University of Freiburg
Master's program in Microsystems Engineering
Microsystems engineering is the engineering discipline with the broadest focus: elements from mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and materials science form the cornerstones of exciting innovations. The products developed by the automobile industry, medical services, communications and energy are becoming ever smaller, more powerful, smarter, more connected and more independent. Often, however, the sensors and systems that are in these everyday objects are so miniaturized that they are nearly invisible. That is precisely the reason they have taken a foothold in most industries.
The Master's programme in Microsystems Engineering is designed for highly qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor's degree in electrical or mechanical engineering, electronics or mechatronics and who want to specialise in this exciting engineering discipline.
MSE is an interdisciplinary programme and students come from many different backgrounds. In the first year they complete the following mandatory courses in order to acquire a basic knowledge in all areas of microsystems engineering:
- MST Design Lab
- MST Technologies and Processes
- Signal Processing
In the compulsory elective area “Advanced Microsystems”, students have to complete five of the following modules:
- Assembly and Packaging Technology
- Biomedical Microsystems
- Modeling and System Identification
- Probability and Statistics
In the second-year students can specialise in one of the following concentration areas:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Circuits and Systems
- Materials and Fabrication
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 programme. 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 programme 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 23 professors and over 300 research and technical staff, encompasses nearly all technical fields relevant to the world of microsystems, focusing in particular on smart systems integration, lab-on-a-chip and medical MEMS engineering 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 computer pools for students.
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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.
In the 2018 Thomson Reuters’ Innovation Ranking the University of Freiburg is considered one of the five universities nationwide whose innovations have accelerated scientific and technical progress. Its work with successful publications, patents and start-ups has contributed significantly to this top position.
The 2018 Times Higher Education Ranking has also ranked the University of Freiburg 5th 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.