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Electrical Engineering

Course Description

KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems - will you be involved? The Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT) is the largest department within the university and was the starting point of IMEC and many spin-off companies. With such an excellent reputation within an innovative industry, the programme exemplifies the link between education, research and valorisation. The Master in Electrical Engineering programme gives you in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or the design of applications. Your Master's thesis, carried out in close co-operation with the department's on-going research, will expose you to cutting-edge research.

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', the focus lies 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.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


At 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.

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The Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) is the university's largest department and was the starting point of IMEC (a world leader in nanotech research and products) and many spin-off companies. The faculty also has excellent professional connections with industry leaders. Thanks in part to 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.

Entry Requirements

Direct access: Bachelor of Engineering - Electrical Engineering; Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen, major subject elektrotechniek; Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen, major subject computerwetenschappen / materiaalkunde / werktuigkunde, with subprogramme elektrotechniek; Master in de industriële wetenschappen, after admission.Non-native English students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS certificate. More information: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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