Master Digital Technology Engineering

  • 2 year
  • English
  • Master
  • Full-time
Eindhoven

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Ready for a leading role in digital transformation? Are you an ambitious bachelor in engineering, ICT or Applied Science who aspires a career in a broader role? Do you want to specialize in digital technology? Are you willing to go beyond the obvious in order to solve complex and meaningful challenges in a cross disciplinary approach? Do you want to build your network in the high-tech ecosystem of the Netherlands from day one?



About the Master

The Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Technology Engineering is a 2-year program offered by Fontys University of Applied Sciences. You will get an extra specialization in Digital Technologies and you will learn about software & hardware, AI, machine learning, data analysis & statistics, and develop new skills. Become the engineer who crosses disciplines, overseeing the process of product development, product integration, business development and organizational processes! And contribute to a rapidly changing society by driving digital transformation.  

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Get to know us

We are very sorry to inform you that due to the Covid-19 restriction in the Netherlands, Fontys unfortunately has had to cancel all 'Meet us on campus' activitiesin November. This Friday evening, the government will announce additional measures for education, events and meetings in large groups. Fontys takes its social responsibility seriously and follows government measures.

Of course, we want to help you as much as possible in making the right study choice. Want to know when the next open days? will be? Click on the button below.

 

Why the Master Digital Technology Engineering?

  • There is no simple solution to major challenges such as climate change, infectious diseases and the exponential growth of technology. The rise of the smart society and digital transformation require a different approach to digital technology, people, processes and collaborations.
  • The work field calls for engineers who can deal with high levels of uncertainty, complexity, interdependencies and adaptations and understand the ecosystem.
  • To fill this gap Fontys worked together with International companies, research centers and educational institutions in the design of this brand new Master’s program.
  • This master's offers a direct entry for students with an Engineering, ICT or Applied Science bachelor's degree who wish to complete their MSc degree in 2 years (pre-master's is not required) and jumpstart their career!



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, by and large, take place at the intersections of different disciplines. Professional Master’s programs meet this increasing need for professionals who can operate at these intersections.

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What you will learn

  • The program gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and skills in digital technology and systems engineering. It is designed to let you develop solutions to complex problems posed by digital transformation.
  • During the Master, we facilitate a stimulating learning environment in which you work on real-life challenges, using skills such as collaboration, feedback and reflection. By working in a design-oriented way, you will experience the problems faced by the industry and understand the stages a digital technology solution goes through from start to finish.
  • Upon successful completion of the Master's degree, you will be a digital technology engineer who can implement digital technology solutions and contribute to the digital transformation of organizations. You will be able to contribute to a rapidly changing digital society and have a social impact on the fields of sustainability and ethics
 

 

What will your week be like?

This Master's program is designed to keep you, the students as well as ourselves on our toes. So expect to be immersed into an environment where there is a variety of new and existing technologies. Together with the other students and our team we will dive into this constantly evolving landscape that is Digital Technology. 


Coaching

As a digital technology 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 those of others.  

During the Master, you will be guided by a coach in a process that pays attention to the development of your personal and professional identity as a digital technology engineer. In a small group of students and a coach, you will reflect on your personal and professional development, and integrate knowledge, skills and this attitude in a safe learning environment. 

 

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Approach & program overview

Find out all about the details that you need to know of the Master's program in this overview below. As you would expect a more detailed explanation of the two years, and on top of that also our approach towards education.

During the Master program, courses will be given for all of the four learning lines you will be following. The learning lines ensure that you develop knowledge and skills in:  

  • Digital Technologies
  • Systems Engineering
  • Practice-Based Research
  • Design-Based Working

Each learning line offers four courses during each of the four open-ended challenges. After the four challenges you will receive tutoring for each learning line on your project in the graduation phase. 

Open-ended challenges

The open-ended challenges are intended to let you gain experience in the process of integrating digital technology in an engineering context, and are closely related to the learning lines. The challenges provide more depth, and your actions within the challenges are well founded. You learn to act from theoretical frameworks and you learn to look at challenges from different perspectives. The courses are meaningful because they are related to the challenges.

The first year of the Master's program consists of three open-ended challenges that are alternated with weeks of integration, reflection and testing: the so called ‘between weeks’. During the between weeks, you reflect on how you have applied the theoretical frameworks and the educational offerings in the learning lines to the challenges. The third challenge will be performed while you are working at a company. 

Challenge 1 - courses
Digital technologies Data retrieval, basic processing and data visualization
Systems engineering Understanding perspectives in systems engineering
Practice-based research Practice-based research - basic skills
Design-based working Create and make choices


Challenge 2 - courses
Digital technologies AI: hands-on machine learning and neural networks
Systems engineering Designing a value proposition
Practice-based research Collecting & analyzing data
Design-based working Design thinking


Challenge 3 - courses
Digital technologies Deep dive into data analysis: mastering the state-of-the-art
Systems engineering Optimizing and improving product design in an organizational context
Practice-based research Communicating research results
Design-based working Human centered approaches

The second year of the Master’s program is composed of one open-ended challenge. While the rest will be part of the graduation phase in which preliminary research for the graduation project takes place, and finally the graduation project itself (20 weeks). The open-ended challenge and preliminary research phase in the second year are also alternated with between weeks of integration, reflection and testing. The graduation project will be completed while working at a company. 

Challenge 4 - courses
Digital technologies Smart devices - sensors & embedded software
Systems engineering Developing solutions: how to make a product successful
Practice-based research Visualizing your process
Design-based working Human centered approaches

Graduation phase

The graduation phase consists of the preliminary research and the graduation project. The goal of the preliminary research project is to prepare yourself in six weeks for your graduation project. In pairs, you will do (desk) research, explore and determine what your design approach will be, and come up with a conceptual research strategy for your graduation project. You will get support from one of the coaches and you can make use of expert feedback when working on this project. 

During your graduation project, you work in a project group on a real and relevant design question within the context of – and brought in by – an organization that is confronted with a digital transformation. You will develop a digital solution that provides an appropriate answer to the given problem of the organisation, taking stakeholder and system requirements into account.

The Design-Based Learning approach enables you to solve realistic (design) problems while reflecting on your own learning. It emphasizes planning and designing essential activities in the design of products and realization of ideas within authentic (technical) environments. Within this design process you make decisions about the steps to take and are constantly iterating. As a result, you get increasingly better at generating specifications, making predictions, experiencing and creating solutions, testing and communicating. 

Overall, you work in a self-directed manner within the Design-Based Learning approach and reflect on the constructive (learning) process. We believe that Design-Based Learningis the answer to the question of how to become a self-directed professional. 

The digital technology engineer is a type of professional that can be described through the T-shaped professional model.

  • The horizontal bar of the T represents the breadth of expertise, such as the ability to engage with other experts across a variety of systems and intellectual and disciplinary cultures.
  • The vertical part of the T represents a depth of expertise in a specific knowledge domain.

Companies are calling for these T-shaped professionals with in-depth knowledge of one discipline and a broad knowledge base in adjacent areas, general business or entrepreneurial fields. We envision the T-shaped digital technology engineer as a professional who is able to communicate and understand the experts, while having a development-driven and entrepreneurial mindset. 

 

 

Our collaborators

We have worked in close partnership with several companies.

  • Philips
  • ASML
  • Solarge
  • VDL
  • CSU
  • Sioux technologies
  • TMC
  • Bodec
  • van Berlo
  • van Rijsingen green


Career opportunities

As a Master's graduate, you are results-oriented and can deal with a high degree of flexibility, complexity and interdependence that the application and integration of digital technology requires. This integration takes place both in the innovation of existing products and/or services and in the change of internal production and organizational processes. To achieve your goals, you combine your advanced technical knowledge (hardware, software, and analytical skills) with your ability to communicate with and assess the needs of the various stakeholders. 

Junior positions

  • Test engineer,
  • Business process analyst, 
  • Process engineer, 
  • Production engineer,
  •  Design engineer
  • And many more

Medior/senior positions

  • Product owner, 
  • Project manager/coordinator, 
  • Project lead NPI,
  • NPI production engineer, 
  • Field support engineer.
  • Again, many more possibilities


 

Diploma and language requirements EEA

1. A bachelor degree in either: Automotive, Aviation, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Product Design, Logistics Engineering, Aerospace Technology, Maritime Technology, Mechatronics, Human and Technology, Industrial Engineering, Applied Mathemetics, Mechanical Engineering, HBO-ICT, Informatics Technical Informatics or Technical Physics. Is your study not mentioned? Contact us and we can talk about possibilities.

2. To be accepted onto the master, you must have a suitable English language qualification:

  • IELTS Academic score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element).
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 (with minimum scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18).

Dutch, German and EU-students with a Bachelor degree according to the Diploma list of the Code of Conduct can be exempted from the required IELTS or TOEFL iBT test report. After receipt and verification of the application form, Fontys University will send the enrollment letter / conditional enrollment letter/dismissal letter by email.

Diploma and language requirements NON-EEA

1. A bachelor degree in either: Automotive, Aviation, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Product Design, Logistics Engineering, Aerospace Technology, Maritime Technology, Mechatronics, Human and Technology, Industrial Engineering, Applied Mathemetics, Mechanical Engineering, HBO-ICT, Informatics Technical Informatics or Technical Physics. Is your study not mentioned? Contact us and we can talk about possibilities.

2. To be accepted onto this degree course with us you must have a suitable English language qualification:

  • IELTS Academic score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element).
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 (with minimum scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18).

After receipt and verification of the application form, Fontys University will send the enrollment letter/ conditional enrollment letter/ dismissal letter by email.

 

Costs

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A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
• Low institutional tuition fees 
• High institutional tuition fees

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

    The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
    • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
    • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
    • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.



    Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

    Paying in instalments

    Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

    If paying the full sum in a single payment

    If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

    Non EU students

    Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.

    Non-Sepa

    If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a paymentletter from Fontys via your course department.

    The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

    The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

    Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

    Although Fontys does not have its own campus dorms, it has established cooperation’s with a number of different accommodations agencies and landlords. Through such cooperation’s, Fontys can provide guidance in finding accommodation for the first semester or academic year at Fontys.

    Costs of accommodation in the city of Eindhoven will vary between 450 and 650 Euro per month.

    Click here for more detailed information about finding accommodation.

     
     

    How to apply

    All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.


    Application deadlines 2022

    EU non-EU
    February intake 15 December 15 November
    September intake 15 June 15 May


    To start your online application

    • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
    • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (February 2022 or September 2022).
    • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.

    After your enrolment request has been submitted, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Studielink.


    Intake

    Part of the application process is an intake. The goal of the intake is to manage each other’s expectations and check whether the purpose and program profile of the master’s is clear to you. You can find out if you have the right mindset, such as open-mindedness and willingness to develop.

    You will automatically get an e-mail to plan this intake.


    Still in doubt?

    You’re more than welcome to walk in and talk to us. Meet the master’s team, explore our location and ask your questions.

    We’re available at the following times:

    November 12, 2021 15:00 – 16:00
    November 26, 2021 15:00 – 16:00
    December 10, 2021 15:00 – 16:00
    December 24, 2021 15:00 – 16:00
    January 14, 2022 15:00 – 16:00
    January 28, 2022 15:00 – 16:00

    Located in Eindhoven, Rachelsmolen 1, Building R10, First floor, Pulsed room

     

     

    More about Master Digital Technology Engineering

    We are very sorry to inform you that due to the Covid-19 restriction in the Netherlands, Fontys unfortunately has had to cancel all 'Meet us on campus' activitiesin November. This Friday evening, the government will announce additional measures for education, events and meetings in large groups. Fontys takes its social responsibility seriously and follows government measures.

    Of course, we want to help you as much as possible in making the right study choice. Want to know when the next open days? will be? Click on the button below.

    The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
    We carefully consider which form of education is best suited to each course, each subject and even each component.

     

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