M.Sc. Communications Engineering

Study period

4 semesters (2 years)



Study begin

Winter and summer semester

Study place

Campus Duisburg


50% German and 50% English


The aim of the studies in the Master's program "Communications Engineering" is to prepare students for challenging activities in management, research and teaching. After broad basics are provided by a corresponding bachelor's degree, the knowledge is to be deepened in

  • the higher mathematics and numerical mathematics required for demanding technical subjects as well as in electromagnetic field theory,
  • the technical subjects which are considered to be the basics for more demanding job profiles in electrical engineering and information technology, and
  • the technical profile subjects, which should allow for a demanding activity in the field of communication technology.

Hereby the following specific objectives are aimed at:

  • the ability to familiarize oneself with theoretically demanding topics in the field of communication technology,
  • the ability to solve demanding tasks that require extensive theoretical tools of modeling, synthesis and simulation.

In addition to in-depth lectures from the fields of electrical engineering, computer science and information and communication technology, a profile is formed in particular in special lectures from the fields of data processing, information technology and communication networks.

Graduates are taught skills required for a deeper understanding of modern information and communication technology systems, particularly in interaction with the needs of customers and society. Computer technology and software development are just as important as the electrotechnical system components.

Graduates will be able to independently understand the development, implementation, evaluation and networking of such systems. In particular, they will be able to understand functions and application areas and to communicate as supervisors in their own company as well as with customers and authorities.

The graduates

  • have knowledge in advanced theories.
  • have advanced knowledge and competencies in communications technology.
  • have advanced knowledge and skills in electrical and information technology.
  • are qualified to choose from elective courses through which students can follow their inclinations to qualify for a profession or academic career.
  • have a deepened general education with a reinforcement of linguistic competence in German and English, as well as a strengthening of professional aptitude through the learning of teamwork and communication skills.
  • have acquired experience in independently working on a problem from the field of electrical and communications engineering or its application in another field of engineering within a given time limit using scientific methods and presenting it in an understandable way.

Study at UDEStudy plan

Study plan

Study plan

You can find the examination regulations for your study program here: Examination regulations according to study programs

Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB: 

M.Sc. Communications Engineering Graphic illustration

Information material

Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB: VDB Communications Engineering


Admission requirements

  • completion of a Bachelor's degree in the ISE program with an overall grade of 2.5 or better or
  • equivalent degree from another German or foreign university with an average grade of 2.5 or better. The assessment of equivalence is made by the examination board.

If the admission requirements are not fulfilled according to paragraph 2 or if a change of the field of study within the study program "ISE" takes place during the transition from Bachelor to Master, the examination board can combine the admission to the Master program with the condition to prove certain knowledge until the registration of the Master thesis. The type and extent of these requirements are determined individually by the examination board on the basis of the course content completed as part of the previous degree. The extent of the requirements is up to 2 courses.

Further information regarding admission requirements can be found on the pages of the study program "ISE".


Provided that the admission requirements are met, this Master study course has unrestricted admission (number of student places is not limited). Enrollment takes place during the enrollment period at the student registrar’s office at Campus Duisburg. [forms and further information]

For national applicants the following applies until further notice:
National applicants for the ISE Bachelor's or ISE Master's program should submit their Abitur/Bachelor's or comparable degree certificates to the ISE Examination Committee for confirmation of the special enrollment requirements and foreign language skills. This certificate must be presented at the time of enrollment.

ISE Examination Board

University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Engineering 
SG 182
Geibelstr. 41, 47057 Duisburg

Prospective students from non-EU countries should apply at the International Office of Campus Duisburg by 15.07. for the winter semester and by 15.03. for the summer semester.

Language Skills

Upon enrollment, student applicants must provide proof of English and German language skills corresponding of a completed B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Study-related stays abroad

For students who have acquired their university entrance qualification at a German institution, a stay abroad of three to six months is obligatory.
For students who have already completed this stay abroad as part of their ISE Bachelor's program at UDE, a further stay abroad is optional (§ 11 PO).

General Information

Living & Studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • Winter semester: from October to March
  • Summer semester: from April to September

Lecture period

The winter lecture period usually starts in mid-October and ends in mid-February. In summer, the lecture period usually starts in mid-April and ends in July. During the winter semester there is a break of about two weeks during the Christmas holidays.

Examination phase

The examination phase begins about one week after the end of the lecture period and lasts about seven weeks.

Semester fee

All students have to pay a semester fee (social contribution) of about 320,- Euro per semester. You can find the current amount here. The social contribution includes, among other things, a semester ticket for public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia and discounts on meals in the university's canteen and cafeteria.

Living expenses

We recommend to consider approximately 800 to 1000 Euro of personal expenses per month. 


Accommodation is possible in dormitories of the Studierendenwerk and in premises of the free housing market. The rent in a room in a student dormitory is about 300,- Euro per month. You can find more information about housing options here.


You have questions? We have answers!

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students Student advisory service

SG 119
Geibelstr. 41
47057 Duisburg
Phone: +49 (0)203 379 3776
E-mail: scies@uni-due.de


Student council ISE - International Studies in Engineering

We are your point of contact! If you have questions about your studies or general concerns about us or our lecturers, you can contact us. We will solve your problems and answer your questions directly if possible or forward you to the right people. Just write us an email (info@isefs.uni-due.de) or on Facebook!

Website of the student council

For prospective students and enrolled students General student counseling

ABZ offers counseling to prospective students, enrolled students and graduates on all questions concerning the choice of study program, studies and the transition into working career.

ABZ student counseling

Support in the Faculty

​Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Czylwik
room BB 231
Tel.: 0203/379-3363
office hours: by appointment

Board of examiners