Electrical Engineering

KU Leuven

24 months
6000 EUR/year
938 EUR/year
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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. 

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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 allow 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.

Career perspectives

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. 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 high.

The Master of Electrical Engineering is offered at KU Leuven.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Options (each 5 examples of compulsory courses)

Electronics and Chip Design

  • Digital Signal Processing for Communications and Information Systems
  • Analog and Mixed-Signal Electronics for Signal Processing
  • Building Blocks for Telecom Systems
  • Design of Digital Platforms
  • Design and Implementation of Analog Circuits

Power Systems and Automation

  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Analysis of Digital Communication Systems
  • Numerical Methods for Electrotechnical Applications
  • Renewable Energy

Information Systems and Signal Processing

  • Data Mining and Neural Networks
  • Computer Architectures
  • Stochastic Signal and System Analysis
  • Image Analysis and Understanding
  • Software for Real-Time Control
  • P&D Information Systems and Signal Processing

ICT Security and Networks

  • Cryptography and Network Security
  • Electromagnetic Propagation
  • e-Security
  • Mobile Networks
  • Hardware Security

Master's Thesis

General Interest Courses

Broadening Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
94 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor of science programme of minimum 3 years (180 ECTS credit points) in electrical engineering
  • Bachelor of science programme of minimum 3 years (180 ECTS credit points) in a related field (e.g., physics, computer engineering, computer science) but with a proven knowledge of the basics of electrical engineering.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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