Course structure

The Connected World Technologies mastertrack 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.

First year

In the first year, you will follow a general program and two mini-programs on telecommunications: one mathematical and one looking at technical applications. In addition, you will guide a group of first-years students in a design project, learn how to write a business plan, and take a couple of electives. You will also have a short internship to familiarize yourself with the broad area that is telecommunications. 

Second year

In year 2, you will take further electives and have a ten-week internship. This is preparation for a nine-month final project, in which you will conduct research individually. At the end of the project, you will be expected to write a paper for publication in a scientific journal and / or give a presentation at an international conference. You will also present your results to a group of experts in a public session 

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.