International Programmes 2021/2022

Analytical Instruments, Measurement and Sensor Technology (AIMS) Analytical Instruments, Measurement and Sensor Technology

Coburg University • Coburg

Master of Engineering
In cooperation with
  • University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST)
  • University of Siena
Teaching language
  • English

All courses are given in the English language. Additionally, the Master's thesis is written in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies

We start the programme with an orientation week at the end of September.

Application deadline

Deadline for the winter semester: 30 June
For German students: 31 August

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

In our international Master's programme Analytical Instruments, Measurement and Sensor Technology (AIMS), you will find a broad range of subjects that are essential for a successful career in the sensor industry and beyond. The subjects of this study programme are of outstanding practical importance for a wide variety of highly innovative industrial sectors, all of which have substantial economic impact and involve many scientific disciplines. Our cooperations with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) and the University of Siena (Italy) allow you to gain even more international experience.

Course organisation

The programme has a duration of four semesters. This comprises one semester in Coburg at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts (CUASA), one semester in Shanghai at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) or in Italy at the University of Siena, and a practical internship in Germany for international students and abroad for German students. The last semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis.

You will attend lectures, but you will also gain hands-on experience through lab experiments. Throughout the semester, you will get the chance to work on your own project and take a look at the newest applications in industry.

Main subjects

Main subjects covered in Coburg

  • Sensor Technology
  • Computer-Based Measurement Technology
  • Mathematical Data Analysis

Electives in Coburg

  • Optical Methods and Technologies
  • Methods of Instrumental Analysis
  • Design of Experiments
  • Academic Reporting and Documentation
  • Chemical Sensors
  • Further emerging technology electives

Main subjects covered in Shanghai

  • Nanometrology
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Photoelectric Detection

Electives in Shanghai

  • Automotive Electronics
  • Optical Imaging and Image Processing Technology
  • IoT

Subjects in Siena (you can choose among them)

  • Industrial Reliability
  • Mobile Communications and IoT
  • Sensors and Microsystems
  • Digital Embedded Electronics for Smart Industry
  • Manufacturing Strategies and Operations
  • Modern Communication Technologies for 5G and Beyond
  • Cybersecurity
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Types of assessment

Most courses will end with a written exam. In some courses, you will have to prepare a portfolio. For the project work, students will have to give a presentation and write a report about their projects. Also, for company or fair visits, a report is requested. Nearly all courses have a practical part in the lab. Students have to write reports about the experiments in the lab, too.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

International students must spend one semester at one of our partner universities in Shanghai or in Siena and at least one year in Germany. German students have to complete one semester of coursework as well as the practical internship abroad.

Integrated internships

An internship is a required part of the AIMS programme. It takes at least 12 weeks, but it can also be extended. Students may take advantage of our well-developed network with companies in order to find an appropriate placement.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Video learning
  • Online seminar
Description of e-learning elements

During the pandemic, we developed online courses for our students via our learning platform moodle, video lectures and online seminars and labs. So it is possible to study AIMS online. But as soon as personal teaching is possible again, we will go back to classroom teaching.  

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

There is a semester service fee of approx. 110 EUR, which includes a bus ticket for all city buses and trains to Bamberg (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Bad Rodach.

Costs of living

International students need a blocked account that shows 861 EUR per month for one year in order to get a visa for Germany. This amount is enough for the living expenses in Coburg.

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

We welcome students with an undergraduate degree in engineering or in the natural sciences with above-average results, some intercultural skills, knowledge in electronics and postgraduate professional experience of generally not less than one year.

Language requirements

The entire programme is taught in English. Proficiency in English at Master's programme level (i.e., TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent) is required.

Application deadline

Deadline for the winter semester: 30 June
For German students: 31 August

Submit application to

Online portal

Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are various institutes at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts like Institute of Sensor and Actuator Technology (ISAT) or Technology Transfer Centre Automotive (TAC). They offer selected candidates the opportunity to participate in research and development projects. Other job possibilities in Coburg highly depend on the student's level of German.
During the internship and the Master's thesis, students receive a salary from the companies of between 300 and 1,400 EUR per month (900 EUR on average).


You will get help in finding accommodation from the International Office and the AIMS office of Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. You can rent apartments in halls of residence on campus (450 modern single apartments with kitchens, bathrooms and modern facilities such as Internet access). The apartments must be rented for at least six months (September to February or March to August).
In Shanghai, you will have a room in the international dorms on campus or an agency will help you to find suitable accommodations near our partner university (USST). In Siena, the International Office of the University of Siena helps you to get a room in the dorms.

Career advisory service

Coburg University has a Career Service for students to help to check their internship or job applications.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Accompanying programme
  • Pick-up service

Coburg University

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The Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts is a well-established, public, medium-sized university with about 5,600 students. It is just the right size for international students to settle in and feel at home. Due to the size of our university, we can individually take care of you and any concern you might have during your stay.
The university is located near the city centre of Coburg. In fact, it is just a short walk from the city centre. You can also explore the region with the semester ticket/student ID card.

16 Percentage of international students
50 Percentage of alumni who stay in Germany after graduation

University location

Coburg lies in the northern part of the culturally rich state of Bavaria and is characterised by a strong presence of small and medium-sized enterprises, among them several global players. It is a medium-sized city offering a combination of tradition and modernity. The city was established in the Middle Ages and has a historic town centre and a medieval castle. At the same time, it offers all the comforts of a modern city, including many interesting cultural events. Coburg is an attractive destination both for studying and for leisure activities.