M.Sc. Communications Engineering

RWTH Aachen University

Application deadline: 1st March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This programme provides in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in modern communication technologies. Its particular focus is on advanced digital multimedia transmission systems.

The students will be trained in the whole spectrum of telecommunication communication systems including the evolution towards the future internet and the next generation cellular radio systems UMTS/IMT-2000. During the six-month Master thesis the students will work in a research project with industrial background.

Graduates of this programme will be able to apply scientific methods to analyse and to design future multimedia communication systems using state-of-the-art software tools and implementation technologies. The programme will also train the students to work in project teams and to write scientific and technical documents.

The ongoing extreme growth of the information technology produces a high need for well-trained communications engineers. There is a world-wide lack of communications engineers which are needed in the field of multimedia communication systems for industrial and non-industrial research, system development, fabrication, network planning, and network management and maintenance.


This two-year programme consists of three semesters of courses, 18 weeks of industrial internship, and a six-month period for the Master's thesis. The third semester comprises only 1-2 courses and the industrial internship. The course is taught in English. The courses comprise lectures, exercises, seminars, and experimental laboratories in communications engineering. In addition, the students have to attend German language courses. Furthermore, the students can take any voluntary elective courses offered by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

Each subject is assessed through an exam. The Master's thesis is concluded by an oral presentation.

The candidates have to earn 68 credits with the coursework during the first three semesters, 22 credits with the industrial internship including a seminar pertinent to the internship, and 30 credits with the Master's thesis.


These Master´s programmes at RWTH Aachen University have been designed especially for international applicant s. Most programmes are taught in either English or German.

The established overall minimum requirements for admission are:

* a recognised first degree from an accredited institution (Bachelor of Science or Engineering or equivalent, related to your envisaged study programme)
* above average undergraduate work
* English language proficiency (oral and written - TOEFL 550/213/80 or IELTS 6.0 required)
* GRE (general test), obligatory for Biomedical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Combustion Engines, Production Systems Engineering and Computer Aided Conception and Production of Machines Simulation. In all other Master´s programmes the GRE is recommended but not mandatory.

Language Requirements

If you would like to attend an English-taught Master´s programme with you must be fluent in English (oral and written) in order to understand lectures, textbooks and manuals in English and to participate in lab projects, industrial internships and examinations.

* You should have an IELTS certificate (score 6.0) or of the TOEFL certificate (score 550 paper-based / 213 computer-based / 80 internet-based). The TOEFL score report must not be older than two years by October of the year the Master´s programme you are applying for will start. The original TOEFL Score report must be received by RWTH Aachen University directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The ETC/TOEFL code for RWTH is 8504.
* Nationals and/or first-degree-holders of Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, English-speaking Canada, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritius, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia or Zimbabwe do not have to submit language certificates.
* Certification of German language proficiency is not necessary in order to apply for an English-taught RWTH Master´s programmeas they will attend an obligatory German language course starting in September (one month prior to the beginning of the programme).

Special Entrance Requirements

Students have to fulfil the following requirements:

* performance above average (upper third) with a GPA of at least 75 % (respectively 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 or 4.0 on a scale of 5.0 or "First Class with Distinction"),
* excellent performance in the field of Communications Engineering, especially in the courses "Probability and Random Processes", "Information Theory" and "Signals and Systems".

Students should have a substantial knowledge in Mathematics, Probability Theory, Digital Signal Processing and they should have fundamental experiences in Computer Programming. It is strongly recommended that applicants have excellent results in particular in Probability and Random Processes, Information Theory and Signal and Systems. The Bachelor degree should be strongly related to Communications Engineering. Within the existing capacity, preference is given to applicants with GRE (by ETS).

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