International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Science in Computer Engineering Master of Science in Computer Engineering

Paderborn University • Paderborn

Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Teaching language
  • English


Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

Winter semester (starting in October): 31 May
Summer semester (starting in April): 30 November

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

Computer engineering as a key discipline of the information society requires knowledge and skills from both computer science and electrical engineering. Computer engineering at the University of Paderborn is an innovative and research-oriented study programme with an internationally established curriculum.

The curriculum starts with mandatory modules in computer science (Advanced Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, Hardware/Software Co-Design) and electrical engineering (Circuit and System Design, Statistical Signal Processing). Students then choose a specialisation out of the following six focus areas:

  • Embedded Systems
  • Nano/Microelectronics
  • Computer Systems
  • Communication and Networks
  • Signal, Image and Speech Processing
  • Control and Automation

Students have to earn a certain number of credit points (CP) by completing modules from their focus area and, additionally, a smaller number of CP by taking other elective courses according to their interests.

Furthermore, students have to complete the Scientific Work module, which comprises a seminar and an elective course in the area of languages, scientific writing, or presentation.

A main element of the Master's programme is the Project Group module. Here, teams of about eight to 16 students work together on a research-related project for one year.

The final part of the programme is the Master's project, including a work plan and the preparation and writing of the Master's thesis, which usually takes place during the last semester.

The Master in Computer Engineering is a joint offer by our Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering & Information Technology. Both departments regularly receive top rankings in Germany. Our research strength allows students to obtain the fundamental background necessary for undertaking a PhD. Our close cooperation with industrial partners guarantees practice-oriented lectures and provides students with many opportunities to get in contact with prospective future employers. We provide a stimulating atmosphere in an international and interdisciplinary study environment. Our well-structured programme, the excellent equipment, and the intensive interaction between students and faculty ensure successful graduation.

Course organisation

The programme is organised into the following modules (courses), with an overall workload of 120 ECTS credit points (CP):
1. Two mandatory modules in Computer Science (2 x 6 ECTS CP)
2. Two mandatory modules in Electrical Engineering (2 x 6 ECTS CP)
3. Elective modules in one focus area (24 ECTS CP)
4. Further elective modules (18 ECTS CP)
5. Scientific Work module (6 ECTS CP)
6. Project Group module (18 ECTS CP)
7. Master's project module (30 ETCS CP)

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Integrated internships

Internships are not a required part of the Master's programme.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
Approx. 290 EUR per semester. The fee includes a semester ticket covering all regional public transport in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Costs of living
Approx. 650 EUR per month is needed to cover personal expenses.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

BSc in Computer Engineering or a related subject with a very good CGPA. Alternatively, a GRE test with a score of at least 157 points in "Qualitative Reasoning" and at least 4.0 in "Analytical Writing".

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills at level C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g., TOEFL iBT 80, TOEFL (paper-based) 550, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) B, or British Council IELTS minimum band 6.5.

Applicants holding a Bachelor's degree from an institution in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, or the USA do not have to provide proof of their English skills.

Application deadline

Winter semester (starting in October): 31 May
Summer semester (starting in April): 30 November

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many opportunities for students to find employment, either as one of the university's student assistants (for research or teaching) or in one of the many positions outside the university.


University dormitory
Dormitories of the "Studentenwerk Paderborn" (affiliated with Paderborn University)

Private dormitory
Dormitory of b.i.b. International College:

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

Paderborn University

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Paderborn University is a campus university within walking distance to the city centre. A large number of student residences are located on campus. The campus provides a wide range of services and facilities, including an excellent "Mensa" (canteen), sports facilities, and a small theatre.

University Location

Despite its very modern service- and entertainment-oriented appeal, Paderborn also offers opportunities for the historically inclined, such as a 700-year-old cathedral overlooking the city centre. Paderborn is known to be a very safe place, and it also offers lots of attractions and opportunities for students to enjoy themselves. The most famous among the attractions is the annual "Libori" funfair, but you might also enjoy the quieter Christmas market in December.