The Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Technology Engineering is a 2-year program offered by Fontys University of Applied Sciences.
You will get a specialization in Digital Technologies and you will learn about statistics, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and digital product development. You will also learn to consider the product development from a systems engineering perspective, and how to efficiently approach a new design problem.
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.
Engineer of the future, you in?
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.
1. Next generation
Upon successful completion of the Master’s degree, you will be a digital technology engineer who can implement and integrate digital technology solutions and contribute to the digital transformation of organizations.
2. Digital transformation
& modern education
The program gives you the opportunity to gain deep knowledge and skills in the digital technology domain, while also learning about systems engineering and practice-based research. You learn to develop solutions for complex problems posed by the digital transformation.
3. Industry Needs
The representatives of international companies, research centers and educational institutions have actively taken part in the design and creation of this Master’s program. This education applies directly to the industry’s needs and fills the real gap in the current job market.
4. Real-life challenges
We facilitate a stimulating learning environment in which you will work on real-life challenges, using technical and soft skills such as collaboration, feedback and reflection. You will use the design-based working process, to move from problem, to idea, to product.
Find out everything that you need to know about the Master program! Down below you will find a detailed explanation of our 2-year program week by week, as well as a short introduction to our didactical approach.
The program is organized in learning lines, that is domains of focus, that touch on the most important disciplines to train Digital Technology engineers. There are 4 learning lines, and at every cycle, you will gather knowledge about each of these learning lines, through specializing courses.
The learning lines ensure that you develop knowledge and skills in:
The first year of the Master’s 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.
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.
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 four open-ended challenges are alternated with weeks of integration reflection and testing: the so called ‘between weeks’. These between weeks offer you the possibility to reflect on how you have integrally applied the theoretical frameworks and the educational offerings in the learning lines to the challenges.
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.
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.
As a Master’s graduate, you are results-oriented and you can deal with a high degree of uncertainty, complexity and interdependence.You can apply and integrate digital technologies, while taking a leading role in the innovation of existing products and/or services and in the change of 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.
Each member of master's team delivers valuable and unique input that contributes to the program from their respective expertises.
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.
After your enrolment request has been submitted, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Studielink.
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:
* 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.
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 every Friday from 15:00 to 16:00.
Located in Eindhoven, Rachelsmolen 1, Building R10, First floor, Pulsed room.
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.