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The master degree course Computer Engineering enables you to combine the areas Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The fused exploration of software and hardware qualifies you for a future career in these fields. Since this course is heavily research-based, it provides you with the ability to autonomously analyse problems in hardware/software systems and solve them by applying academic methods.
Restricted admission means that there is a limited number of places available in the degree programme (NC = numerus clausus = closed number). As a rule, there are more applicants than places, therefore a selection procedure is used.
Free admission means that there are sufficient places available in the degree program. All applicants therefore receive an acceptance letter and are guaranteed enrollment if all enrollment requirements are met (e.g. aptitude tests, language tests or internships).
The Examinations Board shall determine compliance with these requirements.
Accepted certificates include: TOEFL iBT 80 points, TOEFL paper & pencil 550 points, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English grade B or British Council IELTS, minimum band 6.5.
Please note: for international applicants, a GRE Revised General Test (at least 157 points in „Quantitative Reasoning“ and at least 4.0 points in „Analytical Writing“) or a very good or good CGPA in the Bachelor program are required for admission.
You can find all details about deadlines and your next steps on the general Paderborn University Application Information websites.
Please check the admission requirements in advance and also consult our departmental website.
Please note: As an international applicant you have to apply via the uni-assist online portal, which allows you to submit your application electronically. Before registering, please check whether you meet the admission requirements and it is essential that you contact the International Office.
Computer Engineering is a field of studies with an internationally reputable and recognized profile and job outline. In the prescribed 4-semester study period and with a total performance of 120 ECTS, students acquire a degree whose contents and scope match international standards. This degree programme includes mandatory modules, elective modules and focus area modules, in which you choose the direction of your expertise.
Besides completing mandatory modules in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, students specialize in one of the following focus areas:
The program also includes a two-semester project group, where teams of about six to twelve students work on an advanced research and development project and practice professional and social skills. The module scientific work style includes research-oriented seminar work and prepares students for their Master‘s thesis. The Master‘s thesis is related to the chosen focus area and lasts a full semester.
Unsere Universität ist eine weltoffene Hochschule, die sich auch im Themenbereich Gender und Diversity klar positioniert hat.
Die Universität Paderborn setzt sich seit vielen Jahren aktiv für Chancengleichheit, eine geschlechter- und familiengerechte Arbeitskultur sowie die Einbeziehung von Genderfragen in Forschung und Lehre ein. Für ihre Gleichstellungsstrategien wurde sie wiederholt ausgezeichnet, so erhielt sie bereits mehrfach die Zertifizierung „audit familiengerechte hochschule“ und das „Total E‑Quality-Prädikat“. Im Jahre 2009 wurde sie darüber hinaus mit dem Genderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen für das beste Gleichstellungskonzept ausgezeichnet.
Wir sehen in der Diversität unsere Studierenden die Chance für mehr Kreativität und Entwicklung. Gerade in den ingenieurwissenschaftlichen Disziplinen ist kreatives Denken ein Motor für eine zukunftsfähige Wissenschaft, die sich immer neu erfindet. Wir arbeiten mit internationalen Partnern über den ganzen Globus zusammen und leben eine weltoffenen Wissenschaftskultur. Die Geschlechtergerechtigkeit ist in unserer Fakultät eine Aufgabe die wir aktiv wahrnehmen und zur Mitarbeit auffordern. Jedes Jahr entwickeln wir neue Angebote, die uns dabei Fördern und Fordern sollen.
Ein wichtiges Ziel besteht dabei in einer im Alltag gelebten Kultur der Familienfreundlichkeit; hierzu zählen u.a. Maßnahmen für eine bessere Vereinbarkeit von Studium bzw. Beruf und Familie, wie z.B. das FamilienServiceBüro. Weiterhin organisiert und veranstaltet die Initiative „Frauen gestalten die Informationsgesellschaft“ unterschiedliche Angebote für Schülerinnen im Bereich Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik (MINT).
Für eine klare Definition des zusammen Arbeitens hat die Hochschule die Richtlinie „Partnerschaftliches Verhalten an der Universität Paderborn“ entwickelt, die bereits seit langem eine wichtige Grundlage bildet und gelebt wird.
A semester abroad can be of great benefit to your professional and personal development. We offer a wide variety of exchange programmes in cooperation with universities all over the world. Because of this cooperation, you benefit from the fact that you do not have to pay tuition fees at our partner universities (which otherwise can be very high, especially in North America, the United Kingdom or Australia). Oftentimes, we are even able to offer cost compensation for your travels. Depending on which university you choose, we have a programme representative that can act and answer questions on the universities' behalf. Exchange programmes and contact partners can be found on the website of the International Office.
There is no mandatory internship. Nonetheless, we strongly recommend you to make use of an opportunity of gaining professional experience through a voluntary internship in the time in between terms or during a semester of leave.
Maybe one of our other courses suits you better?
There’s far more to studying at Paderborn University than just your degree course. Those thirsty for knowledge, those seeking discussion and debate and all those looking for something new can, for example, benefit from the opportunity to learn a new language or build on their existing language skills at the university’s Centre for Language Studies or brush up their software skills on a doIT course. IMT:Media offers dedicated media workstations on which you can give your creativity free reign, while the university’s wide and varied sports programme ranges from Aikido to Zumba. Or why not get involved with the university’s radio station L’UniCo or its “universal” magazine or join one of our multitude of project groups or initiatives.
A regular programme of plays and shows performed by our University Drama Group, poetry slams and readings, our big band and university choir are just a few examples of the diverse cultural activities and events on offer at Paderborn University. One particular highlight is our AStA (German General Students’ Committee) summer festival: Up to 15,000 people each year attend what is probably Germany’s largest outdoor campus festival, to enjoy the summer party vibes to the beats of a host of local student bands, plus well-known headliners on a number of stages.
Almost all of Paderborn University’s buildings are located on campus, with ample green spaces for relaxing and plenty of places to eat: “Mensa Academica”, “Mensa Forum”, “Grill | Café” and “Caféte”, as well as “Lädchen”, our small campus kiosk. Everything is within easy reach, within just a short walking distance. Our library is also centrally located, and a great place to study, thanks to its handy opening hours.
If you’d like to live on or close to campus, you can apply to Paderborn University’s Student Union for a place in university accommodation. You can also find private accommodation to rent, both near the university and city centre and in Paderborn’s various residential areas though the usual housing portals.
Students who need or wish to work alongside their degree should easily be able to fit a part-time job around their studies. A scholarship or BAföG federal student grant or loan are further options to help you fund your course and living expenses.
We have the right contact point for every question and concern. Our advice and service centres, for example, are on hand to answer any questions you may have about your academic or research work, applying for your dream job, funding options and much more.
Our university is a cosmopolitan university, with a clear gender and diversity policy. We have been actively promoting equal opportunities and a gender and family-friendly work and study culture for a number of years now. This includes helping students achieve a better study-life balance and supporting students with health issues.
The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)
We support prospective students in their choice of studies and in their decision to study. In addition, we advise students in all phases of their studies, especially in phases of reorientation.
Academic Advisors Electrical Engineering
Student Council Electrical Engineering
Please apply for this program, regardless of your nationality, via the Uni-Assist Online Portal, if you don't have a German University Entrance Qualification.
If you don't have the German citizenship, but have received your university entrance qualification from a German school inside or outside of Germany (= Bildungsinländer*innen), apply for the program directly at the online portal PAUL of the admissions office. (Please initially supply a grade of 4,0; follow further instructions by email after registration in the online system.)
Service Centre for Studying with Disabilities
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