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MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany: Complete Course Guide

Komal Yadav Komal Yadav
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MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany is a 2 - 3 year graduation course offered by about 23 universities under various specializations. The cost of studying this course is roughly between 112 - 3117 EUR for the top 10 universities. Students with a 4 year bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or similar fields of study can apply for this program in universities of Germany

  • Cost of living in Germany may add up to 874 EUR on a monthly basis which can be covered by 20 hours of work allowance. 
  • Students who wish to pursue MS in Electrical Engineering from German universities are required to have a minimum 6.0 or 7.0 score in IELTS or 72 - 88 score in TOEFL. 
  • The average salary after completion of MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany is 51,000 EUR annually. 

Why Study MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany?

Top-notch quality of education at zero or low tuition fee makes Germany one of the most sought after destinations for higher education by international students. With 426 world-class universities, this country attracts about 380,000 international students each year. It is home to 6 out of 100 top universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Studying in Germany has numerous benefits such as:

  • The research focused education system in Germany is among the best in the world, just after the United States and the United Kingdom. 
  • As a technology-driven country with exceptional scientific advances, some of the leading international brands are german. The job opportunities for anyone looking to settle post-graduation are tremendous. 
  • One has the opportunity to work closely with popular companies for better research and experience. Students can acquire the skills needed to perform well after landing a job. 
  • Germany offers a variety of degrees for electrical engineering students which allow candidates the flexibility to choose the course of their liking. Some universities even offer distance education or part-time programs (eg, University of Duisburg-Essen). 
  • The number of engineers in Germany is higher than any other country in the EU, making it an ideal destination for engineering students in any discipline. 
  • Most German universities are state-funded (public), which means that tuition fee is not applicable. 
  • Low cost of education however does not affect the quality by any means. 

Highlights

Duration2 - 3 years
Eligibility4 year bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or similar fields of study.
Course fee112 - 3117 EUR per year
Average salary51,000 EUR per annum
Job ProfileElectronics engineer, engineering technician, computer hardware engineer, mechanical engineer
Type of Recruiting OrganisationsColleges and Universities, IT Companies, Power Companies, Petrochemical Companies, Research and Development Organizations
Similar fields of studyComputer science, mechanical engineering, electromechanical engineering

Top Universities for MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany

Following are the top colleges and universities for pursuing MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany: 

Name of institutionQS News Ranking 2020Course Fee/year (EUR)Program Offered & Duration
Technical University Munich55135MS Green Electronics; M.Ed Electrical Engineering & IT; 2 years
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology1243117MS Electrical Engineering & IT; 2 years
Technical University Dresden1791039MS Organic & Molecular Electronics; 2 years
Ulm University3403117MS Electrical Engineering; 2 years
Ruhr University Bochum432685MS Electrical & Information Engineering; 2 years
University of Bremen521 - 530724MS Electrical Engineering & IT; 2 years
University of Duisburg-Essen601 - 650FreeMS Electrical Engineering & IT; 2 & 3.5 years
Paderborn University-1000MS Electrical Systems, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering (major in Electrical Engineering); 2 years
Technical University Ilmenau-112 EUR in first semester and 96 in the following semesters.MS Electrical Power & Control Engineering, Electrochemistry & Electroplating, Electrical Engineering & IT; 1.5 years
University of Kiel-FreeMS Electrical Engineering & IT; 2 years

MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany: About the Course

MS in Electrical Engineering covers a wide range of topics such as systems and control, bioelectrical studies, circuits, device functioning, electromagnetics, signal processing and photonics. Reasoning and analytical skills are highly advantageous to excel in this field. 

Graduates of this discipline can work in a variety of work environments that includes developing new technologies, designing electrical components, conducting research work, and working in the field of telecommunications. 

Though the exact topics covered differ from one institution to another, here is a semester wise breakdown of what you can expect to learn during your term.

Semester 1
Dynamic Systems and Control/ Advanced Power System Analysis/ Machine Modelling and Analysis;
Power Electronic Devices & Circuits/ Discrete-Time Control Systems;
Advanced Mathematics
Semester 2
Advanced Design Techniques in Control/ EHV AC Transmission/ Power Electronics Control of AC and DC Drives;
Design and Research Methodology
Semester 3
Power System Simulation Lab/ Power Electronics and Drives Simulation Lab/ Control System Simulation Lab;
Thesis
Semester 4
Thesis;
Internship programs with various industries

Admission Process of MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany

Where to Apply: Every university has its own portal for accepting masters applications.

When to Apply: Application deadline for most of the German universities for masters program lies in July or May.

Eligibility for MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany Admission

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or equivalent field
  • Aptitude test (for some universities)
  • Proof of English proficiency

Minimum score required in English proficiency test for some of the universities is provided below:

CollegeMinimum English Proficiency Requirement
Technical University MunichTOEFL (iBT): 88;
IELTS: 6.5
Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyTOEFL (iBT): 88;
IELTS: 6.5
Technical University DresdenTOEFL (PBT): 550;
IELTS: 7
Ulm UniversityIELTS: 7;
TOEFL (iBT): 95
Paderborn UniversityIELTS: 6.0;
TOEFL (iBT): 80
University of Duisburg-EssenIELTS: 6.5
Technical University IlmenauTOEFL (iBT): 79;
IELTS: 6.5;
TOEIC: 800
Ruhr University BochumTOEFL (PBT): 600;
IELTS: 6.0
University of KielIELTS: 6.0;
TOEFL (iBT): 72
University of BremenTOEFL (iBT): 95
IELTS: 7

Visa Process for International Students

German student visa is mandatory for Non-EU nationals who wish to pursue their education in Germany You will need a national visa which costs 75 EUR (6256 INR) permits you to obtain a resident permit to stay in the country. 

The processing time is about 25 days. The rules for German work visas are relaxed evident from the fact that almost 70% of students stay back post-graduation. The checklist for German visa includes:

  • A duly-filled application form and a cover letter stating the purpose and duration of your stay
  • A valid passport
  • Two recent photographs
  • Acceptance letter from a German university
  • Transcript of academic record
  • A German language proficiency certificate or proof that you intend on pursuing a language course in Germany (PhD applicants and Erasmus Mundus Scholarship holders are exempted.)
  • Proof of valid private or public health insurance
  • Declaration of the authenticity of documents submitted
  • May also need proof of not having any criminal record and/or free of certain diseases.
  • Proof of your economic status to study in Germany (EUR 8,700 per year)

Cost of Studying MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany

Students planning to study abroad have to pay three types of expenses: Pre-arrival Cost, Tuition Fees and Cost of Living.

Pre-arrival Cost

Students looking to pursue higher education abroad must bear some pre-arrival or one time charges like air ticket, visa, application charges, exam charges, and others. The total cost comes to about 3664 EUR which is roughly around 297350 in Indian currency. 

Type of expenditureCost in EUR
Visa fees65
Airfare3227
GRE192
TOEFL160
Tuition fee  of MS in Electrical Eng. in Germany

Cost of Living in Germany

The total expenditure of living in Germany mostly includes expenses like renting a place, food and grocery, travel, and health insurance. While studying, students are allowed to work part-time (20 hours each week) during which they can earn an additional 900 EUR to fund their living expenses. During vacation, students are given full-time work permits. Here’s a cost estimate breakdown to help you plan your budget accordingly.

Type of ExpenditureMonthly Cost (Euro)
Food168
Travel94
Internet31
Learning resources like books20
Rent, electricity, and other utilities323
Entertainment61
Health insurance80

Scholarships for MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany

Despite the low tuition fees, semester charges do apply in German universities. Coupled with living expenses, the overall cost may not be easy to bear. However, Germany offers a number of scholarships for international students to fund their studies. The scholarship amount depends on your academic performance and economic background ranging from USD 172 to 943/month for 12 months. 

Top scholarships across Germany are DeutschlandStipendium National Scholarship Programme (Germany Scholarship Program) and DAAD Scholarship Programs (Government-Funded Scholarships in Germany). Some of the most popular scholarships international students can are discussed below.

Scholarship EligibilityAmount per month (in EUR)
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) 2 years of work experience and have completed a bachelor’s degree.850 
Heinrich Boll Foundation ScholarshipsScience or engineering undergraduates who have completed at least two years of study.850 
DeutschlandStipendium National Scholarship ProgrammeSocial commitments, admission at JGU, and personal achievements300 
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships International candidates who want to pursue (masters/doctorate) at a German university.850 
RISE Germany - Research Internships in Science and EngineeringScience/ engineering students who completed their bachelor’s degree.778 

Job Prospects after MS in Electrical Engineering in Germany

With a master’s degree in electrical engineering, one can draw a salary of 13,300 EUR per month, which is 93% more than someone with a Bachelor's degree makes on average. Employees in this field can expect a pay raise of 12% every 17 months. 

The table below shows the average pay scale of electrical engineers irrespective of their degree:

Job roleAverage Monthly Pay (in EUR)
Electrical Engineering Manager13,000 
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist10,900 
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler10,200 
Energy Engineer11,600 
Engine Assembler7,320 

MS in electrical engineering prepares you to work mostly in the manufacturing industry. As Germany is highly industrialized and one of the leading countries when it comes to technological advances of all kinds, the job prospects for engineers are blooming. 

Students can expect to earn multiple times more in this country compared to what they would in India. With dozens of universities offering this course for lower costs compared to other countries with similar quality of education like the US, UK, or Canada, Germany undoubtedly stands out when it comes to offering world-class education.

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