The Electrical Engineering Master’s programme is all about specialization: there are no core courses that have to be taken by all students. All specializations share the same structure. In your first year you will attend lectures in your specialized field and in your second year you will further develop the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your studies by applying them to practical work and problem-based learning. You will be given the chance to tackle problems that even the professionals have yet to solve.


Within the fields of Microsystems, Mechatronics, Telecom, IC Design/Computer Architecture, Biomedical Applications, Image and Signal Processing, you can opt for one of these specializations.

The first year (60 credits)

  • Standard specialization courses (20 credits): each specialization has four standard courses, see programme information.
  • Philosophy and non-technical courses: philosophy of engineering and a course in economics, finance or another non-technical subject (5-10 credits). Graduates in Electrical Engineering should be able to relate their professional activities to the wider needs of society. Your Master’s programme will therefore contain a number of non-technical courses.
  • Electives (including any catch-up courses and depending on your Master’s thesis and your own interests). See the list of electrical engineering courses for more information. You will select these courses in consultation with your supervisor (30-35 credits). The purpose of these courses is:
    • to acquire a knowledge of specializations adjacent to your own (two courses).
    • to acquire more in-depth knowledge of your own specialization.
    • to gain knowledge from outside your specialization according to your interests.

The second year (60 credits)

In the second year you will develop the knowledge and skills you have acquired in your studies to date by applying them to practical work and problem-based learning in a traineeship and a Master’s thesis.

  • Traineeship (20 credits): During this external placement, you will put the knowledge you acquired in your Master’s programme into practice by working at a company or institution. The traineeship is designed to resemble the working experience of a graduate employee as closely as possible. Many students complete their traineeship at a company, but it is also possible to do so at an institution or a university other than the University of Twente.
  • Master’s thesis project (40 credits): This is the final proof of your ability to handle more complex problems with a reasonable degree of independence within the area of electrical engineering, and to work as a scientific engineer at an advanced level.

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