Programme guidelines and rules

General guidelines

We repeat the following guidelines for your master’s programme:

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The course 191616040 Philosophy of Engineering is compulsory for all students in the programme.

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Elective courses can be chosen from all available courses in the department and some neighbouring departments in Twente or elsewhere, provided the programme is coherent and relevant in the opinion of your programme mentor.

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The final course programme will have to be approved by your programme mentor and by the Board of Examiners. You should register your course programme not later than six months after you started your master’s programme.

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You should have finished 45 EC of your master’s programme courses including your compulsory courses, before you are allowed to start your traineeship.

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The master’s thesis project is almost always carried out in the research group of your specialization. External periods can be part of the thesis work. These will be organised by the responsible supervisor. You may only start your master’s thesis, if you have finished your internship (or if applicable your individual project) and if you have not more than 10EC left of your course programme.

Important rules regarding examinations and project assessment

Courses and examinations

You should register for courses before they start. The first examination is included in this registration. If you have to retake an examination then you should register for it. Please consult https://www.utwente.nl/ces/studentservices/en/osiris/osiris/ for the exact rules.

Registration and assessment of the internship (traineeship)

Six months before you plan to start your traineeship you should contact the traineeship office (mobility-eemcs@utwente.nl) to start up preparations. You can make an appointment with Ms. Belinda Jaarsma for an intake.

Not later than two months after you finished your traineeship, you should deliver your report of the traineeship to the UT-supervisor together with the assessment you received from your company supervisor.

See for more information https://www.utwente.nl/ee/Programme%20information/Internship/.

Limitation of the duration of the master’s thesis

The study load of the master’s thesis is 40EC or 28 weeks full time work. It is expected from the student that indeed the master’s thesis is finished after this period. This should happen according to a planning which has been agreed upon beforehand with the supervisor. At the end of the period, the supervisory committee will give an assessment, based on the results, available at that moment. If the grade is insufficient (less than 6) then the student may use two additional months of work to improve the result. After this extension the supervisory committee will give a new assessment, which will be considered as a re-examination.

See for more information https://www.utwente.nl/ee/Programme%20information/Master%27s%20thesis/.

Procedures for planning your programme: “regular” students

The Electrical Engineering master’s programme offers the student a large freedom to make choices and to setup an individual programme. Some of these choices will have to be made right after the start of the programme which may not be easy. Therefore some guidelines are given below to support you. This plan is for students who obtained their bachelor’s degree at the University of Twente. Students from elsewhere can use it with some adaptations.

Step 1: making a choice for a specialisation

During the last phase of your bachelor’s programme, you will choose your master’s specialization. In January an information day is organised to introduce students to the specialisations. Also the chairs organise information sessions after this information day for interested students.

Step 2: choosing your research group (chair)

It is very important to make a choice for the chair where you would like to carry out your master’s thesis as soon as possible. As stated previously this determines your specialisation and it will be a starting point to create your course programme. It is possible to reconsider you choice later. However you should realise that if you do this in a late stage, you may have to take additional courses leading to a longer course programme.

Step 3: creating your course programme

Contact the programme mentor of the chair of your choice. You will be assigned a staff member of the research group, who will take over the tasks of the bachelor mentor. With him/her you can discuss your interests and preferences that finally should lead to a course programme:

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Your mentor/master’s thesis supervisor will choose the compulsory courses. Often these will be the compulsory courses mentioned under the specialization. However a different choice is possible.

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You are free to choose your electives yourself, but you are supposed to discuss your choice with your mentor/supervisor. If you and your supervisor cannot come to an agreement about your elective courses, the board of examiners will have to judge about this.

Step 4: Registering your course list

You should register your course list by filling in the intake form that you can find at the EE master website and submit it at the Educational Office (BOZ). It should be signed by your programme mentor, by the chair holder (the leader of the chair) and by yourself.

You should do this not later than six months after the start of your master programme.

If you started in September then you should register the course list before the start of the second semester at the end of January.

Time management

According to the set-up of your master’s programme it should take two years to complete it. To our regret, only few students make it to graduate within this period. Below we discuss some measures that have been taken by the programme management to stimulate students to complete courses and projects in time. This way we try to prevent that students spend more time to these programme parts then necessary.

Course programme and examinations

The programme contains 120 EC (credits) to be covered in two years. Both years consist of four quartiles. This means that you should earn 15 EC during each quartile. As most courses have a working load of 5 EC you can take three courses during each quartile. The examination is included in this estimated working load and you are supposed to take the examination directly after the last lecture at the end of the quartile. If you fail the examination or if you don’t take it then you will have to take another examination at the end of the next quartile and this will interfere with newly taken courses during that quartile.

For this reason we advise against planning too many courses during one quartile. Taking too many courses may finally lead to time loss because when you fail the examination you spend your time in a non-optimal way.

Project work during a course

Many master courses contain project work and the mark you earn for such a course will be partly or fully based on an assessment of the project. Although this way of assessment is very suitable for master courses, in the past it appeared to lead to time loss for many students because they did not finish the project in time. The reason is obviously that there was no deadline for the project.

The rules and regulation for the Electrical Engineering master programme contain an automatic deadline for project work that is part of a course: the lecturer will base an assessment of the project on the material that he has received from you at the last day of the quartile in which the course took place. So take care that you have delivered all your results at that moment!

Planning your master thesis

The master’s thesis has a working load of 40 EC, or 40*28=1120 working hours which is 28 weeks of work full time. Before you start the work for the master’s thesis you should make a planning for this period. It may contain a limited amount of time for other activities but the amount of time to be spent to the master thesis should be not more the 28 weeks, mentioned above. During the project take care that you can indeed finish in time, according to the planning. At the end of the planned period the Graduation Committee will give an assessment so deliver your results in time to the committee.

Forms to be completed during your master’s programme

During your master’s programme you will have complete a number of forms.

Final course programme form

This form should be completed not later than six months after the start of your master’s programme. It should be signed by the programme mentor of the chair en delivered to the educational office (ms. Marjan Tibben).

Traineeship

Please register at the Student Mobility System (SMS) half a year before you plan to start your traineeship. You can find SMS in your student portal. This system contains all forms to be completed during your traineeship. You can contact ms. Belinda Jaarsma (mobility-eemcs@utwente.nl) for an appointment for an intake.

Master thesis intake including the planning

This form should be completed when you start your master’s thesis project. It will contain a description of the project you are going to carry out and a planning. It should be signed by your supervisor-professor and delivered to the educational office (ms. Marjan Tibben).

Registration form master examination

This form should be completed two months before the planned date of your master’s thesis presentation. Please deliver it to the educational office (ms. Marjan Tibben). Based on this form, your study results will be evaluated by the Examination Board.

Specifics for students who finished a premaster’s programme

In general you can follow the guidelines above. You don’t have a bachelor’s programme mentor. Instead the premaster’s coordinator is available for advice. During the first semester of the year, when you are following your premaster courses, you should choose a specialisation and contact the corresponding programme mentor. At least you should agree with your mentor about the programme of the second semester. Note that your course programme probably will contain some homologation courses that will introduce you further into the field of your specialisation.

Choosing the group for your Individual Project

The individual project can be completed at each of the chairs of the Electrical Engineering department. You can discuss with your programme mentor which one to choose. When you’ve made a choice for a chair of your interest, you can contact the secretary of the chair. She will direct you to one of the staff members who can give you information about the possible assignments.

You may think about the possibility to take the individual project and the master’s thesis assignment in the same area, to deepen your insight. Or you can choose to do them in rather different areas, to broaden your scope. They cannot be combined into one assignment.

Programme coordinator

The pre-master’s coordinator is dr. M.J. (Maarten) Korsten; room Zilverling 1022, phone 053 489 2763; e-mail m.j.korsten@utwente.nl

Specifics for international students

International students can use the plan above with some adaptations in step 1.

Step 1

An international student should choose the specialisation before arriving in Twente. During the introduction period before the start of the programme the student will have a discussion with the programme mentor of the chosen specialisation. At that moment the course programme for the first quarter will be fixed. Based on the application documents the programme coordinator will send an advice to the programme mentor about the homologation courses to be included in the programme. Later during the first quarter the remaining courses of the programme will be chosen.

Choosing the group for your Individual Project (if applicable)

The individual project can be completed at each of the chairs of the Electrical Engineering department. You can discuss with your programme mentor which one to choose. When you’ve made a choice for a chair of your interest, you can contact the secretary of the chair. She will direct you to one of the staff members who can give you information about the possible assignments.

You may think about the possibility to take the individual project and the master’s thesis assignment in the same area, to deepen your insight. Or you can choose to do them in rather different areas, to broaden your scope. They cannot be combined into one assignment.

The contact-person for students from abroad is dr. M.J. (Maarten) Korsten; room Zilverling 1022, phone: 053 489 2763; e-mail m.j.korsten@utwente.nl