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Communications and Multimedia Engineering (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Communications and multimedia technologies have experienced rapid growth over the last few years and have attained high economic importance worldwide. This progress is mainly driven by theoretical achievements based on highly complex mathematical concepts and algorithms, and by the application of modern abstract methods. Numerous examples can be found in fields such as digital speech, audio and video coding, digital transmission and communication networks.

In many cases, small groups of young researchers with outstanding intellectual and creative abilities combine their efforts and drive technical progress to market success. With this in mind, CME wants to provide you with a solid basis for achieving your individual goals. The four-semester curriculum starts in the winter semester and includes a thesis which is written over a six-month period.

During the first two semesters, the focus is on broadening and deepening your basic theoretical knowledge and establishing clear links with its application in communication and multimedia. The third semester offers ample opportunity to pursue individual interests by choosing from a broad spectrum of elective modules. Finally, the Master's thesis allows you to apply the knowledge you have gained to highly topical challenges in research and development.

All modules are taught in English and do not require prior knowledge of the German language. Nevertheless, acquiring knowledge of German is essential in order to open the door to a career in the local area. German language courses are therefore an important component of the CME curriculum.

With Germany being one of the most productive industrial economies, engineers are always in high demand. Demographic developments and the ever-growing demand for young graduates familiar with the latest technologies in communications and multimedia result in plenty of job openings with attractive salaries for CME graduates. Aside from traditional employers in the communication industry, CME students can expect to find numerous opportunities in industries whose competitiveness greatly depends on embedded information technology, such as medical technology, energy systems ('smart grids') or the automotive industry. The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region also has many major players in all of these fields.

What is CME?
  • A four-semester Master's degree programme in engineering taught in English
  • Designed for students with a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, communication engineering, computer science, applied mathematics or physics
  • Emphasising the fundamental concepts of advanced communications and multimedia
  • Paving the way to research and advanced development at world-class academic institutions and in industry in the areas of audio, multimedia and communications
  • Providing intensive language training in German to open the door to a career in the local area
  • German-speaking students could take soft skills courses instead of German courses.

The CME Master's degree programme follows on from Bachelor's and Diplom degree programmes with a focus on information and communication technology. It leads students to cutting-edge research and development in the core areas of communications and multimedia technology and related interdisciplinary topics. The programme structure complies with internationally recognised Master's degree programmes and meets the requirements for qualifying graduates for subsequent doctoral studies. The four-semester curriculum starts in the winter semester and includes a thesis which is written over a six-month period. All modules are taught in English and do not require prior knowledge of the German language.


Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester

  • Statistical Signal Processing
  • Digital Communications
  • Information Theory
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Lab courses
  • Technical electives
  • Soft skills, languages

2nd semester:

  • Mobile Communications
  • Image and Video Compression
  • Speech and Audio Signal Processing
  • Lab courses
  • Technical electives
  • Soft skills, languages

3rd semester:

  • Research placement
  • Seminar
  • Non-technical electives
  • Lab courses
  • Technical electives
  • Soft skills, languages

4th semester:

  • Master's thesis

Essential information:

  • two-year full-time postgraduate degree programme (4 semesters)
  • 120 ECTS credits, including 30 ECTS credits for the Master's thesis

Study guide for students

Why should you choose CME?
  • You want to gain an insight into the underlying principles of current communication and multimedia technologies
  • You want to apply solid theory to achieve solutions relevant for practical applications
  • You want to connect with major players in the field of audio technology, medical systems, and mobile and optical communications
  • You like an international environment and want to familiarise yourself with the local culture
Prerequisite knowledge
  • Engineering mathematics: linear algebra, complex analysis, linear differential equations, Fourier transform, Laplace transform, z-transform
  • Signals and systems (textbook such as Oppenheim/Willsky, Discrete-time Signals and Systems)
  • Communications (textbook such as Haykin, Communication Systems)
  • Stochastic signals (textbook such as Pillai/Papoulis: Probability, Random Variables, and Stochastic Processes)
  • Software: C/C++, MATLAB
Application and admission

The application and the admission procedure is organised into several steps:

Step 1 (Deadline: 15 March/15 May)*

Please send us all of the required forms (download) and scanned copies of the following documents via e-mail

  • your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • your secondary school leaving certificate and university entrance certificate (certified English version)
  • your university certificates and transcripts of records (certified English version)
  • TOEFL score report or other proof of English-language education (e.g. IELTS or Medium of Instruction Certificate)
  • APS certificate (Chinese citizens)
  • GRE test results (if applicable)
  • certificates for English or German language courses or tests (if applicable)
  • recommendation letters from two of your academic teachers that have known you well

to the following e-mail address:. Before submitting your application documents please read the application instructions (download) carefully.

Selected applicants will be invited for a face-to-face or video interview. The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and serves to assess the applicant's background and motivation for studying the CME degree programme.

Step 2 (Deadline: 15 July)

After the screening process, you will be informed whether you have been selected for admission to the CME degree programme. If so, you will be asked to submit your formal application documents via the online application portal for Master's degree programmes at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

*The first deadline is for students who have to apply for a visa before arriving in Germany

International Students
  • Tuition fees: At FAU tuition fees have been abolished since the winter semester 2013/14. Students have to pay 127 euros for student services.
  • Visa: Before coming to Germany you need to check the visa requirements for your particular case. For further information please see the visa information provided by DAAD.
  • Work permit: If you are interested in increasing your financial resources by working in Germany, you should consult this page to find out how to obtain a work permit.
  • Health insurance: In Germany you will generally need to be covered by health insurance. Several major insurance companies have branch offices in Erlangen, such as Techniker Krankenkasse. For more information on the types of insurance offered and your eligibility you should consult the international office at the Faculty of Engineering or FAU's Central Office for International Affairs (RIA); Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg also offers helpful advice.
  • Scholarships: CME does not currently offer full scholarships. Interested students can apply for scholarships via organisations such as DAAD or BAYHOST. See also the scholarships page on the Faculty of Engineering's website.
  • International students at FAU: The official university website offers practical information for prospective students.
Bachelor's degree required
  • electrical engineering
  • communication engineering
  • computer science
  • applied mathematics or physics
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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: English
Admission: Qualification assessment
Size: (25-49 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering