KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems – will you be involved? The program delivers graduate students who are able to pioneer this next generation due to the comprehensive course of study and foundational knowledge. The program gives you an in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or on the design of applications.
What's the Master of Electrical Engineering all about?
KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems - will you be involved? The Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT) is the largest department within the university and was the starting point of i.m.e.c. and many spin-off companies. With such an excellent reputation within an innovative industry, the program exemplifies the link between education, research, and valorization. The Master in Electrical Engineering program gives you in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or the design of applications. Your Master's thesis, carried out in close co-operation with the department's ongoing research, will expose you to cutting-edge research.
The core education consists of courses which provide the common hardware and software basis for electronic platforms, analog and digital circuits, signal processing and telecommunications. It also comprises the finalizing Master’s thesis.
The choice of an option gives you the opportunity to specialize in one of the two approaches to create electronic systems.
The option Electronics and Integrated Circuits explores the design of electronic components and systems. You will learn how to design integrated analog, digital and high-frequency circuits as well as building blocks and platforms for different applications and with the necessary knowledge of sensors, antennas, and the underlying semiconductor technology.
The option Embedded Systems and Multimedia explores the design of applications for electronic systems. In this option, you will learn to develop and evaluate applications in telecommunication, cryptography, and in audio, image and signal processing in the light of an optimal implementation (hardware/software).
The remaining 24 credits are available for elective courses to allow you to personalize your program. A student can make a program ranging from much specialized (e.g. following courses from both options) over interdisciplinary (e.g. following courses from other engineering masters) to rather broad (e.g. including many non-engineering courses). It also allows for internships and international courses.
At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ program at a European university, or a university outside Europe.
Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under the supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years.
Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organized by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world.
The Faculty of Engineering Science is also a member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER, and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well.
More information on the international opportunities at the faculty is available on the website.
- A common core of 33 credits, only 2 options, and an extensive set of electives allows a specialization without overdoing it, combined with substantial room for personalization. Having only core education in the first semester gives the students the chance to get familiar with the domain before choosing an option in the second semester.
- Because of the high-level research activities in the department, there is a prominent link to research in the courses and especially in the Master’s thesis.
- Students are actively involved in the quality control of the program through official consultative bodies as well as the engineering student union VTK and an active IEEE student branch. These student organizations also organize extracurricular activities related to the program, including contact with the professional field (e.g. internship fair and several job fairs).
- KU Leuven is Belgium’s largest and highest-ranked university and, founded in 1425, is one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. Leuven is a modern, bustling and safe student city with a long and rich history. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound. KU Leuven’s central location offers a truly international experience. Major European capitals such as Brussels, Paris, London, and Amsterdam are only a (very) short train journey away.
You can find more information on this topic on the website of the Faculty.
Application deadline for 2018-2019
- 1 March 2018 (for non-EEA citizens)
- 1 June 2018 (for EEA citizens)
KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can download and submit your application form via www.kuleuven.be/application. Students with a Flemish degree can consult www.kuleuven.be/studentenadministratie.
The tuition fee for the current academic year is € 906.10 for EEA students and € 6,000 for non-EEA students. The tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year will be determined in the spring of 2018. Please consult the website for the most recent information: www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees.
This is an initial Master's program and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Is this the right program for me?
- You are looking for a program which aims at forming engineers who are able to design (based on fairly generally formulated needs) complex electronic circuits and systems and advanced algorithms for signal and data processing in information and telecommunication systems. In this problem solving process, technological constraints and constraints inherent to the industrial environment, both in terms of hardware and software, are taken into account.
- The program assumes a basic knowledge of electrical engineering (i.e. basic transistors and logic design, digital signal processing, systems, and control), similar to the contents of our Bachelor’s Minor in Electrical Engineering.
The Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) is the university's largest department and was the starting point of i.m.e.c. (a world leader in nanotech research and products) and many spin-off companies. The faculty also has excellent professional connections with industry leaders. Thanks in part to the program's strong link between education and research, employment perspectives for program graduates are excellent - not only in Belgium but also in Europe and the rest of the world. Our graduates are in great demand.
1. Competent in one or more scientific disciplines
- Has an advanced knowledge and understanding of the main disciplines of electronics (circuits, signal processing, and telecommunication).
- Depending on the chosen option, the student has an in-depth knowledge of one of the following areas:
- Electronics and integrated circuits, with emphasis on designing electronic components and systems.
- Embedded systems and multimedia, with emphasis on designing applications of electronic systems.
- Can creatively apply, expand, deepen and integrate knowledge of different domains of electrical engineering.
2. Competent in conducting research
- Can independently acquire the knowledge and technological status needed in the problem-solving process.
- Is able to find, process and evaluate literature and technical manuals independently.
- Is able to synthesize, establish a research plan and develop innovative solutions for a realistic problem (of a more complex nature), while considering the system boundaries.
- Can critically evaluate research results.
- Engages other disciplines in the study, where needed.
3. Competent in designing
- Has acquired specific expertise in all stages of the problem-solving process: drafting requirements, analysis, design, implementation, and testing. The graduate takes into account technological constraints and constraints inherent to the industrial environment, both in terms of hardware and software.
- Option Electronics and Integrated Circuits:
- Can design integrated analog, digital and high-frequency circuits as well as building blocks and platforms for different applications and with the necessary knowledge of sensors, antennas, and the underlying semiconductor technology.
- Can use complex design and software tools common in the field of electrical engineering.
- Option Embedded Systems and Multimedia:
- Can choose the right electronic platform (hardware/software) for various applications and implement the application.
- Can develop and evaluate applications in telecommunication, cryptography, and in audio, image and signal processing in the light of optimal implementation (power consumption, cost, etc).
4. A scientific approach
- Has a systematic approach and a critical scientific attitude.
- Can objectively consider positive and negative aspects of a solution, and select the most realistic, efficient and effective solution for a specific situation.
- Is able to independently keep up with developments in their field.
5. Basic intellectual skills
- Can form an opinion based on objective evidence.
- Is capable of abstract and structural thinking.
- Can rationally cope with incomplete or irrelevant data.
- Can independently reflect critically and constructively on their own thinking, decision making, and actions.
6. Competent in co-operating and communicating
- Can report on and communicate about their own research and solutions, orally and in writing.
- Can efficiently work in groups on a project basis, carry team roles, and deal with social dynamics and deadlines.
- Is sufficiently proficient in technical English.
7. Takes account of the temporal and social context
- Is aware of the broader context (economic, legal, sociological, cultural, political, technical and industrial).
- Is aware of their social, ethical and environmental responsibility and acts accordingly.
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Last updated January 11, 2018