Study programme

The Second year of
Advanced Technology

In the second year of the programme you will continue to acquire essential skills and knowledge. As in the first year, your projects will be strongly embedded in the theme of each module.

Module 5: Signals, Models & Systems

During this fifth module you will learn 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, by using a mathematical model.  First you will get familiar with these principles through various examples taken from mathematics and physics. Then, using advanced mathematics and simulation techniques, you will study how to predict these systems' behaviour. You will also learn how to analyse signals and models in the field of frequency, as systems can react very differently at different frequencies. You will discover how signal response is used to research system dynamics, how to solve linear differential equations using the description of signals in time and frequency, and how to describe and analyse stochastic signals.

In your team project during this module, you will design, build and test a measuring device. This allows you to apply all the knowledge on modelling and signal processing that you will have acquired during the module. Would you like to see some examples of measuring devices students have built? Check the video below.

Module 6: Materials Engineering

The purpose of the sixth module is to familiarize you with the relations between the basic properties of materials and their functional application. Every piece of equipment, after all – whether it is an electronic transistor, an artificial hip or a pair of sunglasses – combines the properties of different materials to achieve a certain functionality. In this module, you will attend lectures on material synthesis and characterization, while also gaining practical experience. You will discuss the mechanical, thermal and dielectric properties of materials.

In the second part of the module, you can choose a theme. For instance, you can focus on physics/electrical engineering and the use of charged particles manipulation in semiconductor applications. Alternatively, you might focus on the chemical aspects of materials, delving into catalysis, or the wetting of liquids in contact with materials – a field that is vital to many technological applications, such as print technology and self-cleaning surfaces.

Module 7: Fields & Waves

Complex engineering problems – like describing a wing's airflow profile, or an electrical spool's magnetic field – require a mathematical description. This can be quite a challenge. During the seventh module you will use vector calculus formulations in the field of electromagnetism. You will learn more about fields (for example, vector and scalar fields), waves, electrostatics, magnetostatics and electrodynamics. The team project will be the final test of your knowledge and skills, as you design and produce an antenna that works as well as possible within the 100 MHz range.

Module 8: System Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Knowledge Production

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 learn key theories, tools and methods from systems engineering, entrepreneurship, innovation management, knowledge production and science and technology. Not only will you be able to understand complex system design, but also the commercial, organizational and societal factors that are at least as important for success as the technology itself. Group work is a key element of the module, providing a substantial test of your capacity for effective collaboration, reflection and presentation skills.

The third year of Advanced Technology

The third year prepares you for admission to your preferred master programme. To this end you chose 3 modules that match your preferences. Your preferred master programme can be at the University of Twente but also at an university abroad.

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