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Software Engineering for Embedded Systems

TU Kaiserslautern
Program overview
4 semesters
Master's degree
Start dates
Online / distance program
October 2020

Online / distance program
October 2021

Online / distance program
October 2022

Program description

Vehicle - Embedded Systems

Software Engineering for Embedded Systems

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 solid education and training in software engineering. Representatives in the industry have expressed great demand for a part-time training program to re-train the existing professional engineering work force in software engineering.

With  this in mind, the DISC has developed this high-quality part-time distance  program.

The program, offered by the DISC since 2008, 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 overall goal of this distance education program is to provide professionals with a sound theoretical software engineering background as  well as with practical methods, techniques, and tools that take software  development issues into account. The program prepares the students for a  career as professional software engineers in the industry. The course  concludes with the academic degree "Master of Engineering" (M.Eng.).

Admission requirements

The distance education program is designed for professionals working in  the field of software development who need to acquire advanced knowledge  about emerging technologies and who wish to broaden their software  engineering skills by pursuing graduate-level education in software  engineering. The program targets graduates of engineering disciplines such  as electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering, graduates of IT  disciplines such as computer science and business informatics, and  graduates of non-engineering disciplines, such as mathematics and physics

- all with at least two years of professional experience in the field of  software development after the first degree.

The course is held entirely in English.

Applicants may also be accepted who have relevant work experience but have  not graduated for a university. They must hold a diploma qualifying for  university admission, be able to prove several years of relevant work  experience and pass an aptitude test.

English-language Master Distance Education Program

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 (CEFR): B1
  • C1 Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE): Grade B or C
  • IELTS® score: 5.5-6.5
  • TOEFL® computer score: 200-240
  • TOEFL® paper score: 543
  • TOEFL® Internet score: 72-94

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Program content

The distance education master program "Software Engineering for Embedded  Systems" encompasses six modules.

The fields of study include principles of software engineering for embedded systems, requirements engineering, testing and inspections, software product lines, component-based development, security, real-time  systems, as well as software quality assurance.

The course includes the following modules:

1. Semester:

Software Engineering Basics

Project Management

On campus weekend

2. Semester:

Software Quality Engineering

Software Concept Engineering

Software Development Studio, part 1

3. Semester:

Software Component Engineering

Embedded Software Engineering

Software Development Studio, part 2

4. Semester:

Master thesis


Records of achievement are required during the course.

These take the form of examinations and submission of a master's thesis.

Once all assignments and examinations have been successfully completed,  the academic degree of "Master of Engineering" (M.Eng.) is awarded.

Schedule and Organization

The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study including examination time is four terms. It is also possible to take a break during  the course and then return to complete it. The lectures and exercises for  the distance learning program "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems" are provided in the form of written study material, developed specifically  for distance learning. A weekly commitment of around 14 hours is required  to study the material. In addition to this, online tutorials are also  offered via a learning platform.

Tuition fees

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Successful participants will then receive the following documents:

  • Transcript of record
  • Certificate on being awarded the academic degree Master of Engineering Diploma supplement (DS)

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About this institute

 TU Kaiserslautern

The Technical University of Kaiserslautern's Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) is a leading provider of distance learning in Germany. DISC offers the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate distance learning degree while still focusing on family and career.  A key philosophy...

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Contact info

TU Kaiserslautern

Distance & Independent Studies Center (DISC)
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße, Gebäude 57
67663 Kaiserslautern

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