General questions

Most courses will be held in German. Some courses will be held in English and, of course, the master thesis can be written in English.

No, since a large number of courses include a laboratory part, which require regular attendance.

The Master’s Programme is not designed as a part-time degree programme. Only a small number of courses take place in the evening or in blocks. Depending on the flexibility of your schedule, it is possible to complete the Master’s Programme successful in parallel to employment. However, it is unlikely that you will be able to complete your study within the planned 4 semesters under these circumstances.

Yes, the Master’s Programme is designed in a way that most of the lectures are accompanied by a practical or laboratory course. In these courses, the theoretical knowledge will be applied to laboratory experiments that are inspired by real industrial applications.

Basically, you can choose the sequence of the courses freely. However, since the content of certain courses is coordinated, there is a recommended semester schedule for the Master’s Programme. You can find the recommended semester schedule for students who start the Master’s Programme in winter semester or in summer semester in the curriculum in TISS.

Prerequisites for the Master’s Programme

The Master’s Programme Automation and Robotic Systems is suited for all students who have received a Bachelor’s degree in a related technical or natural scientific study from an approved university.

The admission for the Master’s Programme is directly possible for students of the following Bachelor's Programmes:

  • TU Wien
    • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Technical Informatics
    • Technical Physics
    • Technical Mathematics
  • TU Graz
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Information and Computer Engineering
  • JKU Linz
    • Mechatronics

Of course, the admission is possible also for students with a degree from a different bachelor’s programme. TU Wien will check the suitability of the Bachelor’s Programme for the admission. To account for difference, additional course with a maximum of 30 ECTS can be required.

Knowledge of German language according to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is highly recommended. Some courses are offered in English language. Thus, knowledge of English language according to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is highly recommended.

The same applies here as for university graduates, see the point above. Bachelor's Programmes at universities of applied sciences often differ from university degree programmes in the theoretical and mathematical depth of the courses. In this case, basic subjects in mathematics are necessary as requirements for admission to the degree programme.

The Master’s Programme is based on the foundations of a technical Bachelor’s Programme. In particular, the foundations of mathematics, physics (in particular electrical engineering), informatics and control engineering are required. The required knowledge is described in detail for every course of the Master’s Programme in the curriculum. The Master’s Programme is designed in a way that all graduates from a Bachelor's Programme listed before are qualified for the mandatory courses of the Master’s Programme.

Matlab/Simulink and Maple will be used in many courses of the Master’s Programme. Furthermore, python is relevant for many topics in automation and robotic systems. Finally, basic knowledge of C/C++ is beneficial for some courses.

The basics of Matlab/Simulink and Maple will be taught via online-course that are free for all students. An introduction to python will be given in the courses, which use python. Of course, it is expected that the students have knowledge of programming in at least one programming language (e.g. C/C++, Java,...).

Start of the new Master’s Programme

The new Master’s Programme automation and robotic systems will start in winter semester 2022.

No, you can finish your Master’s Programme Energie- und Automatisierungstechnik until April, 30th 2026. Please note that the courses will be taught according to the new Master’s Programme starting in winter semester 2022. If courses of the Master’s Programme are no longer available, new courses can be used instead according to a list of list of recognition, opens a file in a new window.

Yes, you can switch to the new Master’s Programme. Already passed courses of the old master are recognized according to the list list of recogniton, opens a file in a new window. You have to inform the admission office about your intended change of Master’s Programme.

According to the legal requirements, exams will be available at least 3 semesters after the course. It is meaningful to directly contact the lecturers.

Recognition of courses

Yes, equivalent courses, that were not part of your previous Bachelor’s Programme which was used for the admission to the Master’s Programme, can be recognized. The courses have to be sufficiently similar (>80%).

The compulsory courses have to be taken during the Master’s Programme. It is recommended to take the courses at the beginning of the Master’s Programme, since the knowledge of these courses will be required for the Master’s Programme. A maximum of 4,5 ECTS can be recognized in the module Electives and Transferable Skills.

Equivalent courses with at least the same amount of ECTS credits can be recognized for the Master’s Programme, whereby the decision on equivalence is made by the dean of studies. If you are planning to take equivalent courses at another university, please check in advance with the course lecturer of the respective course whether recognition will be possible. For courses that will be part of an Erasmus study program, please see the detailed description at...

First, you have to fill out the form Antrag auf Anerkennung für Prüfungen, opens an external URL in a new window and send it to the supervisor of the course. Afterwards, the completed form should be sent to the dean’s office. For more information, please contact

It is not required to personally contact the dean of study. If further information is required, you will be contacted by the dean’s office. The final acceptance of recognition will be sent to you via e-mail.

Master Thesis

The choice of a topic and a supervisor for your thesis lies within your responsibility. Many topics are advertised in TISS. In addition, you can directly contact lecturers to get an idea of potential topics.

It is recommended to utilize the first two semester to get an overview of the lecturers and their projects in order to have an orientation concerning possible topics for master thesis.

It is strongly recommended to start the master thesis – as it is scheduled in the curriculum – at the end of the master’s programme. Of course, the master thesis can be started, if only a few exams are missing.

The master thesis covers one semester (30 ECTS), which is equal to approximately 6 months. There are no fixed deadlines for the master thesis. Thus, no problems occur if it takes longer than 6 months, e.g., due to your job.