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Master of Science
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Restrictions on admission
none | individual acceptance
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Standard period of study
3 semester
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Start of studies
April 1 or October 1
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Requirement for admission
Bachelor's degree in a similar field
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The Master's programme in Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory (TKS) is consecutive and research-oriented. It builds on a basic research-oriented Bachelor's degree in Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory.

The degree in Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory or in an equivalent course of study is assessed with 50 points in the aptitude test for admission. For comparable degrees, e.g. in technomathematics, 40 points are awarded, for related degrees, e.g. in electrical engineering and information technology, engineering informatics, mathematics or mechatronics, 30 points are awarded. Other degrees are awarded 20 points. In addition to the present degree, the grades in important sub-subjects or modules and the final grade achieved are also included in the evaluation.

The focus of the master's program is on the acquisition of advanced systems engineering and systems theory knowledge in the form of methods for the description, analysis, control and optimization of nonlinear, discrete-event and hybrid system models of dynamic processes. A course programme jointly offered by engineers and mathematicians promotes an intensive research orientation and at the same time qualifies students for professional research practice.

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Why Ilmenau?

  • The "Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory" course in Ilmenau is designed and supported jointly by engineers and mathematicians. This is unique in Germany.
  • The course focuses on the development of new methods. Students therefore receive in-depth mathematical training, for example through joint lectures with students in the Bachelor of Mathematics program
  • The Institutes for Automation and Systems Engineering and for Mathematics currently have 7 professorships, who teach and research in the core areas of the course in control and systems theory, automation technology and optimization. This is a unique selling point among German universities

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

Content of study

Compulsory area (e.g. system theory, differential equations, non-linear control systems, dynamic process optimization)

11 %

Elective areaof specialisation (e.g. event-discrete systems, hybrid systems, adaptive and structure-variable control systems, communication and bus systems, diagnostic and predictive systems, system theory)

22 %

Elective areaof extensions (see extensions and und detailed overview)

17 %

Main seminar and General Studies

6 %

Master thesis

33 %
Detailed subject overview: Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory (Master)


  • Electrodynamics
  • Mobile robotics
  • Parametric and stochastic systems
  • Optimazation based Control
  • Thermo and fluid dynamics

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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