M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering

Study period

Full time: 3 semesters (1,5 years)
Part time: 5 semesters (2,5 years)



Study begin

Winter and summer semester

Study place

Campus Duisburg




In contrast to the Bachelor's program, the three-semester consecutive Master's program does not include a "general" lecture component that is mandatory for all Master's students. The master's program - with two semesters of study and one semester for writing the master's thesis - is divided into seven main areas of study. The division of the specialization areas already introduced in the Bachelor's program is taken up again and continued in the Master's program in the form of the following main areas of study:

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

Graduates of the master's program in mechanical engineering have further processed the educational objectives of the bachelor's program in a longer process of professional maturity and have acquired greater confidence in the application and implementation of technical and nontechnical competencies. They have in-depth specialist knowledge in one of the specialization areas offered or also a broad general mechanical engineering qualification if they choose the "General Mechanical Engineering" field of study. The methods learned can be used to formulate and solve complex tasks in research and development, in industry or in research institutions, as well as critically scrutinized and, if necessary, further developed. In addition to technical skills, students acquire various social skills such as teamwork and communication skills as well as international and intercultural experience, which prepares them for employment in management positions.

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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Mechanical Engineering (Energy and Process Engineering) Graphic illustration
Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics) Graphic illustration
Mechanical Engineering (Metallurgy and Metal Processing) Graphic illustration
Mechanical Engineering (Product Engineering) Graphic illustration
Mechanical Engineering (Ship and Offshore Technology) Graphic illustration

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

The prerequisite for admission to the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering is that the applicant has passed the Bachelor's examination in the Bachelor's program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen or an equivalent credited examination (see examination regulations) with an average grade of 2.5 or better. For Bachelor graduates from programs with a standard period of study of less than 7 semesters, conditions are imposed as part of the aptitude determination process that guarantee that a total study volume of 300 ECTS credits is demonstrated after completion of the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering. Further information can be found on the website of the Mechanical Engineering program.


Unrestricted admission (study places are not limited). Enrollment takes place during the enrollment period at the student registrar's office at campus Duisburg. [Forms and further information]

Prospective students from non-EU countries submit their application in the online portal of the International Office by 15.07 for the winter semester and by 15.03 for the summer semester. 

Eligibility assessment procedure

Before a possible admission to the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering, the applicant's professional aptitude must be determined by the board of examiners. For this purpose, the following application (also as a DOC-filemust be completed in full and submitted electronically with the necessary attachments to the chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Examination Board with the subject "Master's admission".

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

According to examination regulations § 2 Para. 2:
In the international environment of mechanical engineering, English plays an increasing role as an international technical language. The aim of the study program is therefore also to convey a familiarity with the English technical language through the use of the English language in selected elective and optional courses. Appropriate language skills are therefore expected.

Study-accompanying internships

Not required.

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