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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 radio systems. 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 Radio Systems.

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 Radio Systems (RS) or do an external master’s thesis at a company. For example, you can evaluate how GPS helps synchronise time for radar sensing using software-defined radio across multiple locations. In a past assignment, a student investigated the capabilities and service quality of a large-scale cell-free multiple-input-multiple-output (MMIMO) network.

As part of your master’s thesis, you can undertake a research project such as:
  • Radio for sustainability: tracking endangered insect species by mounting tiny antennas on their backs
  • Exploring ways to develop radio equipment compatible with the latest telecommunications standards, including 5G and 6G
  • Investigating radio-based contactless sensing for daily health monitoring, including heart rate, for potential clinical use
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