Traffic and Transport
Master of Science
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.
|Degree||Master of Science|
|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. Information for students with degrees from 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 (program 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.|
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.
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: Ph.D. at TU Darmstadt
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.
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)
Guidelines and Study Regulations
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