Master Robotics

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Create robots that fit seamlessly in society, industry, and healthcare, revolutionising quality of life, safety, and efficiency.

Today, robots are not a sci-fi dream but an integral part of the high-tech industry. Manufacturing, maintenance, construction, navigation, agri-food production, healthcare, and many other sectors heavily rely on robotic systems. By overtaking dangerous, high-precision, or mundane tasks from humans, they help increase efficiency and accuracy. However, developing the technology and AI algorithms necessary for robots to intelligently interact with their surroundings and execute tasks is challenging. Think about designing an industrial robotic system that handles and packages fragile glassware in a factory or developing a social robot that intuitively interacts with patients in a hospital. If you want to dive into the mechatronics, control, software, AI, and the legal, ethical, social, and economical intricacies of making robots, the Master’s in Robotics at the University of Twente is a great opportunity for you.

In this two-year, English-taught Masters, you will learn to develop robotic solutions for pressing challenges in industry, healthcare, and society. You will focus on all aspects of the complex process of making a robot: from the mechatronics to the AI that powers it. Thanks to the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, you will draw insights from fields including mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, and social sciences.

Why study Robotics at UT?

As a student of Robotics at the University of Twente, you can choose what kind of robot you want to develop: a robot for healthcare applications, a drone, an industrial robot, or a social robot. In addition, you can tailor your programme to your interests and objectives, whether focusing on academic research, design engineering, or innovation and entrepreneurship. You will collaborate with students from other specialisations and take a holistic approach to the design and creation of a robot. Working in modern labs, such as the Robotics and Mechatronics Lab, the Precision Engineering Lab, the Human Media Interaction Lab, the Wearable Robotics Lab, and the Surgical Robotics Lab, you will contribute to the development of new robotic systems that serve society.

Start Master’s in Robotics 

You can start your studies in September or February. If you need to take the Pre-Master's first, you can only start in September and, upon completion, continue with your Master's in February. 

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Choose a specialisation

You have a lot of freedom to customise your Master’s in Robotics to your interests and ambitions. Do you want to specialise in endowing a robot with intelligence so that it can make its own decisions? Are you interested in making the interaction between humans and robots more natural? Or do you prefer to focus on the robot’s hardware and create a functional robot that can navigate its environment? Within this Master’s, you will develop a unique expertise in a specific domain of robotics by choosing one of the three specialisations. Your choice determines what courses you will take and the focus of your research in your master’s thesis project. You can opt for one of the following specialisations:

Career perspectives

The demand for robotics engineers is surging as the realm of AI-based robotic systems is rapidly expanding. You will find job opportunities in various sectors, such as high-tech corporations, manufacturing and automation firms, healthcare and medical research institutions, consumer electronics companies, and robotics start-ups, among others.

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Top 5 employers with the most jobs available
  1. ASML
  2. Philips
  3. Belastingdienst
  4. VDL Groep
  5. DAF Trucks
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Top 5 employers with the most jobs available
  1. DEMCON
  2. Thales Group
  3. Texas Instruments Holland
  4. Demcon
  5. ENGIE Energie
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During your Master's, you can choose whether to focus on academic researchdesign engineering, or innovation and entrepreneurship. Moreover, you can select a distinct application area that defines the type of robot you will learn to build and the career path you can take.

  • Robotics for Industry

    You will find a wealth of career opportunities if you focus on robotics for industry. Think of designing robots that inspect underground pipes, perform maintenance on buildings, or examine space rovers—all risky, repetitive, and tiring tasks for humans. What about making drones that monitor crops or inspect roads and instantly transmit data about possible risks? You can contribute to the development of collaborative robots that work alongside humans or are integrated with existing machinery. Among some of the companies where you can work are Demcon, VDL Group, RIWO Engineering, Thales, and ASML.

  • Robotics for Healthcare

    Are you motivated to transform the healthcare landscape by designing robots that save lives and enhance patient care? In hospitals and eldercare facilities, robots offer support, from lifting patients out of beds to aiding complex surgeries. If you go in the direction of robotics for healthcare, you can work on the development of diagnostics tools, surgical robots, or wearable devices. Think of robots that assist MRI biopsies, exoskeletons helping people with paralysis, or prosthetics controlled by nerves and muscles. You can work at medical research institutions such as Roessingh Research and Development and healthcare companies like Phillips, Medtronic, and Gable Systems.

  • Robotics for Society

    Do you want to make robots that help people overcome daily obstacles and improve their quality of life? Imagine a humanoid robot in customer service or a robot that enables homebound elderly people to exchange messages with their loved ones. If you focus on robotics for society, you can contribute to the advancement of social robots able to guide patients in hospitals or clear dishes from restaurant tables. What about developing electroactive fabrics (WEAFs) integrated into clothing that can offer athletes real-time feedback? You can find a job at companies like Philips, TNO, and Nedap.

Diverse career paths open up once you complete your Master's. You can work at high-tech or robotics companies, delve into specialised research in academia, or even start your own robotics company. Job opportunities include roles like a robotics engineer, system engineer, robotics designer, mechatronics engineer, project leader, or control engineer. These positions are in high demand across many companies, such as ASML, Demcon, Siemens, Philips, VDL Group, RIWO Engineering, and Thales.

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Programme overview

Degree
Master’s degree in Robotics
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
60973
Faculty
Electrical Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science
Duration
2 years
Full-time/part-time
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
Language
English-taught
Starting date
1 September 2024
1 February 2025
1 September 2025
Location
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme
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