Which international Master of Science study programs are offered for electrical engineers?
There are two programs available: Communication and Information Technology (CIT) and Control, Microsystems, Microelectronics (CMM), which has superseded the Information and Automation Technology (IAE) program in 2016.
What is the duration of the CIT and CMM studies program?
The duration is 2 years: 3 semesters with lectures, tutorials and labs; in the 4th semester writing the Master thesis. See here for details about CIT and here for CMM.
When is the next intake?
The next intake you can apply for is in April 2020, the application opens in August 2019.
If you have sufficient German skills which are proven by a German A-level or a language certificate at a sufficient level, you can apply for M.Sc. studies in "Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik" in German language which start in the winter semester. Further information about the studies are available on this web page The remaining part of this FAQ refers to the international Master studies held in English.
Am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible to apply if your Bachelor studies have been taken in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field, for example Electronics, Telecommunication or Instrumentation Engineering.
In general, you should have taken the following basic subjects to be eligible:
- Mathematics, in particular calculus and vector analysis;
- System theory;
- Digital signal processing;
- Electromagnetism/fields and waves (CIT only).
Note that the subjects might be termed in a different way in your certificate, however the content should match the subjects given above.
Can I apply both for the CIT and the CMM stream?
No, you must decide to apply either for CIT or for CMM.
Can I submit my application now?
The next intake which you can apply for is in April 2020, the application opens in August 2019, the deadline is 15th October 2019. There are no intakes in the winter semester.
Are there any mandatory tests required for admission?
If your medium of instruction was not English, an English language test (for example, IELTS or TOEFL) is needed. Further tests (e.g. GRE) are not required.
If your medium of instruction was English, this has to be confirmed by a notice on your Bachelor certificate or transcript, or by a letter from your university. Note that the English language certificate does not have to be provided during the online application, it may be handed in later on.
Important: In some countries, German embassies require an English language certificate for the visa applicaton even in case that your studies were held in English. There may be also requirements for the minimum mark(s) obtained in the language certificate in order to get accepted for the visa application.
Are German skills required?
The medium of instruction is English, German skills are not required. There is however a compulsory German class in the first semester. For those students who already have German skills and wish to take an advanced-level class, there is a placement test a few days before the studies start. Based on the results of the test, they will be sent to a class at their current level. The test requires personal attendance. Students who do not have German skills and take the beginner's class do not have to attend the test.
Is working experience required?
Working experience is not compulsorily required; however, it may enhance your ranking in the admission process if the topic of your work is closely related to your studies (see the question "What are the evaluation criteria?")
Are there any scholarships available?
Inside the framework of the CIT/CMM studying programme, scholarships are not provided. There is however a number of third-party institutions providing scholarships for foreign students in Germany, check here (external link) for further information and a list. In addition, some student jobs (e.g., programming or helping in setting up and running experiments) are available in the different departments of the Electrical Engineering faculty and also in some companies around the campus where one can work up to 120 full days per year or 240 half days per year according to the visa regulations.
In the German university system, there are no fixed Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) positions for holders of a Bachelor degree as they are known in some other countries.