Master in English
University graduates holding a non-German bachelor degree are welcome to apply to our master program. Please note the special regulations and prerequisites that apply for this case.
Study Programs & Curriculum
Currently, we are offering two master programs in English language: Embedded Computing Systems (ESY) and Automation & Control (A&C).
Embedded Computing Systems (ESY)
Embedded Computing Systems are the technological backbone of our digitalized world. Choose our program Embedded Computing Systems (ESY) if you want to become an expert in embedded system design.
ESY is the TUK component of the prestigious EU-funded Erasmus Mundus Program European Master in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS).
Automation & Control (A&C)
Automation & Control (A&C) deals with steering and controlling of complex systems such as production lines, distributed grids, or on-chip / on-board architectures. Safety and security are two fundamental design paradigms for this discipline.
During your master studies here at RPTU, you will gain deep knowledge in the areas of control theory, modeling and identification, development of safe and secure systems, and mechatronic systems. Also for A&C you can select from a wide range of elective courses.
What is Automation & Control (A&C)? What makes the program particularly interesting at the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU)?
Automation & Control is one of the most important technology drivers of the industrialized society, today and for the future. It forms the safe and efficient technical basis for industrial production, for the operation of infrastructural systems and for our daily lives.
Automation engineers typically find jobs in all industries that use production and process technology equipment and control methodology. They are particularly in demand in mechanical and automotive industry, energy supply and energy management, the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, the electrical industry, building and environmental equipment sector, and the food industry.
The master program A&C at the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau is research-oriented. Core competence of automation and control is the theory of control engineering. Based on the basic knowledge of linear and discrete-time system theory, the core courses of the master's program focus on advanced methods for nonlinear and adaptive control, optimization-based control, robust and fault-tolerant control, digital systems and logical control, and methods for modeling and parameter identification of dynamic systems.
Based on the mandatory core courses two major specialization programs are available for your personal individual profile forming: Real-time Control Systems (RCS) and Connected Automation Systems (CAS). The specialization RCS represents the (rather classical) component-oriented automation technology with a stronger relation to applications in mechatronics, robotics, (electrical) vehicle technology, power electronics/drive technology as well as process engineering, whereas the specialization CAS contains more aspects of system-oriented automation technology for (spatially distributed and) networked, mobile or structurally variable and cooperative systems with applications in Industry 4.0, autonomous systems and infrastructure as well as supply systems. The interdisciplinary proximity of RCS to mechanical/process engineering and of CAS to computer science/systems biology is strong.
Autonomous vehicles, cooperative robotics, smart grids and buildings, networked systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) are just a few terms for the next generation of intelligent automation. Principles and design methods of these diverse technologies can be studied, e.g. in the form of elective modules, and experienced in practical use (project labs or student research projects).
What are the special features of an Automation & Control (A&C) study at the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU)?
Great freedom of choice and intensive advice:
The major specialization can be selected depending on personal interest and a large proportion of the curriculum can be individually customized with the help of a study model consultation. Thus, the personal affection and strength can be taken into account to a high degree. Subjects from other disciplines (e.g. computer science, mechanical engineering etc.) can also be included in the study program.
Learning by Doing in an uncrowded study environment:
During your study, individually definable study projects in small groups and covering a variable amount of curriculum will help you to actively implement what has been learned and thus to better understand larger contexts – a great advantage of a medium-sized university. Project-based labs aim to enhance your ability for exploration and team-working. Possibility to define individual research projects (instead of teacher-centered classroom instruction) as a part of your study curriculum will give you more freedom to enhance your personal profile. The university has many collaborative projects with industrial partners in Germany and Europe, provides possibilities for getting involved in those practical research projects.
Strong research surroundings for digital transformation:
The University of Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU) offers an ideal place for an Automation & Control study with a special education profile in digital technologies. Not only the embedded systems area of our Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a top address in Germany and Europe, but the entire Kaiserslautern research cluster is one of the main hubs in Germany for IT and embedded systems technology and a center of innovation with the well-known institutions Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM), German Research Center in Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and Max-Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI). During your studies, you will be able to closely cooperate with affiliated companies and research centers.
Automation & Control (A&C) is a four semester master program with a total of 120 ECTS CPs.
It consists of a core part and an elective part of courses. You can chose from two majors:
- Real-Time Control Systems (RCS)
- Connected Automation Systems (CAS)
In the elective part, you can select from:
• A wide range of modules from the EIT department,
• Subject-related modules from other TUK departments, and
• Individual projects, carried out either at a TUK chair or in industry.
You can find all details about the modules and their description in our module handbook.
At the beginning of each semester, we give an introduction session where we present the generic regulations and give further information about the recommended structure and organization of your studies. The date will be announced at the beginning of the semester.
Prerequisites & Application
All master applicants with non-German bachelor degrees need to submit their applications to the central Department of International Affairs: ISGS. The ISGS is in charge of processing your application and will give support whenever you have any questions or issues.
The formal prerequisite for our master programs is a bachelor degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related area. The bachelor grade shall be not lower than 1,7 in the German grading system (in general relates to "B" in the ECTS grading system) or equivalent.
Important: The master program for foreign applicants is not restricted. However, we check your subject-specific entry requirements and also may impose conditions. Thus, submitting your application does not yet mean that you can enroll.
You can find further information about prerequisites and the application process here.
Checklist for Application Documents
- A letter of motivation (letter of intent)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Bachelor/Master degree certificate (diploma) and transcripts of records
- Degree certificate and transcript translations (German or English)
- Short description of the subjects covered during previous studies (for example a syllabus)
- Two recommendation letters from faculty staff or industry manager - can be sent also via e-mail (containing your application number!)
- Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL 213/550/80 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)
- APS (for applicants from the People’s Republic of China & Vietnam)