The Master's programme Software Engineering for Embedded Systems
Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Dieter Rombach
Software-dominated product areas
Software plays a dominant role in most areas with embedded systems (for example in the automotive sector). Businesses are faced with the challenge of tasking experienced engineers with software engineering more and more frequently.
The English-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals in the field of software development.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with well-founded theoretical knowledge and the ability to acquire according practical methods, techniques and tools in the field of software engineering.
Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) as well as an English-language diploma supplement.
The distance learning programme comprises six compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Project management,
- Software quality assurance,
- Software product line engineering,
- Requirements engineering,
- Software architecture for embedded software systems,
- Component-based software development,
- Model-based component engineering,
- Real-time systems and dependability engineering.
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.
Schedule and organisation
The distance learning programme in Software Engineering has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once per semester in Kaiserslautern. In general, there is a two-day on-campus phase from Friday to Saturday in the first semester and a one-week on-campus phase (from Sunday to Friday) in the second and third semesters respectively. The written module examinations are also completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 14 hours is required to study the material, take the examinations, complete the Master's thesis, et cetera.
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,990 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 102 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:
- the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
- the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
- the enrolment regulations.
The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.
Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.
The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.
For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here.
The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.
The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Dieter Rombach (TU Kaiserslautern). The distance learning programme Software Engineering for Embedded Systems is organised in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE). The distance learning programme is also a member of the mint.online education alliance.
The distance learning programme Software for Embedded Systems is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). The agency responsible for the accreditation process is ASIIN. In addition, the programme was awarded the Euro-Inf Master Quality Label of the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).
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All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.