Master Information and Communications Engineering (ICE)

Branch of Study Autonomous Systems and Robotics (ASR)

Contents of the degree programme

The Master’s degree programme Information and Communications Engineering builds on and develops skills acquired in the course of a Bachelor’s degree, as Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Telematics, or Informatics. The Master’s degree is international in its orientation and is therefore taught entirely in English. In addition to offering broad fundamental knowledge, the branches of study allow students to gain in-depth qualifications for the development and use of modern information and communication technologies.

The branch of study Autonomous Systems and Robotics serves to provide an academic education and qualification for professional activities in the development and operation of autonomous systems, which interact with their environment through mechatronic components, as well as covering the required scientific insights and methods. The course content encompasses both sound theoretical principles and practically relevant methodology. In addition, the degree programme offers opportunities to acquire skills in areas of specialisation, for instance in the fields of autonomous robotics, driving assistance systems, self-driving vehicles, networked sensor and actuator technology, networked control technology and intelligent production systems.

Fact Box

Duration: 4 semesters
ECTS: 120
Level of qualification: Master’s degree programme
Degree: Diplom-Ingenieurin/Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) (Austrian university degree comparable to Master of Science)
Prerequisites: Yes
Entrance examination: No
Language of instruction: English

Study objectives

Building on fundamental principles from the fields of Sensor and Actuator Technology, Robotics, and Control Systems Engineering students completing the branch of study Autonomous Systems and Robotics are well-equipped to

  • identify and understand new problems.
  • improve concepts and methods from the field of Information Technology.
  • recognise technological paradigm shifts.

Students have the opportunity to further enhance their training by selecting areas of specialisation in various technical fields:

  • Autonomous Systems and Robotics (Autonomous Robotics, Automation Engineering, Intelligent Traffic and Transport Systems)
  • Networks and Communications (Sensor Networks, Digital Signal Processors, Wireless Networks)
  • Informatics (Artificial Intelligence, System Security, Human-Machine Interaction)
  • Mathematics (Stochastic Processes, Data Analysis, Optimisation)

Admission to the degree programme

The admission to the degree programme must take place before the end of the extension period (winter semester: 9 July to 30 November | summer semester: 8 January to  30 April).


Admission for foreign applicants

The admission to the degree programme must take place before the end of the general period (winter semester: no later than 5 September | summer semester: no later than 5 February).



Bachelor’s degree programme Information and Communications Engineering or a degree programme of equivalent academic value at another post-secondary educational institution.

English language level C1

Programme structure


Required  subjects
Autonomous Systems and Robotics: Fundamentals 12
Electives Autonomous Systems and Robotics: Advanced 30
Information and Communications Engineering: Supplements 18
Technical Complements 12
Soft Skills 12
Options 6
Master thesis
incl. exclusive research seminar 30
Total 120

Practical training

To reinforce the practical and research experience as well as the problem-solving skills, students can complete a practical placement (worth 6 ECTS credits) as part of the elective subject “Soft Skills”. During the research or industrial placement, which must last at least 2 months, students work on a project, defined in advance, under the expert supervision of a university lecturer. The industrial placement can be completed in a company, with a public administrative body, a non-profit organisation, or a non-university research institution.

Periods of study abroad

It is principally recommended that students spend at least one semester abroad. Provided that the equivalence can be established, examinations successfully completed at foreign universities can be recognised in the place of examinations prescribed by the curriculum. The period abroad should be scheduled to take place after the courses in the compulsory subjects have been successfully completed. It is further recommended that students obtain a “pre-notification” from the programme director before commencing the period abroad.

Erasmus+ and Joint Study programs and the good relations of your professors allow students to study at numerous partner universities in Europe and across the globe.

Careers and occupational profiles

Graduates of the Master’s degree programme are qualified for a wide range of professional activities, for instance in the development or product management for technical systems

  • for automotive manufacturers and suppliers
  • in automation engineering
  • in microelectronics
  • in consultancy services
  • and in medical technology

The branch of study Autonomous Systems and Robotics also offers the opportunity to acquire specialised expertise, for example in the following areas:

  • autonomous robotics
  • driving assistance systems
  • self-propelled cars
  • networked sensor and actuator technology
  • networked control systems engineering
  • intelligent productions systems
  • automation engineering
  • intelligent traffic systems

What our graduates say

Dipl.-Ing. Melanie Schranz, BSc

„In choosing a degree programme, it was important for me to find one that not only opened the way into the business world, but also managed to capture my full attention throughout. The combination of Electrical Engineering, Informatics, and Business makes the Information and Communications Engineering degree programme absolutely unique.“

Dipl.-Ing. Melanie Schranz, BScGraduate

Continuing your studies

Upon successful completion of the Master’s degree programme Information and Communications Engineering, students can continue their studies in the Doctoral degree programme.

Specialist courses

Within the scope of the options and in accordance with the respective curriculum, students can receive credits for individual courses or for entire modules from other subject areas.

Term dates & deadlines

Winter semester 2019/20

General admission period:
9 July to 5 September

Extended admission period:
6 September to 30 November

To the academic year

Term dates & deadlines

Summer semester 2020

General admission period:
8 January to 5 February 2020

Extended admission period:
6 February to 30 April 2020

To the academic year