Master of Science in Engineering Systems: Master in Control Systems


Program Description

Master in Control Systems Engineering

A HAN Masters in Control Systems Engineering takes your engineering skills to the next level. It gives you a thorough understanding of the advanced regulating systems used in today’s industry as well as cutting-edge techniques that are directly applicable in an industrial environment. The practical approach of this course is underpinned by the solid expertise of teaching staff and researchers.

Location: Arnhem
Duration: 1.5 years (full-time)
Degree: Master of Science
Course start: September

The profession in a nutshell

Control systems engineers are involved in all processes of research, design, development and production right through to evaluation of control systems. The additional qualification of a Masters degree in Control Systems Engineering at HAN enhances your professional skills so you can effectively manage projects while balancing engineering, economic and commercial activities. Moreover, you have the technical knowledge to realise and evaluate all control strategies and embedded electronic systems.

Theory and practice

Theory and practice are seamlessly integrated into the programmes offered by HAN University of Applied Sciences. During the Masters in Control Systems Engineering, you put theory into practice during the ‘minor projects’ and during applied research for your Master's thesis. Research is geared towards solving the actual issue from industry. So knowledge and techniques from fundamental research are implemented in control systems and applied in an industrial environment. This collaborative approach strengthens ties with industry and stimulates the exchange of knowledge. As a result, professional practice is constantly renewed and you benefit from a Masters degree that perfectly matches industry needs.


Students and staff of the Masters in Control Systems Engineering participate in research conducted by the HAN Control Systems Research Group. This research focuses on the interface between energy and mobility, thus contributing to two key priorities at HAN: sustainable development and automotive applications. In the area of sustainable development, the research group works in close cooperation with the Sustainable Electrical Energy Centre of Expertise (SEECE). SEECE contributes to high-quality energy education and translates knowledge into commercially viable products and services through applied research and collaboration with regional companies in the energy business. An interesting automotive application the research group is working on is self-driving (autonomous) cars. Students of both the HAN Masters courses in Automotive Systems and Control Systems Engineering can participate in the development of these smart vehicles.

Practice-based modules

In the first year of the Masters in Control Systems, you follow practice-based modules. First, you delve into the theory of the relevant module and then put it into practice during the ‘minor projects’, in which you work in small groups of students. These include projects regarding big data analysis, application of model predictive control and optimisation studies.

1st semester

In the Systems Modelling module, you learn how to create a white box model of a real-world process using the 4+1 step approach. In the Applied Control module, you learn how to create analogue and digital feedback controllers using techniques as phase and gain margin as well as root locus. In addition, you follow courses that help you develop the skills you need to be able to work in a project team and to conduct research, such as communication skills and research skills.

2nd semester

The key modules of the 2nd semester are Big Data & Small Data and Advanced Control. Here you learn how to analyse big and small data and to create a controller that can deal with varying conditions using robust design techniques. Apart from these modules, you also choose to specialise in either mechatronics, energy management or the process industry by working on ‘minor projects’ in small groups.

Masters thesis

After completing all the modules and minor projects, you are ready for the Master's thesis. Here you apply the principles of the course to a real-life industrial situation. In addition to using your technical aptitude, you prove your ability to manage a project and demonstrate your communication, reporting and presentation skills. The Master's thesis is completed in an industrial or research environment and takes 5-6 months. Students have previously carried out their in-company Master's thesis at companies like Tatasteel, HyET, Alliander, Marel Stork Poultry Processing. Of course, you are also free to do your graduation project at a company abroad.

International setting

The course has a strong international focus and directly reflects major international trends in the field, giving you an edge in the labour market. Moreover, you are part of an international classroom, which gives you the opportunity to study and work with students from all over the world. This enables you to learn and understand different cultures and opens up the possibilities of global relations for personal or career purposes.

Funded by Dutch government

The Dutch government recently granted funding for this programme on account of its uniqueness and high quality. As an EU/EEA student, you can, therefore, benefit from lower tuition fees.

Career prospects

With a Masters degree in Control Systems Engineering, you are qualified to work just about anywhere in the technology sector. Your expertise will be greatly valued in higher education, research institutes, universities or in R&D departments of companies and organisations across the globe. In fact, in the border region between the Netherlands and Germany, engineers with expertise in control systems are in high demand. Moreover, the additional qualification of a professional Masters degree shows you have the skills to manage projects and conduct applied research: a great advantage in this industry.

Our graduates get jobs as:

  • Advanced Research Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Product Engineer

A good match?

  • Are you looking to take your engineering expertise to the next level?
  • Are you interested in control systems and how to design and develop them?
  • Do you want to broaden your career opportunities?
  • Are you analytical and do you enjoy doing applied research?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership qualities?

Is your answer to most questions YES? Then this study programme would be a good match for you.

Study load per week

  • Contact hours: 16 - 20
  • Study hours: 25

Graduation percentage

90% of students graduate within 2 years


90% of all graduates find a job within 12months

Course overview

1st semester

Module: Systems Modelling

  • Applied Physics
  • Introduction to Modelling
  • Practice Modelling and Simulation
  • System Identification
  • Minor Project: Modelling Systems

Module: Applied Control

  • Feedback Control
  • Apply Controller Strategy
  • Controller Implementation
  • Optimal Control
  • Minor Project: Applied Control

2nd semester

Module: Big Data & Small Data

  • Data Collection and Features
  • Apply Supervised Machine Learning
  • Apply System Identification
  • Minor Project: Big Data & Small Data

Module: Advanced Control

  • Apply Optimal Control
  • Adaptive and Robust Control
  • Apply Optimal Estimation
  • Minor Project: Advanced Control

Specialise in an application area by choosing a minor project in:

  • Mechatronics
  • Energy Management
  • Process Industry

3rd semester

  • Masters Thesis
Last updated Jun 2020

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.

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. Read less
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