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Short profile

Master of Science
none | individual acceptance
4 semesters
October 1
Bachelor's degree in a similar field


The study program Master of Science in Communications and Signal Processing* (CSP) is open to applicants from all over the world. It is taught in English.

The two-year program starts with some basic lectures**, bringing students from all over the world to a common level of knowledge. With this background, students are well prepared for the in-depth lectures of the second and third semesters. Students are motivated to work on the tasks discussed in the lectures at home. Homeworks and student research projects encourage academic work and offer research and development opportunities as well as the chance to work in groups. In the projects, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering disciplines and to learn working methods, skills and modern engineering tools, which are important for their professional career.

The CSP program focuses on fundamental concepts, e. g., information theory, coding, modulation, (convex) optimization techniques, compressed sensing, tensor-based signal processing, multi-modal data fusion, machine learning, data analytics, parameter estimation, array signal processing, adaptive filters and many applications that lead to rewarding career opportunities, e.g., in data science, future systems for data transmission, channel modeling, antenna design, connected/autonomous vehicles, radar/sonar, wearable technologies, audio coding, hearing aids, multimedia systems, biomedical signal processing, brain-computer interfaces, improved medical scans, biometric security, big data, stock quote analysis and more.

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Why Ilmenau?

The course is unique in Europe. There are only a few English-language Master's degree courses with a comparable focus. Degree courses with a focus on pure data processing are often offered by computer science departments and focus less on the aspects of data transmission.


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Content of study

Computer Science and Communication Systems

19 %

Communiacation Engineering

16 %

Signal Processing

13 %

High Frequency and Measurement Engineering

9 %

Media Technologies

9 %

Non-technical courses

3 %

Research projects and Thesis

31 %
Detaillierte Modulübersicht: Curriculum of the Master's Program Communications and Signal Processing (Module List)

Fields of work

  • Research and development for modern communication systems
  • Planning of mobile communication networks
  • Improving performance of communication systems
  • Development and verification of algorithms
  • Verification of theoretic results via measurements
  • System design including antennas, radio frequency electronics, decoding algorithms and applications


Student advisory service

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Haardt

+49 3677 69-2613

Study organisation

Marko Hennhöfer

+49 3677 69-2506