Traffic and Transport (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Internship: Before registering for the Master’s thesis, students must have completed a minimum 4-week specialised internship.|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) consist of a Bachelor of Science degree or Bachelor of Engineering degree in a similar area. 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 (suitability test) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester (recommended) or summer semester (program schedule not guaranteed)|
Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester); January 15 (for summer semester).|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
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The degree programme Master of Science in Traffic and Transport has the goal of combining the field of traffic with the specialised disciplines of economic sciences, civil engineering and mechanical engineering. Information from the fields of railway technology, logistics, automotive technology, commercial and air transport will be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Basic knowledge from subjects not covered in the Bachelor degree programme will be made up in the first semester. In subsequent semesters, students will deepen their knowledge in all three specialised disciplines, as well as choose one area to specialise in as their major subject. The central aim of the programme is to both expand the breadth and depth of knowledge of the area of specialisation. Students will gain practical experience by completing an internship. In this way the theoretical aspects acquired during the programme will be practiced in contexts such as industrial firms, administration or consulting firms who work in the field of transport, or in transport firms. This experience will prepare students for later careers in this field. It is also possible for students to spend a semester abroad studying or working towards the Master’s thesis. A mentoring system supports each student during the process of selecting suitable courses and subjects, which must be completed prior to the first semester.
The Master of Science in Traffic and Transport is divided proportionally into three specialised disciplines and into the following three areas:
The Elective Subject Area Fundamental Modules continues with the basic knowledge acquired in the Bachelor degree programme. Basic knowledge acquired in the two disciplines that were not covered in the Bachelor’s degree programme will be supplemented. The scope of the introductory courses is dependent on which modules the student has completed previously.
The Elective Subject Area Advanced Modules consists of more advanced courses taken from the three specialised disciplines. Basic knowledge is expanded upon and discussed in an interdisciplinary context. The major subject of specialisation encompasses more than twice as many courses (26-40 CPs) as each of the other two disciplines (12 CPs each).
General Optional Area give students the opportunity to experience a “Studium Generale” by attending supplemental courses from the full TU Darmstadt course catalogue.
The Master’s Thesis follows as the last stage of the programme in the previously chosen major subject. This independent research project takes place over one semester, comprising an essential part of the Master’s degree programme.
Further information may be found here.
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.
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|Computational Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Geodesy and Geoinformation (M.Sc.) (Geodäsie und Geoinformation, M.Sc.)|
|Environmental Engineering (M.Sc.) (Umweltingenieurwissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
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|Business Engineering– Technical Field of Studies Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – Technische Fachrichtung Maschinenbau, 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)
Traffic and Transport Engineers are employed in areas dealing with the planning, running, organisation and management of transport firms, transportation systems and transport services. Working at the interface of economic sciences, civil engineering and mechanical engineering, they are involved in infrastructural projects for highway, air, rail and water transportation. In addition to the planning, construction and maintenance of (especially) public transportation systems, logistical organization skills are currently much in demand on the 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:
Deutsche Verkehrswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (DVWG) (German Association for Traffic and Transport)
Fraunhofer-Institut für Verkehrs- und Infrastruktursysteme (IV) (Fraunhofer Institute for Traffic and Infrastructure Systems)