International Programmes 2022/2023

Master's in Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) Master's in Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE)

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts • Dortmund

Degree
Master of Engineering (MEng)
In cooperation with
  • University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA), Kiev, Ukraine
  • West Ukrainian National University (WUNU), Ternopil, Ukraine
  • IMC Krems, Krems, Austria
  • KTU Kaunas, Lithuania
  • University of Latvia (LU), Riga, Latvia
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

Courses are held in English (100%). Students can use German for written assignments and their theses, too.

Full-time / part-time
  • full-time
Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
Application deadline

Application deadline:

15 June for the following winter semester

Pre-application process:

In order to verify whether you meet the requirements for admission to the programme before submitting your application, all applicants (EU, German, non-EU) are highly recommended to submit their relevant documents (Bachelor's degree, Bachelor's transcript, language certificate) for a pre-check. We start with the pre-check in April.

After successfully passing the pre-check, you will receive instructions and a link to the online portal.

Here you can find the link to the Pre-Check Service: https://precheck.go-study-europe.de/

Please check: https://www.fh-dortmund.de/en/studies/application-enrollment.php

Application process:

We only accept online applications. You will be guided to the application portal after doing the pre-check (described above).

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

From University to High-Tech Industry – Join the English-taught Master's in Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) multidisciplinary programme at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Fachhochschule Dortmund). Study in a friendly international environment, with projects turning cutting-edge knowledge into practical experience in the dynamically growing high-tech industries of the German Ruhr Valley region.

Mechatronics is everywhere – embedded system software in the domain of mechatronics is a driving force for today's and tomorrow’s technological progress impacting almost every industry with high-tech solutions. When you graduate with a Master's of Engineering in Embedded Systems Engineering, having a wide-range scientific and technological expertise, you will be highly proficient in at least one following of our curriculum specialisations:

  • automotive systems
  • robotics & computer vision
  • microelectronics and hardware engineering
  • embedded software engineering

Upon completion of this Master’s programme, you will be able to comprehensively research and provide state-of-the-art solutions for high-tech problems.

Our students have key advantages of studying ESE at the FH Dortmund:

  • Wide research and job opportunities for our students and many career opportunities for our graduates in German and international companies, e.g. in the Ruhr Valley industrial region
    Our graduates work at Bosch, Siemens, Volkswagen AG, Daimler, to name a few.
  • Culturally diverse international teams and class experience
  • Interactive learning methods
  • International events and conferences, as well as a semester abroad exchange programmes
  • Research opportunities in our Research Institute for the Digital Transformation (IDiAL)
  • Scholarship opportunities and dormitory access
  • Hands-on experience, practical approaches
  • International networking
  • We are more than a university, we are family – we support students and staff in achieving an equitable balance between study, professional, and family life.

 

More information on the Master's in Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) programme:

Course organisation

The international Master's in Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) programme is taught in four semesters including the Master's thesis. It is a full-time practice-oriented programme with a workload of 3,600 hours and 120 credit points (ECTS).

The first two semesters consist of five modules each. In the second and third semesters, students may study their chosen specialisation. The programme finishes with a Master's thesis.

Master's thesis topics comprise university research projects or industrial development/research. All classes and labs as well as course documentation and exams are in English. Students can use German for written assignments and write their thesis in German.

Compulsory modules (each Module 6 ECTS):

First semester

  • Mathematics for Signals & Controls
  • Distributed and Parallel Systems
  • Embedded Software Engineering
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Scientific & Transversal Skills

Second semester

  • Mechatronic Systems Engineering
  • Microelectronics & HW/SW Co-Design
  • R&D Project Management
  • Signals and Control Systems 1
  • Elective 1

Third semester – specialisation and research project

  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Research Project

Fourth semester

  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Elective Modules (each module 6 ECTS):

  • Applied Embedded Systems
  • Smart Home & Smart Building & Smart City
  • SW Architectures for Embedded and Mechatronic Systems
  • Signals and Systems for Automated Driving
  • IoT & Edge Computing
  • Robotic Vision
  • Signals & Control Systems 2
  • Formal Methods
  • System on Chip Design
  • Automotive Systems
  • Hardware Project
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Software for Robots
  • Embedded Systems Hardware Design and Rapid Prototyping
  • Trends in Embedded and Mechatronic Systems
  • Radar Systems
  • ARV
  • Research Seminar

The didactic model of the programme involves lectures (partly online), practical elements, and scientific elements. The practical elements include work with industry and society. The teaching elements are mainly designed as block lectures. Therefore, the programme can be studied part-time in a very flexible way while working in a company. Students have the possibility to receive academic recognition of job-related achievements. The third semester can also be used as an exchange semester with one of the partner universities. The electives allow for a specialisation on a topic such as an application domain. Furthermore, courses from a Master's programme on project management or a programme on digital transformation can be selected. The research project and the Master's thesis can be conducted in cooperation with a company or within a research project at the university.

Further information and detailed descriptions of each module can be found here:
Master's in Embedded Systems Engineering – Module Handbook

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A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Study trips
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The third semester will focus on a project in one selected area leading to a specialisation in one of the application domains for embedded systems.

Typically, participants spend this semester at a university within the EuroPIM consortium. Projects can also be organised as joint projects within the consortium.

Integrated internships

None
(The project and the Master's thesis can be done in combination with an internship.)

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DAAD
  • ERASMUS+
Name of DAAD funding programme
DAAD Strategic Partnerships
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Yes
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution

Enrolment fees are approx. 330 EUR per semester. The fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

Costs of living

Approx. 850 EUR per month to cover personal expenses

Funding opportunities within the university
No
Academic admission requirements

Academic admission requirements include the completion of a “Diplom” or Bachelor's course of study of Information Technology, Electrical Engineering or (Technical) Computer Science at a university of applied sciences ("Fachhochschule") or a university, or the completion of a corresponding accredited Bachelor's qualification programme at a university of cooperative education ("Berufsakademie") with an overall grade of at least “good” (2.5).
In addition, competences in the field of study of Embedded Systems and Software Engineering on a sufficient level need to be demonstrated. It must be evident that previous studies included a thesis.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills:

  • TOEFL iBT 90 points (Internet-based)
  • TOEFL ITP 550 points
  • IELTS 6.5
  • or equivalent

Certificates should not be older than two years.

Application deadline

Application deadline:

15 June for the following winter semester

Pre-application process:

In order to verify whether you meet the requirements for admission to the programme before submitting your application, all applicants (EU, German, non-EU) are highly recommended to submit their relevant documents (Bachelor's degree, Bachelor's transcript, language certificate) for a pre-check. We start with the pre-check in April.

After successfully passing the pre-check, you will receive instructions and a link to the online portal.

Here you can find the link to the Pre-Check Service: https://precheck.go-study-europe.de/

Please check: https://www.fh-dortmund.de/en/studies/application-enrollment.php

Application process:

We only accept online applications. You will be guided to the application portal after doing the pre-check (described above).

Submit application to

Only online application is allowed. Please send all requests to:
service-ese@fh-dortmund.de

Find more information on our website:
https://www.fh-dortmund.de/ese

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Not offered by the university

Students have good chances to find a paid internship or student job, especially in the third and fourth semesters.

Accommodation

All suggestions regarding accommodations are available at https://www.fh-dortmund.de/en/studies/housing.php and https://www.fh-dortmund.de/en/studies/living-and-housing.php.

Students can also find accommodations on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student hall of residence is approx. 300 EUR.

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts does not have an internal accommodation office. It is the responsibility of each student to find her/his own accommodation.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Buddy programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Visa matters
  • Welcome event

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts

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Building of the Faculty of Computer Science © Fachhochschule Dortmund, University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Fachhochschule Dortmund) is future-oriented with a more than a 100-year-old history. The world is changing – and our modern university is changing, too.

  • Study and teaching here is geared towards practical problem-solving.
  • Our highly experienced professors are cementing the link between theory and practice.
  • Internationality and diversity: engaged worldwide, we motivate our students to take at least one semester abroad at our partner universities in the EU.
  • We are a family-friendly university keeping the best balance between studying and personal life.
  • The university offers over 80 study options, in eight faculties:
  1. Computer Sciences
  2. Information Technology
  3. Mechanical engineering
  4. Electrical engineering
  5. Applied Social Sciences
  6. Economics
  7. Architecture
  8. Design

We have years of experience in international education successfully offering three international Master’s degree study programmes:

Furthermore, we offer the Ruhr Master's School.

We motivate our students to go abroad for at least one semester to extend their professional network and experience, improve language skills and develop intercultural competences.

1,500 Number of international students
400 Teaching staff and lecturers

University location

Go study in Dortmund

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts welcomes foreign students who want to come and study at the Faculty of Computer Science as degree-seeking students or exchange students who study here for one or two semesters.

The Faculty of Computer Science receives international students from all over the world. They usually come from partner institutions and follow a course of study agreed with their home institutions or participate in our international Master's courses of study as degree-seeking students.

Foreign students have access to all campus facilities and are assisted by the International Office in all matters of enrolment, housing and visas. The following website contains general information for all incoming international students, from application forms to health insurance matters:

https://www.fh-dortmund.de/en/international/io.php

To find out what the city of Dortmund has to offer, see the following website for information and impressions of this dynamic city in the Ruhr area.

http://www.dortmund.de/en/index.html