M.Sc. On Campus

Smart Systems

Furtwangen University

18 months
3000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Smart Systems are devices which make autonomous decisions using information collected through sensors and relay the information using an appropriate actuator. Security aspects, reliability, miniaturization, energy consumption and intelligent data processing, all play a decisive role. The program is delivered by Furtwangen University.


To find appropriate solutions, the smart system and its environment have to be considered as a whole (systems strategy). Examples of the first smart systems developed are those used in plant maintenance systems, intelligent implants in medical technology and in the intelligent reaction to sensor data, for example in automatic procedures in the automotive sector.

The Smart Systems degree programme at Furtwangen University equips you with the knowledge and skills required in this interdisciplinary field bringing these together in a systematic approach. To successfully plan, design, simulate, program, produce, test and maintain smart systems, a solid grounding is essential in several of the following areas: control engineering, simulation, microelectronics, microsystems technology, sensors and actuators, optical electronics and encryption. Successful solutions to problems result from the connection of the various disciplines, each of which has its own procedural strategies.

Close involvement with R&D work means students can not only see and take future developments into consideration, but can actually shape them themselves.

This 3-semester postgraduate course teaches cutting-edge specialist knowledge with a strongly international outlook. The programme is supported with outstanding labs (clean rooms). In the area of Microsystems Engineering, the programme offers the possibility to take a doctorate through our cooperative PhD programme with the University of Freiburg.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Signals and Systems
  • Components and Devices 
  • Smart Medical Systems
  • Integration
  • Simulation
  • Scientific Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, German
IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A certified copy of  first academic degree
  • Curriculum vitae in German
  • Letter of motivation in German. The essay should be at least one, but no more than two, typewritten A4 pages in length.
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Copies of other relevant documents, if available, e.g. letters of references from employers

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 18 months.

Living costs for Furtwangen im Schwarzwald

630 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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