Which of the eleven specialisations suits you the most?
Before starting your Master’s in Electrical Engineering, you need to choose a specialisation. This allows you to tailor your programme to your preferences, so you can develop a distinct expertise. You can choose from eleven specialisations, each offering unlimited career opportunities. Your choice determines the courses you will take and the research you will conduct in your master’s thesis.
- Biomedical Signals and Systems
As the world is facing health crises, medical companies are on the lookout for new smart eHealth technologies that can solve daily challenges. Do you want to improve healthcare by engineering hardware and software that prevent, diagnose, and treat sensory or motor dysfunction of the human body?
In the specialisation in Biomedical Signals & Systems, you will learn to solve one of the major challenges in the biomedical field: using and analysing signals from the human body for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. As the human body is a dynamic system much different from a mechanical or electrical device, which has clearly defined signals, recording and interpreting its signals is difficult. You will learn to get information from the system and analyse the signals using machine learning techniques and artificial intelligence approaches, among others.
You will learn to come up with solutions for various medical challenges and improve the quality of life of people with chronic diseases and the elderly. With this expertise, you can work as a biomedical engineer, healthcare technology specialist, diagnostic systems engineer, computational biomedical scientist, or R&D engineer.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Communication Networks
Communication networks of interconnected devices are all around us. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to communicate digitally, access information on the internet, and store data. Do you want to learn the intricacies of enhancing their connectivity, efficiency, security, and reliability?
In the specialisation in Communication Networks, you will focus on modelling networks, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, or Beyond 5G. Through computations and simulations, you will learn to optimise a network so that multiple users can share it without slowing it down. You will also learn to examine its performance: are there delays in how quickly data is sent and received? Moreover, you will consider the security aspects of a network system, so you will explore internet security protocols, defence techniques, and web security principles.
With your expertise in network design, architecture, protocols, and security, you can work as a network engineer, telecommunications engineer, or network consultant at telecommunications companies, cloud service providers, satellite and space technology companies, and research and development organisations.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Computer Vision and Biometrics
Can you make financial transactions more secure by using sensors to visualise vein patterns in a finger? How can you design unbiased electronic systems that work equally well for all individuals despite their skin tone or gender?
In the specialisation in Computer Vision & Biometrics, you will learn advanced techniques to analyse biometric data, develop sensors, and process signals. Think of sensors capturing fingerprints, facial scans, or voice patterns. How can you design them in such a way to ensure the accurate collection of biometric data? In what ways can you adequately secure the data so that it isn’t compromised? Another important part is computer vision. What are the most suitable techniques to extract meaningful information from an image or to detect image manipulations, such as deepfakes? In addition, you can focus on pattern recognition and machine learning and explore techniques to identify and categorise patterns within the data.
After completing this specialisation, you will be equipped to work as a computer vision engineer, biometrics engineer, or image processing engineer at semiconductor manufacturers, technology companies, and agricultural technology companies.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Dependable Integrated Systems
In the specialisation in Dependable Integrated Systems, you will learn techniques to ensure secure, uninterrupted services in critical applications, such as flight control systems, electronic health records, and smart grids. How can you design such a system without compromising its reliability, safety, and security? How can you efficiently balance power distribution to minimise energy consumption? Designing for dependability often involves additional costs for redundancy, testing, and safety measures. So, how can you ensure the costs remain low?
This specialisation combines software engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. The focus is on designing robust computing systems resilient to random failures and security threats, in one word: dependable. You can explore challenges in the analogue/digital direction or focus on hardware/software integration instead.
After graduating, you will be equipped to work as a reliability engineer, embedded systems engineer, or quality assurance engineer at semiconductor manufacturers, multinational technology companies, and aerospace and defence agencies.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Integrated Circuit Design
If you want to innovate the design of CMOS analogue or radio frequency integrated circuits, such as wireless receivers, transmitters, analogue-to-digital or digital-to-analogue converters, the specialisation in Integrated Circuit Design is for you. You will learn to design chips, which are the fundamental building blocks of all modern electronic devices: from consumer electronics like smartphones to more sophisticated systems used in MRI scans or self-driving cars.
The essence of the specialisation is to design electric circuits at the transistor level. As the transistor is an elementary block, you can change its properties and combine them to make something functional, such as a wireless receiver. A central approach in the specialisation is coming up with novel solutions. If something goes wrong in a complex circuit, how can you fix it? You can focus on analogue integrated circuits or radio frequency integrated circuits. If you are interested in both, you can combine them by choosing elective courses.
Once you have graduated, you can work as a microchip architect or analogue and radio frequency IC design engineer at a wide range of public and private organisations.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Integrated Optical Systems
Optical systems offer numerous advantages over traditional silicon chips: they are energy-efficient, generate less heat, weigh less, and come at a lower cost. Imagine contributing to the evolution of large language models like Chat GPT but with a million-fold improvement in energy efficiency, making them truly sustainable.
The focus of the specialisation in Integrated Optical Systems is on the design, simulation, fabrication, and testing of integrated optical systems, such as photonic integrated circuits. You will explore the most effective materials, fabrication processes, and design techniques. There is a strong emphasis on building blocks including waveguides, lasers, optical amplifiers, and 3D printed micromirrors. Additionally, you will learn about optical phenomena at the nanoscale, including nanolasers, nanowaveguides, photonic crystals, or plasmonic propagation, and perform various simulations.
With your expertise, you will be equipped to work as an optical engineer, photonics engineer, or laser systems engineer at telecommunications companies, medical device manufacturers, photonics and optoelectronics firms, and research and development labs.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Micro Sensors and Systems
As the field of micro sensors and systems is very broad, the specialisation in Micro Sensors & Systems offers you the opportunity to delve into a specific area. You can focus on physical sensing, chemical sensing, or 3D printing micro sensors and systems. If you are interested in using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology to design and fabricate sensors that detect and respond to various physical parameters, such as pressure, force, or acceleration, you should choose the physical sensing profile. What about exploring lab-on-a-chip systems and chemical sensing? Within the chemical sensing profile, you will learn the principles of fluidics and how to make microfluidic chips at the micro- and nanoscale. If you prefer working outside the cleanroom, you can focus on 3D printing and investigate the possibilities and constraints of additive manufacturing (AM) processes.
After graduating, you can work as a design and process engineer, sensor development engineer, process developer, or production manager at electronics design and manufacturing companies, robotics and automation companies, and industrial equipment suppliers.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Nano Electronics
In the specialisation in Nanoelectronics, you will learn to design, develop, and measure circuits at an ultra-small scale, the nanoscale, that can be used in modern quantum and neuromorphic electronics.
You will learn the fundamentals of materials science and quantum mechanics, pivotal in nanoelectronics and its various applications, such as in transistors and diodes. Depending on your interests, you can tailor your programme to learn about manufacturing technologies of integrated circuits, the physics of semiconductor devices, or the fabrication of micro systems. Eventually, you will be able to develop and design nanoscale circuits, measure them at an extremely low temperature—4 Kelvin equal to -273.15 degrees Celsius—and characterise the behaviour of the electrons so that you can understand why they are or aren’t behaving as expected.
With your extensive knowledge of the electronic and magnetic properties of nanoscale devices, you will be equipped to work as an R&D scientist, technological development officer, multi-physics engineer, or quantum application scientist at quantum electronics companies, biotechnology institutes, and industrial machinery manufacturing companies.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Power Electronics
Power electronics plays a vital role in our daily life, from converting solar energy to electricity to powering our electric vehicles. In the specialisation in Power Electronics, you will focus on power conversion and energy storage. You will dive into circuit theory and power electronic circuits, such as inverters and other converter technologies. Furthermore, you will explore semiconductor devices based on materials like silicon carbide and gallium nitride, which not only boost converter performance but also reduce size, weight, and response time. You will learn about different aspects of system configuration and energy storage, ranging from the system level to the physical components. For example, you will explore strategies to optimise battery efficiency while reducing the size. Moreover, you will learn to convert diverse energy sources like solar power into usable electrical energy.
After graduating, you can work as a power electronics engineer, control systems engineer, electrical design engineer, or consultant in power electronics at various companies and organisations.2 yearsFull-time
- Radio Systems
Wireless Radio Frequency (RF) technologies are used in healthcare (e.g. heart and breath rate monitoring), environmental monitoring (e.g. insect tracking and biodegradable sensor networks) and connectivity (e.g. 5G and 6G). In the specialisation in Radio Systems, you will design and analyse RF systems that will make a difference.
You will learn about radio propagation, channel modelling, antenna systems, and signal processing. What exchange occurs between transmitters and receivers equipped with multiple antennas? Everything between the transmitting and receiving antennas is a wireless channel and you will learn to use specialised equipment to characterise, measure, and later emulate the channel. What’s more, you will explore different antenna types and their operational principles. Additionally, you will learn to design and optimise array antennas and investigate antenna measurement techniques.
With your expertise in researching innovative solutions to advance wireless communication technologies, you can work as a wireless communication engineer, system engineer, signal processing analyst, or communication systems researcher.2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
- Semiconductor Devices and Technology
To meet the growing demand for electronics, it is imperative to explore sustainable approaches. In the specialisation in Semiconductor Devices & Technology, you will focus on enhancing semiconductor device performance, prioritising energy efficiency, and fostering sustainability through innovative materials and technologies.
The focus of the specialisation is two-fold: you will learn to design and fabricate semiconductor devices including solar cells, transistors, and diodes. By delving into the process of constructing a semiconductor device layer by layer, you will ensure its enduring reliability. Working at the nanoscale level, you will conduct simulations and voltage-current measurements in a microfabrication lab to analyse various design aspects. This involves investigating optimal materials and understanding how their performance shifts when the layer thickness or size changes. Furthermore, you will compare various manufacturing techniques, critically evaluating their film properties, cost-effectiveness, and reliability.
After graduating, you can work as a semiconductor process engineer, system architect, reliability engineer, or research and development engineer, among others.2 yearsFull-time