Master of Engineering: Electrical Engineering
Master of Science
EducationThe Master of Science in Electrical Engineering programme is a comprehensive course of study providing graduate students with the foundational knowledge needed to pioneer the next generation of networked integrated systems. Students from around the world are drawn to the programme's excellent faculty, comprehensive curriculum, stimulating learning environment and state-of-the-art research facilities.
The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is an initial Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.
ProfileThe programme assumes basic knowledge of electrical engineering (e.g., basic transistors and logic design, digital signal processing, systems and control).
The programme provides in-depth training in software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or application design. In the option 'Electronics and Integrated Circuits', you will learn how to design and create electronic and integrated circuits for a wide range of electronic systems in telecommunications, audio- and sensor applications, biomedical systems and power electronics. In the option 'Embedded Systems and Multimedia', focus is placed on the design of novel applications.
This encompasses the processing, transmission and security aspects of digital signals (with emphasis on multimedia) and their implementation in embedded systems. Your Master's thesis project, carried out in close cooperation with the department's on-going research, will expose you to the cutting-edge research topics in these fields.
The programme builds on the Bachelor of Science in Engineering at KU Leuven. The first part of the Bachelor offers general education in basic sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) in combination with a number of well-chosen technical basic courses, of which - for electrical engineering - Electrical Circuits, Communication and Information Theory, and Informatics are seen as an absolute minimum. The second part of the Bachelor introduces the theoretical basic knowledge of electrical engineering. The foundations are Electrical Energy, Semiconductor Devices, Electronic Circuits, Digital Electronics, Digital Signal Processing, Systems and Control Theory, Digital and Analog Communication, and Electromagnetic Waves. To acquire design experience, the students must become acquainted with the different topics in a joint project, in which they design the different basic components of a system. Here, the different aspects of the basic courses will be experienced in practice.
For specific admission requirements, click on the desired programme in the 'Choose your courses of study' section.
ObjectivesAt the end of the programme, the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering has acquired a general knowledge that enables him to participate in state-of-the-art design and production activities of electrotechnical hardware and software.
The student will possess a general active knowledge in the field of all basic aspects and methods of electronic information processing and in the specialised fields of integrated electronics, multimedia and signal processing, and telecommunications.
He/she will be able to apply that knowledge in a creative manner, to broaden it, and to formalise it for efficient reuse.
The student will be able to have the skills and techniques for "lifelong learning" in his/her field of study.
The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering have acquired some skills outside the actual knowledge area: he/she has to be able to present his/her solutions in a structured manner to other (also non-technical) persons, both orally and written.
He/she has to be able to function within a group (teamwork) and has to fulfill delegated tasks in an efficient manner and with responsibility.
He/she will acquire some basic attitudes: he/she has to be able to analyse the positive and negative aspects of a problem in an objective way and be able to choose a realistic solution.
He/she will be able to solve problems in a systematic manner, an put problems or tasks in a social context. The latter is important because information technology more and more is a basis for designing new services in society.
After graduationThe Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) is the university's largest department and was the starting point of IMEC and many spin-off companies. The faculty also has excellent professional connections with industry leaders. Given the programme's strong link between education and research, employment perspectives for programme graduates are excellent - not only in Belgium, but also in Europe and the rest of the world. Our graduates are in very high demand.
Information sessionsKU Leuven organises a Verderstudeerbeurs each spring. In addition, faculties also organise information sessions for many of their bridging and graduate programmes.
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SpotlightSituated at the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, it is the oldest university in the Low Countries and the largest university in Belgium. Today, KU Leuven is one of Europe's largest and foremost universities. Over the centuries, its alumni have made valuable contributions to European culture and science. Counted among them are the humanist Erasmus, the philologist, legal scholar and historian Justus Lipsius, the mathematician Gemma Frisius, the cartographer Gerard Mercator, the botanist Rembert Dodoens, and the father of modern anatomy, Andreas Vesalius.
ContactFaculty of Engineering Science
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