M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (M-ME)



Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M-ME)

Programme Commencement

winter and summer semester

Standard Duration

4 semesters (2 years)

Place of Studies

Campus Duisburg 


Accredited by ASIIN


The high-tech machinery and plant construction industry is one of Germany's largest sectors, and a reliable source of employment for the future. The combination of mechanical engineering with electronics, metrology, steering technology and control engineering has created entirely new products and processes. In today's increasingly globalized marketplace, graduates with a Master's in mechanical engineering have a global and wide-ranging choice of careers. These include managerial positions not just in major corporations but also in the SME sector, where the opportunities for growth and career advancement are substantial. Entry-level graduates are particularly sought after. The most innovative sectors, and where specialists are particularly in demand, include robotics, sensory and laser technology, and software. The automotive sector and construction firms continue to offer good opportunities, while other employers can be found in aerospace and astronautics, electrical engineering, telecoms, medical technology and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Master's degree holders can also expect to find work in universities, research institutes and the public sector.  

The Mechanical Engineering M.Sc. is divided into five study profiles, each offering a different focus.

The General Mechanical Engineering profile provides a wide-ranging education in general mechanical engineering without concentrating on any particular area. The curriculum offers students the breadth of a traditional mechanical engineering education, with the technical part of the course comprising a set of compulsory core subjects as well as three catalogues.

The Mechatronics profile combines classical mechanical engineering with electrical engineering and information technology. The interplay of mechanical, electrical and electronic system components, together with their functional and local integration into general modules, gives rise to completely new functions and manufacturing processes. This option offers students a thorough grounding in the methods that lay the foundation for the development and manufacture of mechatronic systems. Students will also have the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of special areas through a wide range of advanced lectures. The diversity and depth of the research interests of the various teaching posts enables students to devote their Master's thesis to the latest application areas, such as robotics, automotive technology and biomechanics, while taking advantage of the most advanced knowledge available in these areas. The increasingly globalized nature of the marketplace means that graduates of this option have a wide range of international careers to choose from. These include managerial positions not just in major corporations but also in the SME sector, where the opportunities for growth and career advancement are substantial.

The ever-increasing globalization of the economy means that manufacturing today takes place on a worldwide basis, thereby requiring new and comprehensive commodity flow systems. This in turn has led to an increasing need for production and logistics engineers in a wide range of sectors, opening up a wide range of career options for the suitably qualified. The Production and Logistics profile covers the methods and techniques for the development and management of production and logistics processes in the value chain. It combines the various strands of technology with commercial, administrative and logistical requirements, thereby bringing design into play with planning and management processes.

Against a background of climate change and global resource depletion, energy and environmental engineering is becoming increasingly important. The efficient production of energy that does not contribute to climate change, and the reduction of earth, water and air pollution, are central challenges for the 21st century. Engineers have a crucial contribution to make, developing not just resource-efficient facilities, but also technologies for neutralizing harmful substances. Energy and environmental engineering is an innovative high-tech sector and one of Europe's fastest-growing industries. With the increasing globalization of the economy, graduates of this Master's program will be highly attractive to employers around the world. Leadership roles await, not just in large corporations but also especially in the innovative SME sector.

Germany is home to Europe's largest supplier industry for shipbuilding, with mechanical engineering companies implementing innovative solutions for a globalized market. Moreover, the switch to renewable energy has led to increased research and development in the field of green energy, alternative drive systems, and the end-to-end optimization of maritime systems. All this activity has created one of the largest supplier industries for offshore wind technology. The Ship and Offshore Technology profile caters to the resulting need for highly qualified engineers in this area. It builds on the basic principles of general mechanical engineering by focusing on the maritime and offshore technology sectors. Encompassing hydrodynamics, construction, structural integrity and numerical and experimental procedures, it provides the knowledge and skills required for addressing technical maritime and offshore issues in a mechanical engineering context. The modules are structured in such a way as to ensure students gain knowledge and skills appropriate to mechanical engineering in general and maritime and offshore technology in particular. Electives can be chosen from a wide selection of engineering disciplines, thus allowing students to focus on their individual needs and interests.


ECTS Credits

The M.Sc. programme has been completed when 120 ECTS credits have been acquired.

  • 26-52 ECTS credits in the technical compulsory course units
  • 30-56 ECTS credits in the technical elective module
  • 8 ECTS credits in the non-technical module
  • 30 ECTS credits for the master thesis

Study Plan

Study Plan Master Mechanical Engineering - General Mechanical Engineering
Study Plan Master Mechanical Engineering - Energy and Environmental Engineering
Study Plan Master Mechanical Engineering - Production and Logistics
Study Plan Master Mechanical Engineering - Mechatronics
Study Plan Master Mechanical Engineering - Ship and Offshore Technology


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