EMECS is a two-years master's program. A total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulations System) credit points must be acquired. The curriculum consists of a core program, an elective program and a Master's Thesis. The core program covers the fundamentals of embedded computing systems and offers an equivalent education in all three institutions. The elective program reflects the specific profiles of the participating partner universities and their associated research institutes.
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Embedded Computing Systems (Joint Degree)
Core Program (45 ECTS)
The core program consists of three study areas:
- Embedded System Hardware Architectures
- System Software
- System-on-Chip (SoC) Design Methodology
The three partner universities have agreed on the contents of these core study areas. All teaching modules of the core program are mandatory to all students and need to be finished within the first year of study at one of the partner universities. The core program guarantees that all students can achieve an equivalent educational level regarding the basic principles of embedded system design and architecture. After completion of the core program, no matter at which partner institution, students will be able to take full profit of the elective program and project activities offered throughout the consortium.
Elective Program (45 ECTS)
The elective program consists of four study areas:
- Advanced Topics in Embedded Systems
- Communication & Signal Processing
- Automation & Control
These areas are offered by all partner universities. Each partner university contributes a number of teaching modules to each elective study area. The teaching modules within an elective study area are varying between universities and reflect specific local strengths, special application areas, design methodologies and architectures of embedded systems.
There are no mandatory teaching modules in the elective program. Every student is assigned a supervisor at each of the two partner universities that he or she attends. Based on the elective program an individual study plan is elaborated and mutually agreed on between the student and the supervisors.
Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)
The last part of the curriculum during the second year of study is dedicated to a Master’s thesis. The Master’s thesis is typically embedded into larger research projects conducted by the local research centres or together with industry. The topic of the Master's thesis is determined during the second year of studies.