Business Administration/Industrial Engineering –
specialising in Mechanical Engineering (Master of Science)
(Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – technische Fachrichtung Maschinenbau, 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 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)|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
|Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester); January 15 (for summer semester)|
|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 tot 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 production of machines and technical systems. Located at the interface of Business Studies and Mechanical 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 commercial internship serves the qualification of students. A completed commercial training or a completed vocational training in the field of mechanical 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 Macroeconomics 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 catalogues of Legal Studies (“[European] Law for businesses” or “Electronic Compliance”) and Business Administration (“Strategic Management A or B”).
- Elective Subject Area B: The students are required to choose an elective module from the catalogues of Legal Studies, Business Administration, or Economics.
- Area of specialisation: The students can attend specialised modules (partially in English) from additional catalogues of Legal Studies, Business Administration, or Economics.
- Master’s seminar: The students are required to work on a scientific problem within a seminar in one of the three Legal and Business Studies disciplines the students can choose individually.
The second part of the degree programme covers the area of Mechanical Engineering and is divided into fundamental area and an advanced area.
- Mandatory Subject: Attending lectures and tutorials on “Systems Theory and Control Engineering”.
- Elective Subject Area: Selection of the modules “Higher Machine Dynamics”, “Technical Fluid Mechanics”, “Heat and Mass Transfer”, “Numerical Calculation Methods”, and “Measuring Technology for Mechanical Engineers”.
- Optional Subject Area: Offers space for integrating fundamental courses from the catalogue of the Bachelor’s degree programme Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering into the Master’s programme.
- Practical Area: Participation in a tutorial for Mechanical Engineering and/or an Advanced Design Project (ADP).
- Core Courses: A choice of courses from the catalog of the Master’s degree programme Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering. These serve the technical specialisation within the study programme in the Mechanical Engineering major.
- Science and Engineering: Additionally, another module from the extensive elective catalogue “Science and Engineering” may be selected.
As the final module, the research paper 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 Mechanical 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.
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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)
Business engineers work at the interface of technical and business needs. Development, marketing and product life cycles, for example, are much shorter today than only a few years ago. Therefore, business, construction and marketing procedures must be concluded simultaneously more often than before. For this interface requirement, business engineers are equipped with the necessary skills in both fields. Graduates of the Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Mechanical Engineering programme may find employment in management positions or in research and development. Their employers include mechanical, automotive and aircraft engineering businesses as well as logistics, consulting and service businesses. They take on, for instance, operative tasks in the fields of production control, quality assurance, process monitoring as well as in controlling and marketing.
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)
Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA) (German Mechanical and Plant Engineering Association)
Berufsverband der deutschen Wirtschaftsingenieure (Association of German Industrial Engineers)