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During your Master’s in Electrical Engineering, you will earn 120 EC within two years. In addition to the two compulsory courses for all master’s students in Electrical Engineering, you will take four mandatory specialisation courses to develop expertise in power electronics. You will also take elective courses to deepen your knowledge or broaden your expertise by exploring related disciplines. In your second year, you will do an internship and conduct research for your master’s thesis.

European Credit Transfer System

Study workload at Dutch universities, and in the European Union as a whole, is represented in EC, also known as ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work.


Year 1

Number of EC

Philosophical and societal courses
For all Master’s in Electrical Engineering students.

5 EC

Mandatory specialisation courses
For all students in Power Electronics.

20 EC

Electives and homologation courses
You can choose courses that match your interests and career ambitions. Also, you can take elective courses from other specialisations of the Master’s in Electrical Engineering or related master’s programmes. You will do this in consultation with your mentor.

35 EC

Suggested elective courses:

Year 2

Number of EC


20 EC

In the second year, you will do an internship preparing you for the professional field.

Master’s thesis

40 EC

In the final three quarters, you will join a research group to complete your master’s thesis.

Total EC

120 EC

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In the second year of your Master’s in Electrical Engineering, you will do an internship. That way, you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your studies at a renewable energy company, semiconductor  device manufacturer, power generation and distribution organisation, or research centre in the Netherlands or abroad. The EEMCS faculty at the University of Twente has connections with a large number of high-tech companies, research institutes, and other organisations where you can do your internship. 

Previous students have done internships at:


You will complete your Master’s by writing your master’s thesis. You can conduct research within the research group Power Electronics & Electromagnetic Compatibility (PE) or do an external master’s thesis at a company. There is a wide range of projects to which you can contribute: for example, you can investigate what type of bidirectional switch is energy-efficient for battery charging. In a past assignment, a student explored ways to predict the electrical characteristics of lithium-ion batteries during the (dis)charging operation, both before and after degradation.

As part of your master’s thesis, you can undertake a research project such as:
  • Creating an aircraft converter with strict weight, size, and efficiency, using hydrogen and batteries
  • Designing a circuit to protect the battery in an electric boat in the event of hazards
  • Investigating the most energy-efficient and reliable design of power electronic systems for onboard charging of electric vehicles
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