MSc in Electrical Systems Engineering


Program Description

The master’s program Electrical System Engineering (MS ESE) is a two-year-full-time program divided into four semesters, including 3-course semesters, and a 6-month Master's thesis. MS ESE offers two specializations: signal & information processing and electronics & devices. The signal & information processing section concentrates more on the computational aspects of a system's behavior while the electronics & devices section focuses on IC design on the micro- or nanoscale and the aspects of hardware implementation.

The majority of the courses are taught by the department's full professors. Furthermore, renowned international professors come to Paderborn to give guest lectures on advanced topics from the field of systems engineering within the MS ESE program. Additionally, practically oriented advanced courses are being offered by lecturers from industries.

If you want to get even deeper into science and research, we offer a wide range of interesting topics for postgraduate work leading to a doctoral degree (Ph.D.). The master’s program is taught entirely in English. Therefore, anyone who is eligible to enroll at a German university and applies for our master’s program must prove English language skills by a certified language test.

For further information on the study program, please have a look at the other webpages of the master's program or send us an email (ms-ese[at] 

Why Study Electrical Systems Engineering?

Being in the final phase of your Bachelor program in electrical engineering or a related field, or after working successfully in the industry for some years, why not go a step further and pursue a Master's degree? We invite you to take advantage of a program that builds upon your previous education and experiences and provides the skills you need to become a highly qualified electrical engineer in the global economy.

The Master's program in Electrical Systems Engineering focuses on electrical systems at an advanced level. The program deals with the analysis, construction, and evaluation of electrical systems in hardware and software. It delivers a solid background in theories and methods for the design of electrical systems. Our academics carry out interesting research in diverse areas; have look at our webpages! Being our student gives you insights into current trends and developments, in addition to ample opportunities for practical experience. 

Specialization: Signal & Information Processing


*can be divided into two half-year projects

Specialization: Electronics & Devices


*can be divided into two half-year projects


The study program is fully accredited by ASIIN (a member of the Washington Accord).

The accreditation was recently extended until September 24, 2024. The new certificate is not available for download, yet.

Entry Requirements

  • Excellent Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field
  • GRE – Revised General Test
  • English language skills (no knowledge of German required)

Career Perspectives

Being more practically oriented than a purely scientific Master's degree, yet retaining much of the academic rigor, successful graduates of the program will be well prepared, and highly sought-after, in the job market. Areas of opportunity include the electrical, electronics, automotive, and aviation industries, as well as IT, telecommunications, automation, and energy engineering. Interdisciplinary areas of mechanical engineering, vehicle, and traffic engineering, and medical technology also have demand for electrical engineering graduates.

Graduates with excellent grades, who wish to continue their studies after the Master the program, are perfectly placed to do so. Paderborn University is well-established as a center of research, and progression to study for a Ph.D. within one of the many exciting and internationally active research groups is very smooth for good graduates.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Paderborn University is the University for the Information Society. Our strong foundation in computer science and its applications, as well as the importance of IT for a growing number of disciplines, ... Read More

Paderborn University is the University for the Information Society. Our strong foundation in computer science and its applications, as well as the importance of IT for a growing number of disciplines, are the pillars for this claim. But we want to achieve more: we want to contribute to the scientific and technical development of the information society, simultaneously critically reflecting these developments by taking into account the history, norms, and values of our society. Read less