Major 16: Communication Technology

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


General Comments

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

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

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

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 Communication Technology 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 the major Communication Technology 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. 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 and elective modules

Detailed information concerning the curriculum are provided on the website of Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik.

Several possible elective courses are provided in this document. 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.


Soft skills

In addition to the mandatory courses and the electives, so-called "überfachliche Qualifikationen" (ÜQ, soft skills) have to be completed. They have 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 within the area of economy, social sciences, the „Centre for Cultural and General Studies“ (ZAK) or the "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

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 06.45

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

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∂