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Prospective Students

Why study Electrical Enineering or Computer Science?

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (ETI) at the University of Siegen covers a very broad spectrum of subjects. The wide range of courses on offer makes it easy for you to choose your ideal orientation within the framework of your studies. In addition, the number of lecturers per student is excellent in Siegen, which means you will receive outstanding support throughout your studies.

Both the study of electrical engineering and the study of computer science open up a wide-ranging field of work. The boundaries between one field of work and another are fluid - many former students have changed fields several times throughout their careers. Areas of activity range from basic research and development through sales, marketing and consultancy services to management. The right task can be found here for every personality.

In keeping with the diversity of the tasks, practical requirements also vary widely. While you will certainly need a sound understanding of the basics of technology, you will also need the ability to work in a team as well as requiring flexibility and good negotiating skills. These days, almost everyone works with partners from other countries, both within the company and elsewhere. Consequently, English is one of the prerequisites for becoming a successful engineer.

For engineers, conditions on the labour market are excellent. Even in times of recession, engineers and computer scientists are in demand. The knowledge and skills of our graduates are the capital of the future, and no company can afford to dispense with them. For an engineer/computer scientist, pursuing a successful career is not a problem: the road is open to them, even into the executive board of large companies such as Infineon.

The information on this website is for reference only and to provide an outline of academic courses in Siegen. Needless to say, we cannot show you everything here. Talk to people you know, friends who study in Siegen and graduates. You can find information about past students on our alumni website. For those who want to know in details what the study programme looks like, you can contact the Examination Office to find out about study and examination regulations, consult the University’s Central Student Advisory Office or make enquiries with the depatment’s Student Council representatives.

Prerequisites for studying

To be admitted to the Bachelor’s or Diploma degree programmes, students must have a general higher education entrance qualification, a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or must have completed a course of secondary education recognised as equivalent. Applications should be submitted to the Student Secretariat (Studierendensekretariat). Applicants holding “Fachhochschulreife” or equivalent are subject to an admitssion procedure (Studying without a high school graduation diploma). These applicants must prove their adequate general education in the subjects German, English and Mathematics:

  • by an average grade of 2.7 or better in the Fachhochschulreife certificate (entrance qualification for studies at a university of applied sciences
  • or by a grade of 2.0 or better in the respective subject in the Fachhochschulreife-certificate of the Fachhochschulreife (entrance qualification for studies at a university of applied sciences)
  • regarding English: proof of attaining level B1 of the European Reference Framework (e.g. KMK certificate)
  • or by passing aptitude tests in the three subjects. Corresponding courses are offered by the university and must be completed before the start of studies.

Applicants without a higher education entrance qualification must also provide evidence of vocational training and a relevant professional qualification in a specialized interview.

Prerequisites for a Master's programme

Admission to a Master's programme in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Siegen is open to anyone who holds a relevant university degree qualifying for a profession or an equivalent first degree qualifying for a profession. For example, this could be a Bachelor of Science, technical college diploma or a diploma from the short-term study programme of a comprehensive university (D1). In cases of hardship and for foreign students, the examination board decides on admission to the Master's programme. For further information, see the page “Applying for Master's programmes”.

Enrollment in a Bachelor's degree

Please contact the Student Secretariat directly for details on enrollment. There are no admission restrictions for degree programmes. Please povide your last school report and proof of health insurance. The Student Secretariat will provide further information on enrollment deadlines, opening times and location.

Careers for engineers / computer scientists

Modern electrical engineers and computer scientists cover a huge field of activity. In contrast to earlier operating areas, development is not an engineer’s only area of responsibility – these days, practically everything from basic research to management is covered. The requirements are just as varied, with so-called "soft skills" becoming increasingly important. As modern products are developed in interdisciplinary teams, competencies such as teamwork, communication skills and the ability to tackle complex, non-scientific issues on a flexible basis are becoming noticeably more important.

Typical areas of activity are:

  • Research

    Capitalizing on research and scientific findings provides the basis for innovative future products. Engineers and computer scientists are active in various interdisciplinary fields which results in the realization of new nano-electronic components for future computer and communication systems, for example, as well as new components for medical or biotechnological applications, or regenerative energy and intelligent automotive technologies.

  • Development

    In development, the combination of existing and newly researched technologies and their further involvement ensures their integration in new products. These activities are sophisticated and challenging. Normally, research only takes up a fraction of the cost of product development with the largest portion of the cost being attached to the development process. This is because numerous aspects have to be ensured, e.g. functional reliability, feasibility and optimization. For example, the manufacture of a microprocessor requires more than 350 individual steps, all of which must be executed faultlessly in order for it to function correctly and reliably over a long period.

  • Sales

    Sales offers many interesting fields of activity for engineers. In most cases, it is not simply a matter of determination and optimization of prices, which is usually done by businessmen. It is much more a matter of technical distribution, which requires sound knowledge of a product and its area of application. Consider, for example, a power plant or the sophisticated IT infrastructure of a large company: such complex “products” necessitate lengthy interaction between buyer and seller to eliminate all technical and logistical obstacles, and to develop an ideal solution.

  • Marketing

    In monitoring the market, marketing strives to forecast which products will be needed in the future. This leads to the identification of strategies to be implemented by developers. Technical expertise is indispensable in this area.

  • Consulting

    Owing to their technical expertise, many engineers and computer scientists find interesting jobs in management consulting. This encompasses services in maintenance and the administration of complex systems.

  • Management

    Many companies rely on engineers in management. Any specific task requires a team and a team leader. Within a fixed group, responsibility for staff is quickly assigned and thus the first step into management is taken. Engineers can be found on the boards of many companies, both large and small. For example, the management board of Infineon AG consists almost exclusively of engineers.

Doctorate and Habilitation

The successful completion of an academic degree - i.e. a diploma degree (8 + 1 semesters) or a Master’s degree - is the prerequisite for a doctorate. The course of studies should have been completed in the same subject as the doctorate, e.g. a doctorate in electrical engineering with a degree in electrical engineering. If this is not the case, additional examinations must be taken to ensure the equivalence of knowledge.

A doctorate requires you to be able to work independently in a field of research and to perform and document work there that drives research forward. Autonomy is the key feature here.

A written thesis and an oral examination conclude the doctorate. Experience shows that the time required for a doctorate is between 3 and 6 years. See here for further details on the formal procedure.

Current vacancies, in particular positions for research assistants with the possibility of a doctorate, can be found here.

Habilitation is the next step for anyone who is interested in becoming a professor at a scientific institution. The prerequisite for habilitation is a doctorate. A habilitation confers the right to conduct one’s own academic teaching. To retain this right, the person concerned is obliged to offer a lecture. Further details can be found in the Habilitation Regulations.