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A university degree program – what is it?

There are various pathways to higher education in Germany: Universities, Polytechnics/Colleges for applied sciences, as well as the dual system of vocational education.

A degree course at a university means an intensive multifaceted engagement with the fundamentals of research and science. It is fascinating, and it is a challenge. You get to know a subject area in all of its dimensions, and get the right qualifications for the most demanding of activities in many professional fields in economy, society, politics, culture, and science. You learn to reflect on the broad knowledge that you have acquired and integrate it, so that you can independently draw conclusions, and devise solutions to problems.

A university degree program requires motivation, the willingness to work, and self-responsibility. The time studying nevertheless offers lots of freedom, and the opportunity to expand your interest and develop your strengths outside of your subject area. You don’t only acquire subject-specific knowledge and competences – a university degree also opens up numerous opportunities to develop and grow as a person.

A university degree program offers you:

The following you’ll find rather via another educational pathway:
  • A sound basic education and relevant know-how for your future area of work
  • The ability to acquire skills for scientific work
  • Research related degree programs with renowned academics
  • Analysis and problem solving, overcoming floods of information through critical thinking, as well as the selecting of relevant facts and data
  • Autonomy and freedom, development of independence
  • Development of your personality
  • Various possibilities for further studies (Master and Ph.D.)
  • Good or very good career prospects and chances of promotion
  • Practical training which directly applies, for example, at a dual college/university (combination studies/business), or at a (specialist) University
  • An education, which qualifies for practical and skilled manual work, for example, within the scope of a work/training scheme (combination business/vocational college)

  • As a side: Your higher education entrance qualification does not expire. You can still study at the university after studying at a vocational/technical college, or after undertaking a dual study program/ work/training scheme. Furthermore, even without a higher education entrance qualification the possibility to study at the university after a dual study program/ work/training scheme, after several years of professional activity, is still possible.

 

The most important factor in being successful in your studies is the interest that you have in your subject. You can inform yourself about the courses that we offer below. If you have any further questions then we are happy to help.

 

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  • Chemistry, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    The master of science in Chemistry is a four-semester program. In the first two semesters students take advanced courses in the areas of chemistry in which they do not intend to write their master’s thesis, and in the last two semesters they take courses in the area in which they are writing their thesis as well as in neighboring areas. Students write their master’s thesis during the fourth semester. The curriculum consists of four modules. The student’s grade for each module is made up of a practical examination and an oral examination. The new interdisciplinary module “Methods and Concepts” includes courses from both chemistry and neighboring fields (e.g., physics, biology, microsystems engineering). The degree program is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and the opportunity to gain experience abroad. Students are allowed to complete some of their coursework at other faculties of the university or at research institutes abroad. This work is recognized in full as credit toward the degree.
  • Cognitive Science, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 2 field degree program, Minor Field
    The main components of the curriculum for a minor in Cognitive Science include: cognitive architectures, i.e., the structural and functional organization of biological and technical systems that are capable of cognitive activity, as well as the foundations of – and problems understanding – cognition as information processing; the representation and organization of general and domain-specific knowledge as well as learning processes involved in the acquisition of knowledge and inference processes involved in the use of knowledge; the processing of natural language as it pertains to information processing as well as perception and sensorimotor processes (control of action); applied cognitive science: human-computer interaction; computerized learning systems; the technology of knowledge-based systems: artificial intelligence programming (“expert systems”) and knowledge engineering; as well as concepts for applying and evaluating “intelligent” computer systems as a further related area. The goals of the course of study are the acquisition of methodological skills from the humanities and the empirical sciences to the extent that they are necessary for research in cognitive science and, in particular, mastery of the methods of cognitive modeling, including programming techniques of artificial intelligence (AI), the acquisition of a broad knowledge base in general cognitive science in combination with specialized knowledge in one of the subdisciplines named above, and the integration and practice of cognitive analysis and modeling of representations and processes in cognitive systems through project work.
  • Computer Science*, State Examination (secondary school teaching), Major and Attendant Field
    Computer science is the science of systematic information processing, particularly automatic processing with the help of computers. The core concept of computer science is the algorithm, a procedure for solving a class of problems that can be described in formal terms and reproduced mechanically. As a foundational discipline and an applied science, computer science influences and has had an impact on the recent development of almost all domains of academia and society. A course of study in computer science is thus suitable for students interested in the humanities and the social sciences as well as for those interested in mathematics and the natural sciences. The most important subdisciplines of computer science are:
    - Theoretical Computer Science: Central questions include the description and study of computers and formal languages as well as the complexity of calculations.
    - Practical Computer Science: Objects of study include methods of writing programs and concrete development environments with program translators, information systems, and simulators.
    - Applied Computer Science: This subdiscipline investigates possibilities for the automatization of activities in various domains. The methods applied for the development of program systems are taken primarily from engineering.
    - Computer Science and Society: This subdiscipline studies the effects of the use of information technology on society.
  • Computer Science, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) – 1 field degree program,
    To create robots that work independently, computers that learn to understand images, mind-controlled prostheses or algorithms that are getting faster and smarter - that's how exciting and diverse computer science is in Freiburg. We teach and research on topics that will shape our everyday lives in the future. The indispensability of computer science Computer science has become such an integral part of our lives, whether it’s our smartphone, cars that drive themselves or an Internet search. From medicine to business administration, mechanical engineering, biology, psychology to sociology and archeology - all spheres of life and science today rely on computer science. Acquire the necessary skills to develop versatile systems. Our main focuses in computer science studies are: Robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning Machine vision and computer graphics Algorithms and navigation Software and security The benefits you will have as a computer science student in Freiburg: With about 900 students and 22 professors, we offer you an excellent student-teacher ratio. A balanced combination of theory and practice is our goal. Our lectures are mostly recorded. Regardless of place and time, you can thus repeat the material before an examination. Innovative teaching methods and modern equipment await you.
  • Embedded Systems Engineering, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    Embedded systems are among the key technologies. Whether in medical technology, the automotive industry, in aerospace or in the telecommunications, media and entertainment technology - embedded systems play a central role in the latest technological developments. The systems that "feel" with sensors, "think" through intelligent programming, and "act" on signals and actuators perform a wide variety of tasks. Connection between engineering and computer science In the master's program, we provide you with versatile know-how in computer science and engineering. For your future as a research scientist or project leader in a company, you are well equipped to understand and bring together the "language" of both worlds of technology. An extensive selection area allows you to set an individual focus on the following areas: Circuits and systems Design and Simulation Sensors and actuators Reliable Embedded Systems Distributed Systems Robotics and machine vision Research and teaching are closely intertwined so that the latest research findings flow directly into teaching. It benefits our students immensely who get to actively participate in solving future societal and technical issues. The Faculty has an excellent infrastructure directly on its own campus: short distances, modern technical equipment (including a clean room), extensive e-learning services, its own library and extended opening hours. We offer students and researchers excellent working, research and learning conditions.
  • Embedded Systems Engineering, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) – 1 field degree program,
    Are you interested in both technology and computer science? Do you want to design and build as well as program? Can you imagine working on the development of novel smartphones, intelligent implants, autonomous vehicles or smart home technologies? Then Embedded Systems Engineering is just the thing for you. Embedded Systems are so inconspicuous and self-evident in our daily lives that we no longer consciously perceive them in our environment. The systems that "feel" with sensors, "think" through intelligent programming, and "act" on signals and actuators perform a wide variety of tasks. The connection between engineering and computer science In our study program, you will learn the skills required to understand both the "language" of computer science and engineering and to develop and build highly specialized systems. The benefits you will have as an Embedded Systems student: Excellent student-teacher ratio with approx. 320 students to 25 professors Interdisciplinary study program with a balanced mix of theory and practice Lecture recordings: independent of time and place, you can thus repeat the material before an examination Innovative teaching methods and modern equipment
  • Forestry and Environment, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) – 2 field degree program, Major Field
    The core content of the course of study Forestry and Environment is the management of (forest) ecosystems and forest landscapes on a scientific basis. The course of study thus focuses on the interrelationships between “forest and humankind” in a variety of dimensions. The program integrates disciplines from the natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences. The curriculum deals with the conservation and the sustainable use of the Earth’s forests and forest landscapes. This often involves complex ecosystems humans are dependent on for their very survival: for their water, their air, and the relaxation they provide, for their effects on the global climate, their animals, and their plants, and last but not least for their wood – a renewable ecological raw material. The content and findings of research on forest ecosystems can serve as a model for every innovative strategy for managing natural resources.
  • Intelligent Embedded Microsystems (Continuing Education Program), Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    “Computers you can’t see” are being lauded as the next big thing in information technology. The challenge of exploiting the growth potential of intelligent embedded systems, their broad range of application, and the numerous conceptual and technical advantages they offer constitutes a lucrative opportunity for research and industry in the coming years. The postgraduate degree program “Intelligent Embedded Microsystems – IEMS” is designed to provide graduates of computer science, microsystems engineering, and related fields with at least one year of professional experience behind them with the technological and algorithmic skills necessary for developing intelligent embedded microsystems. Depending on the student’s previous studies (B.A., degree from a university of applied sciences, diplom), the program encompasses a workload of between 60 and 120 ECTS credits. It consists of online courses with exercise courses, practical courses, projects, seminars, and a master’s thesis and qualifies graduates for a career in this growing field.
  • Medical Technology (Continuing Education Program)*, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    The postgraduate degree program Medical Technology (M.Sc.) is offered by the University of Freiburg in cooperation with Furtwangen University. It is geared toward medical doctors of all fields and graduates of natural sciences and engineering programs who seek further training in medical technology and medical physics. Our goal is to provide the graduates with a wide range of skills to help them keep abreast of recent technical developments in medicine, both in the inpatient and in the outpatient sector. This enables them to improve patient care as well as the security of clinical operations and investments and provides them with fresh impetus for the areas of research and development as well as staff training. As of this year it is also possible to take single modules in the course of modular further education. This offers the opportunity to arrange individual curricula corresponding with interests and professional focus, previous knowledge and flexibility regarding the timetable. The successful participation in single courses will be rewarded with certificates and can be credited for the postgraduate degree program Medical Technology (M.Sc.).
  • Microsystems Engineering (taught in English), Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    Interdisciplinary work and research Microsystems engineering is the engineering discipline with the broadest focus: elements from mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and materials science form the cornerstones of exciting innovations. Microsystems engineering- a versatile technology that industries can no longer do without The products we deal with on a daily basis are becoming ever smaller, more powerful, smarter, more connected and more independent. Often, however, the sensors and systems that are in these everyday objects are so miniaturized that they are nearly invisible. That is precisely the reason they have taken a foothold in most industries. A lot of the products and systems within such sectors as the automobile industry, medical services, communications and energy are unimaginable today without microsystems engineering, making your career as a microsystems engineer a versatile and exciting choice! Your benefits as a Microsystems Engineering student: Study at one of the world’s largest and leading academic research centers in the field of microsystems engineering With around 440 students and 22 professors, we offer an excellent student-teacher ratio for optimal supervisory support. State-of-the-art equipment with a designated clean room: Here you will become familiar with working in this special laboratory environment. Research and teaching are closely intertwined so that the latest research findings flow directly into teaching. It benefits our students immensely who get to actively participate in solving future societal and technical issues. The English taught Master's degree program in Microsystems Engineering has been designed for German and international graduates holding a bachelor's degree in electronics, mechatronics, (bio-)medical engineering or any other related engineering discipline.
  • Microsystems Engineering (taught in German), Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    Interdisciplinary work and research Microsystems engineering is the engineering discipline with the broadest focus: elements from mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and materials science form the cornerstones of exciting innovations. Microsystems engineering - a versatile technology that industries can no longer do without The products we deal with on a daily basis are becoming ever smaller, more powerful, smarter, more connected and more independent. Often, however, the sensors and systems that are in these everyday objects are so miniaturized that they are nearly invisible. That is precisely the reason they have taken a foothold in most industries. A lot of the products and systems within such sectors as the automobile industry, medical services, communications and energy are unimaginable today without microsystems engineering, making your career as a microsystems engineer a versatile and exciting choice! Your benefits as a Microsystems Engineering student: Study at one of the world’s largest and leading academic research centers in the field of microsystems engineering With around 440 students and 22 professors, we offer an excellent student-teacher ratio for optimal supervisory support. State-of-the-art equipment with a designated clean room: Here you will become familiar with working in this special laboratory environment. The German taught Master of Science Mikrosystemtechnik programme has been designed for students with a bachelor's degree in microsystems engineering or a closely related discipline. (Students having a bachelor's in Electronics, Mechatronics, Communication and Electronics, Instrumentation, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, are kindly asked to apply for the English taught programme MSc. Microsystems Engineering .
  • Microsystems Engineering (taught in German), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) – 1 field degree program,
    Microsystems Engineering Microsystems engineering makes our lives healthier, happier, more secure, comfortable, more varied and, not to mention, easier. It enables us to manufacture tiny microcomponents that are 100 times finer than a human hair. It makes it possible, for example, to create microsensors and actuators. Combined with electronics, intelligent microsystems that enable ever more complex functions in the smallest of spaces can emerge. Microsystems alter our world Microsystems can be found almost everywhere without your even knowing it: In the car: they trigger airbags, measure whether a vehicle is spinning, and help keep it safe when the roads are slippery. In communications technology: our innovations are helping to make the devices even smaller and more versatile. In medicine: they provide us with a whole laboratory on a microchip and find themselves in prostheses and implants. In the energy sector: our researchers set new standards and enable systems that operate independently without any external power supply. Small technology with huge potential Microsystems engineering is the engineering discipline with the broadest focus: elements from mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and materials science form the cornerstones of exciting innovations. We can help you obtain the necessary skills to develop these versatile systems for the applications of today and tomorrow. Your benefits as a Microsystems Engineering student: With around 440 students and 22 professors, we offer an excellent student-teacher ratio for optimal supervisory support. An interdisciplinary course of study with a well-balanced combination of theory and practice. State-of-the-art equipment with a designated clean room: Here you will become familiar with working in this special laboratory environment. Study at one of the world's largest and leading academic research centers in the field of microsystems engineering. The majority of our classes are recorded. You can always repeat the material, independent of time and place, for exam preparation, for instance.
  • Neuroscience, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system and the brain, with the aim to unravel their function. Modern neuroscience investigates the brain on multiple scales, ranging from the molecular level to behaviour using a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques. Thus, neuroscience is multi-disciplinary drawing from biology, medicine, behavioural sciences, engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics. Beyond fundamental research, neuroscientific research comprises the development and application of new technologies to understand, repair, replace and enhance nervous system function, as well as the exploitation of neuroscientific advances for technological innovation. Such applications hold the potential to revolutionise medical treatments and are therefore of relevance for the medical devices and pharmaceutical industries. The Master of Science in Neuroscience at Freiburg University unites teaching expertise at the faculties of biology, engineering, and behavioral sciences and economics to offer a coherent course program that provides the training needed by the next generation neuroscientists.
  • Photovoltaics (Continuing Education Program)*, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    The online master’s program in photovoltaics is unique due to its combination of flexible online learning and a profound technological focus. The accredited program provides an education in physics, technology, systems engineering, and the foundations of business management in the area of photovoltaics.

    The program unites the theoretical depth expected of a master of science program with practical training and industrial relevance in a unique way. Renowned professors from the Fraunhofer ISE and the University of Freiburg ensure that the program adheres to high standards. A large part of the practical training for the program is conducted in the laboratories of the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg.
  • Physicotechnical Medicine (Continuing Education Program)*, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    The online master’s program in Physicotechnical Medicine (PTM), offered by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Freiburg in cooperation with the Faculty of Mechanical and Process Engineering of the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, enables practicing doctors to receive further training in the use of medical technology. The curriculum follows the principle of blended learning and teaches skills in guiding medical personnel and in conducting research and development work at hospitals and at companies; it also teaches, e.g., expert knowledge on making competent decisions on investments in medical equipment. As an international degree, the M.Sc. qualifies as credit toward a doctoral degree.
  • Physics, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    "Why earn a master’s degree in physics?
    Open to students who have completed a bachelor of science in physics, the M.Sc. program in Physics builds upon the basic grounding in the field students receive as undergraduates. It includes training in advanced topics in physics and selected areas of specialization. The last year of the program is devoted to the completion of a master’s thesis, with which students provide evidence of their ability to conduct independent research. Earning a master of science, equivalent to the previous “Diplom” degree, is advisable for anyone who wishes to pursue a research career related to physics. The bachelor/master structure is still young in Germany, but initial experiences show that the typical professional areas for university degree holders in physics – the software or technical industry, consulting and financial management, etc. – appreciate graduate-level qualifications. Moreover, for graduates of the bachelor’s program it is the next natural step toward a PhD, which in turn is a prerequisite for leading positions in business or industry or for a university career.

    The Master’s Program at the University of Freiburg The master’s program in Physics at the University of Freiburg focuses on three core areas: “condensed/soft matter,” “atomic, molecular, and optical physics,” and “particles and fields.” These areas cover both theoretical and experimental aspects of problems, ranging from the fundamental constituents and interactions of matter to complex atomic and molecular systems, with applications that vary from pure physics to biology, chemistry, medical science, and engineering. Besides providing an education in solid physics, the program also offers access to fundamental research.
    The master’s degree program in Freiburg is held in English, with only very few lectures being conducted in German, and is intended for German as well as international students with a bachelor’s degree in physics (or an equivalent degree in a related science). The program runs over four semesters, i.e., two years, and concludes with a final one-year thesis, which can be written either directly at the Institute of Physics or at one of the research institutes associated with the university – the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), or the Freiburg Center for Data Analysis and Modeling (FDM).
  • Renewable Energy Engineering and Management, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    Renewable energy sources will be without doubt one of the greatest issues facing our society in the future.

    Our aim is to provide international students with a context sensitive first-class training in the field of “Renewable Energy Engineering and Management”. The M.Sc. REM programme is designed to close the strategic gap between the technical aspects of renewable energy and the vision of sustainable development.

    The course is not composed deductively from existing university structures and study programmes, but inductively from analysis of the potential, international employment market and the qualifications it requires. Providing pivotal management skills for practical business purposes, the REM programme offers application oriented specializations in three different fields: energy systems technology, energy conversion and environmental planning and management.

    Graduates will have the ability to plan projects and facilities for the utilization of renewable energy and to implement them while taking account of economic, political and societal concerns. Thus the curriculum is designed to enable unique career prospects in the vocational fields of planning, engineering, consultancy and investment of renewable energy.
  • Solar Energy Engineering (Continuing Education Program), Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    Study Solar Energy - From all around the world: Learn from the world leading experts in solar energy within a innovative and flexible learning environment - specially designed for working professionals. Gain insights into the physics, technology and system design of solar energy engineering. Study solar energy - online and besides your job - in the Master of Science program (MSc.) or in our Certificate program. Improve your skills and your knowledge in the field of solar energy. We arrange exams all around the world, in study centers near your current residency. Become a part of our successful and renowned society of solar scientist and engineers. At the end of each course, you may join the campus phase in Freiburg to get to to meet fellows and lecturers personally. WHETHER YOUR ARE A PROFESSIONAL: In the PV and Solar Energy Industry and Sales Or a Solar Energy newcomer with another background
  • Sustainable Materials, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    The University of Freiburg's Master of Science in Sustainable Materials degree program is a consecutive and research-oriented program designed to be completed in four semesters. The Master of Science in Sustainable Materials degree program provides graduates of bachelor's programs in natural sciences, materials sciences, and microsystems engineering with advanced qualifications in the sustainable development and application of modern multifunctional materials and technologies providing high resource, environmental, and energy efficiency. The program is based on interdisciplinary and interfaculty teaching and research and breaches the gap between materials science, earth and environmental sciences, and engineering. Students of the program choose a specialization in one of four areas: Polymer Sciences (with a bilingual and a binational version/specialization) The Polymer Sciences version/specialization focuses on selected areas of materials and polymer sciences that provide a solid grounding in the various further areas of the physical and chemical properties of materials as well as technologies and applications involving polymers. Students may elect to receive advanced training in materials science, earth and environmental sciences, or engineering. Functional Materials The Functional Materials specialization focuses on the study and development of inorganic and organic functional materials in the areas of sustainable energy production (regenerative energies) and technologies providing high resource, enviornmental, and energy efficiency. Crystalline Materials The Master of Science Sustainable Materials at the University of Freiburg is a consecutive and research-oriented master program that can be completed in four semesters. Crystalline Materials are the fundamental building blocks of modern materials science and technology. The solid state of a large variety of materials is a crystalline state. The topics of this course are the understanding of the structure and the formation of the crystalline state, as well as the related technology. The study of crystalline materials is covered by many disciplines and the occupational area is broad. Chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering science are part of this master course. The student will learn the basics of crystal growth, material characterization, crystallography, and semiconductor technology. Events on sustainability of materials and processing complete the degree program.
  • Sustainable Systems Engineering, Master of Science (M.Sc.),
    The English-taught master’s degree program Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) with its international focus is addressed in particular to graduates with a bachelor's degree in engineering or natural sciences. In-depth knowledge will be taught in the following areas: Sustainable Materials; Energy Systems (in particular Solar Energy); Resilience Engineering; and Technology and Society. Depending on the individual interests and focus, students can acquire and deepen their knowledge in these areas. Central objective of this master's program is to guide students to independent scientific work in these fields. The successful completion of the Master's programme qualifies for a career in research, as well as head positions in industries of conventional and renewable energy, supply companies and infrastructure operators for mobility or energy.
  • Sustainable Systems Engineering, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) – 1 field degree program,
    How can renewable energy be generated, fed into the electricity grid and stored? How can digital communication be more energy-efficient and secure? How can materials and systems be optimally adapted to cope with difficult environmental conditions or catastrophes? In the degree program Sustainable Systems Engineering we combine technology with sustainability and educate engineers who consider ecological, economic and social questions in the development of technical systems. Your benefits as an SSE student: Pioneering spirit: You can expect a highly motivated team of young newcomers, experienced professors and scientific staff at the newly founded Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH). Application-oriented approach: The integration of the five Freiburg-based Fraunhofer Institutes into research and teaching creates an unique proximity to the field of application and potential employers. Personal support: Through the planned fourteen professorships at INATECH and many lectures and seminars in small groups, you will be ideally supported during your studies. Interdisciplinarity: You can expect a study program with a balanced mix of theory and practice as well as a wide selection of optional subjects or specialization options.

* Subjects marked with a star are no longer available for selection by students beginning their studies.