Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering
(Master of Science)
(Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering, M.Sc.)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German (some lectures in English)|
|Internship: a minimum 12-week industrial internship must be completed before registering for the Master’s thesis. Completion of the internship before beginning the Master’s programme is recommended; further information.|
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s Degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) consist of a Bachelor of Science degree in the same field or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here, in the information on the assessment of suitability and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. |
Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester and summer semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.|
The Master of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering is designed to deepen and broaden the knowledge and skills in conception, simulation and construction of technical facilities. Besides the classical forms of lectures and tutorials, the Master’s degree program consists of various ways to learn about scientific methods, including practically-oriented tutorials in mechanical engineering, the industry-related Advanced Design Project, and the Master’s thesis. These learning forms allow students to accumulate initial experience in both basic and applied research. The special Darmstadt Profile in Mechanical Engineering, which does not mandate that students choose an area of specialization, in conjunction with the many and diversified advances and optional course choices, combine to create a program that is closely in line with each student’s individual, personal preferences. For this reason it is advisable for each student to consult with the departmental advisor before beginning the program in order to construct a specific and personalized course schedule.
An additional industrial internship, which consists of an advanced and a project internship, supports the qualification of the students further. Relevant practical activities or a completed vocational training in mechanical engineering can be taken into account completely or partly. The advanced internship is a technical internship, mostly practical in nature. The project internship, in contrast, takes an engineering approach such that students learn to independently master the specialized knowledge which is necessary for problem-solving in an industrial context. If possible, the 12-week internship should be completed before the start of the program; however, it has to be completed before registering for the Master’s Thesis at the very latest. During the program, it is possible to do the internship abroad, as well as spending entire semesters at partner Universities in foreign countries.
The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering is divided into a mandatory course area and numerous optional course areas, as follows:
The Mandatory Subject Area is comprised of the module “Higher Machine Dynamics” and a freely chosen tutorial course, as well as an Advanced Research Project and an Advanced Design Project (or alternative two Advanced Design Projects).
For Elective Subject Area M.Sc. I, one of the following three modules must be chosen: Technical Systems Analysis and Synthesis; Product Creation Processes; Transport Phenomena.
Elective Subject Area M.Sc. II (Core Courses from Mechanical Engineering) consists of a range of courses from the field of mechanical engineering, any of which may be freely chosen.
Elective Subject Area M.Sc. III (Elective Courses in Natural and Engineering Sciences) provides the opportunity for students to integrate advanced courses from mechanical engineering and from natural and engineering sciences into the degree programme.
Elective Subject Area ‘Studium Generale’ allows students to take courses that do not focus on Natural or Engineering Sciences. Possible choices may include courses from: the Language Resource Center (Sprachenzentrum), interdisciplinary focal areas, law, economics, sociology, history or humanities. Departmental ‘positive lists’ contain potential subject areas; further information.
The Master’s Thesis is the final component of the degree programme. This semester-long, independent research project is an essential part of the Master’s degree programme. It is written at a research group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing more breadth and depth scientifically and a more holistic insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
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Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Mechanical Engineering is one of the leading branches of industry in Germany. Internationally the picture is similar; mechanical engineers are in demand on a global scale.
Mechanical engineers take on primarily the development, construction, planning and building of technical facilities and machines. Therefore, they typically work in engineering facilities and with companies that deliver equipment for these facilities, or in engineering firms.
Depending on their area of specialisation, engineers deal with automotive technology, production technology, energy technology, electrical mechanics, aviation technology, product development and mechatronics. This list reflects only a small range of the many and various options open to graduates.
Employers of mechanical engineers may include industrial firms, engine manufacturers, surveying and assaying/inspection institutes, engineering firms, consulting firms and the automotive industry. Atypical career choices are also options for mechanical engineers, however, including technical journalism and technical communications.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V (VDMA) (German Association of Mechanical and Plant Engineering)
Verband Deutscher Ingenieure e.V. (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)