Do you enjoy solving mathematical problems and analyzing and understanding technical processes?

You want to improve things and contribute to social progress and more sustainability?

Then the study of technical cybernetics and systems theory is right for you!

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Bachelor of Science
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Standard period of study
7 semester
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Start of studies
October 1
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Basic internship
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Brief description

Whether it is a matter of navigating ships automatically, describing processes in cell organisms or optimizing water and energy consumption: All these processes can be studied using methods from technical cybernetics - an interdisciplinary science between engineering sciences and applied mathematics.

For this purpose, you will not only receive an excellent basic mathematical education during your studies. You also deal intensively with automation, modeling, analysis, systems theory, control and optimization of technical processes. In addition, you will study basic subjects from the natural sciences, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science. You can deepen your knowledge in exciting application fields such as biomedical engineering, energy networks or robotics.

In practical experiments accompanying lectures, you will practice advanced methods, for example, to model traffic, control drive systems or describe complex processes in precision robotics systems.

You can apply your knowledge directly in your internship and your Bachelor's thesis, whether at a large company in Germany or abroad, a research institution or a dynamic company in the vicinity of the TU Ilmenau.

With your bachelor's degree, you are already well prepared for a wide range of professional fields - from aerospace technology, robotics and environmental systems technology to the automotive and electrical industries.

Or you can take advantage of the specialization options in the master's program and perhaps even spend part of the master's program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima to obtain a double degree.

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During the course of study, the basic mathematical training and the broadly diversified insight into all engineering fields prepare students perfectly for the future.

Stephan Scholz


Why Ilmenau?

Because studying here is fun! As a student, you will be taught in small seminar groups of usually less than 20 students. This means that you will receive intensive and individual support. To make it as easy as possible for you to settle in, you will receive excellent support in the mentoring and tutoring program, especially at the beginning.

A special feature of our program is mathematics: With basic lectures from the mathematics bachelor's program, you will receive a particularly thorough education. The focus on theory and method development makes the program unique in Germany. By choosing an application specialization, you can familiarize yourself with a potential field of work at an early stage without committing yourself definitively.

Your professors work closely with robotics, sensor and automation technology companies throughout Germany, as well as research partners such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR) or Fraunhofer IOSB-AST. This gives you many opportunities for specialized internships and auxiliary work. In addition, your lecturers are also excellently networked worldwide: Whether it's studying abroad at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, an internship or thesis at TU Graz, or a stay at UNAM in Mexico, the best Spanish-speaking university in the world: at TU Ilmenau, you can prepare yourself for the global job market while still studying, and develop and network personally. For example, in one of the university's numerous clubs such as the Engineers without Borders or Team Starcraft.

Maria and Janek study Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory at the TU Ilmenau

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Content of study

Basic principles of engineering (e.g. physics, mechanical engineering, thermodynamics, electrical engineering and electronics, computer science, measurement and sensor technology)

26 %

Mathematics (e.g. analysis, linear algebra, numerics and stochastics)

26 %

Major-specific moduls (e.g. automation engineering, modeling and simulation, control and system technology, system identification, digital control systems, system theory)

26 %

Application fields (optional modules) (e.g. biomedical engineering, energy grids, robotics, microelectronics / circuit technology, process measurement technology)

7 %

Key qualifications

2 %

Advanced internship and bachelor thesis

12 %
Detailed subject overview: Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory (Module List)

Application modules

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Energy grids
  • Robotics
  • Microelectronics - Circuit technology
  • Process measurement technology

Practice during studies

There is no mandatory basic internship necessary. The specialist internship in the 7th semester lasts 10 weeks and can be completed in companies at home and abroad.

Fields of work

  • Automation, control and process technology
  • Process and production engineering, chemical industry
  • Automotive and traffic engineering
  • Astronautics and space technology
  • Environmental systems engineering, biosystems engineering, pharmaceutical industry
  • Traffic planning and logistics, consulting, banks


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