The external training is an essential element of the MSc study program of our students.
A student is entitled to carry out his external training, when he/she has finished (almost) all compulsory courses of the program. After the external training, only the master thesis research remains to be done. The knowledge level of the students at the start of the external training is approximately that of a young academic engineer. They have a good theoretical knowledge and some project experience. The integration of courses and projects is one of the major approaches in our study programs.
The external training has a minimal duration of 14 weeks. A somewhat longer period (about four months) is possible. We advise the student however not extend their external training too much, as this leads to an undesirable delay of their study progress. The duration of the stay of a student with the company should be agreed beforehand in a contract.
The External Training is considered as a do it yourself activity: the student organises his own external training. This is part of the working experience that he should obtain from his training period. Of course all this happens under the supervision and responsibility of the External Training office.
The aims of the external training for the student are:
- to get an overview of the professional world of his specialty,
- to get experience in applying for a (training) position,
- to do a project, profitable for the host institute,
- to learn how to function in an organisation as a young engineer,
- to practice knowledge and skills,
- to enlarge knowledge and skills,
- to experience by preference an international work situation.
It is the intention that the company defines a specific problem to be solved by the student during the internship. This problem definition should be put in global terms and leave room for the following elements, to be brought in by the student:
- analysis of the problems to be solved,
- proposal for a solution in terms of a design,
- proposal for an implementation of this design,
- proposal for the deliverables that should be ready at the end of the training period.
Of course the student should discuss these proposals with the company as the results will have to satisfy the company’s wishes.
The company will appoint a company supervisor and the university will appoint a university supervisor. The company supervisor will act as the student’s superior during the training period and the student will carry out his work in collaboration with him. The university supervisor of the external training project will be a staff member of the university. The role of the university supervisor is twofold:
- He will guard the academic level of the training project and as such he will have to approve the problem definition before the start of the training period.
- He will be available to the student for advice during the training period. If possible he will pay a visit to the student and the company once during the training period.
At the end of the training period, the company supervisor will be asked by the student to evaluate the various aspects of the external training. To this the student will hand him an evaluation form to be filled in. Based on this and on the student’s report the university supervisor will decide about the final mark that the student will obtain for his work.
Before the start of the training period, the company and the student should sign a contract. The student will only sign after consultation of the external training office. A standard contract can be found at our site under “Forms in English” and under “Forms in Dutch”.
The company may decide that the results of the work should be kept confidential. In this case the university will not publish anything about the student’s training period. However the university supervisor will have to read the report to be able to evaluate the level of the student’s work. If desired, the student and the university supervisor will sign a declaration about the confidentiality of the work. The office may however advise against this, if the conditions in the declaration are unreasonable in her opinion.
In general, students apply for a project by means of a procedure like an application for a job. This will happen according to the wishes of the company. The student will prepare an application letter and curriculum vitae (resume). The department will make a course list with marks. Students may select a company, research institute or university from the database in the office of the external training coordinator. Alternatively, many students find a training position by consulting scientific staff members for their contacts with companies. Also, some students prefer to apply at a new organization. The coordinator assists in the application procedure and preparation for the training period of the student.
At the Dutch universities, the bachelor-master system is now fully operational.
The Bachelor’s programme takes three full years and will give a solid base in the chosen discipline. The time scheduled for projects and labs is about one third of the total number of hours per year (1700 hours). Therefore, the student not only develops his theoretical knowledge, but also learns to apply his knowledge in practical situations. At the end of the bachelor period, the bachelor project will give the student some opportunity to start a specialisation.
The Master’s programme has two academic years. The first year is dedicated to compulsory and elective courses. The second year consists of the external training and the master’s thesis research.
Often the external training position is related to the specialisation field of the student. Sometimes students prefer to make their education as broad as possible and to work in a project outside their main specialisation.
The EEMCS faculty provides the following programs:
Human Media Interaction
After the bachelor program, many students will continue with the corresponding master program. Other students will choose a specialization master, like Mechatronics, Systems and Control, or Human Media Interaction.
The “discipline” masters (Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science) provide a number of specializations:
Embedded Systems Design
Measurement and Control Engineering
Microsystems and Microelectronics
Mathematical Physics and Computational Mechanics
Systems and Control
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Embedded Computing Systems
Information Systems Engineering
More information about our programs can be found using the links at our site (Information for companies).
If you have any question, the office will be glad to help you. You will find contact information at our site.