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This Master’s focuses on the design of embedded systems: the hardware and software that control a device, process or system, e.g. smart phones, pacemakers, chip sets or navigation systems.

Are you interested in the combination of hardware and software, e.g. the design of control software? And do you want to work on topics such as embedded robotics, pervasive systems or energy efficiency, then this master’s might just be ideal for you! The two-year Master’s in Embedded Systems is an internationally oriented programme and is taught entirely in English. You can start in September and February.

You can start the pre-master's in September. Read more about the master's, pre-master's and admission. You can also find more information about career perspectives. Read the testimonial of students from Embedded Systems.

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Embedded Systems
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Electrical Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science
2 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
English taught
Starting date
1 September 2021
1 February 2022
1 September 2022
1 February 2023
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

Embedded Systems in a nutshell

An embedded system is a combination of hardware systems (electrical engineering) and software systems (computer science) built into equipment that we don’t always recognise as being computerised, such as the systems that control a car’s anti-lock brakes, the automatic pilot of an aircraft or the sensors and filters used in processing plants. Embedded systems call for real-time operation, reliability, maintainability and cost-effectiveness, which places heavy demands on software (user interfaces, data processing, machine control) and hardware (I/O, Asics, DSP, FPGA).

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Curriculum and focus

This English-taught Master’s in Embedded Systems focuses on the design of embedded systems, e.g. system validation, quantitative evaluation of embedded systems, electronics, maths, embedded computer architecture and how to create a system on a chip. You’ll be challenged by topics ranging from control engineering, integrated circuit design and computer architecture, to communication networks, and real-time operating systems.

Find out more about the courses and the curriculum.

Why opt for Embedded Systems?

This programme features small groups, personal guidance and gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons internationally. Embedded Systems at the University of Twente is also the highest rated Embedded Systems programme in the Netherlands.

We've selected six reasons for you to study Embedded Systems at the University of Twente.

Career perspectives

Our graduates have excellent career prospects. There’s a great need for engineers with skills that bridge the gap between hardware and software.

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