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Martina Waldner
Martina Waldner
Senior Program Consultant

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erik Sax
Program Director
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eric Sax

Head of Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV), KIT

Prof Nickel
Program Director
Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel

Head of Institute of Operations Research (IOR), KIT

ASIIN Accredited

Master in Electronic Systems Engineering & Management (ESEM)

Embedded systems are the basis for innovations in all areas of our daily life – in business and in privacy. They are the keyplayers in systems for e.g. autonomous driving, safety alternative propulsion and Industry 4.0. Mechatronics, electronics & software - the need for a holistic approach in those technologies is the challenge for engineers and innovation processes in industry.

Hot Topics in ESEM

Hot Topics in Embedded Systems Engineering

  • Cyber Physical Systems under the aspect of industry 4.0
  • Systems Life Cycle Processes (from Waterfall to Scrum)
  • Automotive Standards & Applications (autonomous driving, alternative drivetrains and more)
  • Data Communication Topologies and Technologies
    (e.g. CAN,
    Flexray or wireless/car2x)
  • Worldwide Release & Configuration Management
  • Testing 2.0 (beyond classical HiL)
  • Security & Safety (according to ISO26262)
  • Process Maturity Level Assessments (CMMI, SPICE)

Content Summery

Content Embedded Systems Engineering

Engineers for embedded systems need to master mechanics, electronics, and, increasingly, – software. In this program, professionals will learn state-of-the-art know-how on the complete process of embedded systems engineering. They will get used to new and already established methods (e.g. V-model, OO, agile) and learn more about maturity models and upcoming standards (CMMI, SPICE, ISO 26262), tools and techniques for model-based development (e.g. Matlab, SysML), rapid prototyping, simulation based validation (PROVEtech) and HW/SW synthesis (including AUTOSAR) will be introduced. Components for realisationdata communication technologies and the final integration complete the story.

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The content of the Master Program is divided into 10 modules:

5 Engineering Modules addressing technological topics, and 5 Management Modules providing general leadership know-how.

Engineering Modules Management Modules
  • Processes, Methods & Tools
  • Components of Electronic Systems
  • Data Communication Technologies & Systems
  • Implementation & Component Realization (Hardware/ Software)
  • System Integration & Validation of Electronics Systems
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  • International Project Management
  • Finance for Executives
  • Management Accounting, Marketing and Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law & Contracts
     More information

Target Group

Target Group

Professionals working in the development, production or integration of embedded systems within the following industries:

  • Automotive suppliers and manufacturers
  • Railway industry
  • Software industry
  • Measurement technology industry
  • Semi-conductor industry
  • Industrial automation


Career Perspectives

Career Perspectives

A world without electronic and embedded systems is not imaginable any more. Whether in cars, mobile phones or energy systems: electronic systems and components are crucial for the viability and development in many essential areas of life. The master program Electronic Systems Engineering & Management covers the demands in this vital field and prepares high potential professionals for the challenges of today and the future.

What ESEM Alumni say

Alumni Voice Embedded Systems Engineering

„For me it was an effective way to gain an overview of the development areas of embedded systems and disciplines surrounding them (...). Also the view in the future activities regarding new technologies and contacts to key persons of one of the elite universities in Germany are essential factors that will help me in the future in my decision making processes.“

Armend Zenuni, HECTOR School Graduate ESEM
Endress+Hauser GmbH+Co. KG

Alumni Voices on Youtube

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


  • University degree in a relevant subject
  • Professional experience (at least 1-2 years) & current employment
  • English proficiency

Detailed description of all admission requirements

Program Structure

The Master Program is splitted in 5 Engineering and 5 Management Modules of 2 weeks, each over a period of 15 months. The modules are followed by a master thesis written in the company (ESEM: 9 months) and often used as a innovation project for the company. The overall duration is approx. 20 months.


Academic Calendar Intake 2017


HECTOR School Timetable Intake 2017_2018

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HECTOR School Campus

HECTOR School Campus

The HECTOR School modules take place in Karlsruhe on the campus of the International Department. It contains seminar rooms, accommodation facilities and is situated directly next to the KIT campus and in the center of the city.


KIT Campus & Infrastructure

KIT Campus

As the Technology Business School of the KIT, the HECTOR School benefits from the extensive university infrastructure of the worldwide renowned research and educational institution.

KIT Teaching Quality

KIT Campus 2

The HECTOR School offers top-level teaching derived from state-of-the-art research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Numerous institutes and departments of the KIT are involved in the HECTOR School Master Programs ESEM: