Master System Design

  • 2 jaar
  • Engels
  • Master
  • Full-time

Kom kennismaken

Ja, dat wil ik

Interested in a leading role in high tech system design? Do you want to learn more about high tech system design and see all technical interactions and interfaces in a system? Are you ambitious to develop systems that make the world a better place? Did you complete your bachelor's degree in engineering and do you aspire a career in a broader role? Then, the master System Design is the master for you!

About the master

The Master of Science (MSc) in System Design is a 2-year programme offered by Fontys University of Applied Sciences (in full-time and part-time courses). Become the engineer, who crosses disciplines, who can think in conceptual and technical terms and controls interfaces of the technical disciplines in system design to ensure working effectively and efficiently. Deepen your knowledge in architecture and engineering, mechanics and design principles, dynamics and thermal mechanics, new technologies, modelling & simulation, sensors technology and control engineering.

Antenna in the desert

Why the Master System Design

  • This master's offers a direct entry for students with an Engineering bachelor's degree (Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics) who wish to complete their MSc degree in 2 years (pre-master's is not required) and accelerate their career
  • The rise of intelligence in systems requires engineers to take an innovative approach towards system design.
  • You are in the Brainport region, the largest high-tech region in the Netherlands. You will build up your experience and network in the Brainport from day one
  • The companies in the Brainport region call for engineers who can deal with high levels of uncertainty and complexity and understand the eco system. This new master is developed in close cooperation with international companies and research centers in Eindhoven Brainport

Professional Masters

There are two types of Master’s programs in The Netherlands: professional masters, offered by Universities of Applied Sciences, and scientific masters, offered by Academic Universities. Although both types of master’s programs train to the same level, there is a difference in orientation. Professional master’s programs have a focus on practice-based research, whereas scientific master’s programs are more focused on research in the academic world. A graduate is expected to be able to adapt to new knowledge and adopt an inquisitive attitude. Knowledge of a limited field of study is no longer sufficient. Innovations take place at intersections of different disciplines. Professional master’s programs deliver an increasing need for professionals who can operate at these system intersections.

What you will learn?

You will be prepared for a broader role as a T-shaped professional, with a special emphasis on professionalization skills such as leadership, business focus and risk management and innovation development. In essence, the T-shaped professional is both a niche specialist and a generalist with people skills. You will specialize in the design of high-tech systems. You will design, configure and monitor high-tech systems and oversee all technical interactions and interfaces. For example: system architecture and systems engineering, control, dynamics, modeling, innovation engineering.

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What will your week be like?

You will be immersed into an environment of system design. Together with the other students and our staff we will dive into this constantly evolving landscape. We address the complex interactions between technology and business processes. 


As a system design engineer, you need to be on top of societal and global changes in your quest to shape the future. To achieve this, you’ll need a certain personal and professional attitude. As an individual, you already have many unique characteristics. From your cultural background, you can collaborate with others, utilizing your unique talents, and optimize your skills getting a key-role in developing high-tech systems for companies.

During the master, you will be guided in a process that pays attention to the development of your personal and professional identity as a system design engineer. You will reflect on your personal and professional development, and integrate knowledge, skills and attitude in a safe learning environment.

The Master System Design:

  • Top level 2-year master's programme (MSc);
  • With a solid and broad foundation in the field of high-tech system design;
  • Learn to think in conceptual and technical terms and have a holistic view on relevant technical disciplines;
  • Work on assignments for leading organizations in the Brainport region at large OEMs (ASML, Philips); medium-sized suppliers (VDL, NTS, Frencken) but also smaller sized industries;
  • Gain insight into your talents and what is needed in the industry, and enhance your career opportunities.

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Why study at Fontys?

Fontys is situated in the center of the high-tech industry: The Brainport Region. The industry, in the field of equipment manufacturers to suppliers are heavily involved in the content of the master. Guest lecturers, project examples and graduation projects are provided by the Brainport industry. You will showcase your master skills and do research on new technologies. You will work on challenging topics, guided by a personal coach.


Diploma and language requirements

Diploma and language requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in Mechatronics or Mechanical Engineering. Is your study not listed? Contact us and we can talk about possibilities.
  • You must have an appropriate English language qualification:
  • According to the Code of Conduct, students seeking admittance to an English-taught master’s programme must be able to prove that their command of the English language is at least equal to a score of 6.0 of the IELTS Test.
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 (with minimum scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18).

We believe it is important to get to know our students personally prior to the final application. During a personal interview we determine whether the study is feasible for you. After the intake meeting, we can put you on the preliminary waiting list.

Final registration for the Master System Design is possible after official approval by the NVAO. We aim to start February 2023.


As a system design engineer, you are responsible for the development of high-tech complex systems.

In the first year the theoretical substantiation takes place by means of 8 modules;

  • 8 hours per week lecture;
  • 16 hours per week self-study;
  • 16 hours per week projects.

Modules of the master:

Module 1:
System Design: Architecture & Engineering You are mainly concerned with the technical aspects required to successfully run, manage, design and implement (large) complex high-tech systems.
Mechanics / Design principles Physical effects make it difficult to achieve predictability and reproducibility at high process rates. You will learn to analyze systems and manage these effects.
Dynamics / Thermo Mechanics You are able to change the structure of a system to make it less dependent on dynamic forces and thermal disturbances. You are able to find solutions to dilemmas in accuracy versus speed in the construction of high-technology systems.
Data & Image Processing You will gain an understanding of the way Neural Networks work. Neural Networks is covered within the domain of Artificial Intelligence.
Module 2:
Modelling & Simulation This course focuses on modelling techniques to optimize designs of high-precision dynamical systems based on simulation results.
Measurement systems, Sensors & Actuators It is about designing a measurement system for high precision motion systems. The sensors data after being processed drive the active elements. The accuracy of this measurement data and the choice of the active elements and sensors define the capability and the performance of the whole system.
Innovation Engineering, Research Methods Innovation perception, creativity, patent development and research methods enhances your conceptual skills.
Control Engineering You can tune the structure of a system to ensure robust stability and performance by including knowledge of disturbances such as dynamic forces.

In the second year, you work on your final project at a company and write your Master's thesis. You also work on your professional skills as a t-shaped professional. For a system designer, leadership skills are essential for a system design engineer.

Project skills for a system design engineer:

  • Leadership skills
  • Product innovation
  • Developing a business plan & strategy roadmapping
  • Decision making, project communication


Career opportunities

The role of the system design engineer varies within companies. In large companies, you may become involved in the development of multidisciplinary modules. In smaller companies, the systems design engineer is often responsible for overall product development. Career opportunities also exist in the extended supply chain of large companies and high-tech engineering firms. System design engineers envision, configure and control the system engineering of high-tech systems such as:

  • Processing machines (ASML, Thermo Fisher, Philips, several smaller equipment suppliers);
  • Instruments (e.g., satellites, telescopes, measuring systems, electro beam microscopes and medical systems);
  • Factory automation systems ( high pick and place machines, process machines, production lines).


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Meer weten over de opleiding Master System Design

The master is available in full-time and part-time.

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Walk-in hours

Teachers and students, program coordinators and study coaches will be happy to answer your questions during one of our walk-in hours. Location walk-in hours: Nexus, De Rondom 1, 5612 AP Eindhoven.