FH Kärnten

Integrated Systems and Circuits Design

  • MSc
  • Full-time, Extra occupational
  • English
  • 4 Semester
  • Villach
  • 20

Applied R&D and cooperations with national and international academic and industrial partners guarantee, that education at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is up to date and students will be well prepared for their career.

Engineering & IT is an unbelievably fascinating field of applied sciences. This area is characterized mainly by creativity, innovation and design. Engineering & IT is furthermore a rapidly developing area, crucial for the economic development of a region.

The students of the School of Engineering & IT should demonstrate strengths in the following areas:

  • technical understanding,
  • reasoning power,
  • good English, mathematics and computer skills,
  • creativity,
  • enjoyment of innovative developments.

The Bachelor Degree Programs of the CUAS School of Engineering & IT can generally be sought without subject-specific educational background. Lots of interest, commitment and of course the possession of a general university entrance qualification are sufficient.

Semesters 1 - 3 offer 70 ECTS of mandatory courses in the fields of integrated systems design and modeling, design methodology, analog and digital circuit design, integration and fabrication technology as well as a mixed-signal project. Semester 3 offers a selection of advanced courses from which 20 ECTS have to be selected.

The practical aspect of this master degree program is emphasized by a project module, spanning semester 1 to 3. Students design an integrated circuit in small teams and implement a testchip. After fabrication, samples of the testchip will be evaluated in the lab using state of the art test equipment.

The master thesis is done in cooperation with industry or at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in semester 4. Work on the thesis is accompanied by regular thesis seminars.

Graduates of the master degree program Integrated Systems and Circuits Design:

  • have broad knowledge in the design and modelling of highly complex integrated systems;
  • have detailed knowledge of the principle design methodologies for integrated circuits using modern CAD tools;
  • have special knowledge in circuit design of analog, digital and mixed signal integrated circuits using state of the art Very Deep Submicron (VDSM) CMOS fabrication technologies;
  • have knowledge in special elective topics in integrated systems and circuits like RF CMOS design, integrated sensors, smart power technologies, arithmetic circuits or system on chip architectures;
  • have had practical experience in the IC development: all graduates have designed a mixed-signal IC from specification to evaluation of fabricated testchip samples in the lab.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted into a master degree program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:

- completion of a bachelor of arts/science degree that corresponds to the respective master degree program
- completion of an equivalent degree program at a recognized Austrian or an international post-secondary institution of higher education

Later submission of required documents

Persons in their last semester of their bachelor degree programs may apply for a study place in a master degree program by submitting their most current transcript of records. The completion of the bachelor degree program certificates must be submitted during the registration process at the beginning of the semester.


Application mode:

Application time:
30.09. (15.05. for non - EU - citizens)

Admission procedure:

Start of studies:

Study information days:
Study counselling online or on site - FH Days, Campus Days, Info-Sessions - please enquire on our homepage

Tuition fee:
363,36 Euro + ÖH Austrian Students Union Fee (about € 20,-, annual adjustment) per semester


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