Course structure

The Electrical Engineering master’s program takes two years to complete, with each year consisting of 60 ECTS credits. During these two years, you will follow core courses and electives, participate in general professional development activities, undertake two internship and carry out a final research project. The program is taught in English.

Core courses

The core courses are split into two mini-programs, comprising a cluster of subjects. One mini-program must be technical while the other can be aimed at management.  These programs begin at the start of your first year and are picked up again in the second year.

Electives

We offer a range of elective courses presenting state-of-the-art, specialist knowledge on topics currently being researched by members of the department. These electives are designed to prepare you for your internship or final research project. 

But you are not restricted to electrical engineering subjects. You may use your elective options to study technical or non-technical topics of your choice to broaden your perspective.

Professional development

You will be given training and opportunities to develop your general professional capabilities throughout your master’s program. For example, in the first year you will learn how to write a business plan and will also have to guide a group of first-year undergraduate students in a project. The second year includes a course on the impact of technology on our society.

Internships

Our program includes two internships to help you get to know the wide scope of the electrical engineering profession. In the first year, you will work within one of the faculty’s nine capacity groups, learning how to contribute to an ongoing project within an existing group. The second-year internship lasts for ten weeks and can be completed either within in the Netherlands or abroad. It comprises a small research project to prepare you for much-larger final project You can, in certain circumstances, extend the duration of the project to get more study points.  

This internship is a unique opportunity on a professional, technological and social level Our interns travel as far as Australia, Japan, Singapore, Argentina and the USA, as well as destinations closer to home like Munich or Leuven. You can choose to intern at a university such as the University of Rio de Janeiro, or companies like Siemens in Germany. More locally, multinationals such as ASML, Océ and Philips are popular destinations, but there are also opportunities at numerous smaller companies like Prodrive. Finally, on-campus organizations like TNO and many start-ups also regularly offer internship projects for our students.

Final project

The program concludes with a 9-month research project in which you prove yourself as an electrical engineer. During the project, you will travel down roads that no one has taken before, using what you have learnt and the skills you have developed to create new knowledge and designs. The result of the project tends to be a new product, a tool, a scientific journal publication, a presentation at an international conference or a patent. 

Our students have carried out a wide variety of projects. Some are very theoretical, such as simplifying general non-linear systems. Most are more practical including the detection of epileptic seizures and prostate cancer, or converting 60-Hz video to 50 Hz. In addition, any topic that could benefit from the application of electrical engineering insight may lead to a project – glass ovens, brains, printed circuit boards, vibrations, robots, audio, electromagnetic lenses, mobile networks or traffic surveillance to name a few previous examples.

Course structure

 

First year 

Second year 

Technical mini-program 

20% 

20% 

Mini-program 

20% 

20% 

Electives 

30% 

30% 

Professional development 

15% 

15% 

Internship 

15% 

15%