Master in Mechatronics and Sensor Systems Technology
Mechatronics and Sensor Systems Technology (MSST) is a full-time two-year (4 Semester) Master's Program offered at VGU by the Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Science, Germany.The language of instruction is English.
Why this program?
From touch screens and cameras in mobile phones to highly automated robots in modern production facilities: it is obvious that sensors and their applications have become a key part of technology in engineering.
According to the current development, a major part of the prospective growth in this industry will be in Asia. Siemens, Bosch or Intel: many companies have just started to shift their production and research facilities to Vietnam and there is already a shortage of highly trained professionals. This is a good reason to participate in the career possibilities. In close cooperation with the industry, MSST responds to the demands of the job market and provides superior graduates to create the technology of tomorrow. This program opens up the excellent job and research opportunities for students in many branches of this industry like microelectronics, automotive, environmental technologies or automation.
Observe - Resolve - React
This is the essential principle of intelligent action. Human life would never have come so far if we had no eyes, noses or ears to capture our environment. Just like humans, modern technology cannot get along without sensors anymore. They are found in every branch of industry. Smartphones detect the position of our fingers, the airbag of a car releases just at the right crash-time and a manufacturing robot autonomously fits a part in the right place. Compared to the development of modern microelectronics, there is a backlog demand for sensor technologies. In fact, the quality of automated systems is rather limited by the lack of an appropriate sensor than by insufficient signal processing.
Design Mechatronics from Scratch
Technically, a sensor converts a physical quantity like temperature, distance or force to an electrical signal. In a mechatronic system, the sensor signals are processed by a control unit, usually a microcontroller or a computer. Then, an adequate output signal is given to control the system actively. The MSST program provides the skills to design a whole mechatronic system from scratch. From the physical principles of sensor technology to the design and programming of intelligent systems, all subjects are considered.
From Talent to Excellence
The first semester is dedicated to basic knowledge. According to the strong accent which is placed on applications, many of the lectures are illustrated through experiments and students complete lab projects in modeling and control. In the second and third semester, basic lectures go on, but studies are more concentrated on specific topics. So, focal subjects or projects are chosen, which are adjusted to current developments and demands. The close cooperation with our partners in industry guarantees an offer of subjects that is tailored to the demands of the future. In the third semester, students perform a team project, completed in close cooperation with industry. This module opens the door to companies. Thus, students get employment skills in mixed international teams and work with a network of different professionals. The fourth semester is devoted to the Master Thesis. The Thesis is completed in a research project, which may be running outside of VGU and/or abroad (e.g. in Germany).