Mechatronics (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German (some courses in English)|
|Internship: A minimum 12-week-long industrial internship must be completed before registering for the Master's Thesis. If possible, the internship should be completed before the start of the programme; further information.|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a “Bachelor of Science” degree in Mechatronics of the Technical University of Darmstadt 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 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 (recommended) or summer semester (programme schedule not guaranteed)|
|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 interdisciplinary Master of Science programme Mechatronics deepens and expands the skills and knowledge about designing and producing integrated mechanical-electronic systems with automated and intelligent functions acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme. For this purpose, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Precision Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering and Informatics are combined in an interdisciplinary course of study. The programme focuses on a particularly practical and research-oriented approach, which will be guaranteed by the Advanced Research Project, an internship, the internship module, and applied courses. The programme can be adjusted to the students’ individual interests by choosing from the extensive mandatory subject area along the different fields. Alternatively, the students may select an area of specialisation; the elective subject area can be adjusted to specific module combinations. For the final compilation of the personal examination and study plans, the mentor system will provide guidance and support.
An additional industrial internship (advanced internship) serves the qualification of students. Relevant practical activities in mechatronics may be taken into account completely or partially. If possible, the 12-week internship should be completed before the start of the programme; it must, however, be completed no later than by the day of registering for the Master’s Thesis. During the programme, it is possible to do the internship abroad as well as spend entire semesters in a foreign country.
The Master of Science in Mechatronics is divided as follows into a mandatory, an elective subject area and a Studium Generale.
The Mandatory Subject Area aims to provide the fundamentals, and the courses are rather theory-oriented. Apart from modules on Microtechnical and Dynamic Systems, students are required to attend additional fundamental lectures and/or tutorials.
The Elective Subject Area is application-oriented and contains various modules with a stronger reference to current research. Here, the technical and scientific electives are divided into four areas:
- Core and elective subjects must be attended in each of the two subject areas Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.
- In two of the three subject areas Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Informatics the students are required to attend an Advanced Design Project (ADP) or a seminar.
- Furthermore, an internship module is to be completed.
- A maximum of four more modules are to be selected from the areas of Informatics and Engineering and Science.
The students are required to choose from the elective subject area modules listed in the sample study plans corresponding to their area of specialisation. These study plans provide suitable combinations of courses from the subject areas Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering.
With the elective subject area of Studium Generale, all modules in the departments of law and economics, history and social sciences, human sciences or architecture as well as all courses offered by the Language Resource Center and certain modules of other departments can be implemented into the course of study; List of recommendations for the subjects eligible for General Studies.
As the last area, the Master’s Thesis concludes the programme. This independent research project takes an entire semester, thereby forming a major part of the Master’s degree programme. It is to be written in a subject area of the field of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology or of the field of mechanical engineering.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus 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.
Related Degree Programmes
|Mechatronics (B.Sc.) (Mechatronik, B.Sc.)|
|Computational Engineering (M.Sc.)|
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.)|
(Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, M.Sc.)
|Energy Science and Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Computer Science (M.Sc.) (Informatik, M.Sc.)|
|Mathematics (M.Sc.) (Mathematik, M.Sc.)|
|Mechanical and Process Engineering (M.Sc.) (Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering, M.Sc.)|
|Mechanics (M.Sc.) (Mechanik, M.Sc.)|
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)
Mechatronics is considered a promising discipline with high growth potential. Thus, the job opportunities for graduates of this programme are very good – not least because they are presented with a large number of fields of occupation.
Mechatronics engineers are employed, for example, in the different sectors of machinery and plant engineering, the automotive and aviation industry or the electrical industry. There, they work in the areas of development, design, assembly, production, system design, quality assurance, as well as management. They are particularly qualified to hold executive positions due to their interdisciplinary knowledge and their ability to think systemically.
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 der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik (VDE) (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies)
Verein deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (The Association of German Engineers)
Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) (German Informatics Society)
Verband deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA) (German Mechanical and Plant Engineering Association)