In many machines and in daily life, sensors play an increasing role. Sensorics is therefore seen as one of the fastest-developing branches of technology with a bright future.
Traditionally, sensors and actuators are applied in process and production technology, but there is also an increasing demand in automotive as well as in medicine and environment technology applications.
Since current and future sensor systems have to be smart, the program has to cover a wide range of topics such as physical, optical and chemical sensors and their applications as well as control, bus systems, programming, microcontrollers, pattern recognition, and signal processing. Emphasis is placed on a theoretical natural sciences background as well as on technologies. German students are expected to complete their final thesis project in a foreign country, whereas foreign students do this in Karlsruhe. Therefore, students acquire skills in working in mixed international teams and are very well prepared for employment with a "global player".
Students may choose two of the focal subjects Environmental Sensorics, Medical Sensorics, Microsystems/Hybrid Technology and Numerics/Advanced Programming.
This broad education enables companies to employ degree-holders in various fields and therefore enhances numerous job opportunities. Statistics reveal that students are quick to find excellent jobs after completing this study program.
The small batch size of 25 students a year facilitates close contact between lecturers and students. A close relation and cooperation with the local and global industries are also ensured.
Course content includes the complete range of sensor systems topics: advanced natural sciences for sensor development, electronics, signal processing, control systems, pattern recognition, communication and bus systems. In semesters two and three, modules are offered in which the students can focus on subjects such as medical sensorics, environmental sensorics, hybrid technology or advanced programming. Furthermore, projects must also be completed in semesters two and three. The non-technical modules are German language and Management.
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|Degree||Master of Science in Sensor Systems Technology|
|Program duration||4 semesters|
|Beginning||Summer semester (March)|
|Tuition fees per semester in EUR||Varied|
|Additional information on tuition fees||International students who are not EU nationals pay a tuition fee of 1500 EUR per semester.|
|Combined Master's degree / Ph.D. program||No|
|Joint degree / double degree program||Yes|
"I am happy that I studied this course some years ago. Nearly everything I learned is useful for my day-to-day work now. Job chances are best in a whole variety of fields because the course covers several aspects.
The contact with the professors and staff is very good and they are always willing to help. There are good chances to help and work in research projects during the studies.
Additionally, Karlsruhe and its surroundings are nice areas and are good for excursions."
Master of Science
The program has a duration of four semesters. The first semester offers advanced basic training in natural sciences and signal processing as well as a development of practical skills. Semesters two and three comprise in-depth studies in theory and lab at the university. Additionally, there are two internal projects to be worked on. The last semester is reserved for work on the thesis project in a research project at the university or with one of the industry partners of the department.
|Types of assessment||Types of assessment mostly involve written exams, oral exams, projects, and assignments.|
|A Diploma Supplement will be issued||Yes|
|Integrated internships||Internships are not part of the curriculum.|
|Course-specific, integrated German language courses||Yes|
|Course-specific, integrated English language courses||No|
|The course of study can be taken entirely online||No|
|Digital learning and teaching modules||Web-based learning platform|
|Description of e-learning elements||Information and exercises on the web-based learning platform.|
|Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory||Yes|
|Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programs?||No|
|Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?||No|
EU citizens pay NO tuition fees. International students who are not EU nationals pay a tuition fee of 1500 EUR per semester.
All students pay semester fees (student services fee, registration fee, student union membership fee) amounting to approximately 160 EUR per semester.
Costs of living
The cost of living is approximately 700 EUR per month for general expenses, including rent, utilities, food, household items, transport, entertainment, clothing, insurance, books, the semester contribution (not included in the above-mentioned tuition fee for non-EU nationals), etc.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements
Bachelor's or equivalent degree
- Excellent proficiency in the English language: TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 83 (internet-based), or equivalent.
- Proof of an English taught Bachelor's is not sufficient.
- Mid-November for non-EU citizens
- 15 January for EU citizens
Further application details you can find at our homepage.
Possibility of finding part-time employment
International students who come from outside the EU or the EEA are allowed to work outside of the university for 120 full or 240 half days per year. Therefore, students may work full-time during the lecture-free period or part-time during the semester. As the Karlsruhe region has a very low unemployment rate, chances of finding student jobs are generally quite good.
Students can apply for student housing through student services ("Studierendenwerk"). However, there is usually a waiting list for dormitory accommodation.
The Studierendenwerk website also provides information about its extensive private accommodation service.
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
- Welcome event
- Buddy program
About the School
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) is all about technology and business. The university offers degree programs in engineering and IT as well as business management and media.