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):
- Mathematics for Signals & Controls
- Distributed and Parallel Systems
- Embedded Software Engineering
- Requirements Engineering
- Scientific & Transversal Skills
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
(The project and the Master's thesis can be done in combination with an internship.)