FH Kärnten

Systems Engineering

  • BSc
  • Full-time
  • German
  • 6 Semester
  • Villach
  • 50 Places

As a modern and broad-based technical basic course of study, the bachelor's degree program "Systems Engineering" places a brand-new emphasis on electronics and automation. Students deal with the pressing issues of digitisation: data analysis, embedded systems and robotics. The knowledge they acquire during their studies is in demand in many industries - from communications, medical and entertainment technology to the automotive and semiconductor industries, systems engineers are in great demand.

The special feature of this training is the acquisition of systems thinking, which, together with modern information technologies, paves new paths in the development of technology. Students learn here in an innovative way how intelligent systems and devices can be planned and implemented.

Based on a profound understanding of the fundamentals of mechatronics and electronics, the course enables students to specialize in various current topics that are in high demand in industry: electronics, automation technology and robotics. Due to the high level of project work in the course, it is easy for students to make a seamless transition from their studies into professional practice.

What students should bring to their studies:

  • Enjoyment in solving technical tasks.
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm for science and technology.
  • Creativity, basic technical understanding and logical thinking skills.
  • Concrete previous knowledge is not necessary for the Systems Engineering Bachelor's degree. Therefore, graduates from all types of schools can start this course of study after their Matura if they bring the appropriate interest and willingness to perform.

After successful completion of their studies, graduates have the following skills and knowledge:

  • They have basic knowledge of mathematics, computer science, physics and electrical engineering.
  • They are able to work with complex, technical systems from the fields of electronics and mechatronics.
  • They have mastered the basics of signal processing.
  • You can apply the principles of control engineering.

In order to facilitate the start of studies, we offer intensive courses in mathematics, computer science and physics as part of the FH Add-ons.

A lack of a university entrance qualification can be compensated by relevant professional qualifications and attendance of the pre-study course.

  • You can describe the essential methods of engineering mechanics, in particular statics, strength, dynamics and construction.
  • You can program industrial controls and use them in a targeted manner. 
  • You can detect faults in plants, maintain and optimize them. 
  • They use industrial robots and program their functions.
  • They optimize industrial processes in which a robot is the central element.
  • You can describe the essential methods of engineering mechanics, in particular statics, strength, dynamics and construction.
  • You can program industrial controls and use them in a targeted manner. 
  • You can detect faults in plants, maintain and optimize them. 
  • They understand industrial processes, but also tasks in the smart home area.
  • They use methods of data analysis and automation and improve technical processes.
  • They design and understand electronic circuits and devices.
  • You are familiar with the design of analog and digital systems.
  • They put their basic knowledge of communications engineering and communication systems into practice.
  • They apply the basics of printed circuit board design to design EMC-compliant printed circuit boards.
  • They are familiar with the fundamentals of semiconductor physics.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted into a bachelor degree program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:
• Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Austrian ‘Matura’ or an equivalent international certificate)
• Higher education (University) entrance examination certification
• Vocational higher education (University) entrance examination
• Vocational (VET) diploma examination (vocational apprenticeship or completion of at least a 3-year vocational secondary school) with additional exams
Moreover, there are degree program specific additional prerequisites as well as more comprehensive information regarding admissions on the individual web pages of the corresponding degree program. The German University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) entrance qualification certificate is only valid as an admission prerequisite for an Austrian UAS/FH bachelor degree program when combined with an applicable vocational certificate.
Later submission of required documents
Persons in their last year of school may apply for a study place in a bachelor degree program before taking their secondary school-leaving exams by submitting their most current secondary school grade/marks report. The secondary school-leaving certificate must be submitted during the registration process at the beginning of the semester.


Application mode:
online: http://www.fh-kaernten.at/online-bewerben.html

Application time:
The application period starts at the earliest in October of the previous year and runs until the end of September at the most -> See website!

Appointment for the admissions process:
ongoing until the end of the application period

Admission procedure:

Start of studies:
work friendly September/fulltime october

Study information days:
Study counselling: ongoing • FH Days, Campus Days, Info-Sessions - please check the calendar of events on our website

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

The professional internship for full-time students takes place in the 6th semester and lasts 15 weeks. For part-time students, the BP can be credited if the job is relevant to the subject.

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