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Embedded Systems Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) – 1 field degree program

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Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

180 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

without special prerequisites for admission (free admissions)

Higher semesters:

free admission

Application period: First semester: 1 June–5 October
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 30.09., Summer Semester: until 31.03.
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Apply now!
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Engineering

The Department of Computer Science (IIF) and the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) are institutes of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg and provide excellent environment for the interdisciplinary degree program Embedded Systems Engineering, which combines Microsystems Engineering and Computer Science.


What are embedded systems?

Embedded Systems can be found in many electronic devices and machines. They combine hardware and software and control, regulate or monitor complex systems. The hardware components are based on microprocessors that are embedded in a technical system. The software components are operating systems or language platforms specially tailored to the use of the systems, that take over highly specialized tasks.

Embedded systems fulfil a specific task within a larger system in which they are embedded. They are complex systems that can:

  • perceive their environment with sensors
  • act through signals and actuators
  • and think via intelligent programming.

How do embedded systems work?

Embedded systems usually have a specific task for which they were developed. They usually cannot operate separately or independently of the larger system for which they were developed or in which they are embedded. The systems are very efficient because they usually only have a few functions and therefore operate with low power consumption and can also be accommodated in a very small space compared to other components.

Examples of embedded systems – systems that can already be found everywhere today and enable breakthrough technologies for the future!

Dishwashers and washing machines that save electricity and water, airbags that inflate in time, parking aids, speed controls or breakdown warnings that contribute to our safety, withdrawing money from ATMs or tracking one's fitness or location via smartphone or smartwatch - these are just a few examples of where embedded systems can already be found everywhere today. In industry, these systems ensure that plants become smarter, safer and more efficient. In the field of medicine, the pacemaker is the best-known example of an embedded system. Its functions depend on software, hardware and programming.

Embedded systems will gain in importance in the future and create breakthrough technologies: They can be used to develop diagnostic and therapeutic systems that enable personalized therapies through information technology support. Intelligent implants, complex systems consisting of sensors, actuators and signal processing, make it possible, for example, to assess the ingrowth of prostheses into the bone and to pursue personalized rehabilitation therapy by installing sensors. On the way to Industry 4.0, embedded systems enable the continuous optimization of digitalization and automation to make processes in industry smarter, use resources more efficiently and make industry more sustainable.

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Central Academic Advising Office

The central academic advisory service - the Central Academic Advising Office (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Academic Advising, in general and for the computer science field
Martina Nopper
Raum 02 013a
Georges-Köhler-Allee 101
79110 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-8169
Sprechstunde: Montag und Mittwoch 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Dienstag und Donnerstag 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr

Für den Bereich MST:
Herr Dr. Frank Goldschmidtböing
Geb. 102, Raum 01 075
79110 Freiburg
Telefon: +49 761 203-7496
General non-academic advising / Program Coordination
Ursula Epe
Geb. 101, Raum 02 013a
79110 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-8340
Sprechstunde: Montag und Mittwoch 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Dienstag und Donnerstag 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr

Examination Office

Frau Anne-Julchen Müller, Telefon: 0761 203-8083
Susanne Stork, Telefon: 0761 203-8087
Georges-Köhler-Allee Geb. 101, Raum 02 009
79110 Freiburg
Fax: +49(0) 761-203-8082

Montag 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Dienstag und Donnerstag 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr
Mittwoch und Freitag: nur telefonisch
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