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Master of Science in Communications and Signal Processing

The programme offers a thorough theoretical foundation as well as practical experience with the main software tools which are also used in industry. The master programme is designed by professors with high level industrial experience to give students an excellent education in Communications and Signal Processing. A master degree from TU Ilmenau will enable students to work at an advanced level in industrial production as well as in research, development, and education.

This programme is designed for international Engineering graduates (BSc or equivalent) who would like to get an in-depth understanding of communication systems on all layers and their associated signal processing algorithms, starting from the physical layer, including antenna and microwave engineering up to the application layers, including communication networks and multimedia systems.

Along with the theoretical education, the students will gain practical experience by research projects which are an important preparation for the challenging demands in the communications industry.

The Master’s thesis will be prepared in the fourth semester. The goal of the Master’s thesis is to show the student’s ability to apply their theoretical knowledge to new challenging research topics.

Detailed information about the master programme

Course Contents

The course is mainly focused on three areas:

  • communication networks
  • mobil communication
  • signal transmission and processing

These topics represent a common theme for lectures and seminars as well as the incorporated research projects. In their research projects students can explore different applications in these areas. For example projects can deal with antenna arrays or ways to improve usage of quadrocopters in disaster control.

Course Structure

The course is devided into four semesters.

During the first semester the focus is on summarising the basics for the course. This will help students from different background to gain a common basis for further cooperation in research projects.

The second and third semester are dominated by the two research projects that students will complete. Furthermore, theoretic basics from the first semester will be deepened.

In the fourth semester students will focus on their master's thesis.

Additionally students have to choose at least one more technical or non-technical subject.The subject can be elected from a variety of modules offered at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. That includes subjects from similar courses, e.g. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, or language courses.

Course Details

Degree: Master of Science

Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)

Start: every year in October

Application deadline: 31st March

Admission fees: 87,40€

Language requirements:

Since all lectures, seminars and projects as well as the master's thesis are completed in English, we recommend an adequate level of proficiency.

  • TOEFL IBT 79, CBT 213, IPT 550
  • IELTS 6.5
  • CEFR C1
  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)
  • APIEL Stufe 3