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Structure & Modules

Structure of the programme

The master’s programme consists of two study semesters (30 ECTS each) and a Master’s thesis (30 ECTS). One ECTS equals 30 hours of workload, both in-class and for self-study. The programme includes no obligatory modules, only elective modules. Applicants to the programme specify their choice in their application from the "menu" of elective modules below. Subsequent changes are subject to available capacity.


The Department of Engineering defines approx. three semesters ahead, which  elective modules will be offered. The flexible concept allows that the module offerings are reviewed and may be up-dated annually. A detailed description of all modules can be found here.

Research and Development-module

Every study semester can include a R&D-module (10 ECTS). Together with the Master's thesis research work can thus make up to 50 ECTS out of 90 ECTS in total. There are two possibilities:

  • Either you have already organsied a R&D-assignment (e.g. at your company) and you would like to have this work credited to your study programme.
  • or you have no research assignment yet, but you have a strong interest in doing research in a specific field.

Applicants may specify their intentions in the application form. After admission all students are contacted automatically to define the precise scope of the work as soon as possible. The Examination Board specifies the allocation numbers ME and MT following the advice of the module supervisors. As the module can only be arranged some time after the application, we advise you to choose a suitable module as an alternative, in case no suitable R&D-module can be found.

Study abroad

After successful completion of at least 30 ECTS and according to prior agreement, students may take a mobility module (20/30 ECTS) at a university abroad. The Examination Board will define the applicable allocation numbers individually. Information on our partner universities can be found at the site of the International Office. Study abroad semesters can also be planned at other universities. For further info please contact the mobility module's supervisor Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Magin.

Intentions for a study abroad semester can be expressed in the application form. However, as the semester can be fixed earliest during the first semester, we advise you to choose a suitable module as an alternative.

Specialisation / allocation numbers

The table with the elective modules above, contains allocation numbers “ME” (mechanical engineering) and “MT” (mechatronics) for each module. The highest summation of the numbers of all the chosen modules defines the specialisation on the final certificate: either “mechanical engineering” or “mechatronics”.


Most of the modules are taught in English, a few are taught in German. The language of instruction follows from the module’s name. Applicants can thus do their degree completely in English, completely in German or in a combination thereof. If you are in demand of both languages you have more choice.

If German courses are selected and German is not the native language, applicants should have linguistic proficiency according to level B2, Test-DaF-3, DSH-1 or equivalent. If English courses are selected and English is not the native language, applicants should have linguistic proficiency according to at least level B2, TOEIC Listening and Reading 785, TOEIC Speaking and Writing 310, TOEFL iBT 87, TOEFL ITP 543, IELTS 6,0 or equivalent. A proof thereof is required.