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M.Sc. Embedded Systems Engineering

Embedded systems are a key technology of modern society. Whether in the automotive industry, aerospace and medical technology or in telecommunications, media and entertainment industries - embedded systems always play a major role in state-of-the-art technology.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree in mechatronics, information technology, electronics or electrical engineering or computer science. Undergraduate knowledge in mathematics, computer science, physics and electrical engineering
  • English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 87)
  • German language proficiency (B1)

Facts and Figures

Scope: 120 ECTS credit points
Standard program duration:  4 semesters = 2 years
Language of instruction: English (some of the elective courses may be offered in German)

Intakes:

winter semester
(October) or summer semester (April)

Fees and Cost

German and EU nationals
  • 78 € to support the services offered by Studierendenwerk (SWFR)
  • 70 € administrative fee
  •   7 € to support the student council

Altogether 155 € per semester to be paid to the university.

Non-EU nationals
  • 1500 € tuition fees
  •     78 € to support the services offered by Studierendenwerk (SWFR)
  •     70 € administrative fee
  •       7 € to support the student council

Altogether 1655 € per semester to be paid to the university.

The living cost in Freiburg amounts to approximately 700 - 800 € per month.

Application

Application:

First step: Enter your data into our online application portal
Second step: Print the application you created in the online portal and send it by post (the address is specified on the application form you have created in the online application portal) along with the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your undergraduate diploma (if available)
  • A certified copy of your  transcript of marks (including your current or final average grade)
  • Proof of English proficiency*
  • Proof of German proficiency (certified copy)
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • APS certificate (only for applicants who have studied in China, Mongolia or Vietnam)


Additional documents that can be useful to submit:

  • GRE score
  • certificate about your rank in class rank
  • certificate about the average grade of your class
  • University entrance exam result from your home country (if applicable)
  • GATE result (India)

* English language certificate:
The following English language certificates are accepted: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English. Only native speakers are exempted from submitting one of these English language certificates. A confirmation that the medium of instruction at your university was English is not sufficient. IELTS and TOEFL scores should be sent by the test centre to the University of Freiburg (institutional code 7125 for ETS; the address for IELTS is the same as for your application). Alternatively, you may send a certified hard copy.


Please note: All documents must be submitted as hard copies. Soft copies or incomplete applications will not be considered. Certificates issued in a language other than German or English must be accompanied with a translation by an authorized translator. Application documents will not be returned to you (regardless of whether you are admitted or not).

Admission:


 

The admission committee will verify whether you fulfill the special prerequisites outlined in the admission regulations. For further information please contact the program coordinator (see contact persons).

Please note: University admission requirements may be subject to change prior to the start of the application period.

Application deadlines:

1 June (for non-EU nationals)
15 July (for EU nationals)

Please note: These deadlines do not refer to the date by which your online application must be completed, but to the last possible date by which all of your application documents must be received by the university.

 

FAQs pertaining to the application and admission procedure

Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Engineering

Curriculum

ESE Curriculum

The curriculum consists of courses belonging to the following areas:

  • Design of microelectronic and micromechanic devices
  • Software-based components
  • System integration
  • System optimization regarding speed, cost and energy efficiency
  • Safety and reliability

 

Six different concentration areas are offered:

  • Circuits and systems
  • Design and simulation
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Reliable embedded systems
  • Distributed systems
  • Robotics and computer visions

 

There are different kinds of courses, such as lectures, exercises, lab courses, seminars and projects. The state-of-the art equipment found at the laboratories at the Faculty of Engineering enhance a hands-on teaching style that combines research and teaching. With a flexible curriculum and a high number of elective courses, students can shape their individual profile.

Job Prospectives

Graduates of the Master's program in Embedded Systems Engineering can either apply for a PhD position or work as an engineer in a company. Potential employers are companies in the field of:

  • Automotive industry
  • Bio- and medical engineering (e.g. prosthetics or implants)
  • Automation
  • Energy
  • Communication
  • Security
  • Multimedia

Syllabus and Examination Regulations

Contact Persons

Do you have any questions concerning the application and admission procedure? Please contact the program coordinator:

Vorlage

Georges-Köhler-Allee 101
Room 101 02 013a
Phone: +49 761 203 8340
E-Mail:

Ms. Ursula Epe 


For questions pertaining to the curriculum, please contact the study advisors:

Vorlage

Georges-Köhler-Allee 101 02 13a
Phone: +49 761 203 8169
Georges-Köhler-Allee 102 01 217
Phone: +49 761 203 7496        
E-Mail:

Ms. Martina Nopper
Dr. Frank Goldschmidtböing

Testimonials

"(I like) ... the huge variety of elective courses and the possibility to take an unlimited number of lab courses."
"Lots of possibilities to apply  the knowledge gained in the theoretical courses."
"What I liked the most was the infrastructure at labs and facilities of the faculty"

Main Characteristics of the Program

Many Lab Courses in theLlabs of the Faculty of Engineering

Students can choose from a big variety of lab courses within the concentration areas, thus enabling them to attain some practical experience needed for their future career.
 

A Mentor for each Student

Each professor is in charge of a number of students whom s/he mentors. These mentors help you to organize your studies and are ready to answer your questions about studying abroad, finding a job, and more. 

Smart, Micro, Green

Green - Freiburg is renowned worldwide as a Green City. Since 2015, the Faculty of Engineering has had its own Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering. The researchers of this department build systems that hardly need any energy, have a long life cycle, and adapt themselves easily to difficult environmental conditions.

Smart - stands for autonomously acting robots, computers that learn to interpret pictures, or algorithms that become more and more intelligent and fast. In summary: At the Faculty of Engineering, smart stands for computer science.

Micro - Our researchers design tiny technical systems that handle complex tasks needed in medicine or in production plants. Nowadays each of us uses such systems on a daily basis - often without even noticing. Developing microsystems is an exciting and challenging job - not only for students but also for companies. Our study programs are the best preparation for a career in this field.

Studying engineering in Freiburg means that you will benefit from these three research areas, no matter which study field you choose. Smart, micro and green ideas will increasingly be needed. We offer to teach you the skills needed for developing these kinds of systems.

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Further Information

Website of the Department of Microsystems Engineering
Website of the Department of Computer Science
Orientation manual for new students (PDF)

PDF flyer of the study program