New at TU Ilmenau: Studying international master's programs online

Starting from the winter semester 2021/22, Technische Universität Ilmenau offers fully online, English-taught and internationally oriented study programs in three master's degree programs: Micro- and Nanotechnologies, Communications and Signal Processing, and Media and Communication Science.

All three master's degree programs have been internationally successful for years at TU Ilmenau as on-site formats and will be offered as such in the future as well. Applications for all three master's programs for the winter semester 2021/22, in both online and on-site formats, are possible until May 31, 2021: https://www.tu-ilmenau.de/en/study/before-the-study/range-of-courses/application.

Information about online studies at TU Ilmenau: www.tu-ilmenau.de/en/study/before-the-study/range-of-courses/study-online

Innovative, future-oriented and interactive teaching concepts and spaces

Students who choose to study online will no longer need to be present on site in Ilmenau from the winter semester 2021/22 onwards, but will be able to complete their English-taught studies at TU Ilmenau from anywhere in the world and earn a recognized German master's degree. As a public university, TU Ilmenau charges no tuition fees for its study programs.

Portraitfoto Prof. Jens Müller, Vizepräsident für Internationale Beziehungen und Transfer TU Ilmenau/Michael Reichel
Prof. Jens Müller, Vice President for International Affairs and Transfer

With the introduction of the online formats of the three degree programs, Professor Jens Müller, Vice President for International Affairs and Transfer, wants to help shape the digital transformation of higher education in the long term: "I see the introduction of the online degree programs not only against the background of the pandemic. Also in terms of the University’s goals of innovation, internationalization and digitization, all course contents are digitized, i.e. modernized, with new teaching concepts." In the course of this process TU Ilmenau uses the latest technologies, including a social virtual reality application that allows students to interact virtually with each other and with their lecturers. "In solely virtual study environments, the development of community, which is so important for young people during their studies, is otherwise quickly lost," says Prof. Müller.

The virtual environment developed at TU Ilmenau consists of an experimental lecture hall, a seminar room, a meeting room and a project and laboratory room. The virtual lab space will allow students to gain important hands-on experience remotely in their engineering courses, which previously required on-site attendance. Prof. Müller is convinced that the additional option of taking classes online will have a permanent place in the academic world even after the pandemic: "However, this also requires students to enter with a good level of self-motivation and to organize their studies, but we anticipate that this will be the case – as our experience in the pandemic has taught us for the past year." The transition to online studies is made easier for students of TU Ilmenau via the University’s we4you service, which offers specialist advice and sociocultural support.

The degree programs Micro- and Nanotechnologies and Communications and Signal Processing facilitate a new generation of engineers

With the digitization of the engineering master's degree programs Micro- and Nanotechnologies and Communications and Signal Processing (both Master of Science), TU Ilmenau trains a new generation of engineers. Students no longer have to be on site to operate complex laboratory equipment; this is now possible remotely. The career prospects on the international job market for both degree programs are excellent: Graduates of the Micro- and Nanotechnologies degree program work in areas of microelectronics, microsystems engineering and nanotechnology, sensor technology, measurement technology and medical technology. Graduates of the Communications and Signal Processing degree program have excellent job prospects in research and development of modern information and communication systems, in algorithm design and analysis, in system design including antenna and radio frequency electronics, in the analysis of large amounts of data and in the verification of theoretical results via measurements.

The degree program Media and Communication Science: Interdisciplinarity, interculturality and virtual reality
Portraitfoto Prof. Andreas Will, Direktor des Instituts für Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft AnLi Fotografie
Prof. Andreas Will, Director of Institute for Media and Communication Science

Students who choose the master's degree program Media and Communication Science (Master of Arts) from TU Ilmenau study and research interdisciplinary in the fields of Communication Sciences, Media Technologies, Economic Sciences and Law. The study modules Virtual and Augmented Reality for Communication Science and Intercultural Communication ensure innovative digital and internationally oriented outcomes. Prof. Andreas Will, Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Sciences, would like to give prospective students full access to the master's program even after the pandemic: "There will certainly still be many prospective students who will not be able to move to Ilmenau. We also want to offer them the best possible preparation for the dynamic and diverse job market in media and communication studies and the best prospects for a career in international communication professions via our online degree program."


The digitization of the three master's degree programs (in addition to their existing on-site formats) is part of the VEDIAS project for the preparation and testing of digital, internationally oriented degree programs with social virtual reality application at TU Ilmenau. The project is part of the DAAD’s “International Programmes Digital” call and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research: www.tu-ilmenau.de/vedias.

Info event on May 26, 2021: Study Online@TU Ilmenau

For prospective students who would like to learn more about the new online study programs, the online event "Study Online@TU Ilmenau" will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 11:00am-12:30pm (UTC +2). Staff members of the International Student Advisory Service, representatives of the study programs, and students will be available to answer questions: www.tu-ilmenau.de/en/study/before-the-study/range-of-courses/study-online.


Dr. Diana Moehrke-Rasul
International Office

+49 3677 69-2565