M.Sc. European Master in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS)

University of Kaiserslautern

Application deadline: January, 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2014, September  2014, October  2014
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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EMECS is a two-years Master's course (120 ECTS credits) that is pursued at two out of the three participating institutions. Students will spend one year at each of the selected universities and will receive a joint degree from the respective institutions. The language of instruction is English. Students participating in this program will be trained in three major areas:

* Hardware Architectures of Embedded Systems
* System-on-Chip Design
* System Software

These areas constitute the "Core Programme" of EMECS and will be taught during the first year of study at each institution. Completion of the core programme (45 ECTS credits) will ensure the mobility of the students after the first year of study.

The "Elective Programme" (45 ECTS credits) provides training in specialized topics of embedded system design and provides the background in typical application areas like communication systems, automation & control and microsystems. The course is completed with a Master's Thesis (30 ECTS credits) which typically contributes to a larger project conducted jointly with industry.

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EMECS Curriculum
EMECS is a two-years master's program. A total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulations System) credit points must be aquired. The curriculum consists of a core program,an elective program and a Master's Thesis. The core program covers the fundamentals of Embedded Computing Systems and offers an equivalent education in all three institutions. The elective program reflects the specific profiles of the participating partner universities and their associated research institutes.

Core Program (45 ECTS)
The core program consists of three study areas:

* Embedded System Hardware Architectures
* System Software
* System-on-Chip (SoC) Design Methodology

The three partner universities have agreed on the contents of these core study areas. All teaching modules of the core program are mandatory to all students and need to be finished within the first year of study at one of the partner universities. The core program guarantees that all students can achieve an equivalent educational level regarding the basic principles of embedded system design and architecture. After completion of the core program, no matter at which partner institution, students will be able to take full profit of the elective program and project activities offered throughout the consortium.

Elective Program (45 ECTS)
The elective program consists of four study areas:

* Advanced Topics in Embedded Systems
* Communication & Signal Processing
* Automation & Control
* Microsys­tems

These areas are offered by all partner universities. Each partner university contributes a number of teaching modules to each elective study area. The teaching modules within an elective study area are varying between universities and reflect specific local strengths, special application areas, design methodologies and architectures of embedded systems.

There are no mandatory teaching modules in the elective program. Every student is assigned a supervisor at each of the two partner universities that he or she attends. Based on the elective program an individual study plan is elaborated and mutually agreed on between the student and the supervisors.

Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)
The last part of the curriculum during the second year of study is dedicated to a Masters thesis. The Masters thesis is typically embedded into larger research projects conducted by the local research centres or together with industry. The topic of the Master's thesis is determined during the second year of studies.

Requirements

* The applicant must hold at least a B.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or a related programme. At the time of application preliminary transcripts are accepted.
* The grade average of the previous study should prove high qualification of the applicant. This will normally be the case for a grade average of B or better in terms of the ECTS grading scale.

English Language

* Applicants need to prove that they have sufficient fluency in English. A TOEFL test with at least a score of 600 paper-based/250 computer-based/100 internet-based or an Academic IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall and with 6 in writing is required. The TOEFL code number of the University of Kaiserslautern is 7967.
* For nationals of countries listed under this link the proof of language proficiency is waived.

Graduate Record Examination

* Taking the GRE test is recommended (but not mandatory). The GRE code number of the University of Kaiserslautern is 7143.

Motivation

* The applicant must show that he/she is well motivated for the Embedded Computing Systems programme by writing a short letter of motivation.

Recommendation

* The application must be supported by two letters of recommendation.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

Funding

Funding Opportunities within the University:ERASMUS MUNDUS Master's programmes receive substantial funding from the European Commission (EC)
and, thus, are able to offer scholarships to their students.
A novelty of Erasmus Mundus II (2009) is that scholarships can be granted to applicants from both EU
and non-EU countries.

Enrolment Fees:Enrolment fee amounts to about 200 EUR per semester. This fee includes a semester ticket covering
public transport in Kaiserslautern and surroundings (up to 100 km).

High standards of living at low costs:Monthly costs: in total ~ 600-650 EUR to cover all personal expenses.
e.g.: Accomodation approx.: ~230 EUR; Health insurance: ~80 EUR; Food: ~200 EUR

Cost of Living - a snapshot on regional prices

* Meal in refectory: 2,40 EUR
* Loaf of bread: 1,20 EUR
* Orange juice (1 liter): 1,00 EUR
* Rice (1kg): 0,90 EUR

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Accreditation

Job Opportunities:Student assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Excellent students have good chances of
finding jobs in research projects, but usually these are not granted in advance. Support in finding
a job as a student assistant is available from the International School for Graduate Studies
(ISGS).

Arrival Support:International School for Graduate Studies (ISGS) at TU Kaiserslautern:
Lending a hand in every phase of your stay
Before Your Arrival...
Effective pre-arrival communication helps you to regulate application, visa, residence permit, and
housing affairs; we supply any information and assistance needed to manage the application procedure
and arrange accommodation on demand, and provide support on an individual basis in completing your
documents for arrival.
Once You Are here...
One major task of the ISGS team is to help the students settle into and become part of the
university's community. The welcome-package includes pick-up from the train station and drop-off at
the student's apartment as well as support with first shopping and highly individualised support in
administrative and organisational issues, e.g. enrolement, registration with local authorities,
opening a bank account, and insurance matters.
Orientation Course - A prelude to German communication, academic culture & daily life. This course
is offered twice a year prior to the start of the lecture period (6-8 weeks). It includes intensive
language training, administrative support as well as cultural and social events. You will improve
your knowledge of German and learn about our teaching styles and methods. In short, this course
enhances orientation on campus, in town, and in the student community. Once having established a
foothold, you will havea clear mind for efficient studies or research!

Services and Support for International Students:The International School for Graduate Studies (ISGS) cares for international graduates & PhD
candidates from the very decision of coming to Kaiserslautern until graduating or leaving the
university. We lend a hand during every phase of your stay!
Besides the individual support during the pre-arrival phase and warm welcome, we´ll provide you
with continuing support that will enhance your learning:
Mentoring Your Studies and Research...
During studies or research, ISGS offers a variety of cultural and social events as well as
extra-curricular activities enhancing your professional skills - such as workshops in academic
culture or intercultural communication - which are supplementary and free. These are highly
recommended for your personal development.
Jumpstart Your Career...
The ISGS offers professional development training on teamwork and leadership, time management, and
cross cultural training as well as specific language training with regard to job applications. To
achieve outstanding success with regard to your thesis, the variety of our special offers for PhDs
during the final period at university is permanently growing.
The ISGS establishes meetings with reputable contacts from science and industry within our
Career-Services and sets up visits to factories, company headquarters, and research institutes in
order to help the students launch new careers.

Accommodation:The majority of our students live in residence halls located on or close to campus. Unlike in other
countries, German dormitories are not owned or operated by the university, but by external
institutions. The "Studierendenwerk" operates several large Halls of Residence in Kaiserslautern.
Students submit housing applications directly to the Studierendenwerk, which typically have a
waiting period. For international master or PhD students, the International School for Graduate
Studies (ISGS) at TU Kaiserslautern aims at arranging accomodation in these residence halls or
private accomodation within its pre-arrival service. The halls of residence have modern single,
double or shared apartments with kitchenette, bathroom/WC and modern facilities, as well as internet
access.

* Fully-furnished:
* Kitchenette: no plates & pots, etc.
* Bedd & mattress (no blankets & pillows)
* Wardrobe
* Shelf, table, chair (no computer)
* Rent range: 200-270 EUR

Since accommodation is not automatically guaranteed with admission, a request for accommodation to
ISGS is advisable.

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