Course programme

General outline

The master’s programme is a two-year programme. The programme is organized in semesters. Each semester contains 20 weeks, and is subdivided in quartiles. The unit of credit is the European Credits (EC). One EC stands for 28 hours of study load. An academic year is 60 EC. The master’s programme is 120 EC.

For Bachelor CS and EE students from the UT, TUD and TU/e the programme contains homologation courses, compulsory courses, at least 4 elective courses, a thesis project and for most an internship (the latter not for students who have at least 30 EC internship their bachelor, e.g. HBO).

A student registered at the UT also receives login accounts for the TUD and TU/e (only for the first academic year!). For the next academic years the student must explicit requests for accounts (this is part of the re-enrollment procedure via studielink) for the TUD and TU/e.

The field of Embedded Systems is by definition multi-disciplinary; it consists of cooperation between technical disciplines such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and, possibly non-technical, application domains. Also the different application domains that can be found in infotainment, transport and logistics, health and wellness, security and safety, industrial control systems etc. require a basic understanding of these different domains. Therefore, the Embedded Systems master’s programme should stimulate a multidisciplinary attitude.

Hence, the study programme contains the following components:

  • Core courses to introduce the student to the design of embedded systems and its most important aspects such as requirement engineering, modelling, architectures, testing and verification. In these courses special attention is paid to the above mentioned aspects of systems design approach, dependability, resource boundedness;
  • Homologation courses to complement the EE bachelor orientation with CS competences and the CS bachelor orientation with EE competences to create a multi-disciplinary basis for the core programme;
  • Elective (sometimes called specialization) course to address certain aspects or applications in more detail;
  • Internship; at least 45 EC should be obtained before starting the internship
  • Final Project; maximum of 10 EC unfinished courses is allowed before starting the final project.