Smart cities, smart mobility, smart industry, smart phones, smart watches... Sensors and their data help us everywhere. Also in health care, sports, agriculture and the energy sector. Even in places you do not expect. Sensor Technology is everywhere!

​​​​​​​The Electrical and Electronic Engineering - major Sensor Technology programme ​specialises in sensor technology. The study programme revolves around the utilisation of existing sensors. During the bachelor's programme you can participate in applied research to apply sensors to develop and improve existing appliances, products and services.

This programme has been marked 'Top Rated Programme' by the Keuzegids HBO Voltijd for seven consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and  2019). This means it belongs to the best in the Netherlands. It also received a gold medal in Elsevier Best Studies 2020.

More information? Download the brochure or visit our Open Day in Groningen.


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​​​Study in key figures

​​​TitleThis programmeNational
Student satisfaction4.24
Number of first year students36nvt
Contact hours first year students18 - 2418 - 24
Progression to the second year59%60%
Degree obtained within 5 years31%40%
Postgraduate education34%16%
Labour market​​n/a87%

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First year

The first year is composed of two semesters, focusing respectively on healthcare and energy. The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects related to sensor technology, including biology, chemistry, electronics, mathematics and computer programming, as well as extensive English and professional skills lessons. Students gain the knowledge required to enter the main phase of the programme.

Second year

The main phase of the Bachelor's programme begins in the second year. Subjects are organised on the themes around Monitoring and Control Systems, and Robotics and Signal Processing. Examples of subjects you will have in this year are modelling and simulation, robotics, object oriented programming, data communication in sensor networks and control theory.

Third year

 As of the third year, the Bachelor's programme will mainly take place in Assen. The third year provides students with more in-depth knowledge regarding sensors. The socially relevant nature of each semester becomes more apparent by solving sensor related problems for external costumers. Students are also able to make the programme more personal during the third year. This year is centred around the themes Research and Development and Internet of Things. In the third year you will also start a student company with students from other bachelor programmes of the Institute of Engineering.

Fourth year

In the final year of the Bachelor's programme students can specialise in one of the following areas: Research and Development or Entrepreneurship. The focus area Research and Development strengthens the practical skills required for system engineering and integration jobs when employed by a company with sensor-intensive interests. The focus area Entrepreneurship strengthens the entrepreneurial skills required for starting a new business in the sensor application field.

During the first semester students complete a minor related to their specialisation. This is followed in the second semester by a graduation project at a national or international company or organisation. After successful completion of the bachelor's programme, graduating students are awarded an internationally recognised Bachelor of Science degree.​

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates will be employed in areas where the emphasis is on creating new systems, and therefore will become Technical Designers. A smaller number of the graduates become Technical Advisors. There will also be graduates who may become Project Leaders or Academic Researchers. You may even use the entrepreneurial skills you have developed to set up your own company. 

Continue studying?

After completing your bachelor's programme, you can also choose to continue studying and obtain a master's degree. The Institute for Engineering offers a number of international masters, of which Smart Systems Engineering and the European Master in Renewable Energy are suitable masters after the bachelor in Electrical Engineering - major Sensor Technology.

Year 1

  • Theme semester 1: Health
  • Theme semester 2: Energy
  • Analogue Electronics & Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Programming
  • Biology 
  • Digital Electronics
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Professional skills

Year 2

  • Theme semester 3: Monitoring and Control
  • Theme semester 4: Robotics and Signal Processing

Year 3

  • Semester 1: Research and Development
  • Semester 2: Internet of Things

Year 4

  • Semester 1: Minor
  • Semester 2: Graduation Project

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