Degree structure

The EIT Digital Master's Program in Embedded Systems is of 2 years' duration. The academic year is sub-divided into 4 quarters (2 semesters) during which the autumn semester begins in September and the spring semester begins in February. It is a fulltime program.  
The main structure of the program is as follows:

  • Common foundation
  • Specialization courses
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship module
  • Final project

Common foundation
The common foundation provides the common basic technical training. This comprises 4 subjects:

1. Construction of ES: basic programming or design of an ES.
2. Embedded Hardware: embedded computer architectures, multi-core processors.
3. Embedded Software: real-time systems, real-time operating systems, compilers.
4. Models and Methods of ES: design methods, validation and performance of ES.

At our university, we cover the basis with the following courses:

1. Embedded Systems Laboratory 
2. Embedded Computer Architecture 
3. Real-time Systems 
4. System Validation (5 ECTS) en Performance Analysis 
5. Circuit Analysis 
6. Electronics for Embedded Systems

Specialization courses

This specialization concerns complex networks in general and wireless networks in particular. We cover aspects of protocol design and verification, the management of functional and non-functional aspects of architectural design, mapping for different platforms and finally programming, testing and diagnosis.

  • Health & Well-being: wireless sensor networks can be used, for example, to monitor elderly and disabled people who live alone. Or they could be used in houses for human-oriented interaction. For that reason, the specialization teaches students how to design and construct (wireless) sensor networks.
  • Future Media & Content Delivery:
    networks provide new modes of distribution of media, such as TV programs via the internet by means of peer-to-peer systems.
  • Smart Energy Systems: sensors connected within a network that are controlled by intelligent algorithms provide the technology to carry out energy management. This technology will become all the more important due to the increasing complexity of energy networks.

Specialization in Embedded Networking (4TU)

Compulsory courses




Architecture of Distributed Systems (2II45)


Wireless Communication I (5MY10)


Grid and Cloud computing (2IN28)


Physical Aspects of Digital Security (2IMS10)


Ubiquitous Computing and Activity Recognition (5ME20)


Complex Networks (ET4374, via television from Twente)


Literature review: preparation for the Master's thesis (2IM02)


Seminar System Architecture and Networks (2IN95)




Measuring and Simulating the Internet (ET4285, via television from Twente)




Energy Efficient Embedded Systems (190130122, via television from Delft)




Wireless Sensor Networks (2010001888, via television from Delft)



Final project

During the final semester of your degree program, you will carry out a final project that lasts 6 months. You will focus on one specialist subject and demonstrate that you are able to carry out a research project independently. You carry out the project within one of the research groups Computer Science or Electrical Engineering in collaboration with a partner from the industry sector.

More information can be found in the Program Guide.