Communications Engineering Lab

Major 17: Information and Communication

Joint major of Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE External Link), Institut für Nachrichtentechnik (CEL External Link) and Institut für Photonik und Quantenelektronik (IPQ External Link)

General Comments

Information and communcation technology is an important key component in numerous areas of application as, e.g.:

  • Communication
  • Mobility
  • Aerospace
  • Medical technology
  • ...

Graduates of the major Information and Communication are qualified for research and development, technical sales and project management


Application of Information and Communication Technology

Today’s communication networks comprise radio transmission as well as wired transmission. Thus, engineers working in the field of communications require interdisciplinary skills. Knowledge on physical properties of mobile communication channels is as important as antenna design, fiber optical channels and components, transmitter and receiver principles, modulation, coding, and protocol stacks.

Therefore education has to contain mathematical and physical fundamentals, RF technologies, electronics, optical components, coding, and digital communications.

Graduates of the major Kommunikationstechnik have numerous options for a successful carrier at service providers, manufacturers of components, user equipment and infrastructure, or consulting. In addition to global players, multiple small or medium-sized companies established, covering different applications within a communication network.

Within major 17 all mandatory courses are taught in English. Thus, students are not only acquiring the theoretical or practical topics taught in the lectures, but also are enabled to pursuing technical discussion in English.

Besides lectures being offered in English, the major provides the opportunity to participate in exchanges programs in which students are spending part of their studies abroad in one of the partner universities (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) / Spanien, Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL) / Belgien, Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (KTH) / Schweden und Politecnico di Torino (PdT) / Italien).



Within the major Kommunikationstechnik students are getting qualified in theoretical analysis, practical aspects, development and application of above-mentioned technologies. Mandatory courses are covering a wide range within the scope of information and communication.


Bachelor and Master Theses

Within their Bachelor and Master theses graduates are contributing on state of the art topics of current research. Close cooperation of IHE, CEL and IPQ offers numerous opportunities so that students are enabled to shape their individual profile. Information on current research topics can be found on homepages of IPQ, IHE and CEL.


Mandatory Modules (Start of Master from WS 2018/19)

Basics of major Sem SWS
Optical Networks and Systems (IPQ) WS 2+1
Radio Frequency Electronics (IHE) WS 2+1+1
Nachrichtentechnik II / Communications Engineering II (CEL) SS / WS 2+1
Mandatory modules Sem SWS
Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits and Systems (IHE) WS 2+2
Mikrowellentechnik / Microwave Engineering (IHE) WS / SS 2+1
Communication Systeme and Protocols (ITIV) SS 2+1
Systems and Software Engineering (ITIV) WS 2+1
Machine Learning and Optimization in Communications (CEL) SS 2+1
Modern Radio Systems Engineering (IHE) SS 2+1
Digital Signal Processing in Optical Communications - with Practical Exercises (IPQ) SS 2+2
Praktikum Mikrowellentechnik (IHE) SS 4
oder MMIC Design Lab (IHE) WS 4
oder Photonics and Communications Lab (IPQ) WS+SS 4
oder Praktikum Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) WS+SS 4

Note: The credits (LP) being assigned to the "Semesterwochenstunden" (SWS) can be found in the description of the according lecture.


Mandatory Modules (Start of Master before WS 2018/19)

Mandatory modules Sem SWS
Communication Systems and Protocols (ITIV) SS 2+1
Systems and Software Engineering (ITIV) SS 2+1
Mikrowellentechnik / Microwave Engineering (IHE) WS / SS 2+1
Optical Networks and Systems (IPQ) WS 2+1
Optimization of Dynamic Systems (IRS) WS 2+1
Nonlinear Optics (IPQ) SS 2+1
Nachrichtentechnik II / Communications Engineering II (CEL) SS / WS 2+1
Optical Transmitters and Receivers (IPQ) WS 2+1
Wave Propagation and Radio Channels for Mobile Communications (IHE) SS 2+1
Advanced Radio Communications I (IHE) WS 2+1
Microwave Laboratory I (IHE) SS 0+4
oder Praktikum Optische Kommunikationstechnik (IPQ) SS 0+4
oder Praktikum Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) WS+SS 0+4


Elective modules

Several possible elective courses are listed below. Additionally, lectures of the department ETIT and on a limitied scale from other departments may be chosen if they make sense within your major. All choices have to be approved by your study advisor.

Elective modules Sem SWS
Channel Coding: Graph-Based Codes (CEL) WS 3+1
Seminar: Ausgewählte Kapitel der Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) WS+SS 3+0
Praktikum Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) WS+SS 0+4
Signalverarbeitung in der Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) SS 2+1
Angewandte Informationstheorie (CEL) WS 3+1
Quellencodierung (CEL) SS 2+0
Satellite Communications (CEL) SS 2+0
Channel Coding: Algebraic Methods for Communications and Storage (CEL) SS 2+0
Seminar: Automotive Control Systems (IIIT) SS 2+0
Electromagnetics and Numerical Calculation of Fields (IBT) WS 2+1
Radar Systems Engineering (IHE) WS 2+0
Antennen und Mehrantennensysteme (IHE) WS 3+1
Praktikum Hochfrequenzlaboratorium II (IHE) WS 0+4
Mikrowellenmesstechnik (IHE) SS 2+1
Microwave Laboratory I (IHE) SS 0+4
Digital Beam-Forming for Radar and Communication Systems WS 2+1
Spaceborne SAR Remote Sensing (IHE) SS 2+1
Seminar on Radar and Communication Systems (IHE) WS+SS 3+0
Modern Radio Systems Engineering (IHE) SS 2+1
Optical Waveguides and Fibers (IPQ) WS 2+1
Field Propagation and Coherence (IPQ) WS 2+1
Optoelectronic Components (IPQ) WS 2+1
Hardware Modelling and Simulation (ITIV) SS 2+1
Design Automation Laboratory (ITIV) SS 0+4

Note: The credits (LP) being assigned to the "Semesterwochenstunden" (SWS) can be found in the description of the according lecture.



Soft skills

In addition to the mandatory courses and the electives, so-called "überfachliche Qualifikationen" (soft skills, ÜQ) have to be completed. They habe to cover 6 credits (LP) and should be chosen from department ETIT or others. Those ÜQ can be selected at will as long as their content is not technical.
Possible choices are modules sind within the area of economy, social sciences, the „Centre for Cultural and General Studies“ (ZAK) oder dem „House of Competence“ (HoC):

  • Business administration
  • Language courses
  • ...

Please note that no ETIT-elective may be chosen as ÜQ.



Contact information

Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik     External Link

Head of institute: Prof. Dr. Ing. Ahmet Cagri Ulusoy, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Zwick
Gebäude 30.10

Study advisor:
Dr.-Ing. Mario Pauli
Tel.: 0721 / 608-46259
Fax: 0721 / 608-45027
E-Mail: mario.pauli∂


Institut für Nachrichtentechnik

Head of institute: Prof. Dr. Laurent Schmalen
Gebäude 05.01

Study advisor:
Dr.-Ing. Holger Jäkel
Tel.: 0721 / 608-46272
Fax: 0721 / 608-46071
E-Mail: holger.jaekel∂kit edu


Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics  External Link

Head of institute: Prof. Dr. Christian Koos, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Randel
Gebäude 30.10

Study advisor:
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Freude
Tel.: 0721 / 608-42492
Fax: 0721 / 608-94292
E-Mail: w.freude∂