Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Communication and Information Technology )

Course content

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering offers an in-depth training in the domains of electrical and electronics engineering and students can choose a focus on either Electronic Circuits and Systems (ECS) or Communication and Information Technologies (CIT). The main focus is on analysing, designing, fabrication and testing of smart devices and the internet-of-things. An electrical engineer shapes the strong evolution towards an environment where everything is ‘smart’ and where all these smart devices are connected and exchange information. Examples are smart cities, smart mobility, smart health care, smart grids, smart buildings, wearable electronics, robotics, sensor systems, devices improving safety and security, etc. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is the only programme that covers the hardware aspects of all these smart devices.
The programme concentrates on analogue and digital systems and communication networks, covering both hardware and software aspects but with a clear focus on electronic components and design at the circuit and system level. Both on an individual basis and as part of a team, masters of electrical engineering are capable of efficiently and methodically developing complex electronic (communications) systems for a broad field of applications, starting from the conception and analysis over the design, implementation, testing and up to management of such systems.
Our designs are based on a firm theoretical foundation and technological knowledge and are conceived by making appropriate use of state-of-the-art computer-aided design tools. Given the acquired research attitudes and competences, masters of electrical engineering are able to support creative or innovative (r)evolutions in industry and in scientific research. As for all Master of Science in Engineering programmes, this curriculum also provides a sufficiently broad non-specialist knowledge in other engineering disciplines and in several economical, juridical, deontological and societal aspects. On top of the theoretical base, each course year contains practical projects which are gradually enhancing the student’s skills in effectively collaborating in teams and acting as skilled team leaders in an industrial research environment.

The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) offers most of the Master’s programmes in Engineering in English. This underlines the international ambition of the faculty, as well as the importance of international education and multiple language skills for students.

Course structure

The programme consists of two phases: the first three-year programme leads to a bachelor of science in engineering degree. The subsequent two-year programme awards a master in electrical engineering degree. Throughout the master’s programme, each student may choose to either deepen or broaden his or her scope by compiling a personalised programme based on a wide range of elective courses or by including a (broadening) Minor into the programme.

Career perspectives

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering focuses specifically on research and development, as well as on creation and design in the field of electronics, information and communication technology (ICT). Many companies only accept electrical engineers for the development of the smart systems they are producing and are therefore constantly looking for our highly trained students. Electrical engineers are mainly responsible for the design and development of data, image and speech processing systems, measurement and sensor technology, robot design, as well as the future ICT infrastructure, including wired, wireless, satellite and vehicular communication systems. Our graduates thrive in large multinational electronics, ICT and telecommunication companies, as well as a wide range of small and medium-sized enterprises active in the forefront of technology or consultancy. Their degree is highly appreciated for the broad scope of the programme and its strong bond to state-of-the-art research. The balanced mix between hardware and embedded software enables new graduates to play key roles in the development of hardware for smart devices, the future internet, and the internet-of-things and to have an impact on very important evolutions in society such as green electronics, smart health care and ambient assisted living.