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M.Sc. Microsystems Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
University of Freiburg


Address University of Freiburg, Faculty of Engineering, Georges-Koehler-Allee 101, 79110 Freiburg, Germany
Tel. No. +49 (0)761 203 8340
E-mail address
Course M.Sc. Microsystems Engineering
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 2 years
Date of commencement October (application deadline for EU-citizens June 1, non EU-citizens May 1)
Class size 35-40
Cost/Fees EU-citizens: 155 Euro per semester
Non EU-citizens: 1655 Euro per semester
Accommodation International students will either receive a room in the students’ residences or assistance in finding a room on the private housing market.
Student grants / financial assistance Part funding offered to outstanding applicants
Top recruiters of our graduates Siemens, Bosch, Sick, Infineon and more
Exchange partner schools College of Engineering, University of Michigan / USA,
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Graduate School of Engineering
(and others)
Admissions requirements Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering with an excellent GPA, TOEFL (iBT 92-93) or IELTS Band 6.5, GRE
Student profile 1. 95% international students
2. Ratio Men/Women: Men 77 % Women 23 %
3. Age Range: 23 – 27 years
4. Average Age: 25.5
Contact person for application Ursula Epe
Course director Prof. Dr. Moritz Diehl


About the Master's program in Microsystems Engineering

Microsystems, MEMS or micromachines: many names for an exciting and dynamic engineering discipline which combines expertise from areas as diverse as electrical engineering, biology, manufacturing technology and chemistry and thus allows engineers to conceive highly miniaturized, multi-functional systems used for medical and diagnostic purposes, in communication and information systems as well as in the automotive industry.

The Master's program in Microsystems Engineering is designed for highly qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor's degree in engineering or science. The MSc. in Microsystems Engineering (MSE) provides the educational basis for your success in this highly innovative field.

MSE is a very versatile program. It comprises not only microelectronics, but also micromechanics, optical microsystems, micro-actuators, micro-fluidics, biomedical microsystems and technologies for their fabrication. Although from the third semester on you can specialize in two of seven concentration areas, in the first year you will have compulsory courses in all areas which play a role for microsystems engineering.

Concentrations are offered in the areas of:

* Circuits and systems
* Design and simulation
* Life sciences: Biomedical engineering
* Life sciences: Lab-on-a-chip
* Materials
* Process engineering
* Sensors and actuators

Essential for the successful completion of the Master’s degree is submission of a Master’s thesis, which is based on a project performed during the third and fourth semesters of the program. Each student works as a member of one of the 21 research groups of the department, with full access to laboratory and cleanroom infrastructure.

This program is given in English. Our faculty members as well as our students come from all over the world and create an international atmosphere on-campus.

About the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK)

The Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) is unique in Europe. Its scientific scope, with currently 22 professors and over 300 research and technical staff, encompasses nearly all technical fields relevant to the world of microsystems, focusing in particular on energy autonomous microsystems, intelligent systems, lab-on-a-chip and biomedical microsystems, intelligent materials, surfaces and processes as well as optical systems. Situated on a new campus, IMTEK features modern facilities including a cleanroom, electronics, optics, chemistry and robotics laboratories and mobile computer pools for students.

About the University of Freiburg

In October 2007 the University of Freiburg was selected by the German government to become one out of 9 "Universities of Excellence". This demonstrates its top position among German universities, also documented in nationwide rankings. Besides its excellence in research and teaching, the scholarly diversity is above all what attracts so many students to Freiburg`s Alma Mater. The University of Freiburg consists of 11 Faculties, which offer degree programmes in theology, mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, pharmacy, geo sciences, forestry, computer science and microsystems engineering. The university library holds more than two million volumes as well as multimedia facilities. All students have the opportunity to join the General University Sports Association, which offers 35 different kinds of sports.

With 30,000 students, Freiburg is clearly a college town. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere coupled with the large spectrum of cultural offerings has made Freiburg one of the most attractive destinations for students.

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