You can find embedded systems in many of the products that we use every day, from television sets to copiers. The combination of computer science (software) and electrical engineering (hardware) in these types of equipment requires an integrated approach towards the design process. That in turn requires a new type of engineer who has a knowledge of both software and hardware.
The emphasis of the Master of Embedded Systems degree program is on the design of efficient and reliable systems. To construct reliable protocols for the behavior of complex software systems, you need to have knowledge of algorithms, performance, hardware, and design and documentation methods. These subjects are all covered as part of this program. You also need an understanding of the variability and maintainability of these protocols, aspects that are covered in the compulsory element of the program.
The Master of Embedded Systems is a joint program of the 4TU Federation: a collaboration between the four universities of technology in the Netherlands.
We also offer an Honors program for our best-performing students. This challenging program offers you the opportunity to participate in and contribute towards the department’s research. The basis of the program consists of two research projects of 6 ECTS, which you take in addition to your standard program. In addition to taking your Master of Embedded System, it is also possible to take the Education Master's in Science Education and Communication (SEC) at the same time. With this degree, you will also be qualified to teach computer science in upper pre-university education.
After completing your Master of Embedded Systems, you will possess a combination of a scientific perspective with the practically-orientated approach of an engineer. This will provide you with an excellent foundation for a successful career. The numerous fields of application of embedded systems provide you with a broad range of employment possibilities. You could be working in:
- Embedded systems industry
- Research laboratories
- Universities or the education sector
- Software industry
- Outplacement companies
- Government sector
While most graduates from this program begin as a member of a team, many quickly develop into team leader and management roles. Starting your own business is another possible option.