Last Updated on August 28, 2023
Master of Science (MSc)
The core programme is taught in English only. Elective courses and the thesis can be in English or German.
Winter and summer semester
Summer semester: 31 October
Winter semester: 30 April
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master’s degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme
Embedded Computing Systems (ESY) is a four-semester Master’s programme. A total of 120 ECTS must be acquired.
In general, developing embedded systems requires competences in several areas:
- System architectures: hardware and software
- Design methodologies: system-level modelling, design techniques, testing, and verification
- Embedded systems application areas: knowledge on application areas is needed for optimised embedded systems solutions
The curriculum consists of a core programme, an elective programme, and a Master’s thesis. The core programme covers the fundamentals of embedded computing systems and offers education in all three teaching areas. The elective programme allows you to sharpen your personal profile by selecting specific courses from TUK and its associated research institutes.
Core Programme (35-55 CPs)
The core programme contains the mandatory courses that will teach you the fundamentals of embedded systems design.
In order to understand how an embedded system works, you will study processor architectures and practice their design in Architecture of Digital Systems I and the Embedded Processor Lab. These courses give you an introduction into modern RISC processors and other important processor architectures as they are widely used in today’s embedded systems. The courses Architecture of Digital Systems II and the Embedded Systems Laboratory enhance the focus from processors to systems that contain further components and communication structures.
Embedded system engineering is more than just hardware design. As we move from the components of the system to understanding the system as a whole, we are also confronted with various aspects of software design. In the courses Real-Time Systems I and Operating Systems, you will learn how the software distributes tasks and organises correct communication between all components in a system.
It is daily practice for SoC designers to work with Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. Therefore, it is important to understand how these tools work internally and how they map to microelectronic circuits and components. You will study those aspects in the courses Synthesis and Optimisation of Microelectronic Systems I and Microelectronic Circuit and System Design I. The course Verification of Digital Systems (with lab) introduces the fundamentals of Electronic Design Automation and their application to formal design verification.
Elective Programme (35-55 CPs)
The elective programme allows you to build your own personal profile and to gain additional competences in fields that are most interesting to you. You can select from a wide range of modules available at TUK. An individual study plan is created and mutually agreed on between the student and the ESY programme adviser.
Master’s Thesis (30 CPs)
The last part of the curriculum is the Master’s thesis. In general, the Master’s thesis is embedded into larger research projects conducted at TUK, at local research institutes, or in industry. The topic of your Master’s thesis is determined during your second or third semester of studies.
A Diploma supplement will be issuedYesInternational elements
- International guest lecturers
- Specialist literature in other languages
- Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Internships are not an integral part of the curriculum, but they can be carried out on a voluntary basis.Course-specific, integrated German language courses No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses No
Costs / Funding
Tuition fees per semester in EURNoneSemester contribution
Enrolment fee: approx. 240 EUR per semester, includes e.g. free transport in the area around Kaiserslautern (up to 100 km), more than 50 free university sports courses, and more.
Assessment fee: 60 EUR single payment for verification of foreign certificates (you will get an invoice after submitting your application).
Recommended: German Language & Orientation Course for international Master’s students: 750 EUR single paymentCosts of living
High standard of living at low cost
Monthly costs: in total approx. 800 EUR to cover all personal expenses, e.g. accommodation: approx. 300 EUR; health insurance: approx. 100 EUR; food: approx. 250 EUR
Cost of living – a snapshot of regional prices:
– Meal in refectory: 2.40 EUR
– Loaf of bread: 1.50 EUR
– Orange juice (1 litre): 1 EUR
– Rice (1kg): 0.90 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university No
Requirements / Registration
Academic admission requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or an equivalent foreign degree in a related field
- TOEFL or IELTS English certificate
- GRE is recommended
- CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average): The Bachelor’s grade shall be not lower than 1.7 in the German grading system (in general relates to “B” in the ECTS grading system) or equivalent.
A good knowledge of English is required for the admission to this programme of study. You need to prove your English language skills for this Master’s programme with minimum scores of:
- 550 points (on the paper-based test)
- 213 points (on the computer-based test)
- 79/80 points (on the Internet-based test)
IELTS: 6.0 pointsApplication deadline
Summer semester: 31 October
Winter semester: 30 April
Submit application to
Online application only, no paper documents