The two-year basis programme

The programme is organized in semesters. Each semester contains 20 weeks, and is subdivided in quarters of 10 weeks each.
















The unit of credit is the European Credit (EC). One EC stands for 28 hours of study load. An academic year is 60 EC. The master’s programme of Electrical Engineering takes 120 EC of study load.

Most courses have a study load of 5 EC.This means that a student can cover three courses during each quarter, or twelve courses during a year, adding up to 60 EC. Some courses have a study load of 10 EC: they count for two.

Set-up of the curriculum

The curriculum consists of the following elements:






Compulsory specialization courses


5 or 10

Philosophical and Societal courses


30 or 35

Electives (Including possible homologation courses)






Master’s thesis project*)

*) As the internship and master's thesis are carried out on an individual basis you don't have to take into account the division of the year into quarters during the second year.

Philosophical and Societal courses

The course Philosophy of Engineering should be followed by all students.  It consists of two parts:

It is possibe to choose a second non-technical course in your course programme.

Specialisation and compulsory courses

As stated under “goals and aims”, one of the aims of the Electrical Engineering master programme is that you will become an advanced specialist in one of the fields of Electrical Engineering. These fields or specialisations are defined by the chairs of the Electrical Engineering department. By joining a chair for your master thesis you choose to specialise in the field covered by this chair.

Four courses (20EC) are chosen by the programme mentor (see below) of the student’s specialisation. For each specialisation a standard set of four courses has been chosen that will be suitable for most students. After discussion with the student the mentor may decide to deviate from this set. Note that these compulsory courses are spread over the year: they will not all be taught at the beginning of your study programme.

Elective courses

Next to the set of four compulsory courses, chosen by the programme mentor, you will have to choose elective courses after discussion with your programme mentor. The purpose of these courses is:

  • To acquire some knowledge in specialisations, adjacent to your specialisation (two courses).
  • To deepen your knowledge in your own specialisation.
  • To add some knowledge from outside your specialisation according to your interests.

In principle, you can choose courses from any university in the world on the condition that the academic level of the course is according to our own standards. The academic level of courses from the following programmes have been approved by the Examination Board: 

  • University of  Twente: the master's subjects, offered by the studies in Electrical Engineering, Embedded systems, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Nanotechnology and Sustainable Energy Technology.
  • The Technical University in Delft and the Technical University in Eindhoven: the master's subjects, as listed for the study in Electrical Engineering.
  • If subjects are included that do not fulfil the above, then approval will have to be obtained from the examination board.

Your course programme will have to be approved by your programme mentor and by the examination board.

Programme mentor

Each research group has a programme mentor who will receive new students. After having chosen your specialisation you should contact the programme mentor of this specialisation to assemble your course programme. The programme mentor decides which compulsory courses should be taken, while the student is allowed to choose the electives. However the course programme as a whole requires approval by the programme mentor and by the professor who will supervise your master’s thesis project. More detailed guidelines and procedures regarding the programme are given in the section “Programme Guidelines”.


You should discuss your course programme with your programme mentor as early as possible. If possible before the start of first semester of the programme. If not then you should consult your programme mentor immediately after the start of your programme at least to settle the courses to be taken during the first semester. Not later than half a year after the start of your programme you should register the course programme, using the intake form.

Homologation courses and Premaster programme

Students, entering the Electrical Engineering master’s programme may have missed some courses during their bachelor’s programme which are important as prior knowledge for the master’s programme. To gain this knowledge homologation or bridging courses may be included to their course programme instead of one or more elective courses. The total study load of the programme will be kept at 120 EC.

For students from professional universities (mainly Dutch HBO-universities) a premaster programme has been created to add knowledge in Math and some introductory parts of Electrical Engineering. This premaster programme will take 30 EC that should be added to the master’s programme.