded Systems?

Entry - 1st year (common courses)

  • Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Technical University of Berlin (TUB), Germany

Exit - 2nd year (specialisation)

  • Mobile Cyber-Physical Systems, Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
  • Critical Embedded Systems, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary
  • Embedded Platforms, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Embedded Multicore Processing, Technical University of Berlin (TUB), Germany
  • Embedded Networking, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands
  • Real-Time Systems and Design of Cyber-Physical Systems, University of Trento (UNITN), Italy
  • Internet of Things for Smart Embedded Systems, University of Turku (UTU), Finland

Programme specialisation:

  • Mobile Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Critical Embedded Systems
  • Embedded Platforms
  • Embedded Multicore Processing
  • Embedded Networking
  • Real-Time Systems and Design of Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Internet of Things for Smart Embedded Systems

Programme Structure

Programme structure:

All EIT Digital Master School programmes, among which Embedded Systems, follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The academic-year will officially start in Autumn, either in September or October, depending on the campus location of the programme. Please note that the Master School strongly advises all applicants to apply by period one because:

    • not all study trajectories will be available afterwards
    • applicants who require a visa may be too late
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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    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

  • A B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering/ electronics, computer engineering, computer science or information technology is required. The studies should include at least 60 ECTS courses in computer science, computer architecture, or programming, and mathematics including calculus, algebra and mathematical statistics. 
  • In case of on-going studies a statement certifying that you are in the final year of your studies. The statement must be written by the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled on the final year of your education and giving your expected completion date.

  • Transcript of records in original language and translated into English. All courses taken must be included.
  • Curriculum Vitae including details on your academic and professional career.
  • A letter of motivation in which you prove your innovative potential. 
  • Passport or other kind of identification in English.
  • Optional: Document stating the GPA or the Relative Ranking

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          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            10000 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 10000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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          EIT Digital Master School covers the costs related to events integrated in the curriculum, e.g. Kick-off and summer schools

          Living costs

          • Eindhoven, Netherlands

            850 - 1350 EUR/month
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          • Stockholm, Sweden

            9668 - 17250 SEK/month
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          • Helsinki, Finland

            975 - 1590 EUR/month
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          • Budapest, Hungary

            172338 - 268260 HUF/month
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          • Berlin, Germany

            836 - 1340 EUR/month
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          • Turku, Finland

            710 - 1100 EUR/month
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          • Trento, Italy

            700 - 1000 EUR/month
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          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


          • EU/EEA citizens from the ARISE countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia)
          • Scholarship possibility: Excellent students can be awarded a monthly allowance of €750

            • All other EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

            Scholarship possibility: Excellent students can be awarded a monthly allowance of either €500 or €750

            • Non-EU/EEA Citizens

            Scholarship possibility: Excellent students can be awarded a tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and a monthly allowance of either €500 or €750

            Tuition fee waiver and scholarships are only available for applications submitted in period one (deadline February 1)

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