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Electrical Engineering, MSc

KU Leuven, Belgium

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About Electrical Engineering, MSc - at KU Leuven

KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems - will you be involved? The master of Electrical Engineering gives you an in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems.

What's the programme all about? 

Electricity and electronic systems have been the driver towards a modern society, providing welfare and comfort, clean solutions and new smart applications. An example is the smartphone, which makes use of advanced ICT and multimedia for its interface, new sensors for wearables and advanced secure communication. The trend is to make applications which are smaller, more interconnected, secure, smarter and efficient. These systems will depend on miniature devices omnipresent in the digital environment.

Applications executed by these networked systems will be rich in multimedia content and will require system-wide security and privacy features. Interconnected applications in the energy domain will provide sustainable and reliable energy, relying on active consumers while making use of automated processes. Our goal is to equip you with the necessary technical skills and methods to contribute to the creation of this digital environment. The program counts four options, each with their own emphasis.

Programme outline

The program starts with courses that provide the common hardware and software basis for electronic platforms, analogue and digital circuits, signal processing and telecommunications, supplemented with a range of option specific in-depth courses. You choose one of the following four options:

  • The option Electronics and Chip design explores the design of electronic components and systems. You will learn how to design integrated analogue, digital and high frequency circuits as well as building blocks and platforms for different applications and with the necessary knowledge of sensors, antennas and the underlying semiconductor technology.
  • The option Power Systems and Automation explores the design and control of energy systems. You will learn about electrical machines, power electronics, smart grids, renewable energy and energy economics.
  • The option ICT Security and Networks explores the design of communication networks and ICT security systems. You will learn about cryptography and information security. You will also learn how to develop and manage mobile communication networks from the core network all the way to the antenna elements.
  • The option Information Systems and Signal Processing explores the design of applications for electronic systems. In this option, you will learn to develop and evaluate audio, image and signal processing systems, machine learning and biomedical applications in the light of an optimal implementation (hardware/software).

The remaining credits (27 to 33, depending on the option) are available for elective courses to enable you to personalise your programme. A student can make a programme ranging from courses of all options, following courses from other engineering masters, to broader programmes including many non-engineering courses. It also allows internships and international courses.


  • The Electrical Engineering Department is the largest department within the university. The professors are internationally renowned in areas as diverse as analogue design, cryptography, deep learning, system theory, autonomous vehicles, power systems, wireless communication … Students can choose in which direction they wish to specialise.
  • The department was the starting point of imec and many spin-off companies. The professors have strong contacts with industry. The close link between education and research exposes students to challenging and ground-breaking topics during their coursework and master's thesis research.  Your master's thesis, carried out in close co-operation with the department's ongoing research, will expose you to cutting-edge research.
  • At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under the supervision of the Internship Coordinator. 

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