FAQ

FAQ

Here is an overview of general FAQs about our degree programmes. Please note that more FAQs and detailed information can be found on the german website.

However, specific information about the degree programmes can be found on the respective webpage of the degree programme:

 

Please note that there is no unifying format of E-Learning at the TU Darmstadt. At the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology courses are marked as follows (unfortunately, the prefixes of the course form are only available in the German course curriculum):

  • E-LEARNING: Course title
    Meaning that this course will be held as E-Learning course in the winter term 2020/21. Additional information can be found directly in the description of the course, in the area “Digitale Lehre” or at the webpage of the group.
  • E-LEARNING&PRÄSENZ: Course title
    Meaning that this course will be held as E-Learning as well as in presence. Additional information can be found directly in the description of the course, in the area “Digitale Lehre” or at the webpage of the group.
  • PRÄSENZ: Course title
    Meaning that this course will be held in presence completely (most often practical courses and labs). Specific information about how the course is conducted, how hygiene concepts are implemented etc. can be found in the description of the course, in the area “Digitale Lehre” or at the webpage of the group.
  • ABGESAGT: Course title
    Meaning that this course is not suited for E-Learning or is canceled due to other reasons. If problems due to this occur, please contact the Academic Counseling directly.

An overview of the different methods to mark a course as E-Learning can be found here (in German language only).

Please contact the docent directly if your question is about a course.

If you have general questions, please contact the of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology or have a look at these webpages.

For exams of the summer term 2020, it is possible to withdraw without any certificates until the beginning of the exam. Please use this form to do so. Please note that withdrawing later than the start of the exam can not be taken into account.

Please also note that these regulations are only valid until October, 31st (compliant to the central webpages).

 

General FAQs

 

Below you will find a list of contact persons for all degree programmes and their specific areas of responsibility:

The Examination Management Office is responsible for (excerpt):

  • Issuing transcript of records / certificates (such as compulsory internship, stay abroad, etc.)
  • Booking of attestations
  • Registration of final papers
  • Change of examination regulations
  • Correction of incorrectly booked achievements
  • Contact person for the degree programmes B.Sc. / M.Sc. / B.Ed. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology: Anette Gallinat
  • Contact person for the degree programmes B.Sc. / M.Sc. Mechatronics, B.Sc. / M.Sc. Information Systems Engineering, M.Sc. Information and Communication Engineering: Elvira Goebel
  • Contact person for the degree programme B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering: Maria Rizou

Quality Assurance and Management (QSM) is responsible for (excerpt):

  • Help with problems with exam registrations
  • Duty applications
  • Moving early Master's degree achievements from Bachelor to Master
  • Setting up examinations including examination dates and securing rooms
  • Degree programmes in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Electrical Power Engineering (EPE)

Course Management (LVM) is responsible for (excerpt):

  • Creation of the semester offer of the modules and courses
  • Setting up dates, securing rooms and assigning lecturers to courses
  • Course Catalogue

TUCaN Information Modelling (MOD) is responsible for (excerpt):

  • Modelling courses in TUCaN
  • Assigning modules to degree programmes
  • Maintenance of curriculum schemes and module manuals

You can reach the Academic counseling office here.

Please get in touch with the contact person responsible for your type of problem. If this does not work, please do not hesitate to contact the directly.

 

FAQ for modules, lectures and examinations

 

Planning your studies

All courses are organised in the form of modules. Modules are teaching units coordinated by topic and time schedule, which you must have completed for a successful degree programme completion. They usually extend to one or, in exceptional cases, two semesters and are completed with a final module examination, which can consist of several partial examinations and extends either to all or only selected contents of the module. Further information can be found in the module manuals or the examination regulations, where the form (written / oral) and scope of each exam is also regulated.

Credit Points (CPs) are an indication or a measure of the time required to complete the course of studies. One credit point usually corresponds to roughly 30 hours of work, including attendance at the classroom (attendance time) as well as preparation, follow-up and exam preparation. The credit points allow you to see how much work is required for each course. Overall, you must achieve at least 180 CP in the Bachelor's programme. You have to complete a total of 120 CPs in the Master's programme.

To finish your course of study within the standard period of study, you need to earn 30 CPs per semester. This, however, is only a recommendation. If you earn less CPs per semester, your course of study will take longer.

The currently valid examination regulations have been compiled in the download section on the homepage etit. Here you will also find the module manuals for the compulsory area and the specialisations.

In the examination regulations, the legal conditions are recorded defining the examinations you need to take and the setup of your academic studies as a whole. The examination regulations define the content and modules of your academic study, the achievements and exams you need to earn to finish your degree programme successfully. This also includes deadlines and formalities that you need to adhere to. At the same time, your rights and entitlements regarding examination question are also recorded in the examination regulations.

Although the examination regulations contains a lot of information about the courses’ contents, the modules and examinations for most fields of study are summarised in module manuals as well. In the module manual, the modules to complete are listed including more detailed information about their contents, individual courses, study achievements and examinations as well as timeframe and credit points. The module manuals help you plan your studies and serve as a guide and reference.

To switch to an newer version of the examination regulations (PO) applicable to your studies is possible at any time. Please be aware that switching back to the former version of the examination regulations applicable to you will not be possible any more. Should you wish to switch examination regulations, please complete this form.

Please include a curriculum scheme (Excel document from the TU website), where you clearly state how you wish the achievements already rendered to be assigned.

Please be aware that there are detailed tables for each degree programme indicating which achievements will be accepted in case of an examination regulations switch.

  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Information System Technology
  • Mechatronics

Should you wish to switch the examination regulations of the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, then please note that the course “20-00-0290-iv General Informatics II” is no longer a mandatory course based on the new examination regulations except for the Specialisation Computer Engineering. You may file this course as additional achievements or move it to the catalogue containing required electives of your specialisation. Should this cause issues when filing your achievements in this category, we will inform you.

Mandatory courses of the new course programme will be accepted automatically. This process may take a bit of time; however, should you need it completed more urgently, please contact the Quality Assurance and Management (QSM) directly. Mandatory electives may be accepted on request. Please submit your application to the examiner of the degree programme.

The “Studium Generale” contains modules of the Departments 01, 02, 03, 15, 16 and also specific modules of the Department 18 etit and all modules of the SPZ (the Language Resource Centre). The Master’s programme also includes additional modules of the Department 01 and 18). More often than not, the departments offer a selection to facilitate completion of these additional courses within the general studies. Please follow the link to view or download the module manual.

For information about the modalities of the examinations or courses, please go to the respective departments, as there are significant differences in handling them per department. The following provides you with a brief list of some differences between some departments compared with the Department 18:

Department 01:

Here there are many so-called combined modules which require you to register for two or more courses (many times in different semesters) and which are completed at the very end in a combined final module examination covering the contents of both courses. Splitting up these combined modules into individual courses and examinations is not possible.

Department 02:

This department consists of various institutes and research groups: History, philosophy, political science, sociology, philology, theology and social ethics (here there are some rather unusual modules, e.g. 02-06-0302 “Christlicher Glaube” (Christian faith – 14 CPs) containing 5 courses, each with examination). You also need to consider that all examinations are module-supporting examinations, which means that you have to take an examination for each course within a combined module. To register for these exams, you need to be registered for the module AND the corresponding course. The module as a whole is only completed once you completed and passed all individual examinations of this module.

Department 03:

Here too, module-supporting examinations are offered only.

Department 15:

All the modules offered by the Department 15 can only be started during the winter semester.

Registration via TUCaN is not possible. You need to register in person and with binding effect at the “Fachgebiet Architektur- und Kunstgeschichte” (Chair of Architectural and Art History), room L3|01/132 (Lichtwiese, Architekturgebäude, El-Lissitzky-Str. 1, first upper floor on the north side) or via email addressed to .

The registration deadline is always one week prior to the start of the semester.

The transcript of records of the web portal lists under “angerechnet” (credited) the CPs that will be included when calculating your final overall grade. Modules using the “passed/failed” assessment system cannot be included in this calculation and, thus, will not be listed under “angerechnet” (credited). The same is true for CPs from areas that are not considered in the overall grade calculation, such as “zusätzliche Leistungen” (additional achievements). They, too, will not be listed under “angerechnet” (credited).

The category “Credits”, however, shows all CPs you earned.

Modules that are not listed in open elective catalogues of the curriculum schemes can be added if their contents fit right in. Simply submit an application to the examination board. Please contact the Academic Counselling office in this matter. They will take care of everything.

 

Registering for and deregistering from modules, courses and examinations

Registration for modules, courses and examinations is done via the campus management system TUCaN. Every TU student has a personal account for TUCaN. When you enrol, you will receive a TU-ID, which you can use to log in to your personal TUCaN account. You will find detailed instructions for how to use TUCaN on the TUCaN information pages for students. Please note that certain deadlines have to be observed when registering for modules, courses and examinations. These will be displayed directly in TUCaN.

Please note that the area in which you register the module is binding. You need to use a module in the area in which you have registered it. Because of this, the transfer of modules from the additional achievements section to areas of your study achievements credited to your final degree is not possible.

Our recommendation:

Regularly check the registrations made in TUCaN under “My modules” or “My exams”. At the end of the semester, you should also check for modules you enrolled in but did not take during the semester to cancel them, as you can only deregister modules in the semester in which you enrolled in them.

Report incorrect assignments of credits to specific achievement areas to the Examination Management Office immediately. If you have not yet taken a test, a reassignment is still possible.

If you have problems registering for a course or exam, first check whether you are already registered for the corresponding module. Registration for a course or exam is only possible if you are registered for the module already. If you still have problems signing up for a course or an exam, try the following solutions:

1. Find out in which semester you have registered the module (via “Events -> My modules -> Click on the relevant module”). Then change the semester of the exam registration to that in which you have registered the module (via "Exams -> My Exams -> Registration for Exams -> Modify Course / Modules Semester -> Register for Examination).

2. If 1. does not work and you have not yet triggered an exam event in this module, please try to deregister, re-register, and then register the exam.

If none of these solutions are successful, please write an e-mail indicating the module / exam and – if possible – the area in which you would like to enter this module for crediting to the following contact addresses:

In order to avoid such inconveniences, we recommend going through all the modules again at the end of each semester or at the module deregistration deadline to deregister from modules you did not attend (in this semester).

Please note that you will only receive course-related information via the learning platform Moodle if you are also registered for the course. Furthermore, there are courses that divide into small groups via TUCaN. Here too, you have to be registered for the course as a whole. Therefore, we recommend signing up for every course. However, to be able to register for an exam, you must be registered for the module the course is a part of. Please note that there are a few modules with so-called module-supporting exams. Here you have to register for the course itself, otherwise you will not be able to register for the exam.

You can unsubscribe from any exam for which you have registered. Please note the cancellation deadline: A cancellation of registered examinations is possible at the latest eight days before the exam date, but not no later than March 31st in the winter semester and September 30th in the summer semester without stating reasons. You need to use TUCaN for deregistration.

On the central pages of TUCaN, you will find further information about exam deregistration. If a separate deregistration deadline applies to an exam, this is noted in TUCaN. You must adhere to the deregistration deadline without exception.

Attention:

If you do not take part in a registered exam without having unsubscribed first, this exam will be deemed failed (grade 5.0).

No, deregistering is only possible prior to any examination in this field of studies (to not attend an examination due to sickness is not considered an examination; thus, you can still deregister). However, once you participated in an examination or partial examination or registered for such an examination but failed to attend and deregister, this will be counted as “fail” (= 5.0) and deregistration will no longer be possible. You are then required to incorporate this field of studies with binding effect into your examination schedule. Please note that you have the option to deselect a failed module once during the course of your studies in certain (elective) fields of the degree programmes as stated in §30 (5) of the APB (General Examination Terms ). Please refer to the respective indicators in the curriculum scheme to learn which degree programmes and which fields of study offer such a module deselection option.

If you are unable to take an exam due to illness, you must present a medical certificate to the exam secretariat within three calendar days of the exam. Example: In case of an exam on Monday, the certificate must be received by Thursday.

This medical certificate must indicate that you were “medically unfit to take an exam”. A simple certificate of incapacity for work is not enough.

Online form for submission of medical certificates for exam deregistration

Once you successfully moved from your Bachelor’s to your Master’s degree programme, achievements in the section “vorgezogene Masterleistungen” (early Master’s credits) will be transferred to your Master’s file automatically. Please note that in case of doubt, your assistance may be required in locating the best category for sorting in your achievement. Please be patient, it does take some time to transfer your credits correctly.

In addition, we advise that you check your early Master’s credits carefully before finishing your Bachelor’s degree to ensure that all of these credits have been transferred successfully to the section “vorgezogene Masterleistungen”. If this transfer failed or is incomplete, please contact the Examination Management Office immediately. Please check also that no achievements to be assigned to the Master’s section “vorgezogene Masterleistungen” appear somewhere else.

Also note that any modules in the section “vorgezogene Masterleistungen” that are not completed yet, have not been examined yet and are not available during the current semester, will be automatically deregistered for you. In other words, you will have to register for them again during your Master’s studies.

In both cases, Dr.-Ing. Andreas Haun’s Secretariat of the Service Centre is responsible for accrediting work placements and for assessing placement reports. You can hand-in these reports or accreditation documents at S3|21/103.1.

You are welcome to use the transcript of records service to create your transcript of records. If you have received a confirmation from the Examination Management Office that your transcript of records has been created, you can pick it up directly from the respective office without having to draw a waiting ticket during the opening hours.

Please make sure to check carefully that your achievements have been assigned to their respective categories correctly before requesting a transcript of records. In case of discrepancies, please inform the Examination Management Office.

Please consider the timeframe for registering for any examination (winter semester: 15 Nov. to 31 Jan., summer semester: 1 June to 4 July). Should you be unable to register within the periods of time stated above, please check if you are registered for the module yet. Please note that registering for a module that is not taking place during the current semester (i.e. no courses are offered) is only possible during the examination registration phase.

You are always registered for the Moodle course for which you registered initially. Every semester, there is a new Moodle course set up. Example: Course registration for summer semester 2016 -> Registration in Moodle for the course of summer semester 2016.

To see the current contents of this Moodle course, there is no need for registration.

Simply contact Moodle support by following this link and have them enrol you in the current Moodle course manually.

 

Repeat examinations

There are two different types of examinations: Examination achievements and study achievements. You may repeat failed examination achievements twice maximum, i.e. you have 3 attempts in total to pass the examination. Once only per degree programme, the option to include an additional oral examination is offered. Study achievements are examination achievements that can be repeated as often as necessary. At the Department etit, these achievements are usually earned during labs, project seminars and seminars.

In case you have not passed an examination the third time, you have the option to take an additional oral exam called “mündliche Ergänzungsprüfung (mEP)” in addition to the third written examination. This option is available only once per degree programme. This means: Anyone who failed the written examination a third time is permitted to take an oral exam based on the topics covered in the written exam to earn a “sufficient” (4.0). This mEP is available to you only once per degree programme. The following requirements must fulfilled for such an additional oral examination:

  • You failed your second written repeat examination attempt.
  • You took part in the examination and demonstrated a recognisable initial stage of solution.
  • You have submitted an application for an additional oral examination at the etit Office for Student Affairs within four weeks of notification of the examination results. This period starts with the publication of examination grades on TUCaN.
  • You apply for this additional oral examination in your degree programme for the first time.
 

Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis

Bachelor / Master of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

To register in the degree programme Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, the following requirements must be met:

Examination regulations 2014

You must have earned the following minimum number of credit points (CPs):

Bachelor: 130 CPs

Master: 75 CPs

Examination regulations 2007

You must have passed the fields of study required for the thesis to be admitted. These fields of study are marked in the curriculum schemes:

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (etit):

Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Mathematics III, Mathematics IV, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology I, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology II, Deterministic Signals and Systems, Introduction to Electrodynamics, Introduction to Computer Science for Engineers I, Introduction to Computer Science for Engineers II, Logic Design, Physics, Electronics, Microelectronic Devises

Master of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (etit):

Specialisation Automation Systems: System Dynamics and Automatic Control Systems III, Digital Control of Mechatronic Systems, Identification of Dynamic Systems, Modeling and Simulation, Laboratory Control Engineering II

Specialisation Computer-Aided Electrodynamics: Project Seminar Electromagnetic CAD II, Functional Analysis, Computational Electromagnetics and Applications II, Computational Electromagnetics and Applications III, Acceleration of Charged Particles in Electromagnetic Fields

Specialisation Computer Engineering: For more detailed information, please contact the Examination Management Office. They will inform you about the modules you need to finalise your studies and start your thesis.

Specialisation Electrical Power Engineering: For more detailed information, please contact the Examination Management Office. They will inform you about the modules you need to finalise your studies and start your thesis.

Specialisation Integrated Micro and Nano Technologies: For more detailed information, please contact the Examination Management Office. They will inform you about the modules you need to finalise your studies and start your thesis.

Specialisation Micro and Precision Engineering: For more detailed information, please contact the Examination Management Office. They will inform you about the modules you need to finalise your studies and start your thesis.

Specialisation NKT (now Communication and Sensor Networks): For more detailed information, please contact the Examination Management Office. They will inform you about the modules you need to finalise your studies and start your thesis.

Bachelor Mechatronics

To register in the degree programme B.Sc. Mechatronics, the following requirements must be met:

Examination regulations 2014

You must have earned at least 130 credit points (CPs).

Examination regulations 2007

You must have passed all mandatory courses of the first four semesters.

For more detailed information, please contact the Examination Management Office. They will inform you about the modules you need to finalise your studies and start your thesis.

To register for a Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis, you need to comply with the admission requirements. You also need a supervisor and a topic. Once you fulfil these requirements or rather once you have found your topic and supervisor, you can register for your thesis. You cannot use TUCaN for registration but need a special registration form that your supervisor will complete. However, you need to pick up the confirmation at the Office for Student Affairs first, stating that you are permitted to start with your thesis. In case your supervisor does not know this form or does not have it on hand for completion, your supervisor can request this form any time by .

Please note:

  • You must have submitted the registration at the Office for Student Affairs before actually starting your thesis at the very latest.
  • You can only register your thesis once you fulfilled the admission requirement(s) according to the examination regulations applying to your degree programme.
  • There is a leaflet available here listing concisely the most important aspects to be observed and considered.

 
 

FAQ Bachelor of Science

 

Requirements

Anyone who passed the Abitur (university entrance qualification) has the necessary knowledge to study electrical engineering and information technology. Having attended a vocationally focussed grammar or high school can be useful, but is not necessary. Students starting their university career without a university entrance qualification need to close the knowledge gaps, particularly in mathematics. They need to be interested in mathematics, engineering and information technology.

If possible, yes. However, it is not mandatory.

Yes, most of your courses in the Bachelor’s programme will be held in German. Therefore, you need to be proficient in German. Starting in the third year of your studies, some courses will be held in English. Hence, you need to know English also. The Language Resource Centre – SPZ of TU Darmstadt offers English and German courses to improve your language skills.

In theory, a university of applied science entrance qualification is sufficient; however, this only applies to the etit degree programme if you attended courses in mathematics and physics and / or other technology related subjects in the last two years of school at least.

 

Getting ready for university and study contents

Usually, we offer a mathematics prep-course starting mid of September to end of September / beginning of October. Attendance is voluntarily. The mathematics prep-course objectives are:

  • To refresh / brush up your mathematics skills.
  • To familiarise you with the workings of a university.
  • To give you the opportunity to meet your fellow students who will start university just like you.

A week before the courses start, we offer an orientation week (OWO) to our new students. During that week, you get to know the university, the department and your degree programme. OWO participation is mandatory.

During the first four semesters, you learn the basics of your fields of study in general introductory courses (mathematics, electrical engineering and information technology, electronics etc.).

In the third year of your studies, you will focus on subjects of your area of specialisation that you (need to) elect. During your Master’s studies (4th and 5th year), you will select additional mandatory and optional subjects within your specialisation as well as general engineering and natural science courses. Both during your Bachelor’s and your Master’s programme, you need to register for courses covering professional skills, business / economics, society, languages, environment called PSWGSU. Both Bachelor’s and Master’s programme require a thesis for completion.

Please click here for further information about the structuring of the B.Sc. etit.

A university is more focussed on theoretical knowledge without compromising the practical applications of said knowledge, though. In other words, once you completed your Master’s, you will be able to work in all professional areas of your discipline. You will be able to handle project-planning tasks just as well as tasks in development or research.

The practical part in the Bachelor’s programme is approx. 15 % and in the Master’s programme, it is approx. 50 %.

During the Bachelor’s programme, most courses you need to take in the first few semesters are mandatory. However, you can choose your specialisation: We offer seven different specialisations within the etit course programme (refer to specialisations) from which you can choose. In addition, there is a small “Studium Generale” catalogue containing optional courses covering the areas professional skills, business / economics, society and environment. Within these specialisations, there are no or very few additional option within the Bachelor’s programme.

During the Master’s programme, you earn at least 60 credit points (i.e. 50 % of your studies) based on your preferences in subjects selected from comprehensive catalogues. They are divided into three categories: Elective subjects in your specialisation, elective subjects from engineering and natural sciences, elective subjects from “Studium Generale”, i.e. professional skills, business / economics, society, languages, environment.

Yes, we highly recommend continuing with a Master’s degree programme immediately after finishing your Bachelor because it is best to have gone through a 5-year study programme, i.e. Bachelor plus Master, to reach full qualifications in your future profession.

Of course, this is possible. However, please note the following: The later you change from one programme to the other and the more the other programme is different in contents to the etit degree programme, the less study and examination achievements already earned will be recognised and the longer your remaining time of studies will be.

 

Job prospects

Qualified engineers are in high demand even if the economy is weakening slightly. Surveys and opinion polls by the VDI, ZVEI and VDE indicate that there is still a considerable shortage of engineers. Therefore, high qualifications will play a significant role in assessing job prospects.

You will be able to handle complex engineering tasks requiring high qualifications. You will have good advancement opportunities, so you will be able to take on management functions depending on your personal interests in only a few years and even advance to leading management positions. Your academic training is also a key to obtaining a doctorate (Ph.D.) and working professionally in research institutions.

 

Application and Admission

The Bachelor’s degree programme in electrical engineering and information technology starts in the winter semester only.

TU Darmstadt operates an online application portal which usually is open for applications for the following winter semester beginning / mid of May.

Online applications must be submitted by 15 September because the portal will be closed after that. The documents must be posted to the Registration and Admission Office of TU Darmstadt by 15 September.

Please note that applicants without a German university entrance qualification must have submitted their application by 15 July. Learn more.

As the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology is not restricted, you will be enrolled if you meet the requirements for admission. The requirement for admission for a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology is a university entrance qualification (or a university of applied science entrance qualification).

No, you do not need a subject-related placement / internship to start the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology degree programme.

 

Time and costs

The prescribed period of study for a Bachelor is 3 years and for a Master another 2 years. On average, students tend to exceed this period of study by one semester each.

Studying is a full-time job, i.e. you need to calculate with at least 40 hours per week. You adapt your studies to the respective requirements of a semester.

The semester breaks are non-lecture periods and should be used for self-study and getting ready for examination. The non-lecture period at the end of the winter semester normally does not offer any chance to go on holiday. Usually the time from the end of September to mid-October are best for “holidaying” because most examinations of the summer semester will be done by then.

Currently, there are no student fees. You only need to pay a semester fee, which also includes your semester ticket for free public transportation in the State of Hesse. You also need to add your cost of living. Your student identity card offers various discounts as well.

 

Studying abroad

Yes, we highly recommend that you either study two semesters abroad as an exchange student or acquire a “double degree” from both TU Darmstadt and a partner university abroad.

For more information, refer to the webpages of the International Relations Office of TU Darmstadt or to the webpage International/Studying Abroad of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

Currently, we maintain exchange programmes with about 75 partner universities worldwide. For current information about all this, please refer to our webpage International/Studying Abroad of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as well as any information sessions of the Service Centre during your studies. Most students choose to study abroad during their Master’s programme.

 
 

FAQ Master of Science

 

Introduction to and contents of your degree programme

During your Master’s studies, you will select additional mandatory and optional subjects within your specialisation as well as general engineering and natural science courses. Courses from the general studies section will be added, too. The Master’s programme ends with a thesis.

Please click here for further information about the structuring of the M.Sc. etit.

The practical part of the etit Master’s programme is about 50%.

During the Master’s programme, you earn at least 60 credit points (i.e. 50 % of your studies) based on your preferences in subjects selected from comprehensive catalogues. They are divided into three categories: Elective subjects in your specialisation, elective subjects from engineering and natural sciences, elective subjects from the Studium Generale.

We recommend continuing with a Master’s degree programme immediately after finishing your Bachelor because it is best to have gone through a five-year study programme, i.e. Bachelor plus Master, to reach full qualifications in your future profession.

Please note that you will not be able to register in TUCaN for a regular postgraduate study programme following your preparatory studies. You need to send an email to the person at the Examination Management Office responsible for your degree programme expressing your wish to apply for the Master’s degree programme.

Changing your specialisation is possible; however, you need to apply for this switch in writing at the Examinations Board. Please include a curriculum scheme for this new specialisation with your application. Make sure that you clarified this curriculum scheme with the specialisation spokesperson who needs to sign it, too.

 

Job prospects

Qualified engineers are in high demand even if the economy is weakening slightly. Surveys and opinion polls by the VDI, ZVEI, VDE and VDMA indicate that there is still a considerable shortage of engineers. Therefore, high qualifications will play a significant role in assessing job prospects.

You will be able to handle complex engineering tasks requiring high qualifications. You will have good advancement opportunities, so you will be able to take on supervisory tasks depending on your personal interests in only a few years and even advance to leading managerial positions. Your academic training is also a key to obtaining a doctorate and working professionally in research institutions.

 

Application and Admission

You can start the Master’s degree programme in electrical engineering and information technology both in the winter and the summer semester.

TU Darmstadt operates an online application portal. Using this portal, you can apply for the winter semester starting in June. Using this portal, you can apply for the summer semester starting in December.

The online application period for the winter semester ends by 15 September for internal students and by 15 July for external students. The portal will then be closed. The application is valid only, once your printed out and signed application has arrived at our post box. For internal students applying for the summer semester, the deadline is 15 March; and for external students, it is 15 January.

You do not need to have completed your Bachelor when applying for the Master’s degree programme; however, you need to give proof of it on time. Please refer to the webpages of the Registration and Admission Office for the exact deadlines.

As the Master of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology is not restricted, you will be enrolled if you meet the requirements for admission. Requirements for admission to the Master of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology programme is the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from TU Darmstadt or an equivalent research-focussed Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

Usually, there are considerable differences in content between a Bachelor acquired at a university of applied science or a cooperative state university and a university. Whether or not you meet the admission requirements will be checked based on your application dossier. This will usually result in the admission for a “preparatory M. Sc. etit study programme”. In this one-year study programme, you acquire the essential research skills needed, particularly in the areas of higher mathematics, system theory and electrodynamics. Based on experience, you can earn between 30 to 53 credit points during such preparatory studies, which means that you can complete this programme within a year. Once you completed your preparatory studies successfully, you can enrol seamlessly in the Master of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology study programme.

A 12-week industrial placement or internship is an admission requirement for the Master of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. However, you can complete this placement / internship while studying for your Master’s degree. Simply apply for it at the Service Centre.

 

Time and costs

The prescribed period of study for a Master’s degree is 2 years. On average, students tend to exceed this period of study by one semester.

Currently, there are no student fees. You only need to pay a semester fee, which also includes your semester ticket for free public transportation in the State of Hesse. You also need to add your cost of living. Your student identity card offers various discounts as well.

 

Studying abroad

Yes, we highly recommend that you either study two semesters abroad as an exchange student or acquire a “double degree” from both TU Darmstadt and a partner university abroad.

For more information, refer to the webpages of the International Relations Office of TU Darmstadt or to the webpage International/Studying Abroad of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

Currently, we maintain exchange programmes with about 75 partner universities worldwide. For current information about all this, please refer to our webpage International/Studying Abroad of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as well as any information sessions of the Service Centre during your studies. Most students choose to study abroad during their Master’s programme.

 
 

FAQ International Studies

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about studying abroad at TU Darmstadt.

If you have subject-specific questions or questions concerning the organisation of your studies, please contact one of our Study Abroad Coordinators.

 

FAQ for Incoming Exchange students

 

Application and Studies

You first apply for the exchange programme at your home university according to your university’s rules. After successfully completing the application process, your home university will nominate you at TU Darmstadt. We will then ask you to apply at TU Darmstadt. If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of acceptance.

Since most lectures are given in German, you need to show evidence that you meet an A2 level at least. Students at this German level are required to participate in a four-week German intensive course. For level B1 students and above, the intensive course is not mandatory. Please click here for further information. German courses are also offered during the semester. All German courses at TU Darmstadt are free of charge.

Yes, you can choose your classes accordingly. You find a list of all English-taught courses here.

In the first week of October, the department holds an orientation event providing important information about curriculum schemes, exams and regulations. The exact date can be found on TUCaN (search for 18-de-8002-ov). If you are enrolled in one of TU Darmstadt's Master's degree programmes, you may also want to visit the orientation event for first-year Master's students (search for 18-de-2110-ov).

Both orientation events are beeing offered every semester.

The course catalogue is available in the campus management system TUCaN. After logging in with your TU-ID, you are able to register for modules, courses and exams.

Information about this can be found in the module manual. The module manuals are available on the informational pages of each degree programme in the download section.

All regulations concerning studies and exams can be found in the examination regulations. The examination regulations are available on the informational pages of each degree programme of the download section.

The exam periods start at the end of the lecture period and can last up to the very end of the respective semester. If you are not in Germany anymore at that time due lectures or the exam period starting at your home university, please contact the lecturer of your course in order to find an individual solution.

In the German system, every grade smaller than 5.0 means you've passed (1 = excellent, 5 = failed).

There are no tuition fees at TU Darmstadt. However, students have to pay a semester fee each semester. This fee consists of administration costs as well as the semester ticket (a ticket for public transportation in Hessen, more information available in German). You can find a precise listing of the semester fee here. Please consider the registration deadline, otherwise you will have to pay a late payment fine or might not be able to register at all for the next semester, if you missed the late payment deadline as well.

ECTS is an abbreviation for European Credit Transfer System and is a measure of the workload involved to complete a module. One ECTS point is the equivalent of about 30 hours of work, which consist of a combination of attendance time in lectures and exercises, course work, presentations, term papers and/or exams.

Erasmus+ students:

If you wish to write your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis at our department, you should directly contact the professor or research assistant who will be supervising you:

Thesis topics announced by the individual chairs

Double Degree Students:

Provided your university's Double Degree Programme allows for this, you may write your Bachelor's or Master's thesis at our department. Please contact the professor or research assistant who will be supervising you directly.

Thesis topics announced by the individual chairs

 

Living in Darmstadt

Erasmus+ Students:

If you are part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme, you will receive a scholarship from your home university according to the programme guidelines. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Please research the funding opportunities at your home university as well.

Double Degree Students:

You have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Please research the funding opportunities at your home university as well.

The Housing Service for Exchange Students can help you find accommodation in Darmstadt (more information). Please note, though, that the housing service cannot guarantee accommodation.

As an owner of a Student ID card, you may use the public transport system of RMV for free (Further information on the validity area – only in German). You may also use the rental bikes (Call a Bike) provided by Deutsche Bahn for one hour without cost after an initial registration.

Furthermore, you are eligible for remaining tickets for shows at the Staatstheater Darmstadt (More information in English) and reduced entrance or special conditions at museums, cinemas and similar establishments.

 

Further Information

 

FAQ for Outgoing Exchange Students

 

Planning your stay abroad

The Department 18 offers 3 programmes: ERASMUS+ for studying abroad in Europe, student exchanges outside of Europe (North and South America, Asia, Oceania) and several double degrees.

In addition, you can apply for exchange programmes organised and sponsored by the State of Hesse (the so-called “Hessen-Massachusetts-Programm”, “Hessen-Queensland-Programm” and “Hessen-Wisconsin-Programm” ) to study abroad. The applications for these exchange programmes are not handled by the Department but by the International Relations Office instead.

You need to have completed at least 4 semesters of your Bachelor’s programme successfully before going abroad. Basically, any student can participate in these exchange programmes once they reached their 5th semester. However, we highly recommend waiting until you are in a Master’s programme as the transfer of credits earned while studying abroad is much easier and more flexible then.

We also recommend studying abroad for an entire academic year.

You need to have completed at least 4 semesters of your Bachelor’s programme successfully before going abroad. In addition, the grade point average (GPA) of the first four semesters must be better than 3.0 (1 = excellent, 5 = failed) and your schedule of studies should not have been delayed too much.

Language skills, of course, are absolutely necessary to study abroad successfully. By the time you go abroad, you must have reached at least the language level UNICERT I either in the language of your country of destination or in English, if the courses offered are held in English. Students who wish to partake in a double-degree programme must present proof of having reached the language level UNICERT II by the time they go abroad.

Your language skills are considered during the nomination process at the Department because the success of your studies abroad depends on sufficiently high language skills. Ideally, you already have the relevant proofs (e.g. official certificates, DAAD language certificates etc. The Language Resource Centre – SPZ also offers language tests) any of which you need to include in your application dossier.

At the latest when applying at our partner university will you need to present the relevant language proofs. Should you wish to study in northern America or Australia, commonly a TOEFEL or IELTS test is requested. Hence, we recommend a timely registration for such a test.

Basically, you can study abroad during your Bachelor’s as well as your Master’s studies. We highly recommend waiting until you are in a Master’s programme as the transfer of credits earned while studying abroad is much easier and more flexible then.

Please note that some programmes and exchange options are only available during a certain period of your studies.

There are numerous funding options and scholarships geared towards studying abroad available ranging from ERASMUS, PROMOS and DAAS scholarships for an entire academic year to country specific scholarships such as the Fulbright (by the Deutsch-Amerikanische Fulbright-Kommission), the Down Under Studienbeihilfe (study allowance by the Förderzentrum Institut Ranke-Heinemann) and the Tongji-Reisestipendien (scholarship by TU Darmstadt for staff and students alike). Please refer to the webpages of the International Relations Office for a scholarship overview. We publish current calls for applications on our webpages in the “News” section.

Experience reports offer a realistic insight into the workings of a specific foreign university, living abroad and usually provide hands-on advice on how best to prepare for such an endeavour, how to open a checking account, how to finding suitable accommodations etc. abroad. We recommend that our students write such field reports upon returning from their stay abroad to help future outgoing students in their decision processes and planning.

Some students of the Department 18 have written experience reports, which you will find here for downloading.

 

Application

First, you hand in your application dossier at the Service Centre (deadline: 30 November of each year). In December, you will be invited for a nomination interview by the Selection Committee of the Department. The Department forwards the nominations and application dossiers pre-selected by the committee to the International Relations Office, which will send a letter of acceptance to you in January / February for signing.

Following the official nomination by TU Darmstadt, you need to apply at the international partner university. You will usually receive these application forms directly from the partner university.

The exact application process is described here for your convenience. We also listed the necessary documents for your application dossier at the Department and summarised our selection criteria for studying abroad.

The Department 18 and the International Relations Office offer several information sessions on studying abroad; please follow the link “Termine” (dates/schedule).

Please note that different application deadlines and processes apply for the programmes offered by the State of Hesse!

As of late, it is also possible to award unclaimed ERASMUS+ places in a second application procedure. The application deadline will be announced in time in the “Aktuelles” (news) section.

On the online application platform, it is possible to name maximum 5 partner universities. Following the application interviews, the Study Abroad Coordinators report 3 partner universities to the Unit International Relations and Mobility.

Fields of study do not have placements for studying abroad of their own. Hence, their students need to check the options offered at the affiliated departments. We recommend applying via the department responsible for your specialisation or covering most of the courses you would like to register for during your stay abroad.

The lists of applicants are forwarded to the Unit International Relations and Mobility by the coordinators of the fields of study.

The Department 01 is responsible for Bachelor’s and Master’s in the Business Engineering degree programme. Please hand in your application there.

The Department 18 nominates you based on technical criteria relating to the partner universities you selected. In case more students apply for the university placements allotted to the department than available, we will create a ranking list. This list will be made accessible to the applicants in December / January.

At the International Relations Office, the final decision on university placements will be made. If an applicant withdraws or if there are vacancies in related departments, students may be able to move up to their first or second choice. Therefore, you will be informed of your official nomination incl. letter of acceptance by the International Relations Office in February / March.

You need to sign and return this letter of acceptance to the International Relations Office within one week of receipt.

 

Accepting achievements completed

Before going abroad, you need to complete a Learning Agreement and have it signed at the Service Centre. This “Learning Agreement” is an agreement between the Department and the student concerning the general admission to the courses the student wishes to enrol in at the partner university while abroad. It is possible to change this selection on site within the first week of your stay.

Upon returning from your studies abroad, you apply for acceptance of your credits earned abroad at the Service Centre. Usually getting your credits accepted in elective areas is easy as long as the courses taken abroad and those offered here are similar in content. A recognition of mandatory courses, however, is only possible if the coursework required abroad is essentially the same as a similar mandatory course in your degree programme here at TU Darmstadt.

You can ask a professor in your field of study to accept your future course achievements abroad in advance. Please use the following form to have these achievements accepted in advance.

Please click here for more information about accepting achievements at the Department 18.

Yes, it is possible to write your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis at a partner university abroad. Apart from the approval of a supervisor at the partner university, you also need a supervisor at TU Darmstadt to accept your thesis in their field of expertise.