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Department of Microsystems Engineering: Making big things happen with small systems

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Practical courses: Working in the laboratory

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Microsystems Engineering (Bachelor of Science)

This degree program combines natural sciences and technology. The study program is aimed at all those who have a university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) and who are interested in electronics, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, material sciences and manufacturing technologies.

Good to know

Is this degree program right for me?

You are exactly right in this degree program if you answer "yes" to most of the following statements:

  • I enjoy technology
  • I know that the challenges of the future must be solved through technology
  • I am curious and like solving tricky problems
  • I enjoy working in a team
  • I enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment


With our Online Study Choice Assistant OSA Engineering Sciences you can learn more about the study program from teachers and students and match your expectations of the course:


Why should I choose the bachelor's degree program in microsystems engineering?

  • Renowned university
  • Interdisciplinary degree program with excellent teaching
  • First-class lecturers, small study groups and personal support
  • Practical experience in state of the art laboratories: clean room, electronics - perfect for your career entry
  • Participation in cutting-edge research at the Department of Microsystems Engineering
  • Enjoy cross-faculty activities such as the System Design Project
  • Mentoring program for female students by female students
  • Professorial mentoring program for all students
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • Very good basis for subsequent master's studies


What are possible fields in industry?

Microsystems Engineering is "everywhere":

Medical technology, intelligent implants, in-vitro diagnostics, digital transformation in production, powerful electronic systems, information and communication technologies - without Microsystems Engineering, modern transport, communication and industry would be inconceivable. Microsystems Engineering is regarded worldwide as a key technology of the 21st century. According to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, it offers one of the greatest growth potentials. Read more in the article Microsystems Engineering.

Microsystems engineers are in high demand and well paid because they develop intelligent solutions in many fields and play a decisive role in the technology of today and in the future.

Microsystems Engineering is a cross-sectional technology that no industry can do without. Those who decide to study Microsystems Engineering have the best career opportunities in:

  • Medical technology,
  • Electronics and semiconductor industry,
  • Automotive and supplier industry,
  • Aerospace technology,
  • Mechanical engineering and
  • whereever many applications have to be accomodated in the smallest possible space.


Study course bachelor Mikrosystemtechnik (B.Sc.)


  • University entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma or Abitur)
  • Very good German language skills (level C1 of the European reference framework required for application already)
  • Participation in an orientation test (i.e.
  • For a successful microsystems engineering degree and later successful career start in research or business, good prerequisites include having fun with technology, mathematics and solving problems.

Facts and Figures

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

Start of Courses:

Winter semester


Fees and Costs

German and European nationals

  • 103 € fee for the Studierendenwerk (student organization)
  • 70 € administrative fees
  • 7 € student union fee

Total: A 180 € fee per semester to be paid to the University.

Non-EU nationals

  • 1500 € tuition
  • 103 € fee for the Studierendenwerk (student organization)
  • 70€ administrative fees
  • 7€ student union fee

Total: A 1680 € 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 1st – October 5th

Higher semesters: June 1st – September 30th (winter semester), December 1st – March 31st (summer semester)

Faculty affiliation:

Faculty of Engineering

Study material and curriculum

In order to design and manufacture microsystems, you need solid knowledge in sciences and technology. For that reason, the main focus for the first two semesters is on mathematics, chemistry and physics, followed by electrical engineering and material sciences.

In order to recognize why these fundamentals are necessary, there are application-related courses right from the start, such as the "System Design Project", in which the first-year students design a robot. The curriculum also includes two clean room lab courses where students learn the processes involved in making microchips.

The following table provides an overview of how the individual study areas are distributed over the 6 semesters (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 Analysis und Algebra, DGL)


(Werkstoffe, Materialien, Halbleiter etc.)

(Experimentalphysik, Festkörperphysik)

MST Vertiefung
(Technische Mechanik, Konstruktion, Simulation, Anwendungen)

(allg. und anorganisch, organisch, physik.)

Grundlagen MST
(Technologien, Prozesse, Bauelemente)

Wahlbereich MST
(Schaltungen, Produktion, Anwendungsbereich Biologie, fachfremdes Modul etc.)




(E-Technik, Elektronik, Mess-, Regelungstechnik, Systemtheorie)


(System Design Projekt, Reinraumlaborkurse)

Berufsfeld orientierte Kompetenzen (BOK) 
= Kurse in Fächerübergreifenden Schlüsselqualifikationen


An examplary study plan/curriculum for B.Sc. Mikrosystems 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 MSE Bachelor program.

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

Module handbook and exam regulations

Please note: Only the latest versions are 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".


Check out our dates and deadlines for course registration or exam registration.

And afterwards – Our Master degree programs

The German taught Master of Science Mikrosystemtechnik program has been designed for students with a bachelor's degree in microsystems engineering or a closely related discipline.

The English taught Master 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.

Possible occupational fields

The job description is just as diverse as the application areas. Microsystems' engineers work, for instance, in sectors such as:

  • Automotive and supply industry;
  • Electronics and semiconductor industry;
  • Medical engineering;
  • Machine building industry; and
  • wherever applications need to be accommodated in the smallest of spaces.

Academic advising

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


For high school students:

Dr. Jochen Kieninger

Georges-Köhler-Allee 103
Room 103 01 049
Phone:  +49 761 203 7265



For external students and students wanting to change their study program:

Dr. Oswald Prucker
Georges-Köhler-Allee 103
Room: 103 00 105
Phone.: +49 761 203-7164



Special Features about this Study Course

Practical experience in the clean room – ideal for starting a career

img-0370-reinraum-16x9--foto-sandra-meyndt.jpgClean rooms are a basic requirement for the development and production of very small systems, because even one grain of dust can make the system unusable. Clean rooms are very expensive to maintain and working in such a laboratory requires special skills. Even as a bachelor student, you will have the opportunity to gain initial experience in this special laboratory environment. Ideal conditions to jumpstart your career in research and development.

Mentor: A guide throughout your entire studies

Diehl_MentoringAt 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.


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.

Information for students

Overview with the most important information for first-year students.



Video gallery

Further information