Technische Universität Dresden

Distributed Systems Engineering

M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Computer Science, Mechatronics, Systems Engineering, Business Information Systems
English only
Winter semester:  31 May, 15 Jul - 15 Sep
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
Directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree


Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in computer science.

Certificates indicating "very good" (based on scored marks and/or grades) achievements in the following computer science-related areas: operating systems, networks and distributed systems, database systems, software engineering, and at least "good" (based on scored marks and/or grades) achievements in subjects like algorithms and data structures, foundations of programming, computer architecture as well as mathematics and theoretical computer science. Your transcript must show a strong emphasis on these areas, i.e., you must have taken the majority of the corresponding courses during your bachelor's.

Additionally, you are expected to have some programming skills. Therefore, the university will count labs or assessments during your studies, internships, work experience as well as (open-source) projects and contributions to such or software which you have verifiably developed or contributed to.

Minimum standard period of study: 3 years.

If at the time of the application, proof of the first degree that qualifies for a profession cannot yet be provided, applicants will be admitted to the aptitude test procedure and the numerus clausus selection procedure if 80% of the achievable points of the university degree can be proven by a certificate of the university of origin (Examining Office), on the basis of a completed module exam, assignment paper or colloquium.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CERF English
min B2
min 6.5
min 80
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
English native speakers are exempt from providing proof.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:June 01 (German)April 01 (EU)April 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
without admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
Directly at the University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

  1. Signed application form (print out online registration of TU Dresden or uni-assist) with 1 passport photo.
  2. Signed aptitude assessment form.
  3. Copy of the passport or identity card.
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV) in tabular format.
  5. Statement of purpose regarding your goals, intentions, etc (letter of motivation).
  6. Letters of recommendation of at least two professors, supervisors, etc. related to the area of systems engineering (original letters including a [perhaps digital] signature).
  7. Your degree certificate(s) or a certificate of the home university about the expected end of studies (certified copies).
  8. Certified copies of reports on university examinations (transcripts).
  9. Secondary school graduation certificate (high school diploma) or higher education entrance qualification including transcripts (certified copies).
  10. Module or course descriptions of courses relevant to distributed systems engineering (if your university doesn't provide module or course description please provide a course outline yourself).
  11. English language certificate (see language requirements).
  12. If applicable: any proofs concerning work experience, internships or other activities related to distributed systems engineering.
  13. Chinese, Mongolian and Vietnamese applicants: original APS certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre of the German Embassy.

Please use certified copies.
The university cannot accept uncertified copies of your documents except for module/course descriptions.

The university needs the documents in English or German respectively. If your certificates are in another language, please use a certified translation of your documents.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website