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Systems Engineering


Nowadays, many technical and engineering products are equipped with electrotechnical and automation components. Subsequently, the significance of control software is increasing to such an extent that interdisciplinary cooperation between the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science has become indispensable; today's technical systems must be conceived from the outset as integrated systems (software/hardware co-design). Thus, there is not only increasingly a need for graduates of individual disciplines to obtain supplementary qualifications in order to make the cooperation feasible, but also a demand for a separate generalised qualification in interdisciplinary systems development.
The master´s programme Systems Engineering targets and enrols students who have outstanding competences and gravitated towards natural science subjects and subjects in engineering and technology.

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The master´s programme Systems Engineering is carried out by the three faculties:

  • Faculty 01: Physics / Electrical Engineering,
  • Faculty 03: Mathematics / Computer Science, and
  • Faculty 04: Production Engineering – Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering (leading faculty).

  • Thus, this master´s programme offers qualifications in the three main disciplines: electrical engineering, computer science and production technology, allowing students to study interdisciplinary and providing them a wide overview of technical systems. Due to the fact that this programme defines four specializations, students are given the opportunity to gain a very specific knowledge in one or more areas of:
  • automation and robotics,
  • embedded systems and system software,
  • mechatronics, and
  • production engineering.
  • A master´s programme is already research-oriented. In Systems Engineering, every specialization may be completed in the (optional) “Research Deepening (See PDF) field of study that has even a greater focus on scientific work and research, proving students with the opportunity to gain basic knowledge in scientific work during their master´s studies.
    For more information about the curriculum, the specializations and the courses see under Structure.

    Systems Engineering graduates are awarded with the title Master of Science, M.Sc.
    The Master´s studies qualify for admission to doctoral studies and further career steps in a scientific and research-oriented working environment.
    Some of the possible fields of activity after graduation are:
  • Industrial companies (for example mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or vehicle technology such as motor vehicles, aircraft, ships): development / construction, technical EDP / organization, production (production / assembly / quality assurance), management;
  • Authorities and associations: TÜV, VDI, VDE, BG;
  • Services: Engineering offices, business consultancy, insurance;
  • Self-employment / entrepreneur;
  • Science / Research: University Research, DLR, Fraunhofer, AWI;
  • Teaching: university, college, schools.
  • The master´s programme Systems Engineering has a standard course length of 3 semesters (90 CP). In the first semester students choose their specialization out of the four offered:
  • automation and robotics,
  • embedded systems and system software,
  • mechatronics, and
  • production engineering;
  • of which every may be studied in a field of study “Research deepening with a greater focus on scientific work. The modules Research project, Research foundations, and Masterthesis with a written assignment in the form of a publication (see the course schedule) compose this field of study.

    Stages of study
    The programme is structured as follows:
  • 3 Integration Modules (20 CP) in which students gain basic knowledge to continue their studies in the chosen specialization area,
  • the area of competence (24 CP), in which students get deeper knowledge relevant for the chosen specialization,
  • the area of complementary knowledge and skills (18 CP), in which the students get knowledge that is not the basic knowledge in their chosen specialization,
  • the module Masterthesis (28 CP).
  • The modules are composed of different courses and lectures. Within a module, the courses and lectures are declared as compulsory and elective. A list of lectures and courses offered in the current semester can be found here.
    In addition to the classical course forms (e.g. lectures, exercises, laboratories), great importance is placed on team-oriented working methods and on independent scientific work, which is emphasized above all in the master's program in the field of study "Research Deepening".

    A practicum as well as a general studies area is not an obligatory part of the master´s programme Systems Engineering.
    The master programme can be completed in German. Apart from the modules “Research project and “Research foundations, students have the opportunity and choice to attend a selection of courses. Since this is offered, the language of instruction (English or German) is defined by the individual choice of courses.

    The course schedule

    Site Name The module schedule and sequence is a recommendation only; modules can be attended in a different order.

    Research projects –current offer
    In the master's program Systems Engineering, students have the opportunity to actively participate in research projects as part of their curriculum. Each semester, a number of research projects are offered.
    The currently offered research projects are listed here.

    Admission regulations
    admission regulations (“Aufnahmeordnund, in German)
    Regulation for German language proof and certificates („Ordnung über den Nachweis deutscher Sprachkenntnisse an der Universität Bremen“, in German)

    Course schedule
    Course schedule _ 2018
    Course schedule _ 2015

    Module Description:
    Module description _ 2018 (“Modulhandbuch begleitend zur MPO 2018, in German)
    o Module description _ 2015 and 2012 (“Modulhandbuch begleitend zur MPO 2015 bzw. 2012, in German)

    Examination Rules:
    Examination Rules of the University of Bremen („Allgemeine Prüfungsordnung der Universität Bremen“, in German)

    Examination Rules of the Master´s studies Systems Engineering 2018 (“Fachspezifische Master-Prüfungsordnung_ MPO 2018, in German)
    New from April 2019: Änderungsordnung zur Masterprüfungsordnung 2018 (Modified Regulation)
    Regulation to change into the 2018 programme („Äquivalenztabelle des Wechsels in die MPO 2018, in German)

    Examination Rules of the Master´s studies Systems Engineering 2015 (“Fachspezifische Master-Prüfungsordnung_ MPO 2015, in German)
    Examination Rules of the Master´s studies Systems Engineering 2012 (“Fachspezifische Master-Prüfungsordnung_ MPO 2012, in German)

    External thesis
    Regulations regarding thesis outside Faculty 04 (“Externe Abschlussarbeiten in Fachbereich 04, in German)

    Infobroschüre
    Info-Flyer about the Programme Systems Engineering published by the Central Student Advisory Service (“Infobroschüre der Zentralen Studienberatung, in German
    Flyer for Students („Flyer für Studierende“, in German)
    Forschungzentrum Bürogebäude (FZB)
    Badgasteiner Str. 3
    28359 Bremen
    with site plan

    Study programme advisor
    Dr. Stefan Patzelt
    Sprechzeiten: Mo-Fr nach Vereinbarung
    Phone: +49-421-218-66325
    E-Mail: patzelt@uni-bremen.de

    Examination´s office
    Geschäftsstelle und Prüfungsamt
    Rabea Blanck
    Phone: +49 (0)421-218-64992

    Students´committee and union
    Students´committee Systems Engineering: StugA SE - Studentische Vertretung im Studiengang
    Building IW 1+2, Raum 1310
    Phone: +49 (0)421-218-64783
    E-Mail: stugase@uni-bremen.de
    Online office hours: Every Friday in odd calendar weeks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - discord.gg/4MywKx3

    (general) Student union: Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss (AStA)
    www.asta.uni-bremen.de

    Contact person for the for Specializatios
    Automation and Robotics
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner
    E-Mail: kirchner@informatik.uni-bremen.de
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Michels
    E-Mail: michels@iat.uni-bremen.de
    Embedded Systems und System Software
    Prof. Dr. Ute Bormann
    E-Mail: ute@informatik.uni-bremen.de
    Mechatronics
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nando Kaminski
    E-Mail: nando.kaminski@uni-bremen.de
    Produktion Engineering
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Carsten Heinzel
    E-Mail: heinzel@iwt.uni-bremen.de
    The admission for the Master´s programme Systems Engineering is without restriction. Application are accepted via: www.uni-bremen.de/master.html.
    Students can start the programme every semester: in the winter- and summer semester respectively. For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement. The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current document with the admission regulations: “Aufnahmeordnung.

    Presentation for freshmen: Master_SE-InfoPPT.pdf.

    Students enrolled in the master´s programme Systems Engineering should sign in for the “Masters Systems Engnieering-group via Stud.IP to receive all information regarding their current studies. Group name (in German): „Master Systems Engineering (WiSe 2017/2018 - unbegrenzt)“

    The course catalogue for the ongoing semester can been seen here: Vorlesungsverzeichnis der Universität Bremen / The Unversity of Bremen´s Course Catalogue.