International Programmes 2019/2020

Elite Master of Science in Neuroengineering (MSNE) Elite Master of Science in Neuroengineering (MSNE)

Technische Universität München • München

Master of Science
[By completing an optional Research Excellence Certificate (30 ECTS), students will be awarded a degree with the special title "with honours".]
In cooperation with
Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB) / Elitenetzwerk Bayern
Teaching language
  • English

The programme is entirely taught in English. German language training at various levels is offered by TUM Language Center. 


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

All applicants: 31 May for the following winter semester
Applicants who need a visa to study in Germany are strongly advised to apply earlier (at the latest by the end of March).

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

The ENB Elite Master of Science programme in Neuroengineering (MSNE) at the Technische Universität München is a two-year graduate programme, with an optional Research Excellence Certificate, hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Center of Competence on Neuroengineering. The programme is interdisciplinary and combines experimental and theoretical neuroscience with profound training in engineering. Besides taking a series of mandatory core courses, students will have the opportunity to choose from electives from multiple disciplines and to gain research experience under the guidance of world-renowned faculty. The programme aims to attract high-profile international students. It will provide a unique skill set that will open up career possibilities beyond the conventional job market.

Course organisation

The programme is designed as a two-year full time (120 ECTS) Master of Science training, with an optional Research Excellence Certificate (additional 30 ECTS). The curriculum is innovative in the sense that all mandatory modules include hands-on implementation of acquired knowledge in small team projects with close supervision to ensure that the students are able to apply the relevant methods and techniques. Due to the interdisciplinary character, the mandatory modules ensure that all aspects of the qualification profile (neuroscience, engineering, mathematics, psychology, and informatics) are covered, while still leaving students the choice of the preferred form of implementation during tutorials and labs. The Literature Seminar, Scientific Debating, and Colloquium build a framework for the individual choice of a topic and related research papers, strengthening students' abilities to identify relevant research, analyse the research, and write about this research. Furthermore, the programme includes one or two individual research projects (of 8 and 12 ECTS, respectively) during the semester breaks to enable students to perform independent research early during their education.
We offer a mandatory set of core courses to cover all basic aspects of neuroengineering from brain anatomy to neurorecording, electronics, and computational processing. Thereby, MSNE students acquire a rich toolbox and a deep understanding of neuroengineering concepts, despite the breadth of the field. The courses are conducted in a way that sets the framework for each topic covered. During the tutorials and labs, students have the opportunity to focus on individual problems as they work towards the individual qualification for research excellence. Students are free to select remaining courses ("Learning Agreement"). The overall timeline is three semesters of classes. This includes hands-on projects and intensive study projects during the semester breaks (possibly abroad). The fourth semester is dedicated to the mandatory Master's thesis.

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A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Other
Description of other international elements

Highly international university and MSNE-associated faculty, international guest researchers, research projects may be performed abroad

Integrated internships

The research projects after semester one (optional) and semester two (mandatory) give students first-hand exposure to the individual independent application of learned concepts. All associated faculty and international partners agree to offer small, tightly supervised research projects during the semester breaks, thereby allowing students to explore their interests and pursue an early specialisation. Students have the option to publish the results of these research projects as small papers and present these papers at the NeuroEngineering Summit (after the third semester).

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • Other (e.g. state level)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
129.40 EUR per semester
Costs of living
Naturally, the cost of living in Munich depends on your needs and your lifestyle. Compared to other German cities, however, living in Munich is relatively expensive. As a rule, you can expect to spend 1,000 EUR a month. Most of this will be for rent.

Average costs per person:
i) Rent for shared living or studio apartment (including utilities) at least 550 EUR
ii) Food at least 200 EUR
iii) Local public transit 60 to 100 EUR
iv) Health insurance 50 to 120 EUR
v) Phone/Internet/radio and TV fees 45 EUR

If you are bringing your domestic partner or family to Munich, the costs will increase accordingly. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment ranges from 800 to 1200 EUR a month. A cheaper alternative to the private rental market is living in a student dormitory at the Munich student union. However, rooms in student dormitories are very popular and there are usually long waiting lists.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a university that is rated H+ at Anabin in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Bio-Medical Engineering, Psychology with an Engineering minor, or a similar degree

Paper-based assessment and interview

Language requirements

The following documents providing your proficiency in the English language are accepted:

  • An original document issued by the university stating the language of instruction throughout the Bachelor's studies was English. The confirmation has to be sealed. Proof of citizenship in an English-speaking country is also accepted.
  • TOEFL score report

The minimum scores are: 88 (ibT), 234 (CbT), 605 (PbT)
An authenticated copy or the original document submitted directly or the TOEFL office is accepted.
TOEFL-code: university: 7806; department: 99
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.

  • IELTS (Academic) score report

The minimum score is 6.5 (overall score)
An authenticated copy or the original document submitted directly or the IELTS office is accepted.

  • University of Cambridge Examination (ESOL) score report

Required grades are A, B, or C in CAE or CPE.
An authenticated copy or original document submitted directly or the institution issuing the document is accepted.


Application deadline

All applicants: 31 May for the following winter semester
Applicants who need a visa to study in Germany are strongly advised to apply earlier (at the latest by the end of March).

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

Students can apply for jobs as research assistants or teaching assistants.


It’s not easy to find a place to live in Munich – but it’s not impossible either! The Technische Universität München (TUM) supports students and staff in their search for accommodation, providing personal advice, in-house listings and useful information to ensure that you can quickly find a place to call your own.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Specialist counselling
Supervisor-student ratio
Mandatory modules: approx. 1:20 in classes, approx. 1:10 in labs

Technische Universität München

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The Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities, with around 550 professors, 41,000 students, and 10,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economics and social sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for society, in that it profits from having strong partners in science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006 and 2012, it won recognition as a German "Excellence University". In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the best universities in Germany.

30 Percentage of international students
21 Percentage of international scientists

University Location

Munich is a city with a cosmopolitan, international outlook. In all areas of life - from economy to science, culture to sport, nightlife to nature - people from all over the world are drawn to Munich’s creative, dynamic happening lifestyle. TUM’s historic campus is located right in the middle of the city’s museum quarter. You can go straight from a conference at a major company’s HQ to the peaceful expanse of the “English Gardens”. Germany’s largest university sports community is based in the Olympic Park. From the roof terrace of TUM’s city campus, the Alps look close enough to touch, and the clear waters of the Bavarian lakes are just an hour away.