Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Electronic Circuits and Systems)


Program Description


Course content

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering offers 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 analyzing, 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 course that covers the hardware aspects of all these smart devices. The program concentrates on analog 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 the 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 competencies, masters of electrical engineering are able to support creative or innovative (r)evolutions in the industry and in scientific research. As for all Master of Science in Engineering programs, 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 programs 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

Throughout the master’s program, each student may choose to either deepen or broaden his or her scope by compiling a personalized program based on a wide range of elective courses or by including a (broadening) Minor into the program.


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 program 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.


Admission (for international degree students)

Students who wish to enrol for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering can enter the program without any prerequisites if they hold the following diploma: an academic diploma of Bachelor (or Master) of Science in Engineering (university level, minimum of three years), with the main subject in Electrical Engineering or an equivalent to this. Admission can only be granted after an individual application procedure. The Study Program Committee will make the final decision on whether to accept the application or not. The Study Program Committee can decide that students need to follow a preparatory course or an individual master’s program, for instance for students with another diploma of Bachelor or Master.

Why choose UGent?


Education by world-class researchers
The education is given by professors who not only excel in teaching but also excel in research on a European and even worldwide scale. A fair number of professors have received a prestigious European Research Council Grant.


All of our master programmes, courses and curriculum were audited by CTI (Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur), as part of the EUR-ACE® quality audit carried out by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).


Strong student chapters
The students chapters make you feel welcome in our community, they organize courses, games, sports-activities and lots of parties as well. many of them have a buddy program.


Vibrant city life
Enjoy the city of Ghent, a student city with plenty of leisure possibilities, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, bars & clubs, restaurants, sports facilities, ...


Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture is one of the largest faculties of Ghent University. It combines state-of-the-art research with a top-notch education in all significant engineering and arc ... Read More

The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture is one of the largest faculties of Ghent University. It combines state-of-the-art research with a top-notch education in all significant engineering and architecture fields. The faculty strongly focusses on international relations. It offers a wide array of master's programs taught in English and is active in all major exchange programs. Through research collaboration and educational links with top European institutions, the faculty strives to further enhance its international perspective. Read less