B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering

Study period

Full time: 7 semesters (3,5 years)
Part time: 9 semesters (4,5 years)



Study begin

Winter semester

Study place

Campus Duisburg




In terms of its concept, the 7-semester bachelor's degree program in mechanical engineering is broadly diversified. In the first three semesters, students are taught mainly the basics in mathematics, mechanics, natural sciences and engineering drawing; in addition, there are lectures in computer science, electrical engineering, materials engineering and machine elements. From the fourth semester onwards, students have the opportunity to choose one of the various profiles; depending on their choice of specialization, the corresponding courses are compulsory here. The Bachelor's program includes the following specializations:

  • General Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy and process engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Metallurgy and metal processing
  • Product engineering
  • Ship and offshore technology

The bachelor's degree program is thus intended to provide a certain focus in addition to a solid basic education in mechanical and plant engineering. The program qualifies students for entry into a profession, with the master's degree in mechanical engineering being considered the standard course of study.

Graduates of the bachelor's degree program in mechanical engineering have mastered basic scientific principles and are able to analyze problems in their basic structure using engineering methods. They have learned to formulate problems and map them in mathematical physical models in order to break down the mapped processes with the help of computers. By selecting the specialization subjects of the elective area in semesters five and six, a "bridge" is built between the fundamentals of engineering and applications related to the professional field. Through the supplementary area, graduates acquire non-specialist qualifications and are thus sensitized to the non-technical requirements of the subsequent professional activity. The basic orientation of the Bachelor's program in Mechanical Engineering prepares students for employment in a wide variety of occupational fields.

Study at UDEStudy plan

Study plan

Study plan

You can find the examination regulations for your study program here: Examination regulations according to study programs

Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB:

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Information material

Prospective students will find an overview of the study program, as well as current information on exams, practical and research project selection and other relevant topics here.

Study plan as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB:


Admission requirements

Entitlement to admission to the Bachelor's program is acquired by the certificate of higher education entrance qualification (general higher education entrance qualification or subject-linked higher education entrance qualification) or a certificate recognized as equivalent by legal regulation or by the competent state authority. Access to studies is also granted to those who have qualified in vocational education. Further details are regulated by the regulations on university admission for those qualified in vocational education

Admission is also possible without an Abitur (e.g. with a Fachhochschulreife) through an aptitude test or aptitude assessment. The entrance examination consists of a written examination (written test) in three subjects (mathematics, physics and German or English, teaching content: Gymnasiale Oberstufe) lasting a total of 3 hours and an oral examination lasting 30 to 45 min. The application deadline for admission to the aptitude test is June 15. Applicants with a general university entrance qualification do not have to take the aptitude test. Further information can be found on the website of the study course.

Prerequisite for the study program is an internship (basic internship) of at least 8 weeks. It is not part of the study program, but can also be completed during the study program. It must be proven at the latest when registering for the examinations of the second study year and does not result in ECTS credits. Further details are regulated by the internship regulations.


Unrestricted admission (study places are not limited)

Enrollment takes place during the enrollment period at the student registrar's office  at campus Duisburg.

Prospective students from non-EU countries submit their application to uni-assist by 15.07. This applies to all German-language Bachelor's degree programs and includes applications for direct admission to the study program, for DSH direct admission, and for the preparatory German course.

Eligibility assessment procedure

For the aptitude test, the previous school and extracurricular education and qualifications with details of the subjects completed and the grades achieved must be proven by copies of certificates. Before making its decision, the board of examiners may invite the applicant to an interview and/or a written and/or oral aptitude test.

Special enrollment requirements

It is also strongly recommended that the preliminary or basic internship (min. 8 weeks) be completed prior to the study begin.


You can find a selection of for non-mandatory, but recommended preliminary courses at Mintroduce.

Language Skills

The language of instruction at the University of Duisburg-Essen is German (except in the English-language programs). Therefore, you must have good German language skills if you want to study successfully. The majority of foreign applicants must pass the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH 2 level; with some exceptions) before beginning their studies.

  • German nationals (persons who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school abroad) do not require any special proof of German language skills.
  • Citizens of an EU member state (and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) or German citizens with a foreign educational qualification, as well as
  • Citizens of a country outside the EU with a foreign university entrance qualification must pass the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH 2 level) or the TestDaF (TDN 4) before the begin of their studies.

Information on the German Language Test for University Entrance (DSH)

Additional language skills
In the international environment of mechanical engineering, English plays an increasing role as an international technical language. The goal of the program is therefore also to provide a familiarity with the English technical language through the use of the English language in selected elective and optional courses.

General Information

Living & Studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • Winter semester: from October to March
  • Summer semester: from April to September

Lecture period

The winter lecture period usually starts in mid-October and ends in mid-February. In summer, the lecture period usually starts in mid-April and ends in July. During the winter semester there is a break of about two weeks during the Christmas holidays.

Examination phase

The examination phase begins about one week after the end of the lecture period and lasts about seven weeks.

Semester fee

All students have to pay a semester fee (social contribution) of about 320,- Euro per semester. You can find the current amount here. The social contribution includes, among other things, a semester ticket for public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia and discounts on meals in the university's canteen and cafeteria.

Living expenses

We recommend to consider approximately 800 to 1000 Euro of personal expenses per month. 


Accommodation is possible in dormitories of the Studierendenwerk and in premises of the free housing market. The rent in a room in a student dormitory is about 300,- Euro per month. You can find more information about housing options here.


You have questions? We have answers!

Universitätsstr. 15 45141 Essen

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students Student advisory service

SG 119
Geibelstr. 41
47057 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0)203 379 3776
E-mail: scies@uni-due.de


Student council Mechanical Engineering

We are your point of contact! If you have questions about your studies or general concerns about us or our lecturers, you can contact us. We will solve your problems and answer your questions directly if possible or forward you to the right people. Just write us an email  (fachschaft-maschinenbau@uni-duisburg.de) oder auf Facebookoder instagram

Website of the student council

For prospective students and enrolled students General student counseling

ABZ offers counseling to prospective students, enrolled students and graduates on all questions concerning the choice of study program, studies and the transition into working career.

ABZ student counseling

Support in the Faculty

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Lobeck
MG 171 Tel.: 0203/37-92508
Office hours: by arrangement

Dr.-Ing. Jens Neugebauer
Study focus ship and offshore technology
BK 116, Tel.: 0203/37-91168
Office hours: by arrangement

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Deike
Major in Metal Processing and Application
Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 12, 47119 Duisburg
Room ST 111
Phone: 0203/37-93455
Office hours: by arrangement

Dr.-Ing. Frederic Kracht
Major in Mechatronics
MD 227, Tel.: 0203/37-93951
Office hours: by appointment

M.Sc. Marius Janßen
Product Engineering
MA 230a, Tel.: 0203/37-92721
Office hours: by arrangement

Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Roes
Major in Energy and Process Engineering
MA 325, Tel.: 0203/37-93010
Office hours: by arrangement

Board of examiners