Bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Program Description

Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Would you like to use science and technology to improve the world we live in? To be part of the transition to sustainable energy? To make machines and devices more user-friendly? By choosing Electrical and Electronic Engineering at HAN you can be part of these exciting changes.

Location: Arnhem
Duration: 4 years
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Course start: September

The field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has many practical applications, for example in healthcare, the automotive industry, sustainable energy and the processing industry. This course will give you all the necessary theory and skills to become an engineer. In this profession, you often work in a team with other engineers and people from other disciplines. If you specialize in Embedded Systems (ES) you will design, build and test intelligent systems and smart devices. If your focus is on Industrial and Power Systems (IPS) you will design smart solutions in industrial automation.

Theory and practice

At HAN University of Applied Sciences theory and practice are inseparable. Right from the start of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering course you put theory into practice in loads of innovative projects. What’s more, you have the freedom to choose the projects you like. Because HAN works in close collaboration with the Dutch energy world, you get to work on real projects for real companies. Here are a few examples:

  • Autonomous vehicle (1st semester)
  • Wind-driven vehicle (2nd semester IPS)
  • Healthcare appliances (2nd semester ES)
  • Parallel robot design (3rd year IPS)
  • IoT enabled fitness environment (3rd year ES)


HAN’s Sustainable Electrical Energy Centre of Expertise (SEECE) is closely linked to the course. Through this research center, HAN develops and shares knowledge about innovations in the field of electrical energy. Staff and students work together to conduct practice-based research on topics like solar power and wind energy, with and for professionals in the field.

Lab facilities

As a student of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering course, you have access to our state-of-the-art lab facilities. The course has its very own workshop, equipped with measuring tables and modern measuring instruments, including signal generators and oscilloscopes. Everyday project materials such as electronic components and development kits are directly available there. You can also use the specialized labs to work on projects involving electronics, electric drives, control systems engineering, embedded systems, and Linux.

International setting

During your studies, you will be part of a truly international classroom with students from over 20 different countries. By studying in such a setting, you pick up on different cultural habits, customs, and ideas. You learn to deal with these differences and gain cultural awareness. What’s more, you can broaden your international experience by doing your minor abroad. Whichever path you choose, this course will thoroughly prepare you for a career in an international setting.

1st & 2nd year

Your 1st year will give you a solid foundation in all the current topics in the field of electrical and electronic engineering. By the end of the 1st semester, you’re ready to delve into your area of specialization: Embedded Systems (ES) or Industrial and Power Systems (IPS). Right from the start, you go hands-on, applying what you’ve learned during individual and group projects. This approach gives you invaluable practical skills: not just the technical skills that every engineer needs, but also social and communicative skills.

Course overview 1st year

  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
    • Mathematics
    • Electrical Circuits
  • Information Technology
    • C Programming
    • Logic Circuits
  • Project
    • Workshops 8-bit Microcontrollers
    • Workshops Electronics
    • Professional Skills
  • Specialisation: Embedded Systems (ES)
    • 32-bit Microcontrollers
    • C++ Programming
  • Specialisation: Industrial and Power Systems (IPS)
    • Introduction to Electrical Machines

Course overview 2nd year

  • Control Systems
  • Data Communication
  • Electronics
  • Specialisation: Embedded Systems (ES)
    • Operating Systems
    • Software Engineering with UML
    • Digital System Design
  • Specialisation: Industrial and Power Systems (IPS)
    • Power Electronics
    • Electrical Machines
    • Distribution and Low Voltage Grid

3rd year

An integral part of your 3rd year is a work placement at a research institute or company of your choice. The work placement aims to develop your professional knowledge and skills and prepares you for the job market. Before embarking on this exciting challenge, you get a thorough preparation programme that tackles all the important aspects of the work placement. With the IPS specialization, you might do your work placement at TenneT, one of Europe’s top five electricity transmission system operators. If you’re specializing in ES you could go to Prodrive, an electronic and mechatronic solutions firm.

Courses 3rd year

- Work Placement

- Digital Signal Processing

- Specialisation Embedded Systems (ES)

  • Internet of Things
  • Databases

- Specialisation Industrial and Power Systems (IPS)

  • Systems Modelling
  • Servo Control
  • Control Systems

4th year

In the 4th year, you follow a minor, an elective semester aimed at broadening or deepening your interests and skills. If you like, you can stay close to home by choosing one of HAN’s excellent practice-based minors:

  • Embedded Vision Design: developing embedded hardware/software solutions to extract data from camera images
  • Out of Control: designing control systems for motion, transport, and energy conversion
  • Power Minor: designing an electrical system or installation (in collaboration with TenneT and two other universities)

Or are you keen to go further afield and experience yet another educational environment? Perhaps even another culture? At HAN we encourage you to find the path that’s right for you, so you’re free to do an exchange course at another university in the Netherlands or abroad.

Courses 4th year

  • Minor
  • Graduation Assignment

The second semester of the 4th year is when you take your final and most challenging step so far: the graduation assignment. During this individual assignment, you are guided by a company coach and a HAN lecturer to tackle a real issue for a company. Now you’re definitely on your way to becoming a skilled and independent engineer. You can do your assignment at an internationally renowned firm, like Océ, a printer firm (part of Canon), or Liander, the largest grid operator in the Netherlands. But you may also opt for an innovative small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in the region.

Career prospects

As an electrical engineer, you can choose from any number of employers in both the commercial and public sector. You could work in industries such as product manufacturing, electro-technical companies, oil and gas processing, food processing or the energy sector. Our graduates get jobs as:

  • Embedded Software/Hardware Engineer
  • Lead Engineer
  • Advisor
  • Team Leader
  • Industrial Automation Engineer
  • Power Engineer

Masters degree?

Would you like to continue your studies? With your BSc from HAN, it will be a smooth transition into HAN’s Masters in Control Systems Engineering. Or you could opt for another Masters programme in either Electrical Engineering or Embedded Systems in the Netherlands or abroad.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

HAN strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. With campuses in both Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands, HAN has over 30,000 students.

HAN strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. With campuses in both Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands, HAN has over 30,000 students. Read less
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