Degree Course Details

M.Sc. Embedded Systems Engineering

Program Duration

4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credit Points


Beginning of Program

winter and summer semester


The Embedded Systems Engineering Master's degree unites two areas that have traditionally been regarded as separate: computer science and communications technology. Alongside in-depth lectures on electrical engineering, computer science and information technology, special lectures on data processing, information technology and communications networks will allow students to choose their own study path.

Graduates will enjoy promising career prospects in IT managerial roles or the prospect of completing a doctorate in Germany or elsewhere. Graduates therefore typically find themselves working at the interface of communications technology where computer and message technologies meet, putting such technologies to use in the development of new systems and services. Future careers may include:

  • The analysis, project planning and assessment of mobile communications and wireless information systems;
  • The design and development of new services and the integration of existing services (e.g. for communications networks, shared systems and multimedia);
  • Systems analysis and design of application systems with a high degree of processing and signal transfer (e.g. in communications networks or for process management or medical technology).

Future employers are therefore likely to be large international corporations, although graduates may also find themselves developing a freelance career, working in the SME sector as a consultant, or setting up their own company (e.g. in the area of special system solutions development).

Graduates will:

  • Develop knowledge of advanced theories;
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in computer technology;
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in messaging and communications technology;
  • Be qualified to integrate the disciplines of computer and messaging technology and will be able to pursue their preference for a commercial or academic career via their choice of electives;
  • Have an enhanced general education with advanced language skills in German or English as well as increased employability from learning team-working and communication skills.
  • Gain experience of applying scientific methods to deal independently with problems of computer engineering (or its application to another engineering discipline) within a specific timeframe, and be able to present the issues clearly.

Study Plan

Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE)


Schedule of the actual semester


Campus Duisburg


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • winter semester: from October to March
  • summer semester: from April to September

Lecture Period

In winter term the lectures usually start in mid-October and end in mid-February. The summer term lectures start usually in mid-April and finish in July. During the winter semester will be a break of two weeks for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Examination Period

The examination period always starts 1 week after the lecture period and lasts for approx. 5 weeks.

Social Contribution

All students are required to pay a social contribution of about 300 Euro per semester. The social contribution includes a semester ticket covering public transport in North-Rhine-Westphalia, subsidized meals in the canteen of the university and other services.

Costs of Living

We recommend budgeting around 800 to 1000 Euro per month for personal expenses.


Accommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 300 Euro.

Student Advisory Service

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students
SG 119
Tel: +49 (0)203 379-3776

Departmental Advisor

Prof. Axel Hunger

Student Council International Studies in Engineering


Additional Information



The University of Duisburg-Essen is system accredited.