Systems and Control

Introduction week 2017:

The Delft Center for Systems and Control organizes an Introduction Week (September 4-8) for all new students starting the MSc program in Systems & Control.

The preliminary program can be found here.

MSc program, first year:

In order to enter the MSc-program the student should set up an individual study program using the following ingredients: obigatory 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 should be handed in at the secretariat (at the earliest convenience, but certainly before the end of the first semester) for approval by the MSc coordinator

Obligatory system & control courses (36 ECTS)

The obligatory part of the first year consists of 8 courses:

  • SC42005 Introduction Project SC (3 EC
  • SC42010 Robust and Multivariable Control Design (5 EC)
  • SC42015 Control Theory (6 EC)
  • SC42025 Filtering & Identification (6 EC)
  • SC42035 Integration Project Systems and Control (5 EC)
  • SC42055 Optimization in Systems and Control (4 EC)
  • SC42060 Modelling and Nonlinear Systems Theory (4 EC)
  • WM0349WB Philosophy of engineering science and design (3 EC)

Elective system & control courses (18 ECTS to select)

The elective system & control courses has to be chosen in agreement with the MSc-coordinator from the following list. This list can be found in the the MSc study guide.

Free technical elective part (6 ECTS)

The free elective part consists of technical MSc courses, to be chosen in agreement with the MSc-coordinator.  


To facilitate the choice of elective system and control courses the following tables give an overview of courses that relate to specific research/application domains. 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.

1. Profile Mechanical Systems covers subject as engineering dynamics, multibody dynamics, mechatronics, measurements and design.

2. Profile Processes focuses on complex chemical or industrial processes (such as energy systems or power plants).

3. Profile 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.

4. Profile Robotics covers nonlinear model-based control, adaptive control, machine learning, and other techniques for manipulators, mobile legged and wheeled robots and distributed robotic systems.

5. Profile 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.

6. Profile Transportation Networks deals with intelligent transportation systems, railway operations, traffic flow modeling, and urban and freeway traffic management.

7. Profile 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.

8. Profile Systems and Control Theory. This profile places a particular emphasis on the fundamentals in systems and control, with an explicit orientation towards research.

MSc program, second year:

The second year consists of the following projects:

  • SC52000 SC literature assignment(15 EC)
  • SC52045 SC MSc Thesis project (45 EC)

 All details about the MSc program are in the MSc study guide. A supplement on the study guide is the Graduation guide. This 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. The template for the 'written agreement' mentioned in the appendix of the Graduation guide can be downloaded here.

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.

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.

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