Course structure

By providing students with a thorough knowledge of both theory and practice, this master's program enables graduates to find the right balance between a formal mathematical basis and attractive, realistic applications.

Program Structure

Elective courses give you the chance to deepen or broaden your knowledge. In consultation with your supervisor, you choose your specialization from a list of more than 30 courses. This provides ample opportunities for specialization in many different areas. 

Additionally, you choose 15 EC of free electives from within the total range of master courses at the TU/e. You may also combine courses from TU Delft or UTwente in your program. Within the electives you may choose 5 EC of accreditation courses within the first quartile to brush up any gaps in your knowledge.


At the beginning of the second year you start an internship (15 credit points). You follow your internship, preferably abroad, at one of the many university Systems & Control groups that are worldwide. The international contacts at the TU / e can also guarantee a high-quality academic environment here. 

For international students the project is most often carried out at the TU/e. In consultation with the supervisor it is sometimes possible to work at another research institute or in industry.

Graduation project

Most of the second year consists of the graduation project (45 credits). While a theoretical project is a possibility, students are encouraged to do experimental work. It is indispensable for a control engineer to experience a research project, because it enables them to validate the theoretical work. Primarily, you will gain experience in modeling, analysis, and/or design of a new control system or to explore new research questions. You will learn the drawbacks and pitfalls of exploring unknown territories and understand that abstraction and simplification are the main tools for success. 

Graduation work consists of your master project, a report, an abstract of the report and a presentation. You can opt to carry out research within one of the Systems and Control research groups at the TU/e or in a company or research institute.  TU/e has numerous contacts with Dutch industry and knowledge institutes such as ASML, OcĂ©, Philips, Shell and TNO (Netherlands organization for Applied Scientific Research). 

Year 1

Core program

25 EC

Specialization courses

20 EC

Free electives

15 EC

Year 2


15 EC

Graduation Project

45 EC

Research groups Systems and Control