Microsystems Engineering is one of the most dynamic and interdisciplinary engineering fields. The Master of Science program in Microsystems Engineering (MSE) provides the educational basis for your success in this field. The MSE program is designed for highly qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor degree in engineering or science.
In the first year 12 mandatory courses provide the fundamental theoretical framework for a future career in Microsystems. These courses are designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base in the most important aspects of the field:
• MSE technologies and processes • Microelectronics • Micro-mechanics • MSE design laboratory I • Optical Microsystems • Sensors • Probability and statistics • Assembly and packaging technology • Dynamics of MEMS • Micro-actuators • Biomedical Microsystems • Micro-fluidics • MSE design laboratory II • Signal processing
As part of the mandatory courses, the Microsystems design laboratory is a two-semester course in which small teams of students undertake a comprehensive, hands-on design project in Microsystems engineering. Requiring students to address all aspects of the generation of a microsystem, from conceptualization, through project planning to fabrication and testing, this course provides an essential glimpse into the workings of engineering projects.
In the second year, MSE students can specialise in two of the following seven concentration areas (elective courses), allowing each student to realize individual interests and to obtain an in-depth look at two sub-disciplines of this very broad, interdisciplinary field:
• Circuits and systems • Design and simulation • Life sciences: Biomedical engineering • Life sciences: Lab-on-a-chip • Materials • Process engineering • Sensors and actuators
Below are some examples of subjects offered in the concentration areas. These subjects do not only include theoretical lectures, but also hands-on courses such as labs, projects and seminars.
Circuits and Systems • Analog CMOS Circuit Design • Mixed-Signal CMOS Circuit Design • VLSI – System Design • RF- und Microwave Devices and Circuits • Micro-acoustics • Radio sensor systems • Optoelectronic devices • Reliability Engineering • Lasers • Micro-optics • Advanced topics in Macro-, Micro- and Nano-optics
Design and Simulation • Topology optimization • Compact Modelling of large Scale Systems • Lattice Gas Methods • Particle Simulation Methods • VLSI – System Design • Hardware Development using the finite element method • Computer-Aided Design
Life Sciences: Biomedical Engineering • Signal processing and analysis of brain signals • Neurophysiology I: Measurement and Analysis of Neuronal Activity • Neurophysiology II: Electrophysiology in Living Brain • DNA Analytics • Basics of Electrostimulation • Implant Manufacturing Techologies • Biomedical Instrumentation I • Biomedical Instrumentation II
Life Sciences: Lab-on-a-chip • DNA Analytics • Biochip Technologies • Bio fuel cell • Micro-fluidics 2: Platforms for Lab-on-a-Chip Applications
Materials • Microstructured polymer components • Test structures and methods for integrated circuits and microsystems • Quantum mechanics for Micro- and Macrosystems Engineering • Microsystems Analytics • From Microsystems to the nano world • Techniques for surface modification • Nanomaterials • Nanotechnology • Semiconductor Technology and Devices
Sensors and Actuators • Nonlinear optic materials • CMOS Microsystems • Quantum mechanics for Micro- and Macrosystems Engineering • BioMEMS • Bionic Sensors • Micro-actuators • Energy harvesting • Electronic signal processing for sensors and actuators
Essential for the successful completion of the Master’s degree is submission of a Master’s thesis, which is based on a project performed during the third and fourth semesters of the program. Each student works as a member of one of the 18 research groups of the department, with full access to laboratory and cleanroom infrastructure.
After completing my Bachelor's degree in computer engineering, I wanted to continue my education, acquiring the best possible intellectual tools for addressing real-life engineering problems, the kind of problems where standard and known solutions are no longer useful.
The structure and organisation of the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) in Freiburg is unique. The numerous laboratories cover virtually all the fields in microsystems. The high academic quality, the excellent technical facilities, the extensive library: all these combine to form an environment which allows Master's students to study at the technological and frontiers edge of knowledge. The programme and the faculty in Freiburg are such that students feel cared for and learn all they need for their future research careers.
Aside from my rigorous training, I have enjoyed every moment I have spent in this wonderful city, an amazing place in summer or winter!
After obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I wanted to learn more about MEMS technology. there are many universities in Germany, but I chose Freiburg, since it has one of the largest MEMS research institutions in Europe. The facilities and the library are excellent and the large variety of research groups means that any aspect of MEMS technology can be addressed.
During my first year, I took many courses on the fundamentals of MEMS, including mechanics, optics and sensors. No matter in what area of MEMS you specialize, in-depth knowledge is essential, and that is what I received here. There are numerous practical courses, such as the cleanroom laboratory, which gave me hands-on experience. In my second year, I was able to choose some concentration courses in areas in which I was interested; those were well-organized and essential for my future career.
In addition, Freiburg is a very beautiful city with clean air and a comfortable climate. On a sunny day, you can go hiking in the Black Forest or have a barbecue with your friends. I believe everyone who comes to study here will enjoy Freiburg.
Bachelor Degree in Engineering or Science
Recipient: University of Freiburg
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