Computer Engineering is a field that involves the analysis, design, and evaluation of computer systems with their hardware and software layers, and the use of computer-controlled systems in cars, smartphones and medical technology, for example. As a modern engineering science at the interface of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering is a key information technology discipline.
The Master's Program
The 4-semester Master's program in Computer Engineering aims at deepening in one or more Computer Engineering fields the knowledge students acquired in the Bachelor's program. The Master's program is designed to be research-related and provides especially the abilities necessary for analyzing problems in Computer Engineering independently and for developing the scientific methods required to describe and solve these problems.
The Master's program consists of two compulsory modules each in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, an elective area, a module "Scientific Workstyle", the project group and the final thesis. The compulsory modules in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering strengthen the skills in the central fields of Computer Engineering. In elective courses, the students specialize in a specific field by choosing an area of specialization and also acquire a broad base of knowledge through more elective modules. The Master's program offers the following areas of specialization:
Communication and Networks
Signal, Image and Speech Processing
Control and Automation
In the module "Scientific Workstyle", students complete a research-oriented seminar and, in parallel, a further elective course that strengthens their individual competence in the language, writing, or presentation skills. The project group is a two-semester course in which a team works together in collaboration on a research-related topic. The final thesis project covers the Master's thesis and a preparatory work planning phase and is often derived directly from the topic of the project group or from the student's own area of specialization. The final thesis can be started after students successfully complete a total of 45 credits (ECTS) in the modules.
Computer Engineering is a field of studies with an internationally reputable and recognized profile and job outline. In the prescribed 4-semester study period and with a total performance of 120 ECTS, students acquire a degree whose contents and scope match international standards.
The following diagram provides a descriptive overview of the Master's program in Computer Engineering. For a detailed description and explanation of the various subjects, modules, and elective courses, see the Examination Regulations and the Module Handbook.
The prerequisites for being granted admission to the Master’s program in Computer Engineering is a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Paderborn University or a similar Bachelor's degree from another college or university. In addition, proven sufficient proficiency in English and, for international applicants, a GRE Revised General Test or a very good or good CGPA in the Bachelor program are required for admission.
As an international applicant, you have to apply via the uni-assist online portal, which allows you to submit your application electronically. The uni-assist web site lists Paderborn University under "Universities (Master)" and heading "Northrhine-Westphalia". Before registering, please check whether you meet the admission requirements.
The Master’s program can be started in either the winter semester or the summer semester. The contact persons listed below are available for more information.