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MSc Program Systems and Control


As of September 2003 Delft University of Technology has installed a new two-year MSc programma in Systems and Control. The start of this MSc programma is strongly related to the establishment in 2003 of the Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC), a merging of three former systems and control groups of the departments of Electrical Engineering (EWI), Mechanical Engineering (3mE) and Applied Physics (TNW). This center is housed at the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE). The program is part of the 3TU MSc program in Systems and Control within the joint 3TU Graduate School

MSc program, first year:

In order to enter the MSc-programme the student should set up an individual study program using the following ingredients: compulsory courses, the current ideas about the theme of the thesis work, the specialization courses that bridge the gap between the compulsory courses and the thesis project, and the use of the free elective space. This list of should be approved by the MSc coordinator at the earliest convenience, but certainly before the end of the first semester. .

Obligatory system & control courses (24 ECTS)
Course Code ECTS Lectures
Introduction Project SC SC4010 3 6/0/0/0
Robust and Multivariable Control Design SC4015 5 0/0/4/0
Control Theory SC4025 6 6/0/0/0
Filtering & Identification SC4040 6 0/4/0/0
Integration Project SC SC4050 5 0/0/0/4
Optimization in Systems and Control SC4091 4 4/0/0/0
Modelling and Nonlinear Systems Theory SC4092 4 0/4/0/0

Elective system & control courses (20 ECTS to select)
Course Code ECTS Lectures
Introduction to Wind Energy AE3W02TU 4 2/2/0/0
Automatic Flight Control System Design AE4301 3 4/0/0/0
Wind Turbine Design AE4W09 5 0/0/2/2
Exercise Wind Turbine Design AE4W11 1 0/0/x/x
Sensor and Smart Materials AE4X09 3 0/0/2/0
Imaging Systems AP3121 D 6 4/4/0/0
Medical Imaging AP3231TU D 6 0/0/2/2
Advanced Photonics AP3382 6 2/2/0/0
Geometrical Optics AP3391 6 0/0/2/2
Introduction to Charged Particle Optics AP3401 6 0/0/2/2
Transportation and Spatial Modelling CIE4801 6 6/0/0/0 + 4/0/0/0
Design and Control of Public Transport Systems CIE4811-09 6 4/0/0/0
Traffic Flow Theory and Simulation CIE4821-09 6 0/0/6/0 + 0/0/4/0
Traffic Management and Control CIE4822-09 6 0/0/0/2 + 0/0/0/4 (computerpracticum)
Empirical Analysis for Transport & Planning CIE4831-09 6 0/0/6/0 + 0/0/4/0
Railway Traffic Management CIE5803-09 4 0/2/0/0 + 0/2/0/0
Innovations in Dynamic Traffic Management CIE5804-09 4 0/0/0/4
Intelligent Vehicles CIE5805 4 + 2 dagdelen computerzaal week 5 en 6
Seminar Advanced Digital Image Processing ET4283 6 4/4/0/0
Imaging Sensors ET4390 5 0/4/0/0
Embedded Real-Time Systems IN4073TU 6 0/0/4/0
Real-time Systems IN4343 5 0/0/4/0 and 0/0/4/0 lab
Real-Time Software Development IN4351 5 0/0/0/4
System Validation IN4387 5 0/2/0/0 HC 0/4/0/0 instr & lab
Quantitative Evaluation of Embedded Systems IN4390 5 0/4/0/0
Automotive Crash Safety; Active & Passive Safety Systems ME1100 3 0/0/0/4
Space Robotics ME1120 4 0/0/0/2
Robotics Practicals ME1130 3 x/x/x/x
3D Robot Vision ME1140 3 0/2/0/0
Probabilistic Robotics ME1150 3 0/0/0/2 Course canceled in 2013-2014
Control of Intelligent Transport Infrastructures ME1406 3 0/0/0/2
Physics for Mechanical Engineers ME1611-10 4 2/2/0/0
Intro to Nanoscience and Technology ME1612-10 3 0/0/4/0
Precision Mechanism Design ME1631 4 0/0/2/2
Offshore Wind Farm Design OE5662 4 0/0/4/0
Modern Robotics SC1200 5 0/0/0/4
Control for High Resolution Imaging SC4045 3 0/0/0/4
Knowledge Based Control Systems SC4081-10 4 0/0/4/0
System Identification SC4110 5 0/0/6/0
Special Topics in Signals, Systems & Control SC4120 3 0/0/0/2
Modeling and Control of Hybrid Systems SC4160 3 0/0/0/4
Vehicle Mechatronics SC4210 4 0/0/4/0
Vehicle Dynamics B - Antilock Braking Systems SC4230TU 3 0/0/0/4
Control Methods for Robotics SC4240TU 3 0/0/4/0
Single Molecule Optics UL-SMO 6 Prof.dr. M.A.G.J. Orrit (

Experimental Dynamics WB1406-07 3 0/0/2/2
Multibody Dynamics B WB1413-04 4 0/0/2/2
Engineering Dynamics WB1418-07 4 4/0/0/0
Eng. Optimization: Concept & Applications WB1440 3 0/0/4/0
Digital Control WB2305 3 0/4/0/0
Man-machine systems WB2404 4 0/4/0/0
Mechatronic System Design WB2414-09 4 0/2/2/0
Humanoid Robots WB2433-03 3 4/0/0/0
Vehicle Dynamics A WB3404A 3 0/4/0/0
Modeling of Process and Energy Systems WB4431-05 4 0/0/4/0

Free elective part (16 ECTS)
Free elective part to be chosen in agreement with the MSc-coordinator and/or MSC-Thesis supervisor (at least 16 credit points).  At least 3 credit points should be chosen from technical courses on MSc level, that are not contained in the list of elective system & control courses above.
Three (max. six) credit points should be directed towards non-technical courses. For student starting their MSc after August 31, 2011, these non-technical courses must be directed to societal and ethical aspects. A (non-exhaustive) list of possible courses can be found here


To facilitate the choice of elective courses the following tables provide guidelines to choose elective Systems and Control Courses as well as other technical courses.

A. Systems and Control Electives

The following table indicates how some of the S&C electives courses are related to the following main subjects

  1. Systems and Control Theory
  2. Mechatronics Systems
  3. Process Control and Optimisation
  4. Information Technology and Control

Courses in profile a place a particular emphasis on the fundamentals in systems and control, with an explicit orientation towards research. Courses in b and c are suited to the development of expertise concerning control systems in conceptually different application domains, and courses in profile d focus on the relationship between control and information technology. This profile distribution is only meant to provide an idea of how an individual course programme may be compiled and in now way imposes any formal restrictions.

B.  Specialisation profiles

The following tables give an overview of courses that relate to specific research/application domains

  • Mechanical Systems covers subject as engineering dynamics, multibody dynamics, mechatronics, measurements and design.
  • Processes focuses on complex chemical or industrial processes (such as energy systems or power plants).
  • Automotive aims at tackling environmental, economical and safety issues, developing technologies based on the interplay between vehicle dynamics, sensing and control. Global chassis control, fault tolerant drive-by-wire systems and smart energy management systems are the main areas of research.
  • Robotics covers nonlinear model-based control, adaptive control, machine learning, and other techniques for manipulators, mobile legged and wheeled robots and distributed robotic systems.
  • Wind Energy is devoted to the design of feedback controllers for wind turbines and wind farms. Moreover, control-oriented modelling of these large-scale mechanical systems is considered.
  • Transportation Networks deals with intelligent transportation systems, railway operations, traffic flow modeling, and urban and freeway traffic management.
  • Smart Physical Systems. Control engineering is playing an increasingly important role in the development of new and/or improved instruments and materials to study/influence physical phenomena. E.g. to improve the resolution of images taken with high performance microscopes, the image formation should be treated as a feedback control problem in stead of a filtering problem alone, as is classically done. Studying and mastering the new developments in this exciting field of research is the goal in this specialisation
  • Systems Biology explores the development of models to be interfaced with laboratory data drawn from biological experiments, the analysis of such models to be used as 'synthetic experiments', and the control of these systems to achieve optimization and enhancement of biological functions and entities.
Domain:  Automotive    
Code Course Period EC
ME1100 Automotive Crash Safety; Active & Passive safety systems  4 3
SC4210 Vehicle Mechatronics 3 4
SC4230TU Vehicle Dynamics B - Antilock Braking Systems 4 3
WB1406 Experimental Dynamics  3,4 3
WB1413 Multibody dynamics B  3,4 4
WB2404 Man-machine systems 2 4
WB3404A Vehicle dynamics A  3 3

Domain:  Robotics    
Code Course Period EC
ME1120 Space Robotics 4 4
ME1130 Robotics Practicals Appointment 3
ME1140 3D Robot Vision 2 3
ME1150 Probabilistic Robotics 2 3
SC1200 Modern Robotics (Utwente, Virtual Class Room) 4 5
SC4240TU Control Methods for Robotics 3 3
WB2433-03 Humanoid Robots 1 3

Domain:  Wind Energy    
Code Course Period EC
AE3W02TU Introduction to Wind Energy 1,2 4
AE4W09 Wind Turbine Design 3,4 5
AE4W11 Exercise Wind Turbine Design 3,4 1
OE5662 Offshore Wind Farm Design 3 4
WB1418 Engineering dynamics 1 4

Domain:  Transportation Networks    
Code Course Period EC
ME1406 Control of intelligent transport infrastructures 4 3
CIE4801 Transportation and Spatial Modelling 1 6
CIE4821 Traffic Flow Theory and Simulation 3 6
CIE4822 Traffic Management and Control 4 6
CIE5804 Innovations in Dynamic Traffic Management 4 4
CIE4811 Design and Control of Public Transport Systems 1 6
CIE5803 Railway Traffic Management 2 4
WI4062TU Transport, Routing and Scheduling 3 3

Domain:  Smart Physical Systems    
Code Course Period EC
AP3121 D Imaging Systems 1,2 6
ET4283 Advanced Digital Image Processing 1,2 6
SC4045 Control for High Resolution Imaging 4 3
AP3391 Geometrical Optics 3,4 6
AP3231TU D Medical Imaging 3,4 6
ET4258 Displays and Imaging Sensors 1 4
AP3381 Theoretical Optics 1,2 6
UL-SMO Single Molecule Optics (Leiden University) spring 6
AP3401 Introduction to Charged Particle Optics 3,4 6
ME1611 Physics for Mechanical Engineers 1 4
ME1612 Intro to Nanoscience and Technology 4 3
WB2414 Mechatronic System Design 2 4
AE4X09 Sensor and Smart Materials 3 3
WI2604 Numerieke methoden 1 (in Dutch) 3,4 6

Domain:  Systems Biology    
Code Course Period EC
IN4176 Functional genomics and systems biology 3,4 6
LM3512 Systems biology 3 3
AP3161 Cellular dynamics: Stochasticity and signalling 3,4 6
AP3691 Evolution and engineering of living systems 3,4 6
SC4250 Probabilistic models in the life sciences 4 2

MSc program, second year:

The Graduation guide is intended as a guide for students who are about to enter their second year of the two-year Master programme Systems and Control. It supplements the MSc study guide. The template for the 'written agreement' mentioned in the appendix of the Graduation guide can be downloaded here.

Project work (3 ECTS (formerly 4))
Literature study (15 ECTS (formerly 14))
Traineeship (optional, 15 ECTS (formerly 14))
Thesis work (42 ECTS)

DCSC keeps a list with current open "thesis subjects", but students are welcome to submit their own suggestions. Have a look at our list of active MSc students.

The MSc students of DCSC are cordially invited to participate in the MSc colloquia.

Some more information can be found on this page and on the official education site of the faculty 3mE. You may also contact the MSc coordinator Ton van den Boom.

The time-schedule for the academic calendar can be found here.

MSc students of DCSC can join Out of Control, a group for students and by students.

Thesis project within other MSc programs

For students in other MSc programs there is a possibility to do the final MSc project in the field of systems and control engineering.

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