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The Control Systems program was devised together with our industry partners. During the program you also conduct applied research focusing on their needs. That way you can be sure you have the right knowledge and skills for the job market.

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Changes to the Control Systems track

From September 2023, the Control Systems track will merge with the Embedded Systems track under the name Cyber-Physical Systems. Did you apply for the September 2023 start of Control Systems? Read more info on the Cyber-Physical Systems page.

Are you currently in the Control Systems track? You can still get all the information related to your studies on this page.

Control Systems in a nutshell

Control Systems is a track within the Master in Engineering Systems. In the 1st semester, you take the modules:

  • Systems Modeling  
  • Applied Control

In the 2nd semester you choose 2 of these modules:

  • Big Data and Small Data  
  • Advanced Controller Design
  • Distributed Systems

The final part of the program is your major project. Here you do research on a control systems issue.   

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Systems modeling and applied control

Semester 1 gives you the fundamentals of systems modeling and applied control. Knowledge is immediately applied during labs and real-life projects for industry. Also important: you brush up on your communication and research skills.

Compulsory modules

In Systems Modeling you learn how to model systems using the white-box model. Applied Control is about analyzing a system or model.

Academic calendar

The academic year runs from September to August. In that time you have 42 weeks of education. The rest of the time you have holidays.

Modules and lecture days

Here you can find a weekly schedule of all the modules for the Master Engineering Systems in semester 1 and 2. This includes the modules for the Control Systems track.

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Track-specific modules

In the 2nd semester you start to specialize in control systems. You'll choose 2 elective modules from: Big Data & Small Data, Advanced Controller Design and Distributed Systems.


Big Data & Small Data is all about data analytics. Making models of complex and non-linear systems using black-box modeling. Advanced Controller Design is where you learn to create a controller. An advanced controller, because it can deal with varying conditions. In the Distributed Systems module, real-time behavior is key.

A good match?

Want to discover whether Control Systems is a good match for you? Whether it fits with your previous education and experience? Visit us at an upcoming Open Day or Open Evening and find out. Or arrange an online meeting with a staff member.

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Investigating a control systems issue

Your 3rd and final semester is devoted to your major project. That’s where you investigate a real-life issue related to control systems. Where? At a company or research institute.

Major project

The major project is a final test of your ability to manage a project. And where you demonstrate your skills in communicating, reporting and presenting. You get the support of a HAN staff member and a supervisor from the company or institute. 

Master of Science

You’ve reached the finish line. You now have a Master of Science in Engineering Systems. Congratulations! The program you've completed is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). That means you now have an internationally recognized degree. Where are you going to put your skills to work? 

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