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

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)


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.


Programme Structure

  • Embedded System Hardware Architectures
  • System Software
  • System-on-Chip (SoC) Design Methodology
  • Advanced Topics in Embedded Systems
  • Communication & Signal Processing
  • Automation & Control
  • Microsys­tems
  • Master's Thesis

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Study intensity Full-time
    • Credits
      120 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score: 6.5

      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

      Take IELTS test
    • Minimum required score: 600

      The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

    • Minimum required score: 95

      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    Academic 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.


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


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

    Tuition Fee Per Year

    • EUR 8000 International
    • EUR 4000 EU/EEA
    • European students: 8000 €
    • Non-European students: 16000 €


    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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