Degree Course Details

M.Sc. Computer Engineering

Program Duration

4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credit Points


Beginning of Program

winter and summer semester


Graduates of the Computer Engineering M.Sc. will be able to tackle the demanding conceptual and innovation-led projects typical of the IT industry. They will also be able to make independent contributions to research and, later in their careers, take on senior roles. Students will build on the principles and methods learned in their Bachelor's degree; thereby enhance their knowledge of information technologies and the ability to apply them. They will also deepen their knowledge of current research in specific areas.

Students have the choice of two study paths. For the Intelligent Networked Systems path, modules include the internet of things, context-adaptive systems, neuro-informatics and organic computing as well as distributed systems. For the Interactive Systems and Visualization path, modules include graphic data processing and visualization, interactive systems, the design of interactive teach-learn systems, multimedia systems and scientific visualization. Both paths involve compulsory in-depth computer engineering modules: component-based and pattern-based software development. Via a seminar, students learn to work on and present technical issues. A small practical project drawn from one of the two paths helps develop team-working skills, while the Master's thesis develops students' ability to work independently. Students will also learn to recognize new developments and methods in the field of information technology and use them to resolve problems. Graduates will therefore be particularly well suited to enter the following careers:

  • Research into innovative information technologies in the area of intelligent networked systems or interactive systems and visualization;
  • The application of innovative technologies from these areas in a commercial environment;
  • Requirements analysis and the design of application-specific systems related to the two routes referred to above, as well as managerial roles in the implementation and testing of such systems.

Graduates will:

  • Master the advanced principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering;
  • Develop specialist knowledge and informational concepts, methods and programming environments for intelligent networked systems or for the realization of interactive systems and information visualization systems;
  • Be qualified to choose between the two possible paths and will be able to pursue their preference for a commercial or academic career via their choice of electives;
  • Will 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 from the areas of computer engineering and engineering within a specific timeframe, and be able to present the issues clearly.

Study Plan

Computer Engineering (Intelligent Networked Systems)
Computer Engineering (Interactive Systems and Visualization)


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. Josef Pauli

Student Council International Studies in Engineering


Additional Information



The University of Duisburg-Essen is system accredited.