Communications and Multimedia Engineering (CME), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)


With Germany being one of the most productive industrial economies, engineers are always in high demand. Demographic developments and the ever-growing demand for young graduates familiar with latest technologies in communications and multimedia lead to plenty of openings with attractive salaries for CME graduates. Aside from the traditional employers in the communication industry, CME students can expect to find numerous opportunities in those industries whose competitiveness greatly depends on the embedded information technology, such as medical technology, energy systems (‘smart grids’), or automotive industry – and the metropolitan area including Erlangen-Nürnberg has many big players in all these fields.

The CME master study program is based on bachelor and diploma programs with focus on information and communication technology and leads the students to cutting-edge research and development in the core areas of communications and multimedia technology and related interdisciplinary topics. The program structure complies with internationally recognized master programs and meets the requirements for subsequent doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

  • two-year full-time postgraduate program (4 semesters)
  • 120 ECTS, including 30 ECTS for master's thesis
List of Modules: Mandatory Modules (45 ECTS):
  • Information Theory (5 ECTS)
  • Digital Communications (5 ECTS)
  • Fundamentals of Mobile Communications (5 ECTS)
  • Channel Coding (5 ECTS)
  • Digital Signal Processing (5 ECTS)
  • Statistical Signal Processing (5 ECTS)
  • Image and Video Compression (5 ECTS)
  • Visual Computing for Communication (5 ECTS)
  • Speech and Audio Signal Processing (5 ECTS)

Note: Mandatory courses can be replaced by mandatory electives if equivalent courses have been completed in earlier studies.

Elective Mandatory Modules:

Technical Courses (choose 5 ECTS):

  • Advanced Topics in Information Theory (2.5 ECTS)
  • Transmission and Detection for Advanced Mobile Communications (2.5 ECTS)
  • MIMO Communication Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Radio Resource Allocation in Advanced Cellular Networks (2.5 ECTS)
  • Equalization and Adaptive Systems for Digital Communications (2.5 ECTS)
  • Multidimensional Signals and Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Speech Enhancement (2.5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Topics in Perceptual Audio Coding (2.5 ECTS)
  • Auditory Models (2.5 ECTS)
  • Architectures of Digital Signal Processing (5 ECTS)
  • Transforms in Signal Processing (2.5 ECTS)
  • Signal Analysis (2.5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Optical Communication Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Optical Communication Networks (2.5 ECTS)
  • Systems and Circuits for Transmission Technologies (5 ECTS)
  • RF and Digital Architecture of Radio Systems (2.5 ECTS)
  • Linear and Nonlinear Fiber Optics (5 ECTS)
  • Pattern Recognition (5 ECTS)
  • Pattern Analysis (5 ECTS)
  • Music Processing - Analysis (2.5 ECTS)
  • Music Processing - Synthesis (2.5 ECTS)

Lab Courses (choose 3 for 7.5 ECTS):

  • Mobile Communications (2.5 ECTS)
  • Digital Communications (2.5 ECTS)
  • Multimedia Communications (2.5 ECTS)
  • Digital Signal Processing (2.5 ECTS)
  • Audio Processing (2.5 ECTS)

Seminar (2.5 ECTS)

Non-Technical Elective Mandatory Modules:
  • Language courses (for international students)
  • Language courses and Soft Skills (for German students)
Elective Modules (choose 15 ECTS):

Technical Electives

  • Convex Optimization in Communications and Signal Processing (5 ECTS)
  • Computer Graphics (3.75 ECTS)
  • Pattern Recognition (5 ECTS or 7.5 ECTS)
  • Pattern Analysis (5 ECTS or 7.5 ECTS)
  • Speech Coding (2.5 ECTS)
  • .... and all Elective Mandatory Technical Courses

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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:


    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.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • your secondary school's leaving certificate and university entrance certificate (certified English version)
  • your university certificates and transcripts of records (certified English version)
  • TOEFL score report (minimum score IBT 87) or other proof of English-language education (IELTS or Medium of Instruction Certificate e.g.)
  • APS certificate (China)
  • GRE test results (if any)
  • certificates for English or German language courses or tests (if any)
  • recommendation letters of two of your academic teachers that have known you well

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

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  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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Living costs for Erlangen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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