Systems & Control (Transfer minor/doorstroomminor)
Are you currently a student at a university of Applied Sciences? Would you like to work later in the research and development of systems and control and its applications? Then the minor Systems & Control at the University of Twente may be an interesting option for you.
The minor Systems & Control is meant for students from universities of Applied Sciences who would like to continue their education with an academic master’s programme in Systems & Control. If you have finished the minor successfully, you will be admitted to the master’s programme after graduation from you bachelor’s programme.
The master’s programme encompasses both the fundamentals of system modelling and control and its applications in biomedical engineering, robotics, precision equipment, MEMS (mechanical electronic micro systems) and hybrid systems.
There are four specialisations:
Specialisation Research group
Control Theory Systems, Analysis and Computational Sciences
Robotics & Mechatronics Robotics & Mechatronics
Structural Dynamics, Acoustics & Control
Biomechatronics Biomechanical Engineering
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Earth Observation Science (EOS)
Robotics & Mechatronics
Engineering Fluid Dynamics
Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems
The research groups participate in the specialisations with lectures and opportunities for research projects. On their websites they give extensive information about their research which will indicate your possibilities for your master’s thesis. For more information about the master’s programme see its description on our master website.
The main learning objective of the programme is to lay a sound theoretical foundation under the practical knowledge that you already obtained during your bachelor’s programme:
Topics from calculus, linear algebra and probability should bring your understanding of these mathematical subjects to the same level that students with an academic bachelor’s degree have.
- The Linear Systems course introduces the mathematical concepts of signals and systems, the different ways they can be described and how a system transforms an input signal into an output signal. The course prepares for more advance courses in electronics, mechanics, signal processing, system modelling and control. As such it is indispensable for students in the master’s programme.
- The course Engineering System Dynamics will give you an introduction in modelling the behaviour of multidisciplinary (e.g. electromechanical) systems. Courses during the master's programme will learn you later how to control them.
A second learning objective of the transfer minor is that you make a start learning to carry out scientific research in a systematic way.
The course Introduction to Technological Research contains the following topics:
How to formulate a research question
How to formulate a research plan
Ethical topics (fraud and plagiarism)
Carrying out research
- Oral and written communication.
The contents of the minor programme is the same for all students regardless of the specialisation they choose later during the Systems & Control master’s programme. After the start of the master’s programme students still will have to take some advanced bachelor’s courses to acquire specific knowledge for the chosen specialisation. These courses will belong to the master’s programme.
N.B. The learning agreement signed by the student and his Examination Board must have reached the UT-contactperson before the enrolment ends. Please also attach your most recent transcript of records.
Good to know that this minor aims to attract students from universities of applied sciences (HBO) who have the adequate motivation and capacities to complete an English-taught degree programme on university level.
You need to have completed 120 EEs from the first two years of your current related bachelor’s studies before starting this transfer minor. Please send with your signed Learning agreement a grading list containing all your bachelor courses with the obtained marks.
In addition, the University of Twente assumes that students who start this transfer minor possess sufficient prior knowledge in mathematics (preferably Wiskunde B on so-called VWO-level) and that they are sufficiently proficient in English (benchmark score in this regard: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80). Students are supposed to assess themselves whether their competencies in this respect match with the recommended levels.
Considering the programme of the minor you may realize that these requirements are related firmly to its contents: if you don’t meet the requirements, your chances of finishing the minor programme are low.
For those students whose current bachelor’s studies involves a non-related programme, admission is determined on an individual basis by the Systems & Control Admission Board
The courses of the minor are given in the table below.
Code Course Study load (EC)
201500291 Calculus A 5
201500293 Calculus B 4
201500292 Linear Algebra 3
201500252 Digital Logic and Computer Organization 3
191231490 Linear Systems 6
191210431 Engineering System Dynamics 5
201400279 Academic Research Skills 4
Assessment of the study results with a mark will happen during each individual course. After each examination one re-examination is available in case of failure. The minor programme can only be completed successfully (implying admission to the master’s programme) if all individual courses have resulted in a sufficient mark. The minor programme should be completed successfully within a year after the start in order to get admission to the master’s programme.
The books used for each course can be found in the course descriptions of the individual courses in the course catalogue (see link below).
The programme can only be followed in full time study.
Courses are spread over the five working days of the week, although occasionally a day may be “free”. Note that in this case students are assumed to spend their time in self-study.
There is 1 term of enrolment: September