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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 April
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1046pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    The Elite Master's study programme Advanced Signal Processing and Communications Engineering ASC is a four-semester MSc programme within the "Elitenetzwerk Bayern" (Elite Network of Bavaria), an initiative for highly qualified students who aim for higher career goals. ASC is taught by select faculty members and renowned international guest lecturers. It is designed for holders of excellent Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related disciplines.
    Admission is granted to highly talented individuals only. Applicants that are in doubt whether they meet the tough admission standards are encouraged to simultaneously apply to other MSc programmes of FAU.
    The programme structure complies with internationally recognised Master's programmes.
    In addition to the majority of those, it involves intensified research-based training in close collaboration with outstanding faculty members in order to speed up subsequent doctoral education.
    Publication of research results is strongly encouraged and travel costs for conference presentations will be covered.
    A summer school, a winter school, and a kick-off seminar are mandatory components of the curriculum.
    ASC focuses on interdisciplinary concepts that are fundamental for advanced technologies in the areas of signal processing and communications. Besides information theory, coding, and statistical signal processing, these are machine learning, optimisation, and game theory. Students deepen the broad interdisciplinary scope of these topics choosing various areas of specialisation.
    Select faculty members guide the students in composing their own curricula tailored to their individual interests and career goals.
    The four-semester curriculum starts with a kick-off seminar right before the winter semester. The study programme includes three research projects, one of them being the six-month Master's thesis.
    A winter school complements the scientific education with soft skills in general, and people management and business development in particular.
    A summer school prepares the students for the research-based training in the second year of the programme. Furthermore, students can opt for participation in various events organised by the Elitenetzwerk Bayern.
    All courses are taught in English and do not require prior knowledge of the German language. Students can opt for intensive language courses in German to open the door to career opportunities in Germany. Students requiring financial support will be offered part-time work contracts with the involved institutes to cover their subsistence costs in Erlangen.

    Educational organisation

    This two-year programme consists of lectures, exercises, seminars, experimental laboratories, research projects, a summer school, a winter school, and a kick-off seminar in Advanced Signal Processing and Communications Engineering and a six-month period for the Master's thesis. In addition, students are able to attend German language courses or optimise their abilities in soft skills seminars.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    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

    All ASC students can be employed as student assistants at the university. The salary amounts to 450 EUR or more per month.

    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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