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Embedded System Engineering (de) (Bachelor of Science)

Have you ever taken your smartphone apart to find out what's in it? Or are you interested in how a brain implant is constructed? Would you like to work on making science fiction a reality?

Systems that feel, think and act

Embedded Systems are so inconspicuous and self-evident in our daily lives that we no longer consciously perceive them in our environment. These systems fulfill such tasks as

  • "feeling" with sensors,
  • "thinking" through intelligent programming
  • "acting" using signals and actuators.

Consider airbags or spacers in the automotive industry. Whether in medical technology with novel prostheses, in telecommunications and entertainment technology with smart watches or in aerospace - embedded systems play a central role in the latest technological developments.

The connection between engineering and computer science

Acquire the necessary skills to understand both the "language" of computer science and engineering and to develop highly specialized systems. For a bachelor’s degree in Embedded Systems in Freiburg you should:

  • have fun with technology,
  • enjoy building and crafting :-)
  • like to solve tricky problems
  • be willing to learn programming.


  • University entrance qualification (i.e. high school diploma/Abitur)
  • Very good German language skills (level C1 of the European reference framework required for application already)
  • Participation in an orientation test (i.e. )
  • Enjoying technology, math and solving problems are good prerequisites for a successful study program and for a good start in research or business.

Facts and Figures

Total Credits: 180 ECTS points
Standard Length of Studies: 6 semester
resp. 3 years
Language German based, with only some advanced courses in English


Winter semester
(October - March)


Fees and Costs

German and European nationals

  • 84 € fee for the Studierendenwerk (student organization)
  • 70 € administrative fees
  • 7 € student union fee

Total: A 161 € fee per semester to be paid to the University.

Non-EU nationals

  • 1500 € tuition
  • 84 € fee for the Studierendenwerk (student organization)
  • 70 € administrative fees
  • 7 € student union fee

Total: A 1661 € fee per semester to be paid to the University.



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First semester: without special admission requirements (admission-free)

Higher semesters: with special admission requirements according to the admission regulations

Application Deadline:

First semester: June 10th – October 6th

Higher semesters: June 10th – October 6th (winter semester), December 1st – April 6th (summer semester)

Faculty designation:

Faculty of Engineering



Study material and curriculum

During your studies in Embedded Systems Engineering you will learn about methods and processes in Computer Science, mathematicals fundamentals and technical aspects of Microsystems Engineering.

The following table provides an overview of how the individual study areas are distributed over the six semesters of the standard period of study:

[in German only, due to German based study program]

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

(Grundlagen der Analysis und Algebra, Differentialgleichungen)           


Wahlveranstaltungen im
(Weiterführende Vorlesungen aus Informatik und/oder Mikrosystemtechnik)

Grundlagen der Informatik
(Programmierung, Technische Informatik, Betriebssysteme, Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen)

Grundlagen der (Mikro)Systemtechnik
(E-Technik, MST-Bauelemente, Messtechnik, Regelungstechnik)

(System Design Projekt, das ESE Praktikum und Projekt, Praktika in Messtechnik, E-Technik)


(Experimentalphysik im Bereich Mechanik, Optik, Elektrizität)

Eingebettete Systeme
(Einführende Themen und Grundlagen, praktische Anwendungen in Praktikum und Projekt)

Berufsfeld orientierte Kompetenzen (BOK)
(Kurse in fächerübergreifenden Soft Skills am Zentrum für Schlüsselqualifikationen der Universität Freiburg)


An examplary study plan/curriculum for B.Sc. Embedded Systems Engineering PO 2018 (PDF) offers more detailed information.

Please note this list of courses from other subjects, where one course might be chosen as an elective within the ESE Bachelor program.

[both documents in German only, due to German based study program]

Module handbook and exam regulations

Please note: Only the latest version is listed here. Older versions can be found in Module Handbooks and Exam Regulations under Studies and Teaching.

Information about the option of an elective course from a different subject:

The selectable courses of the individual subjects are not listed in detail in the module handbook in HISinOne. Please use the PDF list provided in "Study material and curriculum" to get an overview; then look up the details for the specific course (like times and rooms) in the course catalog:, go to "Studies offered" and "Show university course catalog".


Please check out our dates and deadlines for course registration or exam registration.

And afterwards –  Our Master degree program

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. 

Possible occupational fields

After completing your bachelor's degree, you will have a wide range of career opportunities from which to choose (depending on your specialization, interest, and perhaps talent):

  • Vehicle / automotive industry
  • Bio and medical technology (for example prosthetics or implants)
  • Automation
  • Energy industry
  • Communications
  • Safety and Security
  • Multimedia enterprises
  • etc.

Graduates in embedded systems are in great demand on the job market.

Academic advising

Questions about your course of study? Looking to be informed personally about the Bachelor in Embedded Systems Engineering? Contact us directly:


Martina Nopper


Further contact information (telephone number, consulting hours, address) at



Dr. Frank Goldschmidtböing

Georges-Köhler-Allee 102
Room 102 01 075
Phone: +49 761 203 7496


In surveys our students have expressed their opinions:

" The combination of hardware and software topics provides a profound insight into Microsystems Engineering as well as Computer Science without too much overhead. The structure of the program is well defined with consecutive lectures, and covers many aspects of embedded systems. The large selection of elective modules offers a lot of possibilities for personal specialization. The mentoring and the supporting structures and the introductory information sessions are highlighted positively. It is also pointed out that the workload is quite high, especially at the beginning. Studying is therefore at times considered quite exhausting."


Particularities about this course of study

The system design project with robot competition


As part of the 'System Design Project', the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg organizes a robotic competition every year. In this competition first semester students compete for the title of the fastest, most innovative and most creative robot. Usually groups of four Students work together, but for WS20/21 an easier task will have to be solved by each single student. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 circumstances, there will be no joint competition and students will be evaluated separately.

Equipped with a nearly 350 € Lego robot kit, the students compete against each other in the task to build a vehicle that independently runs on a course unknown to the participants. In the run-up only the degree of difficulty of the route, such as track length and gradients, is known.

In WS19/20, the participants had to overcome the following challenge: their robots should complete a course as quickly as possible. They had to stop in front of a barrier where they were loaded with a ball, which had to be placed at the end of the train in a container. In addition, the robots were to turn in front of obstacles or push them out of the way.

Mentor: A guide throughout your entire studies

At the beginning of the degree program, every student is assigned a professor as a mentor. The mentor helps to organize the student’s course of study and is available for questions. Once a semester, every student should visit his or her mentor. Whether it’s about going abroad, applying for the master’s degree or looking for a job, the mentors are happy to help.

Smart, Micro, Green – Engineering in Freiburg

Smart – stands for robots that act independently, for computers that learn to interpret images or algorithms that become faster and smarter. Simply put, smart stands for computer science.

Micro – is meant literally here. The tiniest technical systems emerge that inconspicuously take on complex tasks in everyday life, medicine and industry. Without even knowing it, you are constantly dealing with microsystems. They make our lives healthier, safer, more comfortable, more versatile and, to say the least, easier.

Green – Freiburg is known worldwide for being the Green City. Since 2015, the Faculty of Engineering has been active from an engineering perspective with its own department for sustainability research. How can renewable energy be generated, fed into the grid and stored? How do we develop materials and systems that are produced and used in an energy- and resource-efficient way and that can adapt optimally to difficult environmental conditions or disasters?

Studying engineering in Freiburg always means that you benefit from all three areas of research, no matter which area you choose. Smart, micro and green technologies are becoming more and more in demand - acquire the necessary competencies to solve the social and technical questions of the future as engineers and computer scientists!


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