International Programmes 2022/2023

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

Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts • Coburg

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

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

Mode of study
Less than 50% online
Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Additional information on beginning, duration and mode of study

We always start lectures on 1 October. We offer an orientation week before the semester starts for you to get help with city registration, residence permit, settling in Coburg and finding new friends as well as getting to know your classmates and other international students.

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 in Analytical Instruments, Measurement and Sensor Technology (AIMS), you will find a broad range of subjects that are essential for a successful career in any kind of industry in Germany or worldwide. The subjects of this study programme are of outstanding practical importance for a wide variety of highly innovative industrial sectors.

Some of the main focuses of our programme include sensor technology and measurement techniques as well as data acquirement and analysis. Our cooperation agreements with the University of Siena (Italy) and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) allow you to gain even more international experience.

Current information

Nearly all our lectures take place on site if the Covid situation allows it. But there are some additional courses you can choose to take online.

Course organisation

It will take you four semesters to study AIMS if you finish everything in time. This comprises one semester in Coburg at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts (CUASA), one semester in Italy at the University of Siena or in Shanghai at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) 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
  • Design of Experiments
  • Chemical Sensors
  • Instrumentation for Nanoscience
  • Industrial Electronics

Subjects in Siena (you can choose among them)

  • Industrial Reliability
  • Mobile Communications and IoT
  • Sensors and Microsystems
  • Virtual Instrumentation and Digital Embedded Electronics
  • Manufacturing Strategies and Operations
  • Modern Communication Technologies for 5G and Beyond
  • Cybersecurity

Main subjects covered in Shanghai

  • Nanometrology
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Photoelectric Detection

Electives in Shanghai

  • Automotive Electronics
  • Optical Imaging and Image Processing Technology
  • IoT
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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 Siena or in Shanghai and at least one year in Germany. German students have to complete one semester in Coburg and one semester of coursework as well as the practical internship abroad. German students can do the Master's thesis in Germany or abroad. International students should do the thesis in Germany, but it's possible to work on the thesis another European country, too.

Integrated internships

One of the biggest benefits of the AIMS programme is the internship. It takes at least 12 weeks, but it can also be extended. Often it is the first step of your career in Germany. 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
Pace of course
Instructor-led (Specific due dates for lectures/assignments/exams)
Phase(s) of attendance (on-site)
Yes, compulsory
Types of online learning elements
  • Access to databases with study material
  • Online sessions
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

There is a semester service fee of approx. 112 EUR, which includes a bus ticket for all city buses in Coburg 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 a level suited for the Master's programme (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent) is required.

Details are available here.

Technical equipment and programmes

We offer a learning platform called Moodle for all materials like lecture scripts, videos, etc. Meetings are normally conducted via Zoom. You need a laptop with the possibility to connect to the university network, microphone and camera.

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 such as the Institute of Sensor and Actuator Technology (ISAT) or the Technology Transfer Centre Automotive (TAC). They offer selected candidates the opportunity to participate in research and development projects. Other job possibilities in Coburg are available. Sometimes it depends on your level of German.
During the internship and the Master's thesis, students receive a salary from the companies of between 300 and 1,600 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 Siena, the International Office of the University of Siena will help you to get a double room in the dorms, or an agency will help you to find a private apartment. In Shanghai, you will have a double room in the international dorms on campus, or an agency will help you to find suitable accommodations near our partner university (USST).

Career advisory service

Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts maintains a cooperation agreement with the German Job Centre in Coburg to help students 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 of Applied Sciences and Arts

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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.