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Master's programme Systems and Control

The two-year Master’s in System and Control is an internationally oriented programme and is taught entirely in English. You can start in September. You can start the pre-master's programme in September. Read more about the Master's programme, pre-master's programme and admission. You can also find more information about career perspectives within the specializations. Read the testimonials of students from System and Control.

This two-year Master’s programme teaches you how to control the behaviour of dynamic phenomena and systems in interaction with their environment.

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Systems and Control
Certification: MSc
2 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
100% English taught
Starting date
1 September 2016
Numerus fixus
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Systems and Control

Focus and disciplines

Systems and Control is a multidisciplinary field focusing on the control of all kinds of technical systems. It combines knowledge of the mathematics of Systems and Control with specific knowledge of its applications (e.g. mechatronic systems).

Research and specializations

You will investigate ways of developing mathematical models that reflect the key features of a system by employing differential equations, inequalities, algebraic equations and logical constraints. Then, You will  use advanced methods to simulate the modelled system. During the simulations, control algorithms (e.g. using feed-forward or feedback) can be designed and tested. Depending on your specialization you will concentrate on elaborating theoretical aspects of control, or you will focus on the technology of developing mechatronic devices and systems.


Why opt for Systems and Control

You will learn advanced theories and techniques to create applications that were not possible until now, including mobile robots, production machines, micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and biomechanical devices. The Master’s programme offers you access to world-class and state-of-the-art facilities such as our Robotics lab. It is closely connected to CTIT, one of Europe’s leading ICT institutes, and MIRA, the University of Twente’s world-famous institute for biomedical research.

Career prospects

Typically, our graduates pursue a career in research and development, in either a corporate or an academic setting.

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