Communications and Multimedia Engineering (CME)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Mar 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:1755 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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The Master's study programme Communications and Multimedia Engineering CME is a four-semester MSc engineering programme taught in English, designed for Bachelor's degree holders from Electrical Engineering, Communication Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or Physics. It emphasises the fundamental concepts of advanced communications and multimedia and paves the way to research and advanced development in world-class academic institutions and industry for audio, multimedia, and communications. The programme structure complies with internationally recognised Master's programmes and meets the requirements for subsequent doctoral studies. The four-semester curriculum starts in the winter semester and includes a six-month thesis project. All courses are taught in English and do not require prior knowledge of the German language. Furthermore, CME provides intensive language courses in German to open the door to a local career.
Evidently, communications and multimedia technologies have experienced a rapid growth within the last few years and have attained high economic importance worldwide. This progress is mainly driven by theoretical achievements based on highly complex mathematical concepts and algorithms and by the application of modern abstract methods. Examples are numerous in digital speech, audio and video coding, digital transmission and communication networks. In many cases, a few very young scientists with outstanding intellectual and creative abilities join in their efforts and drive technical progress to market success. With this background CME wants to provide students with a solid basis to reach for their individual goals.

Educational organisation

This two-year programme consists of lectures, exercises, seminars, and experimental laboratories in Communications and Multimedia Engineering and a six-month period for the Master's thesis. In addition, students are able to attend a three-semester German language course or optimise their abilities in soft skills seminars.
Part-time studies are possible.
Duration: eight semesters/about 12 hours per week; it is possible to switch to full-time studies during the programme

Course objectives

Students who choose CME strive for insight into the underlying principles of current communication and multimedia technologies and want to apply solid theory to achieve practically relevant solutions. They will be encouraged to connect to big players in audio, medical systems, and mobile and optical communications.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills, e.g. TOEFL or an equivalent internationally recognised test.

Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree in
  • electrical engineering
  • communication engineering
  • computer science
  • applied mathematics or physics

Enrolment fees

The contribution to student services currently amounts to 42 EUR per semester. An additional charge of 65 EUR per semester covers the mandatory basic "semester ticket", a transit pass that provides students with unlimited access to public transport in the metropolitan region of Nuremberg from 7pm to 6am on weekdays and at all times at weekends. (For an additional optional charge, the validity of the pass can be extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.)

Costs of living

The cost of living can only be approximated very generally, as the needs and living conditions of every student are different.
Rent: 250-600 EUR per month
Health insurance, doctor, medicine: approximately 70 EUR per month
Food: approximately 165 EUR per month
Study materials: approximately 30 EUR per month (depending on the subject)
Transport: minimum 65 EUR per semester
Student services: 42 EUR per semester
For more information, see:
General information on the average cost of living in Germany is available online:

Job opportunities

Students are encouraged to work as research assistants at the university departments. In addition, the coordinators and study advisers help students to find internships and student jobs. Erlangen is one of the most successful cities in Germany. There are plenty of job opportunities for students, e.g. one of Siemens's headquarters is located in Erlangen.

Funding opportunities within the university

The Central Office for International Affairs offers scholarships from Bavarian state funding to allow highly qualified international students in Master's, "Diplom", and State Exam degree courses to complete their degrees.

Arrival support

Active support in the following areas:
  • finding accommodation
  • enrolment
  • management matters
  • pick-up service
  • detailed kick-off meeting
  • qualified course guidance

Services and support for international students

The Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) will provide you with detailed information on all important topics relating to your studies (study courses, subject combinations, application requirements, support with organising your study programme and complying with all assessment/examination requirements) and on settling in at the beginning of the semester (coping with particular difficulties, changing subjects or suspending studies). For more information, see
The Career Service of FAU will provide you with information on career opportunities and the specifics of an application procedure in Germany. For information, see:
The Student Service Centres (SSC) and student advisers in the faculties will provide you with further advice on your particular course of study. Programme coordinators organise subject-related orientation events and guide you through the entire study period.
The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) will provide you with detailed information on accommodation, visa issues, and scholarship possibilities. In cooperation with the IBZ, it also organises information events and general orientation courses for first-semester-students.
The Alumni network provides students with many topics and events for professional advancement. See:


Erlangen and Nuremberg are attractive cities with a historic flair and modern infrastructure. Therefore, the housing market is quite tight. FAU will do its best to assist new students in finding accommodation.
Student halls in Erlangen and Nuremberg can only provide accommodation for a small number of students. Another option is the private housing market. If you extend your search to neighbouring towns, such as Fürth and Forchheim, your choice of accommodation is much larger and rents are lower, while the well-developed local public transport system ensures that you're never far away from the university. In addition, there is the option to sublet a room, or you can share a flat with other students. This option not only saves you money but also helps you settle in quickly and make friends in your new home. You can find information to help with your housing search on specialised websites and the university's notice boards.
Detailed information on finding accommodation is available at
If you need further assistance, you can also turn to the Accommodation Service of the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA). E-mail:
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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 123 / Semester(s) Foreign:$ 123 / Semester(s)
Deadline: May 31, 2024 41 place StudyQA ranking: 3656 You need IELTS certificate