Master of Science (M.Sc.)
The master’s program in Communications Engineering enables you to conduct independent research and development work in the field of communications technology.Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Information on Degree Program
What does this program cover?
The program in Communications Engineering deals with communications systems and the electronics of communications systems. The program strongly emphasizes practical application, both in terms of the first practical experience of research and close cooperation with industry partners. Two areas of specialization are offered: Communications Systems and Communications Electronics.
Communications Systems focuses on the theoretical and systemic aspects of communications systems and their application. This includes signal processing strategies, as well as information and network theory.
Communications Electronics concentrates primarily on hardware implementation and the development of integrated circuits.
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:
How is the program structured?
The core of the master’s program in Communications Engineering consists in specializing in either Communications Systems or Communications Electronics. The relevant modules are accompanied by a nine-week research project.
- The first semester covers the fundamentals in the areas of Communications Systems and Communications Electronics, independent of your chosen specialization.
- In the second and third semesters, the relevant modules bring the disciplinary focus in the chosen area of specialization to the fore. As a rule, practical research takes place between the second and third semesters. In the context of a seminar, a concrete topic of research is elaborated upon. The chosen specialist modules are complemented by modules relating to other areas of specialization that offer the possibility of further personal development or interdisciplinary supplementation.
- The fourth semester is devoted to the master’s thesis, in which the accrued knowledge of the specialist area and methodology is applied in handling a major task.
What is the language of instruction?
Required language skills for admission:
You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.
This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.
Language of instruction:
The language of instruction for this program is English.
Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?
As a graduate you are able to deal independently with complex problems relating to your chosen area of specialization and develop products tailored to market requirements. You have acquired advanced knowledge of engineering methodologies and can formulate, model and simulate concrete solutions. Being familiar with the latest research, you apply your specialist knowledge in a targeted manner to engineering practice.
You take on responsibilities in the implementation of major discipline-specific and professional projects and coordinate interdisciplinary cooperation within teams. As such, you are conscious of the ethical, ecological, commercial and industrial consequences of your actions.
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
The completion of the master’s program opens up job opportunities in development at communications technology companies, as well as telecommunications service providers and manufacturers of electronic components and systems. Further opportunities arise at research institutions.
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
How do I apply?
Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.
Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.
Which documents do I need to submit during the online application?
- Application for Admission (upload - signed)
- Degree Certificate and Diploma or Subject and Grade Transcript of Studies to Date
- Transcript of Records
- List of Best Credits
- Proof of English Language Proficiency
- Letter of Motivation
- Complete and Current Résumé
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Preliminary Documentation (VPD) if the qualification for graduate studies (e.g. a bachelor's) is obtained outside the EU/EEA
We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents.
Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?
- Application for Enrollment (signed)
- Degree Certificate and Diploma (certified copy)
- Transcript of Records (certified copy)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.
What application deadlines do I need to meet?
Application period for the winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.
We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.
We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.
You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.
On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?
Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.
In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately rejected or invited to an admissions interview.
Where can I find the online application portal?
The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.
Do I have to complete an internship?
The course requires 9 weeks research project (after 2nd semester)