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The curriculum consists of courses belonging to the following areas:
- design of microelectronic and micromechanic devices
- software-based components
- system integration
- system optimisation regarding speed, cost, and energy efficiency
- safety and reliability
Educational organisationIn the first two semesters, ESE students will study the foundations needed for the design of embedded systems. These foundation courses are:
- Cyber-Physical Systems / Discrete Models
- Sensors and Actuators
- Assembly and Packaging Technology
- Modeling and System Identification
In the third and fourth semesters, ESE students can specialise in two concentration areas, one from the field of computer science (reliable embedded systems, distributed systems or robotics and computer visions) and one from the field of electronics (circuits and systems, design and simulation or sensors and actuators). In addition, they can take elective courses in the personal profile, which includes all courses offered at the Faculty of Engineering. These can be lectures, seminars or lab courses.
During the final project leading to the Master's thesis, the students are directly involved in one of the research projects at the Faculty of Engineering.
Forms of assessmentMost courses are assessed by written or oral exams. Some require submission and presentation of a paper or of a piece of project work.
Course objectivesThe goal of the Master's programme in Embedded Systems Engineering is to provide knowledge pertaining to the design, development and application of embedded systems. This includes skills required in order to develop microelectronic, micromechanic and software-based components and to integrate them into a complete system, taking speed, cost, and energy efficiency into account. Depending on the chosen concentration areas, students may specialise in circuits and systems, design and simulation, sensors and actuators, reliable embedded systems, distributed systems or robotics and computer vision.
Language requirementsApplicants must provide proof of their English AND German skills.
English: TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
German: B1 certificate (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR)
Academic requirementsApplicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in embedded systems, information technology, computer engineering, electronics, mechatronics, physics or a closely related field with an excellent CGPA or final grade.
To apply, please register for the online application portal on the website, enter your data, print the PDF form and send it by mail along with the following documents:
- a certified and (if necessary) translated copy (German or English) of your undergraduate diploma. If you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies, a certified transcript of records is sufficient.
- a certified and (if necessary) translated copy (German or English) of your grade transcript showing all courses taken and marks obtained, as well as the current average grade
- proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate)
- proof of German proficiency (B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
- curriculum vitae or résumé
- APS certificate (for Chinese and Vietnamese applicants only)
Enrolment feesApprox. 150 EUR per semester, including social contribution, administrative fee, and student representation
Costs of livingParticipants must make sure in good time that sufficient funds are available to finance their participation in a course of study. The average cost of living in Freiburg for one month is currently approx. 800-900 EUR. Some details:
- Student accommodation costs approx. 280-450 EUR (monthly).
- Private expenses amount to around 350 EUR (monthly).
- Health insurance is available for approx. 45-90 EUR (monthly).
- Transport: A special student fare for regional transport costs approx. 89 EUR (per semester).
Job opportunitiesFor well-qualified students, there are ample opportunities to work as a student assistant on campus.
Funding opportunities within the universityThe Faculty of Engineering offers performance-based scholarships of 2,400 EUR per year to the five best applicants.
Arrival supportOrientation week
The orientation week helps new Master's students find their way around the campus and local surroundings. Tutors accompany students to the immigration office and help them with all administrative matters. Guided tours of the campus and other important facilities are also offered.
Once you have applied for the programme, the coordinator will get in touch with you to help you prepare for your stay in Germany, find accommodation, register at the university and find answers to any questions you may have.
Each student is assigned to a professor who acts as their personal mentor throughout the study programme.