The extensive developments in microelectronics over recent decades have triggered a digital revolution where computers take center stage. While we still think of a computer as a desktop or a laptop, digital computing and digital signal processing have become vital for many of the products in our everyday life such as cars, mobile phones, tablets, cameras, household appliances, and more. The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program focuses on the areas of communications and digital signal processing, including the enabling digital processing elements and their programming. Those enabling technologies are mostly subsumed under the headline of embedded systems.
Job description and job opportunities
High demand for EE and ECE engineers with excellent job and career options in Germany and worldwide:
A recent survey by a German engineering association showed high demand for Electrical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering engineers. Currently, inside Germany alone, there are twice as many positions than graduates, hence, ample job opportunities.
Highly qualified Jacobs University graduates with best employment perspectives:
Higher demands for ECE engineers are to be expected. This is partly due to general economic trends but especially related to unusually low student numbers in recent years. Especially, due to rapid developments, fundamental principles and cross-boundary knowledge become increasingly important. In addition, the required qualification profiles and personal attitudes differ for academic versus industrial careers. The ECE program at Jacobs University responds to all of these conditions for a successful career through the flexibility of the program and the trans-disciplinary education. Jacobs University ECE graduates start their careers in very diverse companies, successfully continue at renowned universities, or stay with Jacobs University for graduate education or a PhD.
Our graduating students start their career paths in the leading companies or research centers:
Career paths after graduation are very diverse. Jacobs ECE alumni work in the aerospace industry, telecommunications, the automotive and energy sector, and in the field of information technology, in academia, at research centers, in management, and in consultancy, even in finance. Having checked exemplary career paths of 75 former Jacobs ECE students, we found an enormous manifold of companies, research centers, and universities, where our alumni went or are currently working. It starts from well-known big companies, like Bosch, Continental, Deutsche Telekom, E.on, Ericsson, Google, Infineon, Intel, Nokia Bell Labs, Texas Instruments, Volkswagen, midsize ones, like Kapsch, Hirschmann, OHB, Rohde & Schwartz, to numerous small ones and start-ups like DSI, Snips, to consulting companies like McKinsey, Business Technology Consulting, Deloitte, financial institutions like PricewaterhouseCoopers, OpenLink Financial, even to companies like Fresenius and Proctor and Gamble, that would not come to mind immediately as typical workplaces for ECE graduates. Interestingly, also after intermediate further education steps or employments in other countries, a high percentage of alumni have found their long-term home in Germany and also Bremen.
Excellent track record for successful Master and PhD career paths:
Further graduate education that our students chose, is also covering a wide spectrum. Graduates have been accepted by universities like TUM, EPFL, ETH, Univ. of Edinburgh, KTH, Eindhoven, KU Leuven, Louvain, Politecnico di Torino, Berkeley, Rice, UCSD, Jacobs University itself. After PhD, some of our students followed research paths at universities and research centers, like Fraunhofer, DLR, OFFIS, some are already teaching as professors or lecturers. A few earlier students already received prestigious industrial and research awards, like Forbes 30 under 30 and the Donald P. Eckman Award. In line with the high demand for engineers, all ECE graduates successfully found employment. Likewise, they were able to easily adapt at many graduate schools as the preparation during Bachelor’s had already covered contents of graduate modules to the advantage of our students.
Individual Career planning and coaching as well as study abroad and internship offerings:
Already during their studies the Jacobs University Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Alumni Office, and, of course, faculty itself, help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high-quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, business etiquette, and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Furthermore, the Alumni Office helps students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.
The ?rst study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. ECE Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 30 CP will be from their intended major.
Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.
ECE students take the following CHOICE modules (22.5 CP):
- CHOICE Module: General Electrical Engineering I (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: General Electrical Engineering II (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Module: Programming in C and C++ (7.5 CP)
Further, they can choose between the modules:
- CHOICE Module: Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Applied Mathematics (7.5 CP)
In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speci?c CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.
ECE students take 45 CP from the following CORE modules:
- CORE Module: Signals and Systems (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Digital Signal Processing (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Communications Basics (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Electromagnetics (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Electronics (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Wireless Communication (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Information Theory (5 CP)
- CORE Module: PCB design and measurement automation (5 CP)
The first two years of the ECE program offer a rigorous theoretic foundation together with lab experiments that illustrate the principles practically and already show the programming of digital signal processors, printed circuit board design, and advanced measurement tools and procedures. The theoretical education with corresponding labs covers analog and digital circuitry, deterministic and random signal processing, probability and information theory, and communication. Signals covered start from DC and single sinusoids and move over to general deterministic or random functions and also specific ones like audio, speech, and video, enabling students to treat them with the corresponding mathematical and algorithmic tools. Different transmission media are characterized, be it wireline or wireless, and the suitable transmission methods and algorithms are covered together with them. The education in the first two years provides a solid foundation enabling students to do internships in research environments and professionally contribute to industrial projects.
During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.
The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.
ECE students take 15 CP of major-specific and major-related Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.
ECE students choose 15 CP from the following Specialization Modules:
- Specialization: Wireless Communication II (5 CP)
- Specialization: Coding Theory (5 CP)
- Specialization: Digital Design (5 CP)
- Specialization: Radio-Frequency (RF) Design (5 CP)
The third year exposes students to advanced topics giving also the chance to already pick graduate level modules, such as protocol aspects and coding theory, also rounds up the knowledge with radio frequency engineering aspects and the programming of FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays).
Admission to Jacobs University is selective and is based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, self-presentation, and performance on required standardized tests. Students admitted to Jacobs University demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, intellectual creativity, and the desire and motivation to make a difference in the world. Please note that there is no application fee.
Fees & Finances
We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that a Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.