The second year is about broadening and deepening your knowledge. During this year you will acquire more essential skills. Just like in the first year, your team projects will be linked to each module's theme. In the second year, you also get to choose a specific direction and learn more about popular master’s orientations.
In your second year you will continue with these four 10-week modules:
In this module you will learn more about the principles of modelling and analysing dynamic systems. Using basic principles, such as conservation laws and continuity relations, you will learn how to make a fairly realistic description of a system, or part of a system, in a mathematical model. You will learn to predict the behaviour of these systems using advanced mathematics and simulation techniques.
You will also analyse signals and models in the field of frequency and discover how signal response is used to research system dynamics. In the team project, you will design, build and test a measuring device, applying your knowledge of modelling and signal processing.
In module 6 you have four options to choose from:
Materials Science and Engineering
This module is all about the relations between the basic properties of materials and their functional application. After all, every device – from an electronic transistor to a pair of sunglasses – combines the properties of different materials to achieve a certain purpose.
Throughout this module you will learn how the fundamental aspects and the basic equations for describing transport of impulse, mass and energy can be applied to engineering as well as everyday situations. In the modelling project, your job will be to verify the models using experiments and determine the unknown parameters within the model.
Systems and Control
In this module you will immerse yourself in the world of engineering systems design. You will learn about design strategies and work on modelling mechatronic systems, which are closely linked to simulation software. You get to apply the knowledge you’ve acquired in a mechatronics project, such as building your own small Segway.
In this module you will learn how to design and build software, from analysing the requirements to delivering a working programme. In the final team project, you and your team members will programme a multi-player game according to a fixed structure.
Complex engineering problems – like describing the airflow profile of an airplane wing, or the magnetic field of an electrical spool – require a mathematical description. During this module you will work with vectors in the field of electromagnetics. You will learn more about fields (for example, vector and scalar fields), waves, electrostatics, magneto statics and electrodynamics. The project will challenge your knowledge and skills, as you set about designing and producing an antenna that works as well as possible in the 100 MHz range.
The eighth module centres on the development and commercialization of a complex technological system. You will obtain hands-on project experience of the entire innovation process, from working on an initial technological idea to delivering a commercially viable product and/or service. You will get familiar with key theories, tools and methods in systems engineering, entrepreneurship, innovation management, knowledge production and science and technology. You will be able to understand complex system design as well as the commercial, organizational and societal factors that are as vital to success as the technology itself. Group work is a key element in this module, as you stretch your capacities for effective collaboration, reflection and presentation.