Analytical Instruments, Measurement and Sensor Technology

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In a Nutshell

Master program:
Analytical Instruments, Measurement and Sensor Technology (AIMS)
Master of Engineering (M. Eng.)
Program structure:
4 semester fulltime
Program start:
winter semester (September 15th) in Coburg;
summer semester (February 24th) in Shanghai (for Chinese students only)
A bachelor’s degree in engineering or natural sciences with above average result, proven proficiency in English, professional experience of one year
accredited by ASIIN
Language of instruction:
Deadline for winter semester: June 30th
for German students: August 31st
Tuition fees:
3,500 EUR per semester, reduced 2,000 EUR (only for students from USST Shanghai)
Program director:
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lindner


In modern industries, sensor technology is becoming increasingly important as a key technology. Companies are searching for qualified employees in this field. The curriculum of our program leads to wide-ranging knowledge and important soft skills as well as international experience with one study semester taking place in Shanghai.

The master's program in Analytical Instruments, Measurement and Sensor Technology (AIMS) combines the specialties of two universities: Coburg University as a specialist in sensor technology with its Institute of Sensor and Actuator Technology, and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) as a well-established and full-fledged multidisciplinary university with the College of Optical, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The program is internationally oriented and open to German and Chinese students as well as students from other countries. As all of the courses are taught in English, German or Chinese language proficiency is not required. However, German and Chinese language courses are integrated in the curriculum.

Structure of the Program

The duration of this full time study program is two years (four semesters). The first two semesters are theoretical coursework at both universities: Summer semester takes place in Shanghai and winter semester takes place in Coburg.

In the third semester of the program, students complete a three-month internship: German students complete their internships at companies in China, and Chinese and international students at companies in Germany.

In their fourth semester, students prepare their master’s thesis either in a company, a research institute or a research laboratory.

Additional short summer schools focus on innovative developments in technology and applications in industry with lectures from experts from universities as well as from industry. The venue will be selected on the occasion. Locations to be considered may be Nuremberg in connection with the sensor fair, Shanghai or another international hub.

Curriculum & Examination Regulations

The objective of the program is to provide students with the theoretical background in the methods and technologies used in the field of the study program as well as to train them to apply these methods and technologies within different practical projects. Throughout the program, participants have the opportunity to further their academic and practical experience, as they work with industrial and scientific partners in Germany and China or other foreign countries.

The engineering program primarily focuses on principles and applications in the fields of measurement devices and procedures such as sensor technology, computer based measurement technology, analytic instruments, nanometrology, optoelectronic sensors and digital signal processing. Language training and intercultural soft skills complete the program. Laboratory exercises, projects and computer assisted lectures provide additional support for effective learning.

After successfully completing the study program including the master’s thesis at the end of the fourth semester, the master degree “Master of Engineering (M. Eng.)” will be awarded. In general, participants will obtain a degree from Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Students from USST may obtain an additional degree from USST, which is still to be approved by Chinese authorities.


description of all classes

examination regulations

Units in Shanghai

  • Photoelectric Detection explains the principles, characteristic properties, structures and applications of semiconductor optoelectronic devices for detection of optical radiation. Particular emphasize is put on the construction of different devices and their specific use in the fields of detection and fiber-optic communication.
  • Nanometrology imparts basic knowledge of nanotechnology, e.g. the nanomaterials and molecule-based devices, carbon nanotubes and nanowires and applications with respect to measurement techniques in the nanometer range, e.g. scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).
  • Digital Signal Processing equips students with tools that enable them to design and analyze most digital signal processing systems. The components of digital signal processing systems considered here are used to process signals which are discrete in time and in amplitude. Examples: Discrete Fourier transforms, digital filters and multirate systems.
  • Electives; e.g.: Silicon Sensor, Automotive Electronics, Medical Imaging Technology, Design of Experiments, Interferometric Testing.

Units in Coburg

  • Computer Based Measurement Technology provides the students with the skill to analyze demanding tasks in the field of computer based measurement and test technology, to design concepts for their solutions and to implement them in a timely and cost efficient manner using contemporary software tools. Furthermore, the students learn the basics of computer-based data acquisition, networking, measured data evaluation and processing. The course covers important concepts of instrument interfaces, VISA (virtual instrument software architecture) and data recording using DAQ boards.
  • Sensor technology describes the workings of passive and active sensors, oscillators, propagation paths as sensors and micro and nanoscale sensors. It also focuses on different sensor principles, their applications as well as limitations. The current trends in sensor technology and the ability to integrate different sensors into a measurement system are also covered in the course.
  • Mathematical Data Analysis provides the mathematical basis to analyze measurement output. It focuses on detailed knowledge of mathematical approaches of data analysis of time series measurements. Furthermore, understanding of mathematical foundations of systems modelling is given.
  • Electives, e.g.: Flow Measurement in Waste Water Systems, Chemical Sensors, Risk of Investment in Emerging Technology, Methods of Instrumental Analysis, Microacoustic Sensors, Microoptical Sensors, Computer Simulation, Scientific Documentation and Reporting

Language Courses

Students of this program are required to take foreign language courses as part of the curriculum in their first and second semesters. Depending on the students’ previous knowledge, various levels are offered.

Chinese language courses for German participants:

  • Fundamental course: first semester, 4 contact hours per week + individual learning (6 ECTS)
  • Advanced course: second semester, 4 contact hours per week + individual learning (6 ECTS)

German language courses for Chinese and other international participants:

  • Fundamental course: first semester, 4 contact hours per week + individual learning (6 ECTS)
  • Advanced course: second semester, 4 contact hours per week + individual learning (6 ECTS)

Moreover, courses in the Chinese language are offered at the Coburg University for all international students.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in the field of engineering or natural sciences with good results (2,5 or higher in the German grading scale, 3.0 or higher in the 4 point GPA grading scale, or equivalent).

Proficiency in English must be proven by a relevant mark in one of the following tests: UNIcert® II, TOEFL 550, CBTOEFL 213, IELTS 6.0, or equivalent knowledge must be proven. Professional practical experience after graduation of at least one year is indispensable. Exceptions are possible in special cases, but students must fulfil this requirement before graduating from the master’s program. In this case they will have to submit a written description of how they plan to meet this requirement.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are 3,500 EUR per semester. Students from our partner university USST in Shanghai will be charged a reduced tuition fee of 2,000 EUR per semester.


  • Fill in the application online
  • print it out and send a signed hard copy with all required documents by post.

Required documents are:

  • completed application, printed out and signed
  • one passport-sized photo
  • official certified copies of all of your diplomas
  • original transcripts of grades or official copies
  • TOEFL/IELTS or UNIcert® (for English language) scores
  • copy of passport

Applicants must also submit a letter of motivation. They will be informed by email, if their application is accepted.

Successful applicants will be invited for an interview in order to assess their professional and personal qualifications with respect to this transnational program, either locally in Coburg or by telephone or other telecommunication devices.

The deadline for application for winter semester is August 31st for German students and June 30th for foreign students (because the visa application process needs more time).

Partner University


The Master of Engineering program is offered in cooperation with University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), China. USST is a well-established and full-fledged multidisciplinary university committed to training competent professionals in the fields of Engineering, Management, Commerce, Arts, Sciences and Medicine.

College of Optical, Electronical and Computer Engineering

The responsible college for the Master in Engineering is College of Optical and Electric Information Engineering. The college was established in 1958. Now it has six research institutes and one academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, six Ph.D. advisors, 40 professors and associate professors. It provides seven master’s programs in the fields of Measuring Technology and Instrumentation, Precision Instrumentation, Optical Engineering, Testing Technology and Automation, Control Theory and Engineering, Mode Identifying Technology as well as Signal and Information Process.

Additional information about USST and College of Optical and Electric Information Engineering can be found on this website:

Job Perspectives

Our alumni work in different countries and in various fields. Part of the graduates stay in Germany, others go back to their home countries and start to work in a local international company. Some particularly qualified graduates join a PhD program after finishing AIMS.

Unlike at larger universities throughout the world, you will not need binoculars in order to see your professor at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Here, we offer you a first-class education with personal service. When you are moving to study in a different country, there are many things to consider. No need to worry, though! We will guide you through the most important steps in organizing your time at Coburg University: Our support for international students

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