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Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program in Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence is unique in Germany. It combines various engineering disciplines, such as mechanical and electrical engineering, with informatics.

Department of Informatics

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • Bilingual (German and English)
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

Robotics is being transformed: whereas previously automatized industrial robots were principally used in production processes, today they have entered into many areas of life. They have left the factories and now encounter people in their everyday lives.

Whereas previously, specialists had to service them, today this can be done by anyone: thus robots do the vacuum cleaning at home or mow the lawn. Further still, people and robots cooperate more and more closely, without any walls between them. Tomorrow, robots will be both part of everyday life and of the human body. After all, today, wearable robotic exoskeletons already help paralyzed people to walk. As the distinctions between humans and machines blur, robotics developers are faced with new challenges. Robots must be able to react autonomously to unforeseen situations and to adapt. It is impossible to foresee every interaction and every action in advance, and to program accordingly. Therefore, through the use of artificial intelligence, robots too have to be able to learn.

The “Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence” master’s program is a joint program of the Departments of Informatics, Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology as well as Mechanical Engineering – it provides the basis upon which to participate in these fascinating developments.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The duration of the Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence master's program is four semesters.

The program offers a high degree of flexibility when it comes to selecting your own specialties. In addition to acquiring the theoretical and methodological foundations, elective modules in informatics as well as mechanical and electronic engineering allow you to pursue your own choice of specialties.

The degree concludes with the master‘s thesis, in which you apply acquired knowledge and skills in a practice-oriented project.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German and English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your 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.  

Languages of instruction:

The languages of instruction for this program are German and English. This means that you need to complete modules in both German and English in the course of your studies.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you will have acquired a broad methodological and theoretical grasp of the foundations of robotics, cognition, and intelligent autonomous systems. In addition to informatics, you are also familiar with those aspects of electrical and mechanical engineering relevant to you.

You possess knowledge of classic robot control systems as well as of the areas of perception, image processing, and artificial intelligence. You are familiar with procedures relating to signal processing; sensory data analysis and fusion; and programming. You have a firm grasp of behavioral control as well as machine learning and human-robot interaction. Through cooperation with industry partners, you will have been able to gain your first experience of practice-led projects.

The broad spectrum of elective modules will have enabled you to create an individual competency profile.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Opportunities for graduates of the Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence master's program arise in research and industry. By way of example, career opportunities open up in aviation and aerospace, microelectronics, consumer electronics, biomedical engineering, or the automotive sector.  

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.
Application period for summer semester: 01.09. - 30.11.

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 before the application deadline. We also ask you to submit the documents you need for admission within the application deadline. If individual documents for admission are not available to you in time, you can hand them in until 15.08. for the winter semester and until 15.02. for the summer semester. 

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 admittedrejected 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?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.

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.