|Programme of study||Mobile and Embedded Systems|
|Degree awarded||Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)|
|Duration and credits||6 semesters; 180 ECTS credits|
|Starts in||October (winter semester)|
|Language of instruction||German|
About the programme
Hidden from sight and yet affecting our lives in so many different ways, embedded systems are used in DVD players, washing machines and refrigerators; they are what make our smartphones smart and our cars and aeroplanes safer, they control industrial production facilities and are found in medical technology – about 98% of the processors built today are not used in PCs but in technology we come into contact with in daily life.
Currently there is a growing trend towards networking of embedded systems via the Internet, with satellite navigation being only one example of this. Embedded systems have an enormous potential for innovation and carry great economic weight: The German market alone is worth some 19 billion euros, and three million high-tech jobs depend directly or indirectly on this segment. Despite all this, businesses in the above sectors are confronted with a shortage of suitably trained specialists – partly due to the low numbers of engineering graduates overall, but also because, as yet, few universities offer specific degree programmes imparting the necessary technical knowledge. The University of Passau's B.Sc. Mobile and Embedded Systems is one of those few that train specialists for this up-and-coming sector.
- first place for Computer Science for research among Bavarian universities in the CHE research rankings
- includes a software and systems engineering project: hands-on software development is a hallmark of Computer Science at the University of Passau
- an outstanding staff-student ratio and excellent infrastructure
- unique in Germany: specialisation on human-computer interaction and sensor technology
- complete an English subject-specific language programme alongside your degree studies
- excellence in teaching and a great student experience on one of Germany's loveliest university campuses
Once you graduate from the B.Sc. programme in Mobile and Embedded Systems you are ready to take on specialist and executive roles in companies of all sizes in a wide range of industries.
Our graduates typically work in an engineering role with overall systems design responsibility, or in an engineering project management role. Project managers lead heterogeneous teams composed of members with a variety of different technological backgrounds and levels of qualification.
The need for trained embedded systems specialists is likely to continue growing over the coming years, and the region around Passau has numerous potential employers for our graduates – which for you means excellent employment opportunities in the region and further afield.
If you are planning to follow an academic career path, the next step towards your doctorate is to study our Master‘s programme in Computer Science.
This degree programme imparts the methodologies of computer science, electrical engineering, information technology and additional subject areas essential for designing embedded systems, such as electronics, instrumentation and control engineering and sensor technology.
You will also learn the principles of human-machine interaction, enabling you to take the user’s perspective when designing systems and take into account usability and user needs at an early stage of the design process – these are crucial for the social acceptance of technological innovations.
In addition to teaching you about basic technologies from the above areas, the curriculum also includes traditional computer science components (the C and C++ programming languages, algorithms and data structures, etc.), computer and information engineering (e.g. digital circuits), computer engineering (computer architecture, networks and software-hardware co-design), as well as systems engineering. Compulsory electives form part of the curriculum, giving you the chance to set your own study focus.
You will write a dissertation as part of this programme and complete a major group project. You also have the chance to round off the skills and technical knowledge gained during your degree studies by completing any number of transferable skills modules offered by the Centre for Key Skills (ZfS), and English for Computer Science Students.
Academic entry requirements
To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.
German language requirements
You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF 3×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school).
The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.