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Master in Software Engineering for Embedded Systems

Postfach /P.O. Box 3049, D-67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany

+49 (0)631 205 5217

+49 (0)631 205 4940

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Type of course
Part-time (distance study)

Length of course
4 Semesters (2 years)

Date of commencement
Programme start: October / every year

Application deadline
The registration deadline is 15th July

Class size

The study fees for the distance learning program "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems" are EUR 1,990 per term, plus the registration fee, as well as a one-time Master‘s examination fee for the standard period of study. You can find further information at

Student profile
1. Countries of origin (number): 24
2. Ratio Men/Women: 8/1
3. Average Age: 35 years

Admissions requirements
The admission requirements distinguish between work experience requirements and formal requirements:

Work experience:
The admission requirements are distinguished between work experience requirements and formal requirements:

Work experience:

  • a minimum of 2 years of employment in software development
  • ability to work in a team
  • ability to perform work on a graduate level (related to current degree)

  • Formal requirements:
    For the enrolment to the English-language Master distance education program "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems" a sufficient proof of English proficiency is necessary. This can be evidenced by:
  • an English-language first degree
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE): Grade B or C
  • IELTS: 5.5-6.5
  • TOEFL computer: 200-240
  • TOEFL Paper: 543
  • TOEFL Internet: 72-94

  • Course directors
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Rombach

    Contact details for application
    Dr. Juliane Brauch
    Postfach /P.O. Box 3049, D-67653 Kaiserslautern
    Phone: ++49 (0)631 205 5217, Fax: ++49 (0)631 205 4940

    University of Kaiserslautern
    Distance and Independent Studies Center

    Master in Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Master of Engineering)

    The program is offered in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering.

    Representatives of industry have expressed a great demand for a part-time training program to re-train the existing professional engineering work force in software engineering. Therefore, the DISC has developed a high-quality part-time distance program in "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems". The program imparts theoretical scientific background knowledge as well as practical methods, techniques, and tools that equip the engineer to deal with software development for embedded systems issues:

    * The program represents the state-of-the-art in software engineering for embedded systems. * It has been developed by international top experts in the SE domain, who are high-ranking researchers and are recognized in industry because of their extensive practical experiences.

    High Demand for Software Engineering Practitioners

    Today, traditionally hardware-dominated product domains are increasingly turning into software-dominated ones. Many of the companies and organizations in these transitional domains still employ mostly traditional engineers without a profound education and training in software and software engineering.

    Software engineering focuses on:
    * the specification of system structure and behavior,
    * the implementation of these specifications,
    * the activities required in order to assure that the specifications have been met,
    * the development of such systems over space (distributed development, subcontracting) and time evolution, maintenance.

    The increasing complexity of software, the rising demand for secure and high quality software in embedded systems, and the constant change and development of new software engineering methods, techniques, and tools make it necessary that engineers in the embedded systems domain (e.g., automotive, medical and military) receive additional education in software engineering.

    Participating institutions

    The program is being planned by the Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) of the University of Kaiserslautern and Fraunhofer IESE. The program is organized and run by DISC. This section provides more detailed information on these institutions.

    The university is home to about 14,600 students. Its focus on technical and science education is underlined by a strong cluster of affiliated research institutes in an adjacent science park. The university reflects a special profile and orientation towards applied research, which is emphasized by a number of highly prestigious centers of excellence and well established cooperation with international and German industries. Its highly qualified and motivated faculty attracts talented students from all over the world, which creates an international and multi-cultural teaching and research environment. The university has an inviting modern campus located in the Palatine Forest (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). Kaiserslautern is famous for its soccer team “Red Devils” and was selected as one of the official venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The city’s unique mixture of high tech and unspoiled nature, history and modernity makes for an international but still typical traditional German city. The Computer Science Department is very active in research and education. There are currently 24 groups covering the entire spectrum of research topics, focusing particularly on:

    >> Information and Communication Systems
    >> System and Software Engineering
    >> Knowledge-based and Multimedia Systems.

    Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE)

    Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern currently has 200 employees who perform research in the areas of software development, software quality management, and software competence management. Together with its sister institute in the USA, Fraunhofer IESE offers processes, methods, and techniques for developing software-based systems according to engineering-style principles. In doing so, it follows an empirical approach: Through proven, innovative solutions, products based on software can be brought to the market with a measurably higher degree of efficiency.

    The customers of Fraunhofer IESE come from domains where products are dominated by software: automotive and transportation systems, telecommunications, telematics and service providers, medical systems, as well as information systems and applications in the public sector. The institute provides support to companies of any size – from international corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises. The public sector also plays an important role as a project partner.

    Fraunhofer IESE, founded in 1996, is directed by Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer and Prof. Dieter.

    It is one of 67 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which, as the largest applied research organization in Europe, contributes to national and international competitiveness. Since the founding of the institute, a close relationship between Fraunhofer IESE and the University of Kaiserslautern has existed in both academia and research. As assistant lecturers, employees of the institute contribute to the high level of practice-oriented education in the Department of Computer Science. The area of Software Engineering, represented until recently by the working group of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Rombach, was further expanded with the new working group “Software Engineering: Dependability” led by Prof. Dr. Peter Liggesmeyer. In joint projects with third-party funds, the basic research of the Department of Computer Science and the applied research of Fraunhofer IESE complement each other ideally.

    Fraunhofer Academy

    In 2005 the Fraunhofer Academy was established as a central unit to support Fraunhofer institutes in offering advanced training programs. With our range of training and development courses, we seek to contribute to the creation of a new innovation culture in Germany and Europe. Especially in service online Master programs like IESE‘s “Software Engineering for Embedded Systems” are perfectly suited to create new opportunities for software professionals. In cooperation with our partner DISC, we will try to provide a program that provides best-in-class theoretical and practical aspects of software engineering.

    Other Programmes offered by University of Kaiserslautern
    Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) University of Kaiserslautern

    The Distance and Independent Studies Center is one of the University of Kaiserslautern‘s key scientific institutions. Its tasks comprise the initiation and development of further qualifications for university graduates who have already obtained an initial professional qualification. The range of measures that are offered in collaboration with the University’s departments and subject areas comprise program, program sequences, and study programs of varying lengths. One of the Center’s key focal points is the provision of distance learning programs, which can be taken on a part-time basis while pursuing a career. Around 4,000 students are currently enrolled in the distance learning programs of Adult Education, Human Resource Management, School Management, Systemic Management, Organizational Development, Systemic Consulting, Management of Health and Social Institutions, Management of Cultural and Non-Profit Organizations, Economy and Management, Commercial Law for Business Practice, Tax Law for Business Operations, Sustainable Development Cooperation, Software Engineering for Embedded Systems, Medical Physics, Medical Physics and Technology, Structural Fire Protection/ Safety Engineering, Child Psychology: Learning and Learning Disabilities, Nanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology.

    The University of Kaiserslautern


    The University of Kaiserslautern was founded on July 13, 1970. At the beginning, it was part of the twin University Trier / Kaiserslautern. In the winter semester 1970/1971, student and scientific activities started with the matriculation of 191 new students in the faculties of Mathematics, Physics, and Technology. In 1972, the set-up of the faculties Chemistry and Biology gave a boost to the extension of a scientifically specialized structure. At the same time, the faculty of Technology was split into the faculties Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Architecture / Regional and Environmental Planning / Educational Sciences. The University of Kaiserslautern became independent after the separation from its partner university in Trier in 1975. The following faculties, which were established successively, continuously strengthened the university‘s scientific character: Electrical Engineering (1975), later Electrical and Computer Engineering (1999), Computer Science (1975), Engineering (1975), later Mechanical and Process Engineering (1995), Architecture / Regional and Environmental Planning / Civil Engineering (1978-1979) and Social and Economic Studies (1985), which was separated in 2003 in two independent departments. The official name of the university is “Technische Universität Kaiserslautern” according to the new law on Higher Education of the Land Rhineland-Palatinate, which came into force on September 1, 2003.

    Studies and Prospects

    Future-oriented programs, education with practical orientation, and a modern infrastructure: these are the conditions for students at the University of Kaiserslautern. Since its establishment in 1970, the only technology- and natural science-oriented university in Rhineland-Palatinate has gained a considerable reputation and can easily stand comparison with well-established universities of technology. Incontestable proof is provided by the latest German university rankings, which were carried out by the magazines Stern, Spiegel and CHE “Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung” (Center for University Development) and the “Humboldt-Stiftung” (Humboldt foundation). The University of Kaiserslautern achieved top positions in different categories.

    Prospective engineers and natural scientists will be well prepared for their career if they study at the University of Kaiserslautern. Internships in companies as well as living/studying abroad provide an academic education that is closely related to professional practice. Furthermore, students profit from the numerous well-known research institutes on and near the campus. In terms of applied research projects, the institutes closely cooperate with the university. There are, for example, the “Deutsches Forschungszentrum für künstliche Intelligenz” (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), the “Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe” (Institute for Composite Materials), the “Fraunhofer-Institut für Experimentelles Software Engineering” (Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering), and the “Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik” (Fraunhofer Institute for Technical and Industrial Mathematics).

    Currently, there are approximately 14,600 students enrolled at the university. Due to this manageable size, excellent support is guaranteed and a close relationship between professor and student can be built up. In addition, the university offers very modern equipment and a brilliant infrastructure, including libraries, laboratories, its own computer center, and much more. Accommodation for students is satisfactory, too: near the campus, there are more than 2000 resident hall facilities, where students can use the Internet free of charge.