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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
19 September 2023
Application deadline: NON-EEA: before 1 April; EEA: before 1 September

About this program

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Electronics and information technology span a broad range of topics related to omnipresent systems and devices: smartphones, laptops, robots, games, cars, medical imagers, solar farms, the Internet of Things, and so on. We'll help you become an expert in this field and open up career opportunities in this ever-evolving field. The programme combines rigorous scientific and technical education with practical skills and encourages independence, creativity and inventiveness. The goal? Helping you become a competent engineer who contributes to society on multiple levels. In the second year of this programme, you can opt for the following three specialisations: nano-, opto-electronics and embedded systems, information and communication technology systems, or measuring, modelling and control.

This programme is part of Bruface, which means it is organised jointly with Université Libre de Bruxelles. This allows students to use the adjacent infrastructures of both institutions, as well as giving them the opportunity to study in a multicultural context. Study in Brussels, the beating heart of Europe, and help build the future.

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Admission requirements

  • Academic requirements:
    • You have or will soon have a bachelor's degree in engineering sciences of at least three years, or consisting of at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent (such as 130 US credits or semester contact hours).
    • You have overall above-average grades, which in the US grading system means level B or a GPA of minimum 3 out of 4.
    • You have obtained a minimum of 20 ECTS credits or equivalent in mathematics courses, and 15 ECTS or equivalent in other fundamental science courses such as chemistry, physics and mechanics.
    • You have obtained an above-average score for the mathematics courses, which means a score of minimum 3 out of 4, 14 out of 20, or equivalent B level.

  • Language requirements:

Proof of English proficiency is compulsory and can be documented by the following certificates (provided by the institution):

  1. having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as the sole language of instruction;
  2. having successfully completed Belgian secondary education;
  3. A language test: TOEFL IBT (min. 79), IELTS (min. 6.5), ITACE (min. B2) or Cambridge English (min. scale score 170) are accepted.

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Program content

Common Compulsory Courses

  • Communication Networks: Protocols and Architectures
  • Sensors and Microsystem Electronics
  • Control System Design
  • Signal Theory
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Architectures and Design
  • Analog Electronics
  • Communication Channels
  • Image Processing
  • Microprocessor Architecture
  • Modulation and Coding
  • Measurement and Identification

Elective Courses in year 1

  • Operating Systems and Security
  • Project Electronics and Telecommunication

Compulsory Option Packages

Option 1: Nano-, Opto-electronics and Embedded Systems

  • Nano and Opto-electronic Devices
  • Semiconductor Technologies and Integrated Devices
  • Photonics
  • Advanced Digital Architectures
  • Software and Engineering for Embedded Systems

Option 2: Information and Communication Technololgy Systems

  • Machine Learning and Big Data Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Digital Communications
  • Wireless Communication Channels
  • Mobile and Wireless Networks
  • Image and Video Technology

Option 3: Measuring, Modelling and Control

  • Optimization-based Control Design
  • Fault Detection and Isolation in Industrial Processes
  • Measuring and Modelling of Nonlinear Systems
  • Identification of Dynamical Systems
  • High-frequency Electronics and Antennas
  • Advanced Measurement and Identification

Elective Courses in year 2

  • Advanced Control Theory
  • Cryptography
  • Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis
  • Spectrum Estimation Methods
  • Voice, Image, Coding, Media and Systems
  • Capita selecta Telecom
  • Network Security
  • Telecommunication Networks
  • RF/Microwave Design Techniques: from Datasheet to Product
  • Laboratories in Photonics Research
  • Multiprocessors and Reconfigurable Architectures
  • Project Computer Engineering
  • CAE-tools for the Design of Analog Electronic Circuits
  • Industrial Measurement Environments
  • Internship (40 days)
  • Internship (60 days)
  • Virtual Reality
  • Theory of information, Coding, Computing and Complexity
  • Lasers
  • Introduction to entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Physical Communication
  • Photonic Communication Systems
  • Capita Selecta Multimedia

Master Thesis

  • Master Thesis Electrical Engineering


EEA students: 835 Euro per year.

Non-EEA students: 2,782 Euro per year.

Continuing studies

After graduation students can continue their academic careers as a Ph.D. researchers.

Career paths

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

Plenty of job opportunities

Technology is a key component in today’s society and the rapid evolutions in this field ensure that there’s never a shortage of job opportunities. Graduates are ready for the international job market because of their thorough training with English as the working language. The job possibilities are virtually endless; 90% of students enrolled in the Program receive interesting job offers before they graduate. VUB helps them take their first steps on the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs and tips for job interviews. It’s all an ambitious student needs!

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of the world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts over 21,500...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

When moving about in Brussels, you hear a lot of different languages. That’s no coincidence, because the city is a melting pot of cultures. With 35% of the population of foreign origin, you can expect a rich cultural environment. Brussels is home to the EU Institutions and several affiliates, NATO HQ, diplomatic representation offices, headquarters for many international companies, NGOs, trade associations, one of the world’s largest press corps, as well as a whole host of international and European schools.

It goes without saying that Brussels offers unique career opportunities. As the home to more than 2,000 international organisations and companies, it offers a wide range of internship possibilities and future career options. Flagship areas include ICT and communication, life tech, finance and law consulting, communications and media agencies, and creative industries.

VUB Education Delivers Strong Individuals, Critical Minds & World Citizens

Interactive and personal

Being a medium-sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, professors and teaching assistants. This is part of a real direct contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities.

Choice and flexibility

VUB offers a full range of programmes taught in English where the key concept is flexibility. A system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalise their curriculum in a way that best meets their interests.

Guidance and service

It is important to VUB to help students familiarise themselves with university life and to provide good guidance. Educational counsellors and study advisers provide students with personalised study guidance on a range of topics. The International Relations office provides students with information on university life and facilitates their integration by organising cultural, social and sports activities with student associations. They also provide information on administrative aspects regarding living in Belgium.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

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