Track Programme

The Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering at TU Delft offers the track Signals and Systems. This two-year track is designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree in ElectricalEngineering. The programme, which is taught in English, provides a solid scientific base in the fundamentals of Electrical Engineering, combined with in-depth scientific and practical knowledge and understanding of the entire spectrum of microelectronics ranging from technology and devices to analogue and digital circuits, sensors, systems and microsystems. The course content is in line with industry expectations and regarded as top academic quality. 

The programme is built up of different tiers, equipping you with the broad knowledge as well as in-depth specialisation that is necessary to become an effective, flexible and valued academic engineering and research professional.

Common Core (21 EC)
Track Core (max 14 EC)
Specialisation courses (at least 24 EC)
Free Electives (15 EC)
Thesis Project (45 EC)

Students build up their individual study programmes according to these guidelines, and can choose for either a broader orientation or an in-depth specialisation.

The programme uses innovative and effective educational methods, with a balance between theory and project work, and requires a strong commitment from you.  You’ll be challenged to deal with a workload of more than 40 hours per week. In return you will receive individual guidance from our highly skilled teaching staff and professors.

Curriculum themes

In selecting courses and a graduation project, students can focus on one of the following fields of study: 

1. The profile Multimedia Signal Processing and Analysis covers topics like multimedia data compression, audio/speech processing, distributed signal processing, security, information theory, pattern recognition and bioinformatics.

2. The profile Signal Processing for Communication covers topics like statistical signal processing, array processing and sensor network signal processing.

3. The profile Systems and Control trains students to develop mathematical models of complex dynamical systems and use these models in optimizing/controlling their behaviour.

4. The profile Biomedical Signal Processing covers topics like physiological systems, bioelectricity, medical technology, diagnostic devices, therapeutic devices, healthcare systems and medical image processing.

5. The profile Signal Processing for Remote Sensing and Radar Systems focuses on (analogue and digital) microwave signal processing and system design, and signal processing for typical remote sensing applications (detection, tracking and navigation, classification, imaging).


Our professors and researchers have strong links to industry. Students have the opportunity to do an internship with a commercial company or a research institute as part of their study programme. You will be working full-time in an organization related to Electrical Engineering for a period of 6 – 10 weeks under guidance of company supervisor as well as of one of our professors. Internships are offered by a variety of leading global companies as well as Dutch or European firms. This gives our students the unique opportunity to become familiar with the professional working environment in the Netherlands and to apply the knowledge and skills gained during their studies. Students who are more interested in gaining research experience can choose to do an internship at a research institute or add an extra research project in the university to their study programme.

Master's thesis

The Thesis project is the last study unit of the programme and serves to prove that you acquired the academic competencies of a Master of Science in Signals and Systems. The project involves a research or design task with sufficient academic level.

The project may be executed within a research program at TU Delft, or in a suitable research institute or company. The project must be carried out with a systematic approach and should include all phases of a research or design project: analysis, modelling, implementation/construction and validation/evaluation.

The student executes the thesis project independently, with guidance of a thesis supervisor and under the responsibility of the full professor of one of the research groups involved in the Signals and Systems programme.

Some examples of recent graduation projects are:

  • Speech enhancement for improving speech intelligibility for hearing impaired people
  • Detection and tracking of multiple targets in a distributed active sensor system
  • ECoG signal analysis for the early detection and prevention of an epileptic insult
  • Distributed control of the next generation of Extreme Large Telescopes

International Opportunities

If you want to expand your horizon and experience more of the world, you can choose to study abroad during the third semester of the programme . Whether you want to experience the lively and exhilarating city of Brisbane, learn from the Japanese approach of science or breath the Swiss fresh air during an exchange programme, it is possible.

The faculty of EEMCS offers you a world of opportunities in the form of bilateral exchange programmes with other universities. The number of places at each partner university is limited. A yearly selection procedure is involved. In addition to international student exchanges for one semester, students may choose to spend one week in another European university in the ATHENS programme, or write their Master’s thesis with a foreign partner as a client.

Extra-curricular activities

Honours programme 

Although students of the master programme Microelectronics  are already heading to great careers, you can make an extra mile by taking up the challenge of the Honours Programme. This programme is especially for you if you are an excelling student and you want to enrich and deepen your knowledge even further. The programme doesn’t only improve your skills, but also contributes to career opportunities in the future as it is a proof of excelling at the university. Due to the interdisciplinary character of this programme you’ll collaborate with students from other faculties.   


In order to  stimulate and facilitate technical entrepreneurship, the City of Delft and TU Delft founded the entrepreneur centre YES!Delft in 2005. Throughout the years, this initiative has greatly boosted the success of many innovative starters.