EMECS - European Masters programme in Embedded Computing Systems, Erasmus+

January 31, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • United Kingdom
Kaiserslautern, Turin, Trondheim, Southampton


You have earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related discipline? If your ambition is to deepen your expertise and to enhance your career oppor­tunities in the vibrant field of Embedded Systems then you are at the right place. Please take a look at the EMECS course. The European Masters programme in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS) is a two-years Master’s course where each of the two academic years is spent at a different EMECS partner university. The partner universities of our consortium are Technische Universität Kaisers­lautern, University of Southampton, Politecnico Di Torino and Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Our partner universities are leading European research institutions in this field, offering excellent teaching quality and a broad spectrum of study modules to choose from. Additionally, the student mobility between partner universities provides a rich international experience that is vital in a globalized economy.

All EMECS students who have successfully completed the curriculum will

  • have a profound understanding of the scientific underpinning of the Embedded System field
  • be familiar with state-of-the-art architectures of hardware and software systems and how these architectures have different characteristics in different application domains and Embedded Systems ecosystems
  • have competences in creating new architectures for hardware and for system software (operating systems), including new and evolving architectures for Embedded Intelligence
  • be familiar with design methodologies for Embedded Systems
  • have knowledge of design models, languages and techniques for all levels of the design process of Embedded Systems
  • be familiar with the requirements of dependability and security for Embedded Systems and how these requirements are addressed at different levels of the design process
  • have practical skills in the development of embedded software
  • have practical skills in using state-of-the-art computer-aided methods and tools for hardware design, test and verification
  • have hands-on experience in industry-related embedded systems projects.


Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Embedded Computing Systems (Joint Degree or Double Degree)


The core program consists of three study areas:

  • Embedded System Hardware Architectures
  • System Software
  • System-on-Chip (SoC) Design Methodology

The four partner universities have agreed on the contents of these core study areas. All teaching modules of the core program are mandatory to all students and need to be finished within the first year of study at one of the partner universities. The core program guarantees that all students can achieve an equivalent educational level regarding the basic principles of embedded system design and architecture. After completion of the core program, no matter at which partner institution, students will be able to take full profit of the elective program and project activities offered throughout the consortium.


The elective program consists of four study areas:

  • Advanced Topics in Embedded Systems
  • Communication & Signal Processing
  • Automation & Control
  • Microsys­tems
  • Artificial Intelligence

These areas are offered by all partner universities. Each partner university contributes a number of teaching modules to each elective study area. The teaching modules within an elective study area are varying between universities and reflect specific local strengths, special application areas, design methodologies and architectures of embedded systems.

There are no mandatory teaching modules in the elective program. Every student is assigned a supervisor at each of the two partner universities that he or she attends. Based on the elective program an individual study plan is elaborated and mutually agreed on between the student and the supervisors.


The last part of the curriculum during the second year of study is dedicated to a Master’s thesis. A thesis topic can be chosen at any partner institution of the consortium. The Master’s thesis is typically embedded into larger research projects conducted by the local research centres or together with industry. The topic and location of the Master's thesis is determined during the second year of studies.

Student mobility

Graduation requires acquiring a total of 120 ECTS. Every student spends an academic year, two consecutive semesters, at two institutions of the consortium and earns 60 ECTS credits (or more) at each institution. If wished by the student, the consortium frequently supports a third mobility phase during the second year to conduct a master's thesis anywhere in the consortium.

Due to the binding definition of a core program no formal restrictions exist regarding the possible choices and the order of institutions within the consortium. This choice will only be influenced by the individual student's interest and partner profiles. An exception exists, however, for students from the consortium partner countries, Germany, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Students who have received their last degree in one of the consortium partner countries cannot receive a scholarship for studying EMECS in the same country. They must spend at least two study periods in two of the other partner countries. For example, a student who has received a bachelor's degree in Norway can receive a scholarship if he/she pursues the EMECS program at University of Southampton and University of Kaiserslautern.

Applicants can express their mobility preferences in the application form. The consortium will attempt to respect these wishes but may also have to make adjustments for a balanced distribution of students. Each mobility stage will start with an orientation phase that includes a language course in Germany and Norway.

Students choosing mobility between partners TUK, NTNU and UoS will receive a joint degree issued by all three partner universities. The consortium is currently extended to the new partner POLITO. Students including POLITO into their mobility scheme will receive a double degree from POLITO and a second EMECS university, as chosen by the student's mobility path.

Rich international experience

International cross-cultural experience is key to success in today’s job markets. It is imperative to be ”globally ready“ to compete in a constantly changing world economy. By having studied in different countries you prove to employers that you are capable of coping with change and that you can perform effectively in an international setting. Additionally, working as a summer intern can give you better access to the work culture and job opportunities in each country.

TUK, NTNU and Polito offer language courses in German, Norwegian and Italian, respectively. These courses are a great way to expand your horizon and to learn more about the culture of your host countries. Additionally, student bodies at our partner universities regularly organize interesting trips to renowned touristic destinations. We highlight in the following some of the popular student trip destinations at our partner universities.


  • Surrounding cities like Saarbrücken, Heidelberg, and Karlsruhe.
  • Frankfurt and its international airport are about 115 km from Kaiserslautern.
  • Paris which can be reached in 2,5 hours in a direct train from Kaiserslautern.
  • The city of Strasbourg which is around 150 km from Kaiserslautern.


  • Salisbury and the infamous prehistoric monument Stonehenge are just 40 km away.
  • London with all of its attraction is around 130 km away.
  • The Georgian city of Bath which is around 100 km from Southampton.
  • The medieval city of Winchester just 20 km from Southampton.


  • Trolltonga is piece of rock jutting horizontally at a height of about 700 meters.
  • Munkholmen a small island across the shore of Trondheim. It's a popular tourist attraction.
  • Bymarka is Trondheim's main park and offers remarkable skiing and hiking possibilities.


  • Turin is less big and chaotic than Milano or Roma. It is considered as a “green” city, thanks to its many parks, on the River Po banks you can find many historical rowing clubs. The 2006 Winter Olympic Games, have left a great heritage to the city thanks to the restoration and re­build­ing works of the Turin sport structures.
  • Moreover in 2015 Turin will be also the Capitale Europea dello Sport (European Capital of Sport). Turin culture is very important and attractive thanks to its new modern and interactive museums. Strolling around the streets you can really feel the Turin history: among its monu­ments you will find the most important heritage of Risorgimento Italiano. You can go shopping to the city centre or department stores, where there are a lot of international chains and boutiques of the most important local designers. The services are efficient, most people are friendly and generally speaking Turin is a modern city eager to get involved. We are near the Langhe, the Alpi mountains and the sea of Liguria: its convenient position makes it a strategic city where to live!

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Required degree 

  • The applicant must hold at least a B.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or a related program. At the time of application preliminary transcripts are accepted. Final transcripts must be provided upon enrollment.
  • The grade average of the previous study should prove high qualification of the applicant. This will normally be the case for a grade average of ‘B’ or better in terms of the ECTS grading scale. 

English language

  • Applicants need to prove that they have sufficient fluency in English. We normally ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each competency. This corresponds to a TOEFL result with a score of about 600 paper-based/250 computer-based/95 internet-based test. For information on accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.
  • The proof of English proficiency is required even when the language of instruction for the previous education was English. However, for nationals of countries listed under this link the proof of language proficiency is waived.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • Taking the GRE test is recommended but not mandatory. The GRE code number of the University of Kaiserslautern is 7143. 

Motivation letter

  • The applicant must show that he/she is well motivated for the Embedded Computing Systems programme by writing a short letter of motivation of about one page.

Recomendation letters

  • The application must be supported by two letters of recommendation from university professors or employers.


Deadline: January 31, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:


The student scholarship for the EMECS programme includes:

  • A scholarship tuition waiver: this covers the costs for programme tuition plus health insurance
  • A monthly living allowance amounting to 1,000 EUR for the entire duration of the EMECS programme (24 months): this allowance is dedicated to covering your living costs while studying in EMECS
  • A contribution to travel and installation costs: this is meant to support your travel and settling at an EMECS location (e.g., flight airfare and visa fees).

The amount varies and is computed individually based on your country of residence.

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