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Bachelor of Science
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Restrictions on admission
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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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Credit points
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Technical cybernetics is an interdisciplinary science. It is located between the engineering sciences and applied mathematics and deals with the description, analysis and control of dynamic processes. Cybernetic methods enable, for example, the automatic navigation of ships, allow complex processes to be described in cell organisms or help to optimise logistical processes such as timetables or energy networks.

The course of study imparts basic knowledge in the fields of automation, modelling, analysis, system theory, control and optimisation of technical processes. A basic education in mathematics, which is derived from the bachelor's programme in mathematics, and a broad selection of fundamentals from the engineering and natural science disciplines lay the foundation for this.

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 %
Module List (Curriculum): Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory (Module List)

Application modules

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

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


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

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

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Programme coordinator

Professor Dr.-Ing. Johann Reger

+49 3677 69-2817

Study organisation

Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Silke Eberhardt-Schmidt

+49 3677 69-2805

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