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Communications Engineering

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

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

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? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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.

You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

In detail:

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

Applicants from outside the EU are advised to submit their application by March 15th in order to avoid time issues with regard to securing visa.

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment

You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received. 

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. 

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)

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.

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