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Electrical Engineering, M.Sc.

Program overview

There is scarcely any product currently used in key areas of society such as health, energy, mobility, industry or communication which does not rely upon electrical or electronic components. The increasing role of information technology and communication technology means that the boundaries of computer science are becoming less clearly defined. This development is reflected in TU Berlin’s broadly based master’s program in Electrical Engineering. Students can choose from a broad range of modules in the fields of electrical power engineering, automation engineering, electrical engineering, photonics and integrated systems as well as communication systems to develop, deepen and apply the knowledge gained in their bachelor’s program The content of these modules allows students to acquire technical and practical knowledge of the entire product development process - from the initial idea and emergence of a product through to its production and applications. The mandatory internship represents an important aspect of this master’s degree. The program’s close links to the profession of electrical engineering prepares students for their subsequent careers as engineers by enabling them to work on practical technical tasks. Electrical engineering permeates our entire living environment and as such provides students with many career options.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants to the Electrical Engineering master’s program must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. For this program, the first degree must be in electrical engineering or a closely related subject. As a rule, the requirements are met if the degree contains the following elements:

  • a minimum of 27 credit points in the fundamentals of mathematics and natural sciences,
  • a minimum of 54 credit points in electrical engineering as well as
  • a minimum of 6 credit points in the area of computer science.

Precise details of admission requirements are provided in the program’s study and examination regulations. You must be able to prove that you fulfill these requirements when submitting your application.

The Electrical Engineering master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level.

Some classes, however, are taught in English. Applicants are therefore required to provide proof of English skills at CEFR level B2. Please see here under "Proof of the level of English for master programs at Faculty IV" for a list of accepted proofs and certificates.

More information you can find on the study program's website (currently in German).

Program structure

The four-semester Electrical Engineering master’s degree is made up of compulsory elective modules, elective modules, a master’s thesis and an internship. The program structure as well as the regulations regarding the selection of modules are laid out in the program’s study and examination regulations.

Within the first three semesters you can choose compulsory elective modules from the field of theoretical basics as well as a number of other study fields (currently in German). A study field combines modules offered by a number of academic chairs into a single area of thematic focus, enabling students to specialize in a technical area and thus develop a professional profile.

You can choose from the following study fields to establish your area of specialization:

  • Automation engineering
  • Electrical power engineering
  • Electrical engineering, photonics, and integrated systems
  • Communication systems

You can choose additional modules from these and all other study fields within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, provided these modules have been assigned to master’s programs.

The elective program further provides you the opportunity to learn about other issues, including socially relevant topics, by taking modules outside your subject area. You can choose from courses offered at TU Berlin as well as other universities with equal status in Germany or abroad. The fourth semester is reserved for writing your master’s thesis. Upon successful completion of the master’s degree you will be awarded a Master of Science, which is an internationally recognized higher degree qualifying you for professional work.

You are required to complete an internship as part of the master’s program. You can find further details under “Internship”.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulationsapplies to applicants.

Study and examination regulations:

Content and modules

The master’s degree program in Electrical Engineering is modular in design. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. A module often includes various study and teaching formats, such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules in the master’s program in Electrical Engineering is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content of modules, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, etc. The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations.

To module database

Internships

A compulsory internship is an important part of the Electrical Engineering master’s program. The internship must last nine weeks for students doing the program as a full-time degree. Full details are provided by the internship regulations. You can obtain further advice from the internship officer, who is also responsible for the recognition of your internship.

The internship is intended to enable you to acquire knowledge relevant to your studies as well as address company organizational issues, thus supplementing and deepening the theoretical knowledge gained in the degree program. Professional training in an engineering-related area within industry, the service sector, or non-university research institutes is an important requirement for your future career.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of a semester abroad or internships. A stay abroad can easily be integrated into the program, though we recommend that you pursue this option in the third semester. You are, however, not required to complete a stay abroad.

General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).For details of subject-specific cooperative projects and general support concerning studying abroad, please contact the persons responsible for studying abroad (currently in German) within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Staff are available to help you prepare for your stay abroad as well as provide support during your time abroad.

Acquired skills

As a graduate of the master’s program you are well versed in current research topics in the field of electrical engineering, have deepened your technical knowledge and understanding of methods, are able to work independently as a researcher as well as solve complex problems within the field of electrical engineering.

After successful completion of the program, you will receive the internationally recognized academic degree "Master of Science" (M. Sc.).

After your studies

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program enjoy excellent career prospects. You can take up leading positions in almost all branches of the industrial and service sectors, working in research and development, production, IT consultancy, project management, or technical sales for energy suppliers, telecommunication companies, manufacturers of telecommunications hardware, generators or biomedical engineering equipment, the automobile and the aerospace industries as well as within the electrical engineering or IT sectors.

On the other hand, your scientific education particularly qualifies you for fields of activity in research and science, both in governmental institutions and in research departments of industry. Those who do not initially decide to enter the world of business directly can pursue further scientific qualification within the framework of a doctorate.

Another tipp: start your own business. Berlin is currently home to the most vibrant start-up scene in Europe. There are a number of institutes and facilities within the University offering you the chance to get some inspiration and to support you with setting up your own business. These include the award winning Career Service and the Centre for Entrpreneurship (CfE). The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science additionally has its own representative for business start ups to provide you with practical advice and to put you in touch with a valuable network.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Student Advisory Service

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs - Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board (currently in German)

Study Guide (pdf, in German)

Study program's website (currently in German)