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Communication Systems and Networks (Master's program) – How to Apply

Are you considering applying to the Master's program in Communication Systems and Networks? This page provides you with relevant information on the admissions process.

At a Glance

Category Description
Program Communication Systems and Networks 
Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) 
Type of program Full-time program 
Beginning of program Winter and summer semester 
Program duration 3 semesters  
Credits 90 ECTS credits 
Language of instruction primarily English  
Campus Deutz Campus 
Restricted admission No 
Please note International double degree possible  More
Accreditation Internal accreditation based on institutional accreditation standards, until Sep 30, 2025 
Flyer Print all info as PDF  More (pdf, 145 KB)

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree
Successful applicants hold an undergraduate degree in a suitable scientific or technological field with a minimum of 210 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The minimum required grade is 2.3 (German grading system) or equivalent. The undergraduate degree is to provide the technical and specialist knowledge required to pursue the Master's program.

A degree program is deemed suitable if it includes modules from the fields of mathematics, physics, electrical engineering and computer science worth at least 110 credits.

If applicants do not meet all requirements stated above, they can only be admitted under the condition that they make up for missing prerequisites before registering for the Master's thesis. To do so, they are required to take certain courses at Bachelor's level. This is usually the case if an applicant has an undergraduate degree worth less than 210 credits or if less than 110 credits were obtained in a suitable field.
Nature and scope of these conditions are individually determined by the Examination Board based on the courses taken in the undergraduate program. Admission to the Master's program will be denied if the applicant has obtained less than 80 credits in the core fields stated above or if he/she fails to meet the requirements regarding the minimum required grade.

Applicants participate in a selection procedure. The supporting documents submitted with the application are reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria:

a) Subjects covered during pervious university education and their relevance for the Master's program

b) Previous grades and coursework

c) Academic and professional career so far

d) If applicable: Professional experience and it's relevance for the Master's program

e) Personal motivation to enroll in the Master's program

Applicants with foreign degrees obtained outside of Germany please follow the information on admission requirements and German language proficiency.

Applicants who have not yet graduated from a suitable undergraduate program may be admitted and enrolled if they proof at the time of application that the are

- are less than 30 credits away from graduating, i.e. if they have accumulated at least 150 out of 180 credits in a 6-semester program or 179 out of 210 credits in a 7-semester program. If applicants have accumulated less than the above stated number of credits, the examination board will decide on a case by case basis. Additionally: 

- a current grade average of 2.3 or better

In such cases, applicants are required to submit proof of their graduation with a final grade of 2.3 or better by the end of the re-registration period for the 2nd semester. Failing to do so will result in their removal from the register of students.

Please note: Should a candidate meet these criteria only after the application deadline has passed, his/her application cannot be considered.
English language proficiency

Applicants need to submit evidence of their English language proficiency:

- paper-based TOEFL (550 points)
- computer-based TOEFL (213 points)
- internet-based TOEFL (80 points)
- IELTS (band score: 6.5)
- equivalent evidence of English language proficiency
- prior enrollment of at least one year in a university program with English as language of instruction
- prior schooling of at least one year with English as language of instruction
- completion of a suitable degree program which includes courses in "Technical English" worth at least 3 credits. This specifically includes the degree programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at TH Köln.
- Native speaker of English

Students need to provide evidence of their English-language proficiency by the time of application for the Master's program.

Proof of German language proficiency
Students may only opt for profiles which include modules taught in German if they have passed the German Language Proficiency Test for Admission of International Students (DSH 2) or if they obtained their Higher Education Entrance Qualification at an institution where the language of instruction is German.
Detailed motivational letter

Information for Applicants

a) Application process for
- German applicants
- Applicants with a German undergraduate degree

Applications are submitted through TH Köln's online application platform.

Online Application Platform

Applications for the winter semester can be submitted through our Online Application Platform starting in May of each year and for the summer semester starting in december of each year (subject to change).

Information on the documents which are to be submitted with your application is available in our online application platform.

Application deadline for the winter semester 2021/2022: July 31, 2021

b) Application process for
- Applicants from EU or EEA member states and their spouses with a foreign undergraduate degree obtained outside of Germany
- International applicants with an undergraduate degree obtained within the EU or EEA
- International applicants who did not obtain their undergraduate degree within the EU or EEA but hold a Higher Education Entrance Qualification (HEEQ) from an EU or EEA country

You are required to apply to uni-assist

Applications for the winter semester can be submitted through  uni-assist starting in February and for the summer semester starting in September of each year (subject to change).

Please note the information on the application process through uni-assist.


Application deadline for the winter semester 2021/22: June 30, 2021
c) Application process for
- International applicants from outside the EU or EEA who obtained their Higher Education Entrance Qualification (HEEQ) as well as their undergraduate degree from a country outside the EU or EEA

You are required to apply to uni-assist.

Applications for the winter semester can be submitted through uni-assist from early February to late March and for the summer semester from early September to late October of each year (subject to change).

Please note the information on the application process through uni-assist.



Applicants who have not graduated yet from their undergraduate program may participate in the admissions process if they can submit proof (at the time of application) that they will have graduated by the end of September 2021 (September 30, 2021) with a grade of 2.3 (German grading system) or better.

If all other admission requirements are met they will be offered admission under the condition that they graduate from their undergraduate program with a minimum grade of 2.3 (German grading system).

Please note that applicants who have been offered conditional admission may encounter difficulties when applying for a student Visa.
We thus strongly recommend to apply only once you have graduated from your undergraduate program

Application deadline for the winter semester 2021/22: March 31, 2021

Please carefully read the following FAQ for international applicants and students of the Master's program in Communication System and Networks:

FAQ - Communication Systems and Networks