The curriculum centers on the rapidly growing market of Microsystems/MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) and related structures. The University of Applied Sciences' Department of CEE merges theory with its applications in the fields of
- Computer Science
The university has a long-time experience in research and study programs in all these areas. The modern laboratories feature state-of-the-art equipment for your studies. Development and research in the field can both be retraced and enhanced through our facilities.
To keep up with the fast-developing technologies in Microsystems engineering, great emphasis is put on method competence. In particular, students learn to master complex tools of practical relevance for design, simulation and technology and are provided with an in-depth knowledge of analysing, modelling, simulation and computer-based problem solving.
Students gain the ability to evaluate future developments in the field of Microsystems engineering by the integration of research-orientated work into the course.
Our students not only receive a professional qualification, they are also able to build and practice language skills and broaden their horizons through close interaction with foreign and German students.
Each student is assigned a permanent academic advisor within the first few weeks after arrival. The academic advisor assists in the selection of classes to be taken by the student, monitors the progress of the candidate and provides general academic guidance.
The MSc programme in Microsystems Engineering is made up of the course module groups Electronics, Computer Science, Physical Technology, Electrodynamics and Electives. Every semester the students can choose from several classes and labs offered in each module group, thus creating their individual competence profile. The academic advisor assists in the selection of classes to be taken by the student.
Core course modules from the module groups Electronics, Computer Science and Physical Technology prepare the students for the important occupational fields of design, technology and application of Microsystems. Two semesters of classes are followed by one semester reserved for Master's thesis work. Foreign students are advised to complete the thesis requirement in department labs, German firms, or in a research institution. It is recommended that German nationals work on their thesis abroad. Contents of the module groups The module group Electronics covers the field of electrical engineering, offering courses in applications and properties of bipolar and MOS devices, digital signal processing, IC-design, simulation of electronic devices and circuits and advanced control of microsystems. The main target of the Computer Science module group is to provide our students with advanced knowledge in the field of computer engineering. Such as embedded systems, understanding the basics of finite elements methods-algorithms, hardware algorithms and basic numerical methods to solve technical and IT problems. In the module group Physical Technology, our students learn physical technologies of microsystems such as modern processes for constructing of microsystems, basic concepts for microsensors and microactors as most important examples of Microsystems, characterisation technology and basic concepts and essential elements of optics and photonics. Providing our students with in-depth scientific and analytical skills is the main target of the Electrodynamics module group. In the module group Electives, students can improve their soft skills, including languages. Additionally, students will gain practical experience in research-related fields of microsystems engineering through a project performed in modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.
For native German speaker
You need to be able to prove a good working knowledge of the English language. This is ususally done through the TOEFL test if you are a non-native speaker (TOEFL-internet based test with min. 77-78 points). Our ETS-TOEFL institutional code is 7301.
For non-native English speaker
You must be able to prove a good working knowledge of the English language. This is ususally done through the TOEFL test if you are a non-native speaker. Our ETS-TOEFL institutional code is 7301. Required TOEFL score is 77-78 (internet based test) or equivalent.
For non-native German speaker
We require our students to take (at least) an elementary German language class (level A1, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or equivalent) before starting their studies in Furtwangen. This means if you cannot prove that you attended such a course when you apply, you could only get a conditional offer of admission, requiring official proof of attending and completing an elementary course of German by the time you enroll at the University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen (level: A1).
You will need to acquire a working understanding of German in order to successfully complete all coursework. Approximately 40% of all classes of the second semester are taught in German. You will probably be able to complete your first semester taking all English taught coursework. Lack of knowledge of German and lack of progress in learning the necessary vocabulary and concepts of the language would prolong the Master's programme; in very extreme cases this may keep you from graduating. You do not need to be alarmed at this language requirement. The programme is designed for students with very little knowledge of German to substantially improve their language skills while they study for their degree. As a general rule, examinations can be taken in English, even if a class is taught in German. You may also choose English as the language for your thesis work.
To get important information regarding your stay in Germany as well as assistance with the necessary administrative steps you are also required to participate in the Orientation Program for International Students. The Orientation Program includes an intensive language class and starts in mid-September. Additional language classes are offered (at no charge) during each semester. Use the time prior to your arrival in Germany for taking a German language class in your country, if necessary.