Embedded Systems

Master's programme

The English-taught Master’s in Embedded Systems is a two-year programme worth 120 credits. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Advanced Technology, Creative Technology, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or another appropriate background, you are welcome to enrol in this programme, but conditions may apply. Bachelor’s students with an appropriate degree from Twente, Delft or Eindhoven will be admitted right away. Other students may be required to take a pre-Master’s programme first. See this matrix for further information.

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What do we mean by Embedded Systems?

An embedded system is a combination of hardware systems (electrical engineering) and software systems (computer science) built into equipment that we don’t always recognize as being computerized, 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).

This programme addresses the contemporary trends of pervasive computerization, better performance, cheaper products and reduced environmental impact. While combining electrical engineering and computer science, you will be challenged in research and design for applications such as:

  • Embedded software for controlling the power grid;
  • Automatic vehicles;
  • Car-to-car communication;
  • Flying robots;
  • Verification techniques;
  • Multi-core architectures;
  • Energy-efficient wireless communication (e.g. high-performance applications (radar systems), underwater communication)


This Master’s programme is offered under the auspices of the 3TU federation. This means you will be able to follow a common core programme at the University of Twente, Delft University of Technology or Eindhoven University of Technology. The admission procedures, teaching and examination regulations and academic calendars at all three universities have been carefully coordinated. Students are registered at the location of their choice, but they are automatically co-registered at the other two locations to ensure access to the facilities of all three.

The themes at the University of Twente:

  • Dependable systems
  • Embedded control systems, e.g. robotics
  • Energy efficient systems
  • Small embedded systems, e.g. ambient/pervasive systems
  • Formal methods and tools

Learn more on the curriculum of this Master's programme Embedded Systems at the University of Twente.

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