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M.Sc. Systems Design

Degree awarded
Master of Science in Engineering (M.Sc.)

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS), Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach, Austria

+43 5 90500-7700

+43 5 90500-1110

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
4 semester

Date of commencement
The semester starts in October

Application deadline
I: 01.11.-15.03.2024
II: 16.03.-15.05.2024
III: 16.05.-15.07.2024
IV: 16.07.-30.09.2024

For applicants from outside Europe:
Due to visa and legalization processing, we accept applications only from period I & II

Cost / fees
Tuition fee: EURO 363.36 per semester + Austrian Students Union Fee (ÖH) EURO 20.70

Please contact the University

Admission requirements
Students of the School of Engineering & IT should demonstrate strengths in the following areas:

- Technical understanding
- Reasoning power
- Good English, mathematics, and computer skills
- Creativity
- Enjoyment of innovative developments

Please apply online via our online tool. The following documents are mandatory: - CV
- Portrait Photo
- Passport
- School leaving certificate
- Academic transcript of records
- Motivation letter
- Proof of English language skills
- 2 Letters of recommendation
- Short description of your Bachelor Thesis or another academic paper written by you

Please submit your application documents online (free of charge) and we will be happy to check your admission requirements. You can also apply for two degree programs at the same time. In this case, we require a letter of motivation for each degree program.

Programme Director
FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Wolfgang Werth

Contact details for application
CUAS Info-Center +43 5 90500 7700

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Information on all Master´s degree programs
Monday, November 20, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

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  • M.Sc. Communication Engineering
  • M.Sc. Electrical Energy & Mobility Systems
  • B.Sc. Green Transition Engineering
  • M.Sc. Medical Engineering and Analytics
  • M.Sc. Industrial Power Electronics
  • M.Sc. Integrated Systems and Circuits Design

  • Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)

    M.Sc. Systems Design

    Cope with complex and cross-circular systems

    The complexity of technical systems is steadily increasing: Our society uses more devices than ever to improve everyday life, while at the same time multiple industries are searching for new ways to enhance their processes through the means of digitalization. Nowadays, engineers have to cope with complex and cross-circular systems rather than with clearly assigned single components. Many businesses are already struggling to find sufficient experts who can navigate the intricate challenges of new emerging technologies. The Master Degree program “Systems Design” offers special opportunities for those who seek to accept these challenges.

    Wide variety

    The program spans over four semesters and includes a wide variety of courses that prepare for a career in engineering. Students acquire detailed knowledge of Mathematics, Systems Theory, Informatics, Control Systems, Data Analysis, and Circuit Design. Modern technical developments are also key for mastering the requirements of Systems Design: Data Science, Robotics, Circuit Design, Sensors, and Automatic Control are being discussed with great detail over the course of the program. The master program is all about combining theory and practical applications. Students take the advantage of an interdisciplinary training that enables them to gradually solve problems. In order to achieve that, the program focuses on special knowledge in areas from Control and Embedded Systems, to electronic devices and semi-conductors processes.

    Additionally, the degree program Systems Design allows students to gain in-depth technical knowledge in some areas of specialization Those additional specializations enable students to deepen their interests and shape their future career paths.

    In the fourth semester students are tasked with writing their Master thesis in conjunction with a work placement. On completing the final examination, after four semesters, students are awarded the Master of Science in Engineering, MSc.


    “Systems Design” is an engineering program that offers a wide, advanced theory-based education for designing systems. Systems Design graduates are able to understand, develop, and modify complex technical systems in the fields of Electronics and Mechatronics. Their skills include the designing and implementing of complex technical systems with special regards to a holistic design in an earlier phase of planning and conceptualizing. The focus of the degree program is the training of self-dependent engineers who have special knowledge in areas such as Embedded Systems, Electronics, Mechatronics, IT, or Control Engineering.

    With Data Science being a core competence of Systems Design graduates, the Master program prepares students for a successful and powerful career in engineering as well as for a track in academics and research. Graduates work as planning, development, system, plant, and production engineers as well as in management and leading positions. Skilled Systems Designers are in high demand for an industry that offers a wide variety of occupational areas.

    Key learning outcomes

    Graduates of the Master’s degree program Systems Design are able to:
    • Demonstrate deeper knowledge of mathematics, computer science, systems theory, modeling and simulation, and control technology.
    • Draft, design, and implement complete and complex systems.
    • Think system-oriented.
    • Apply system-oriented methods.
    Specialist field of Embedded Systems
    • analyze, construct, establish and put into operation complex real-time systems in all components such as bus systems and microcontrollers
    • construct and simulate EMC-friendly circuit boards for high clock frequencies
    • analyze and evaluate the development of integrated circuits
    Specialist field of Remote Systems
    • analyze and evaluate applications for remote systems
    • analyze and apply data bases and networks
    • remotely operate, regulate and maintain mechatronic systems
    Specialist field of Control Systems
    • master basic methods of linear and nonlinear control systems
    • determine motion sequences and their associated drive requirements
    • analyse and integrate robots in complex environments and demanding workflows
    Specialist field of Mechatronic Systems
    • control numerical procedures of essential methods
    • detect mutual dependencies of individual components of a system
    • integrate industrial robots in complex environments and demanding workflows
    Job & Career

    Graduates of the Systems Design Master Degree have an in-depth understanding of complex technical systems in the fields of electronics and mechatronics. With this Master's Degree program graduates gain expertise in the analysis, design, and control of complex multidisciplinary systems and processes.

    Graduates find employment in a wide range of technical fields. Their areas of competency include:
    • Implementation, assembly, testing, maintenance, and support of electronic and mechatronic equipment
    • Implementation of IT systems
    • Solutions for measurement problems
    • Optimization and implementation of electronic and mechatronic components and systems
    • Implementation and monitoring of testing and quality control procedures
    The following list of branches gives a brief overview of the possible fields of employment:
    • Industrial electronics and automation
    • Communications and computer technology
    • Microelectronics
    • Mechatronics
    • Transport and vehicle technology
    • Aerospace technology
    • Consumer electronics and domestic appliances
    • Machine and plant construction
    • Medical and environmental technology building automation

    Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)
    private non-profit foundation

    Since its inception, the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and intensive cooperation with industry and science, CUAS students are sure to have a future-oriented education.

    CUAS lives the model of immediate practical relevance. Principal and part-time employees, as well as guest lecturers from industry, ensure interdisciplinary, internationally oriented university education. Currently 36 degree programs are offered in the fields of technology, health, and social affairs, as well as economics.

    7 Reasons to Study at CUAS

    Face to face

    We are known for our open and family atmosphere. At our university, great importance is attached to the personal coexistence of students, employees, and professors. Small working groups enable individual support.


    We are a university with an international orientation. CUAS cooperates with more than 160 universities worldwide. Infinitely cosmopolitan, located at the intersection of three cultures in the Alps-Adriatic region, very close to Italy and Slovenia, it offers local and international students excellent conditions for multilingual studies.

    Practical orientation

    The combination of study and practice ensures the quality of teaching and research, our many international guests and part-time teachers from industry and business provide this. Cooperation’s with regional and foreign companies not only ensure a practice-oriented range of courses but also guarantee scientific knowledge.

    Future orientation and sustainability

    Innovative courses of study at the cutting edge make CUAS a showcase for sustainable research and development. Promising topics in all areas of study play an important role.

    Unique nature, culture, and way of life

    Studying in Carinthia is fun! The university is immersed in idyllic mountains, valleys, and lakes. There is a vast selection of sports and leisure opportunities at any time of the year. The picturesque Carinthia landscape ensures a unique quality of life around your studies.

    Creative, young, and dynamic atmosphere

    In addition to their studies, young, dynamic networks provide perfect opportunities to gain a foothold in the start-up sector. Think-centers, incubators, attractive innovation workshops, and many events bring together students from CUAS and entrepreneurs from the region and enable them to get to know each other at an early stage for future joint projects.

    The combination makes it

    Where and above all, what you want to study wants to be well thought out. CUAS makes a choice very easy: Here, you will find the unique combination of a wide range of exciting and practice-oriented studies and a quality of life that is unparalleled.

    In-service studies

    In-service training is the key to personal career planning. As a student at CUAS your curriculum is organized in such a way that you can reconcile your studies and jobs.


    CUAS is a dynamic and dialogue-oriented university with regional roots and international orientation. It works in the fields of health and social affairs, technology, and economics. Its core tasks are in the areas of study and teaching, applied for research, knowledge transfer, and further education.


    "We want to position ourselves as a university in teaching and applied research in our core areas of technology, business, health, and social issues at the top of Austrian universities!"

    Charter of diversity

    The Charter of Diversity is an initiative to promote appreciation of all members of society - regardless of gender, age, race and color, sexual orientation, religion and belief, and physical or mental disability. The Charter of Diversity is a public, voluntary commitment. It is based on the recognition that diversity is an essential feature of Europe - its history as well as its society. It sees and appreciates the benefits and opportunities that diversity offers.

    University administration

    CUAS was founded in 1995 in the legal form of an association as a carrier of the University of Applied Sciences study programs in Carinthia. The seat of the association was in Spittal an der Drau. Since the beginning of 2002, the University of Carinthia - Charitable Private Foundation has been the sponsor and maintainer of the University of Applied Sciences degree programs.

    The private foundation is financed by contributions from the federal government, the state of Carinthia, and the communities of Villach, Spittal / Drau, Klagenfurt, and Feldkirchen. In addition, the membership fees of the association, which has become one of the 15 founders, as well as donations and proceeds from events, contribute to the financing of the operation of the organization.

    The link between employee and employer

    We are not only responsible for our actions, but also for what we do not do. (Moliere)

    The works council is the link between the employees and the employer. The task is to act as a mediator, but also to act as a one-stop-shop. The current works council team harmonizes complements itself well and is eager to implement the concerns for all colleagues positively.

    An elected works council can - based on the solidarity within the workforce - actively and consistently address and represent the concerns of its colleagues. In addition to the "core business," the representation of the staff towards the employer CUAS, the works council, also takes care of the promotion of the economic, social, health, and cultural interests of the employees.