What is ASC?

  • A 4-semester Elite Master’s programme within the „Elitenetzwerk Bayern” (Elite Network of Bavaria) taught in English for highly qualified students that aim for higher career goals.
  • Designed for outstanding students with Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related disciplines.
  • Focusing on fundamental concepts for advanced technologies in the areas of signal processing and communications such as: information theory, coding, and statistical signal processing, machine learning, optimization, and game theory.
  • Students deepen the broad interdisciplinary scope of these topics choosing from various areas of specialization.


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ASC - Advanced Signal Processing and Communications Engineering

ASC stands for Advanced Signal Processing and Communications Engineering, and it is a new Master’s programme for students who want to specialize in this field.

The ASC programme is designed for students with bachelor degree focusing on information and communication technology. Its diploma is recognized internationally and meets the requirements for subsequent doctoral studies. The four-semester curriculum starts in winter. All courses are taught in English and do not require prior knowledge in German language.

The program emphasizes on fundamental concepts of modern technologies in the areas of signal processing and communications. Moreover, through hands-on experiments and research projects, students can build a solid understanding in one or more of the technical subjects, including information theory, statistical signal processing, machine learning, optimization, and game theory.

In addition, we also have a special mentoring program. Students can choose a mentor professor according to their interested field of study. Selected mentors will then help the students structuring their own curricula that are tailored to individual interests and career goals.

The four-semester curriculum includes three special events. A kick-off seminar right before the winter semester, a winter school held between the first and second semester, and a summer school held before the third semester. The kick-off seminar allows students to get in touch with the professors and each other before the start of the program. The winter school offers training on soft-skills, such as project and people management and business development. Lastly, the summer school prepares the students for the research-based training by working on scientific projects in a team. In addition to the events offered by the programme, students can opt for participation in various events organized by the Elitenetzwerk Bayern.

Germany has one of the most vibrant manufacturing industries in the world, and engineers are always in high demand. There are plenty of jobs available for ASC graduates in the communication industry, as well as any industry that utilizes embedded system or information technology, such as medical technology, energy systems (‘smart grids’), or automotive industry.

Advantageously, there are many big companies located in the Erlangen-Nürnberg area, Alcatel-Lucent, Audi, BMW, Deutsches HörZentrum Hannover, Dolby Germany GmbH, EADS, Ericsson, Huawei, IAD, Institut für Rundfunktechnik, Intel, NTT, Sennheiser, Shure, Siemens, to name a few. The co-operation of FAU and the Fraunhofer IIS (“Home of MP3“) makes Erlangen a world-wide leader in audio and multimedia technologies.

ASC-students are closely connected, and will benefit from the strong connection and networking for more opportunities. With the combination of our rigorous coursework, research opportunities, and abundant job resources, our students will be well-equipped to succeed in their study and career.