Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc.)


Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering

(Master of Science)

(Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering, M.Sc.)


General Information

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.
Application: Online
Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.

Brief Description

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.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

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.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students

Related Degree Programmes

Doctoral Studies

Career Perspectives