© Philipp Arnoldt

Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.

Program overview

The Mechanical Engineering master’s program offers you a broad and at the same time specialized engineering curriculum. You will combine core areas of study with your own specialization, tailored through free electives. By allowing you to select an area of specialization to acquire thorough technical knowledge as well as engineering-based methodological skills, the program ensures that you have the opportunity to develop your own profile. The main areas focused on in the master’s program in Mechanical Engineering are computation, fluid system dynamics, construction and development, aviation propulsion, microtechnology, internal combustion engines, machine tools, and installation engineering. The close link between research and teaching ensures that new developments in mechanical engineering are immediately incorporated into the curriculum. A further important feature of the master’s program is the inclusion and active involvement of students in research projects.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants to the master’s program in Mechanical Engineering must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. Until legal validity of the application and admission regulations (estimated to start for the admission of winter semester 2019/20) the following rules apply.

The Mechanical Engineering master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. Knowledge of English is useful, as some courses/modules may be offered in English and much of the technical literature is published in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

You should be interested in, and have an understanding of interdisciplinary approaches as the curriculum addresses complex interdisciplinary issues. The ability to work independently and take initiative are also desirable as these qualities play an important role in the program.

Program structure

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

We recommend you commence the program in the winter semester as starting in the summer semester requires special planning.

Content and modules

The master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering consists of modules which group the content of the program into specific themes and which often include a variety of different study and teaching formats. A current overview of all modules is provided by TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, and much more. The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations.

The module list is based on the study and examination regulations. The latest version applies to applicants.

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A six-week non-university technical internship is a mandatory component of the program. The internship should focus on overseeing an entire project or offer the opportunity to participate in a project. All further details relating to internships can be found in the internship regulations.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of semesters abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (studying abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

You acquire the following skills in the master’s program in Mechanical Engineering:

•   The ability to recognize, understand, and assess scientific and technical interrelationships as well as the capacity to develop and apply these

•   The ability to recognize and evaluate the mutual relationship between technology, society, and the environment

•   The capacity to understand and actively influence technological change in research, development, and application

•   Methodological skills enabling you to successfully process synthesis problems applying a balance of technical, economic, and societal considerations, particularly in areas of greater complexity

•   The ability to conduct academic work and extend the boundaries of current knowledge

You are also able to formulate problems and to independently address and process the resulting tasks, to incorporate the findings of other researchers, and to communicate your own findings as well as to recognize and take account of macroeconomic and societal contexts.

After your studies

Typical careers for graduates are management positions in companies specializing in development and production, for example working in research and development, product development and construction, product management, production, management, sales, or service. Other opportunities include academic and institute-based research as well as careers in the area of metrology and testing. Successfully completing the master’s program also entitles you to pursue a doctorate.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs - Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Recognition of previous internships or vocational trainings: Internship Officers