Master of Science in Engineering Systems: Embedded Systems


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Program Description


In this master track, you will focus on becoming an authority on modeling and smart distributed Systems. You will learn to design and implement architectures for distributed embedded systems, innovation services, and advanced algorithms to solve complex tasks. Students will learn to model and validate complex non-linear systems with multiple inputs and outputs using UML and/or SysML, black box modeling and system identification. Students will learn how to create a digital feedback controller for a linear physical system and to apply control strategies. You will learn to model and validate systems with multiple inputs and outputs using both white box modeling and system identification. You focus on control applications used in industry.

The course consists of:

  • lectures
  • individual and group assignments
  • experimental research and laboratory exercises
  • model development and simulation exercises
  • group cases
  • minor projects
  • a major project including a management game

Teaching methods and specialization

The academic year comprises of semesters, during which you will be taught by means of lectures, lab sessions, and minor projects. After the teaching component of the course, you will do a graduation project (thesis). The total study load is 2520 hours (90 ECTS credits). The courses are thematically grouped into study units of 15 EC each called modules. When you follow a module in a typical week you first have a lecture to gain theoretical knowledge, then you get practical experience by applying the gained knowledge in labs, continuing by using both theoretical and practical experience in solving a problem from industry in a minor project. The minor projects allow you to specialize in relevant topics.


As an embedded systems engineer you are involved in the design, development, production an evaluation of all kind of intelligent systems and smart devices. You also possess valuable skills in applied research and project management.

Your future

As a graduate of the Master track in Embedded Systems, you develop innovative electronic products using microcontrollers. They often work in a team with other engineers and people from other disciplines. Using customer requirements and specifications, the embedded software/hardware developer develops the electronic hardware and software that make up a high-tech product. The content of this Master’s programme is based on our constant interactions with our industrial partners and our applied research focuses on their needs and interests.

Last updated September 2018

About the School

HAN strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. With campuses in both Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands, HAN has over 30,000 students. Domains ... Read More

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