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Ihre Position



The master degree in Research in Computer & Systems Engineering qualifies you for a research career opportunity in national and international universities, organizations, and companies. Typical areas of work are

  • Research and development for modern software-intensive systems
  • Research in system design for mobile communication and information systems
  • Design and development for software systems in manufacturing, process control, robotics, medicine, and automotive engineering

Decription of the course and Regulations for the master program

Academic advisor

Prof. Dr. Pu Li

Contact: Email
Phone: +49 3677 / 69 1423
Fax: +49 3677 / 69 1343

Documents and Regulations


Below you find the regulations for the master program:

Master's Examination Regulation and Study Regulation

Module charts

The curriculum is fixed in appendix of the relevant study regulations. On this basis, the module charts result. From these you can get more detailed information for each module or each subject, such as Person in Charge, language, provided competencies, content, literature, and final modalities.

For each course in each semester, all current information is also compiled and published in the so-called module manual.

Upon request, the Examination Office may also provide module handbooks from previous semesters (starting from WS 13/14) as an electronic file.

The daily updated module charts and the current semester module handbooks can be found here:

Module charts for RCSE

Master Module Handbook for RCSE

Advanced studies

Advanced studies

current selection catalog

Advanced studies (Winterterm 2019)

 If you would like to take another course feel free to write an request. Hand in the request in the examination office. 

The examination board will have to take a decision on the request.

expired selection catalog

Advanced studies (Winterterm 2018)

Advanced studies (Summerterm 2017)

Advanced studies (Winterterm 2013)

Advanced studies (Winterterm 2009)

Forms and Informations


Please notice:

For electronic registration and deregistration of tests, please use as far as possible the Internet-based self-service functions with your Thoska Card. To be able to use these functions outside the university, we recommend all students to procure a reading device and the appropriate software from Computer Center (Rechenzentrum).

Over the internet you can reach the online student and exam administration at the following URL:


Declaration of a grade improvement
Cancellation of Examination
Admission to the 2nd Repeat Examination
Registration for tests and certificates (if not possible via Thoska)
Notice on the non-participation in examinations due to illness

Attention: According to the latest information from the rectorate, a certificate of incapacity for work (yellow note) can be accepted instead of a medical certificate which attest that the student is unable to take the examination


Length of the internship

The intership has to be about 10 Weeks

We recommend stay abroad!

You could do

  • an internship
  • an study visit


The examination office informs you about the possibilitys to accredit courses.

The TU Ilmenau International School informs you about Partner Universitys, exchange- and support programms.

Informativ Events

When?What?For Whom?
Master Introduction DayGeneral introduction and info's about examination lawStudents of the 1st study semester
End of the 1st study semesterIntroduction to the elective modulesStudents of the 1st study semester

Students life

Please find detailed information on the following sites:

Practical advice


Individual Studies / Soft Skills

General Informations

General Informations

Research Project / Research Seminar / Group Studies

Courses are offered by the TU Ilmenau groups participating in the RCSE curriculum.
Each research group can offer topics to be finished individually by the RCSE students.

How do I get a topic?
There are three options:

  1. Select a topic from the list of offered topics at the web sites from the research groups participating in the RCSE curriculum.
  2. Ask a professor of the RCSE curriculum or their group members, who are working in your field of interest, if they have a topic for you.
  3. Propose a topic of your own to a professor to get approval that he or she will supervise it. Make sure that the topic fulfills the requirements listed below!
    In cases 2) and 3), the project can only be started when one of the professors has accepted the topic.

There may be a meeting for instance at the beginning of a semester in which the participating groups present their offered topics. However, there is no principal restriction in the time at which you must start the course.

How are the individual studies organized?

  1. Start: after you get approval by a RCSE professor to supervise your course, a form has to be filled in and signed for the Prüfungsamt to register officially. Formally, this is equivalent to the registration according to study regulations §9. This means that you cannot cancel the course afterwards without failing it.
  2. During the work: Handout of topic background material, discussion of intermediate results, help with problems etc. is done individually with your supervisor or group members responsible for your topic.
  3. Deadline: Your responsible supervisor will tell you in which time you have to finish your course and when results and report etc. have to be handed in to the supervisor. Exceptions can be granted in cases where the student is not responsible for the delay.


How are the individual studies graded?
The requirements are up to the responsible supervisor. A report has to be written usually. Depending on your actual task, a software program, a paper, a hardware setup etc. will be a required result. Grading will take into account the overall results compared to the task, individual performance during the work, and quality of document and presentation. Grading is done by the professor of the group in which the course was supervised, and the results are sent to the Prüfungsamt.


If the course is not successfully finished, cancelled by the student, or not finished within the granted time, the module is failed and has to be done again with a different topic.

Research Project

Research Project

Course offered by the TU Ilmenau groups participating in the RCSE curriculum.
Each research group can offer topics to be finished individually by the RCSE students.

The System and Software Engineering group is responsible for the general organization. Information will be made available on the web site of the group.


What requirements are there for Research Project topics?

  • Research Projects are part of the third study phase "indivdual studies", in which RCSE students will do project-oriented and independent research work.
  • Topics should be related to current research directions of one of the participating groups. They should support scientific education by working in actual research projects either in the university or at a company cooperating with the university.
  • It is generally not possible to do a part-time job in a company and get this work accepted as a research project.
  • Research projects can be done in groups of up to three students, as long as the topic allows to individually assign tasks and grade results (in contrast to group studies, which have to be done as a team).
  • Work load: the module Research Project comprises 15 LP, which means 400 .. 445 hours of scheduled time. It is thus the single module with the highest amount of work except for the Master thesis! Make sure to plan your time and concurrent lectures accordingly.


for further informations please check the web site from the System and Software Engineering Group.

Research Seminar

Research Seminar

A research seminar serves to deepen the knowledge in dealing with scientific texts in a receptive and descriptive way. The main task of a student is the independent development of one or more pieces of scientific literature up to one's own understanding and the closed presentation of this material in a lecture to other students and the organizer, with questioning and discussion on a scientific level.

The seminar also serves to train the communication skills of the students in a subject-specific context.

The Databases and Information Systems group is responsible for the general organization.


You will find informations and available topics on the web sites of the groups participating in the RCSE curriculum.

Please notice that the course is similar to the Hauptseminar or Projektseminar for the other computer science curricula at TU Ilmenau, and so you will find some offered topics with german description only.

Group Studies

Group Studies

The course has the goal to learn to solve a scientific problem in a team of peers (minimum two students).
Problems are provided by the participating professors in the RCSE curriculum.

Please notice: you don't have to do Group Studies if you choose the curriculum with an Internship.

Soft Skills - Research Skills

Soft Skills - Research Skills

The life and hard times of a professional researcher has several characteristic workload pattern. Apart from hunting insights, researchers frequently have to give and listen to talks, read, write and review papers, launch research proposals, or organize workshops and conferences.

Successful research also requires many personal qualifications and skills such as analytical ability, ability to learn, to conceptualise, to communicate, to integrate knowledge, scientific discipline, curiosity, initiative, motivation, and, last but not least, quite a bit of masochism (for details see

This seminar trains skills that help to do efficient scientific work. Course topics are

  • reading and writing papers
  • presenting scientific work
  • designing conference posters
  • writing research proposals
  • reviewing papers
  • organizing workshops and conferences


The course is organized in three parts: a tutorial part where we study how to write research papers, review papers, design conference posters, write research proposals, and organize workshops. The second part is practical training, where every student will apply the new knowledge and will write and review papers, design conference posters, and take an active part in organizing a conference.

The concluding event will be the Annual RCSE Conference on Computer and Systems Engineering (CCSE) in February which will be fully organized by the course participants.


The Distributed Systems and Operating group is responsible for the organization. Information will be made available on the web site of the group.

Examination board

Decision of the department council by 09.10.2019


Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Pu Li

Entitled to vote

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Armin Zimmermann (stellv. Vorsitzender)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Kai-Uwe Sattler
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Mitschele-Thiel (Vertreter)

Dr.-Ing. Michael Roßberg
M. Sc. Stefan Walzer (Vertreter)

Amit Sahebrao Mane (RCSE 16)
Ibrahim Yussif (RCSE 17) (Vertreter)

Major studies committee

Studiengang Research in Computer & Systems Engineering (MA)

Decision of the department council by 09.10.19


Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Pu Li

Entitled to vote

Prof. Dr. Martin Dietzfelbinger
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Kai-Uwe Sattler
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Mitschele-Thiel
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Armin Zimmermann

Dr.-Ing. Detlef Streitferdt
Dr.-Ing. Michael Roßberg

Amit Sahebrao Mane (RCSE 16)
Ibrahim Yussif (RCSE 17) (beratend)