Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (M.Eng.)

Organisation:
TU Kaiserslautern - Distance & Independent Studies Center (DISC)
Typ:
Part-time
Certificate:
Master M.Eng.
Duration:
4 semester(s)
Study location:
distance learning
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Programme

Today, traditionally hardware-dominated product domains are increasingly turning into software-dominated ones. Many of the companies and organizations in these transitional domains still employ mostly traditional engineers without solid education and training in software engineering. Representatives in the industry have expressed great demand for a part-time training program to re-train the existing professional engineering work force in software engineering. With this in mind, the DISC has developed this high-quality part-time distance program. The program, offered by the DISC since 2008, imparts theoretical scientific background knowledge as well as practical methods, techniques, and tools that equip the engineer to deal with software development for embedded systems issues.

The overall goal of this distance education program is to provide professionals with a sound theoretical software engineering background as well as with practical methods, techniques, and tools that take software development issues into account. The program prepares the students for a career as professional software engineers in the industry. The course concludes with the academic degree "Master of Engineering" (M.Eng.).

Target audience

The distance education program is designed for professionals working in the field of software development who need to acquire advanced knowledge about emerging technologies and who wish to broaden their software engineering skills by pursuing graduate-level education in software engineering. The program targets graduates of engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering, graduates of IT disciplines such as computer science and business informatics, and graduates of non-engineering disciplines, such as mathematics and physics - all with at least two years of professional experience in the field of software development after the first degree.
Applicants may also be accepted who have relevant work experience but have not graduated for a university. They must hold a diploma qualifying for university admission, be able to prove several years of relevant work experience and pass an aptitude test. More information concerning the application can be found here.

The course is held entirely in English.

For the enrolment to the English-language Master distance education program "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems" a sufficient proof of English proficiency is necessary. This can be evidenced by:
  • An English-language first degree
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE): Grade C
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL computer: 213
  • TOEFL Paper: 550
  • TOEFL Internet: 79

Emphasis/Curriculum

The distance education master program "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems" encompasses six modules. The fields of study include principles of software engineering for embedded systems, requirements engineering, testing and inspections, software product lines, component-based development, security, real-time systems, as well as software quality assurance.

The course includes the following modules:

1. Semester:
  • Software Engineering Basics
  • Project Management
  • On campus weekend
2. Semester:
  • Software Quality Engineering
  • Software Concept Engineering
  • Software Development Studio, part 1
3. Semester:
  • Software Component Engineering
  • Embedded Software Engineering
  • Software Development Studio, part 2
4. Semester:
  • Master thesis

Practical relevance

The overall goal of this distance education program is to provide professionals with a sound theoretical software engineering background as well as with practical methods, techniques, and tools that take software development issues into account. The program prepares the students for a career as professional software engineers in the industry. The course concludes with the academic degree "Master of Engineering" (M.Eng.).

Admission/Entrance requirements

Total fees approx.
€ 7960
Costs:
The study fees for the distance learning program "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems" are EUR 1,990 per term. Added to this is a social contribution of EUR 101 per term. The one-off fee for the master's thesis is EUR 500. The study fees are not subject to German VAT and are tax-deductible.

Financial Aid:
The government can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can, for example, offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local revenue office or tax advisor for more information. In certain circumstances, the German government can also support you in your professional training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks). You can find information on this on the internet, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.
Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. And low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and offered by the government and by banks, such as the KfW Development Bank, represent another good option. However, financial support as per the rules of Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is not possible, unfortunately.

Languages

Language(s) of instruction: English
Going abroad: not possible

The course is held entirely in English.

Bewerbung

You can apply for the "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems" distance learning degree from mid-May to mid-July of every year. Courses start at the beginning of October.

Here you find the most relevant information about the application procedure.

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Organisation

The Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) is one of the leading establishments in Germany for distance-learning postgraduate courses. The establishment has over 25 years of experience in developing and designing academic courses for guided self-study. It was created from the Centre for Distance Learning and University Education (ZFUW), which was founded at the University of Kaiserslautern in 1992.

We offer accredited Master's degrees in attractive subject areas and accompany you throughout your course of studies with advice, service and support

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Contact

TU Kaiserslautern - Distance & Independent Studies Center (DISC)

Postfach 30 49
D-67653 Kaiserslautern
Germany
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Phone:
+49 (0)631 205 492
Fax:
+49 (0)631 205 4940
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