Business Administration/Industrial Engineering –
specialising in Civil Engineering (Master of Science)
(Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – technische Fachrichtung Bauingenieurwesen, M.Sc.)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Internship: A Business Engineering internship of twelve weeks or more should be completed before the start of the programme. In justified exceptional cases, it is possible to make up the internship until the day of registration for the last subject exam. This requires the approval of the board of examiners; request for deadline extension at the Office of Study Programmes and Examinations Law and Economics (Studienbüro).|
|Requirements for 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 (without degree completion guarantee)|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features: —|
All Business Engineering degree programmes at the TU Darmstadt are defined by their distinct interdisciplinary nature. They contain parts of both the Business Studies (business administration and economics) and Law on the one hand and Engineering on the other to nearly the same extent.
The Master’s degree programmes in Business Engineering focuses on a smaller scale on the engineering area of specialisation than the non-business Engineering programmes. With respect to their technical field of studies, the students of Business Engineering otherwise attend the same courses as the students enrolled in the corresponding purely technical Master’s programmes.
The programme deepens and expands the skills and knowledge acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme for planning, management, and construction organisation. Located at the interface of Business Studies and Engineering, the programme is particularly characterised by its research orientation. The Master’s degree includes various other forms of learning to work scientifically (seminar papers, research papers, Master’s Thesis) in order to gain initial experience in basic and applied research. The programme caters to personal preferences by offering numerous electives and areas of specialisation. Therefore, we recommend that you attend the introductory lecture “Introduction to the Master’s Degree Programme” offered by the department at the beginning of your Master’s programme.
An additional business engineering internship serves the practical qualification of the students. A completed commercial training or a completed vocational training in the field of civil engineering 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 last subject exam. During the programme, it is possible to do the internship abroad as well as spend entire semesters in a foreign country.
The programme is divided as follows into three subject areas.
The first subject area comprises Legal and Business Studies and consists of the following five subsections:
- Mandatory Subject Area: Apart from courses on Micro and Macro Economics II, the students are required to select modules on Quantitative Methods.
- Elective Subject Area A: For this area, the students can choose from courses from the catalogs of Legal Studies (“[European] Law for Business” or “Electronic Compliance”) and Business Administration (“Strategic Management A or B”)l.
- Elective Subject Area B: The students are required to choose an elective module from the catalogs of Legal Studies, Business Administration, or Economics.
- Area of Specialisation: The students can attend specialised modules from additional catalogs of Legal Studies, Business Administration, or Economics.
- Master's seminar: The students are required to work on a specific problem within a seminar in one of the three Legal and Business Studies disciplines the students can choose individually.
In the second area, the Civil Engineering major, the students first choose a study profile:
- Construction Project Management
- Supply and Waste Management
- Real Estate Assessment and Development with the possibilities of specialisation: Land Development, Real Estate Valuation
- Technical Real Estate Management
- Panning, Design, and Operation of Traffic Systems
- Environmental Management and Planning
The mandatory Interdisciplinary Project Civil Engineering also gives the students the opportunity to perform teamwork on a realistic construction and/ or design project.
As the final module, the research project and the Master's Thesis conclude the programme. For three months in each case, the students work independently on a scientific topic in the field of Legal and Business Studies and in the field of the Civil Engineering. The research paper and the Master's Thesis may not be written in the same field. In justified exceptional cases and with the permission from the board of examiners, the two three-month-long papers may be replaced by a more extensive (six-month-long) Master's Thesis with an interdisciplinary topic. Further information about this option may be found here.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates and to analyse the subject based on research. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Business Administration/Industrial Engineering – specialising in Civil Engineering (B.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – technische Fachrichtung Bauingenieurwesen, B.Sc.)|
|Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) (Bauingenieurwesen, M.Sc.)|
|Energy Science and Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Geodesy and Geoinformation (M.Sc.) (Geodäsie und Geionformation, M.Sc.)|
|Environmental Engineering (M.Sc.) (Umweltingeniuerwissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
|Traffic and Transport (M.Sc.) (Verkehrswesen, M.Sc.)|
|Business Information Systems (M.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc.)|
|Business Administration/Industrial Engineering – specialising in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsingeniuerwesen – technische Fachrichtung Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, M.Sc.)|
|Business Administration/Industrial Engineering – specialising in 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)
Business Engineering graduates work at the interface of technological and business needs. Development, marketing and product life cycles, for example, are much shorter today than only a few years ago. Therefore, company and construction procedures must be concluded simultaneously more often than before. For this interface requirement, business engineers are equipped with the necessary skills in both fields.
Business engineers can choose from a multitude of career opportunities. Graduates of the Business Engineering – Technical Field of Study Civil Engineering programme may find employment in management positions or in research and development. Their employers include businesses in the real estate sector and in the construction industry. Graduates work in the fields of sales, controlling, quality management, business consultancy, or in executive positions.
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:
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)
Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie (HDB) (Central Association of the German Construction Industry)
Bund Deutscher Baumeister, Architekten und Ingenieure (BDB) (Federation of German Masterbuilders, Architects, and Engineers)
Berufsverband der deutschen Wirtschaftsingenieure (Association of German Industrial Engineers)