This Master's program is organized in a work-friendly way and is therefore compatible with a professional career.

Your Pathway to Solving Today’s Technical Challenges

The complexity of technical systems is continually increasing, and our society relies on an ever-growing number of electronic devices to enhance everyday life. At the same time, numerous industries are exploring new ways to optimize their processes through digitalization. In this rapidly evolving landscape, engineers are faced with demanding and interconnected systems, requiring expertise beyond dealing with individual components. Many businesses struggle to find experts who can navigate the complexities of emerging technologies.
But here's the good news. If you're up for the challenge, our Master Program Systems Design could be just what you need. It offers exceptional opportunities, unique prospectives, and equips you with all the skills necessary to tackle these challenges head-on.

Your Engineering Journey: Acquire Key Engineering Skills and Specialize in Electronics or Robotics

Our four semesters program provides a wide range of courses designed that prepare students for a successful career in engineering. You will gain in-depth knowledge in areas such as Signal Processing and Data Analysis, Control and Automation, Embedded Systems, Electronic Devices and the application of AI in systems design.
Recognizing the unstoppable pace of technological innovation, our program places a strong emphasis on staying at the cutting edge of systems design. That's why we offer two demanding specializations for you to choose from, each with its particular content and characteristics: Electronic Systems and Robotic Systems.

These advanced tracks are tailored for students seeking to deepen their expertise and prepare for leadership roles in these rapidly evolving fields.

At our university, we believe in merging theoretical concepts with practical applications. In the Systems Design Master program students benefit from an interdisciplinary education that enables them to solve exciting problems step by step. To make this possible, we integrate theory with practical examples and laboratory exercises from the first session onwards, fostering an intensive and practical learning environment.


To promote a meaningful connection between teaching and research, we have introduced a unique component in our program - the RESEARCH INTERNSHIP. During the third semester, students have the opportunity to join one of our university's research groups, or alternatively, enroll in relevant elective courses. This enables a direct bridge between academic learning and practical research, enriching the overall educational experience.

We understand that many students have the need to work part-time while pursuing their studies. That's why our Master's program Systems Design is structured with you in mind. Lectures are scheduled on just two weekdays (Tuesday and Thursday), and occasionally on Saturdays. This flexible arrangement enables you to concurrently arrange your studies while working part-time.

Join us at our university's Master's program in Systems Design and embark on a journey that will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to meet today's engineering challenges. Apply now to secure your place in this exciting program!

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) has been an associate member of the European University ATHENA, an excellence program of the European Commission, since 1 January 2023.

Ever since GPS, mobile phones and the Internet have become an integral and necessary part of everyday life, the role of geographic information systems (GIS) can no longer be disputed. An abundance of desktop, Web and mobile applications are processing Geodata and Geoinformation, hence enabling a wide variety of applications. Environmental protection, route planning, disaster management, crime analysis, geodata collection or demographics are just a few examples of the critical role spatial information plays in our lives.

Application deadline

Winterterm 2024

Period I:  01.11.-15.03.2024
Period II: 16.03.-15.05.2024
Period III: 16.05.-15.07.2024
Period IV: 16.07.-30.09.2024*

For applicants from outside Europe applications are only accepted within Period I & II.

*We reserve the right not to open the period or to close it early.

Study start

The semester starts in october - we only offer intake in winterterm!

The start of lectures can be found in the individual timetable which is available after enrollment.

Teaching time

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday full-time from 08:30 h

Classroom teaching with online parts


Study Guidance

Book your personal appointmentright now!

You can find out more about our advisory services, events and fairs on our website.

Further information

Job friendly

Language of instruction: English

Study & Work

Study & Work - is that possible?

With over 80 Study & Work partner companies and organizations, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences offers students of a bachelor's or master's degree program the opportunity to combine their studies with a career.

This attractive offer gives students the chance to immediately put theoretical knowledge into practice and gain professional experience in Carinthia's leading companies.



If you have any questions feel free to contact:

Head of Degree Program



Level of qualification
ECTS credits
Tuition fees
€ 363.36 / semester
Qualification awarded
  • Master of Science in Engineering
Duration of study
4 semester
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
€ 22.70 / semester
Language of instruction
FH campus
  • Villach

General Study Information









Profile of the Study Program

Systems Design is an advanced engineering program that provides a comprehensive and theory-rich education aimed at fostering talented systems designers. Graduates from this program are equipped with the expertise to comprehend, create, and refine exciting technical systems in the fields of electronics and robotics.
Their skill set extends beyond simple design and implementation of these complex technical systems. They are adept at a holistic design approach, enabling them to consider all aspects of the system from the early stages of planning and conceptual design. The curriculum's main aim is to educate independent engineers with specialized knowledge in areas like Embedded Systems, Electronics, Robotics, Mechatronics and Automation and Control. A new key competency of Systems Design graduates is Data Science and AI. This Master's program, therefore, prepares students for a robust career in engineering, potentially leading to outstanding opportunities in academia and research.

Our alumni have found roles as planning engineers, development engineers, system engineers, plant and production engineers, and even in management and leadership positions.

The range of career fields available to qualified Systems Designers is immense, and the industry's demand for such professionals is high. This program offers an unrivaled opportunity to enter this dynamic field.

As a student of Systems Design, you should demonstrate your skills in these key areas:

  • Technical understanding
  • Analytical thinking
  • Command of the English language
  • General Engineering and computer skills
  • Creativity
  • A passion for innovative developments

Upon completing the master's degree in Systems Design, graduates will be equipped to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of computer science, dynamical systems, automation and control, mathematics, modeling and simulation, and sensors and actuators
  • Conceptualize, design, and implement comprehensive and complex systems
  • Adopt a system-oriented thought process
  • Apply system-oriented methodologies
  • Use artificial intelligence methods to solve complex engineering problems
Electronic Systems:
  • Use fundamental knowledge of electromagnetic fields
  • Apply methodological understanding, scientific innovation and development in electronics and related applications
Robotic Systems:
  • Are able to program and control serial and mobile robot systems
  • Can design robot-based workplaces and select or design suitable peripheral components
  • Can apply new technologies to provide customized solutions, such as artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, additive manufacturing, and human-robot interaction principals


Career profiles

Michael Primessnig

Für viele stellt sich mit etwa 15 Jahren die Frage, ob sie eine Lehre machen oder lieber weiterhin die Schulbank drücken wollen. Was die Wenigsten in…

Foto von Martin Pecnik

Martin Pecnik, MSc

Nach seiner Ausbildung an der HTL1 Lastenstraße mit Schwerpunkt Mechatronik und Automatisierungstechnik war Martin Pecnik klar, dass er sein Wissen in…

Fabian Gutbrod, BSc, MSc

Managing Director, GP Motion GmbH

Current courses - Systems Design

LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Engineering Mathematics ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05280.10.021
Dynamical Systems ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05280.10.031
Essential Engineering Topics - Academic Skills SE 1,5 2,5 M2.05280.10.013
Essential Engineering Topics - Electronic Engineering ILV 1,5 2,5 M2.05280.10.012
Introduction to Machine Learning ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05280.10.061
Signal and Data Analysis SE 3,0 5,0 M2.05280.10.041
Software Development for Embedded Systems ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05280.10.051
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Electromagnetic Interference in Power Electronics SE 3,0 5,0 M2.08860.30.015
Integrated Sensors ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.02840.30.031
Radio-Frequency Circuits and Systems ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.02840.30.021
Study program: Electronic SystemsTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Electronics Special Topics ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05282.30.081
FPGA Systems Prototyping ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05282.30.061
High Speed Systems Design ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05282.30.051
Power Electronics ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05282.30.071
Study program: Robotic SystemsTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Industrial Control ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05281.30.021
Robot Dynamics and Control ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05281.30.031
Robot-based Production Systems ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05281.30.011
Robotics Special Topics ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05281.30.041
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Control Systems ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05280.20.021
Industrial Automation Systems ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05280.20.031
Peripheral Devices and Sensors ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05280.20.011
Study program: Electronic SystemsTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Electronic Systems ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05282.20.091
Electrodynamics ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05282.20.081
Signal and Data Processing ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05282.20.071
Study program: Robotic SystemsTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Robotic Systems ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05281.20.061
Computer Vision ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05281.20.051
Modelling and Simulation ILV 3,0 5,0 M2.05281.20.041
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Exam ME 0,0 3,0 M2.05280.40.031
Master Thesis MT 0,5 25,0 M2.05280.40.011
Master Thesis Seminar SE 2,0 2,0 M2.05280.40.021

Job & Career


Faculty and Staff - Systems Design

Head of Degree Program Systems Engineering, Systems Design

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.

 Wolfgang Werth
Student Support Services


 Elizabeth Maggauer-Hoffmann
Planning of Schedules and Rooms
 Carina Jellitsch
Senior Lecturer1
 Bernd Filipitsch, BSc MSc


 Robert Winkler
Professur für Robotik und mechatronische Systeme

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.

 Mathias Brandstötter
Vice Dean Engineering & IT, Professor of Manufacturing Systems Engineering

FH-Prof. DI Dr.

 Franz Oswald Riemelmoser, MBA
Vice Dean Engineering & IT, Professor of Communication Engineering/Signal Processing DI

 Ulla Birnbacher


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