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M.Sc. Embedded Systems Engineering

University of Freiburg, Faculty of Engineering, Georges-Koehler-Allee 101, 79110 Freiburg, Germany

+49 (0) 761 203 8340

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
2 years

October start:
Non EU-nationals: May, 15th
EU-nationals: July, 15th

April start:
Non EU-nationals: December, 15th December
EU-nationals: January, 15th

Class size
Average 30-50

Cost / fees
EU-citizens: 180 Euro per semester
Non EU-citizens: 1680 Euro per semester

Student grants / Financial assistance
Applicants with excellent GPA can apply for the Germany scholarship

Students will stay in students’ residences or shared flats.

Exchange partner schools
Partner universities in Europe
Partner universities outside the European Union

Student profile
1. 65 % international students
2. Ratio Men: 76 % Women 24 %
3. Age Range 23 – 27 years
4. Average Age 25.6 years

Admission requirements
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mechatronics, electrical/ electronic engineering, physics or in a closely related engineering field with an above average GPA. TOEFL (iBT 95) or IELTS Band 7.0

Programme Directors
Prof. Hannah Bast, Prof. Bastian Rapp

Contact person for application
Ursula Epe

University of Freiburg

Master's program in Embedded Systems Engineering

Embedded systems are among the key technologies. Whether in medical technologies, the automotive industry, in aerospace or telecommunications, media and entertainment technologies - embedded systems play a central role in the latest technological developments.

Bringing together engineering and computer science!

The Master's programme in Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) provides versatile know-how in computer science and engineering. For your future as a research scientist or project leader in a company, you are well equipped to understand and bring together the distinctive "language" of both worlds. ESE students at the Faculty of Engineering benefit from
  • A very flexible curriculum
  • Individual mentoring by one of the professors
  • A modern campus with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Excellent job prospectives in Germany and abroad

Students can compile their own personal skill profile by either selecting a wide range of different courses from either Computer Science or Microsystems Engineering (MSE) to broaden their expertise, or they can choose to focus on a specialisation in either one of the Computer Science areas (Artificial Intelligence or Cyber-Physical Systems) or one of the MSE concentrations (Circuits and Systems, Materials and Fabrication, Biomedical Engineering and Photonics).


The course structure is quite versatile and the exam regulations only provide the framework, which students fill with individually chosen lectures, seminars and other courses.

There are four compulsory areas where students are expected to complete courses with at least 18 ECTS credits in each area:

Two areas cover essential courses for the topic of Embedded Systems divided in Computer Science respectively Microsystems Engineering; two more areas contain specialisation and concentration courses in both the Elective area of Computer Science as well as MSE concentration areas.

The remaining 18 ECTS credits can be divided up as the students wish, by either adding more courses in one of the four areas mentioned above or completing some courses in the so-called Customized Course Selection.

The programme concludes with a master's thesis (with a scope of 30 ECTS credits).

Other courses offered by University of Freiburg
About the Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering consists of a Department of Computer Science, and a Department of Microsystems Engineering and a Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering, thus offering the perfect environment for an interdisciplinary study programme like Embedded Systems Engineering.

Situated on a new and still growing campus, the Faculty of Engineering features modern facilities including a cleanroom, electronics and robotics laboratories as well as WiFi and several computer pools for its students.

About the University of Freiburg

The University of Freiburg was founded in 1457 as a classical comprehensive university, making it one of the most renowned institutions of higher education in Germany.

The 2024 Times Higher Education Ranking has also ranked the University of Freiburg 11th in Germany.

The structure of the university is multifaceted, ranging from 11 academic faculties - from the humanities and the social and natural sciences all the way to engineering to 20 research centres. This goes to show that we are a dynamic, large-scale institution with a diverse educational offering.

Bilateral partnerships, research projects, joint study courses and memberships in international networks such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the European Confederation of Upper Rhine Universities (EUCOR) are examples of the university's strong transnational relations.

All our students, including those from abroad, can take courses at the Universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Strasbourg (France) without having to enrol. Via the EUCOR mobility grant, they also receive allowances for travel expenses.