M.Sc. Mobile and Embedded Systems

M.Sc. Mobile and Embedded Systems

Mobile and Embedded Systems
Quick facts
ProgrammeMobile and Embedded Systems
Degree awardedMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
Duration and ECTS4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Starts inApril (summer semester) and October (winter semester)
Language of instructionEnglish

About the programme

The future of information and communication technology (ICT) is driven by mobile and networked embedded systems: tomorrow’s digital cities, Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will all depend on embedded sensing of real-world phenomena, in-situ computation, large-scale computation as well as automated information exchange and data distribution using machine-to-machine (M2M) com­munications between local and distributed control entities.

The ‘smart grid’ is one example of an application for future embedded systems, as it uses real-time sensing of the available renewable energy to determine where energy is to be routed across the power grid and controls intelligent machinery to increase production during peak times; this requires that internet-connected smart meters are installed in industrial plants and private homes alike to facilitate real-time sensing and control of technical systems.

Another exciting area of application for embedded systems is mobile and wearable technology, which allows users to access and manipulate information ‘on the go’ as the system provides relevant and timely information — indeed, this is one of the main purposes of mobile information technology such as smartphones and tablet computers. Additional meaning for this Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is generated by the context of the device, the user, the location and many more factors, all of which are sensed and computed by a plenitude of embedded sensors and collocated or connected systems.

Wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smart watches collect bio-physiological and health-related data to facilitate novel applications, including smart contact lenses and feedback systems for the learning of physical activities. At the same time, increasing cross-device interoperability means that users of head-mounted augmented reality and virtual reality displays can, for instance, use their entire smartphone screen as a keyboard and have the typed text displayed on augmented reality glasses.


  • Excellent rankings for computer science, e.g. in U-Multirank and the CHE rankings
  • A strongly research-oriented two-year programme with a modern range of subjects
  • Allows interest-based selection of modules from the groups ‘Human-Computer Interaction’, ‘Systems Engineering’ and ‘Data Processing, Signals and Systems’
  • Fully English-taught programme
  • A very good staff-student ratio
  • Participation in cutting-edge research projects
  • Modern research and teaching infrastructure
  • An extensive network of partnerships with academic institutions and businesses worldwide
  • English-taught double degree programme with Ecole Supérieure des Communications de Tunis
  • A great student experience in Passau, the ‘City of Three Rivers’

Career prospects

Ours is one of only a handful of existing degree programmes which train specialists with the strong background in computer science, complemented by expertise in engineering, that is indispensable when designing, developing and deploying modern technologies in anything from individual devices to vast, complex systems. As a result, when you graduate from this degree programme you will be ready to design tomorrow’s technology for a wide range of economic sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, energy and logistics. 

As modern systems are yet to be deployed in many industries, millions of new jobs are forecast in this field in the near future. As a so-called ‘T‑shaped individual’ with in-depth expertise in your chosen specialisation as well as extensive competences in neighbouring fields, you will be a highly valuable addition to any team working on tomorrow’s complex socio-technological challenges — be it in highly specialised engineering teams or in heterogeneous interdisciplinary project teams.

Your career prospects will be bright, as multinational and local companies alike urgently need graduates with your skill set and offer competitive starting salaries in the vicinity of €50K. Moreover, if you are planning a career in academia, this degree will give you the formal prerequisites for doctoral study in computer science or engineering.

Programme syllabus

This degree programme focuses on the methodologies of computer science and information technology. Elements of subject areas essential for designing mobile and embedded systems, such as electrical engineering, electronics, instrumentation and control engineering and sensor technology complement the course offering. You will also receive in-depth training in human-computer interaction, en­abling you to adopt the user’s perspective when designing systems and take into account usability and user needs — crucial factors for the social acceptance of technological innovations — throughout all stages of the design process.

The programme is divided into three module groups with core and elective modules. These are:

  1. Human-Computer Interaction
  2. Systems Engineering
  3. Data Processing, Signals and Systems

In addition to learning about advanced technologies in the specialisation module group, you will choose modules from all three module groups, which allows you either to narrow the focus or widen the scope of your studies. As several professorial positions are currently vacant, the choice of subjects is limited in the near future. Courses offered by the Centre for Careers and Competencies may help you to establish a well-rounded skills profile. Finally, you will write a master's thesis as part of this programme.

Programme structure

You must accumulate a total of 120 ECTS credits during the programme. While you are generally free to choose your modules, your choices must meet the following conditions:

  • 30 ECTS credits for your master’s thesis (and presentation) on a subject chosen according to your preferences, ideally from your specialisation module group
  • at least 20 ECTS credits from your specialisation module group
  • at least 15 ECTS credits from one of the non-specialisation module groups
  • 5 ECTS credits from a seminar
  • free choice of modules for the remaining 50 ECTS credits

Academic entry requirements

Please note: The entry requirements below are currently pending approval by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, and are therefore subject to change.

You are eligible for this degree programme if the following applies to you:

  • You have an undergraduate university degree in computer science, mobile and embedded systems, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information and communication systems, biomedical technology or a related discipline with:
    • a computer science component of at least 60 ECTS credits.
      • If you completed a four-year non-ECTS degree, the 60 ECTS credit requirement is deemed to be met if approximately one-third of your credit points were earned in computer science-related modules/courses.
    • a mathematics component of at least 20 ECTS credits.
    • an electrical and electronic engineering or information technology component of at least 12 ECTS credits.


This is further qualified as follows:

  • Your degree must have been earned over a course of study of a standard length of three years or more.

  • The final grade for your first degree must be 2.7 or better under the German marking system, or the relevant equivalent final grade in a foreign marking system.

    • If your final grade is not 2.7 (or the equivalent foreign grade) or better, you may still apply if you can prove that you ranked among the best 70% of graduates within your particular degree programme in the academic year in which your final certificate was issued (i.e. your cohort).

      • In that case you should provide an official certificate from your university registrar specifying the total number of graduates of your cohort as well as, importantly, the rank number/percentile you attained on the basis of your final grade.

  • As part of the application you must submit an English or German-language abstract/summary of your undergraduate dissertation/bachelor's thesis/final year project.

    • If you did not write a dissertation/thesis as a formal part of your prior degree programme, you may instead submit an academic research paper or publication that demonstrates your ability to solve a scientific research problem independently.

  • If you do not have your degree certificate and final transcript at the time of application:

    • If you cannot provide your final bachelor's (or equivalent) certificate and transcript but are in the final semester of your degree programme at the time of application, you may include the transcripts thus far available reflecting the courses previously taken as well as all results and current marks/grades.

      • You will then be considered for a conditional offer, in which case you would have to present your degree certificate and final transcript at enrolment or within 10 weeks after the first day of lectures.
      • This will be approved only if you have already completed all coursework and assessments for your first degree at the beginning of the degree programme at the University of Passau and have submitted a (preliminary) transcript showing an average (preliminary) grade of 2.7 or the equivalent foreign grade.

Please note that we only recognise degrees awarded by universities with 'H+' status in the Anabin database of the German Central Office for Foreign Education. You can check the Anabin database online or contact the International Coordinator of the faculty by e-mail if you do not understand German.

Language requirements

English language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Unless English is your native language or the language of instruction for your secondary schooling or your first degree programme, you should provide an English language certificate such as:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 567 (paper-based), 240 (computer-based) or 87 (internet-based)
  • International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) with a minimum score of 5.5
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment at Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) level

To facilitate daily life in Germany, it would be beneficial for you to have German language skills at level A1 CEFR (beginner’s level). If you do not have any German skills when starting out on the programme, you will complete a compulsory beginner’s German course during your first year of study.