For Prospective Students


ASC stands for Advanced Signal Processing and Communications Engineering and is a new Master's programme that addresses students who want to specialize in this field.

ASC focuses on interdisciplinary concepts that are fundamental for advanced technologies in the areas of signal processing and communications. Besides information theory, coding, and statistical signal processing, these are machine learning, optimization, and game theory. Students deepen the broad interdisciplinary scope of these topics choosing various areas of specialization.

The ASC programme is based on bachelor and diploma programs with focus on information and communication technology. The programme structure complies with internationally recognized master programmes and meets the requirements for subsequent doctoral studies. The four-semester curriculum starts in winter. All courses are taught in English and do not require prior knowledge in German language.

Selected mentors guide the students in composing their own curricula tailored to their individual interests and career goals.

The four-semester curriculum starts with a kick-off seminar right before the winter semester which allows students to get in touch with the professors and each other before the start of the programme. The study programme includes three research projects, one of them being the six-month master thesis. 

A winter school complements the scientifc education with soft-skills, in general, and project and people management and business development, in particular.

A summer school prepares the students for the research-based training in the 2nd year of the programme. Furthermore, students can opt for participation in various events organized by the Elitenetzwerk Bayern.

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 latest technologies lead to plenty of openings with attractive salaries for ASC graduates.

Aside from the traditional employers in the communication industry, ASC students can expect to find numerous opportunities in those industries whose competitiveness greatly depends on the embedded information technology, such as medical technology, energy systems (‘smart grids’), or automotive industry. The metropolitan area including Erlangen-Nürnberg has many big players in all these fields: Alcatel-Lucent, Audi, BMW, Deutsches HörZentrum Hannover, Dolby Germany GmbH, EADS, Ericsson, Huawei, IAD, Institut für Rundfunktechnik, Intel, NTT, Sennheiser, Shure, Siemens, etc.

The co-operation of FAU and the Fraunhofer IIS (“Home of MP3“) makes Erlangen a world-wide leader in audio and multimedia technologies.

Interested students who meet the prerequisites should apply by April 15.