Start programme M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to M.Sc. Maschinenbau

You have completed your bachelor's degree at another university and are now starting your master's programme M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering with us? Here you can find information for a successful start to your studies.

The online course “Startprogramm M.Sc. Maschinenbau” (course language: german) provides you with all the information you need to get off to a good start in the master study programme M.Sc. Maschinenbau.

You get access to the moodle online course “Startprogramm M.Sc. Maschinenbau”, after enrolling at TU Darmstadt, with the enrollment key provided in your admission letter.

You will find information about the Moodle course access and the course content further down on this website.

Your MechCenter team is already looking forward to your participation.

The online course “Startprogramm; M.Sc. Maschinenbau” is offered via the learning platform Moodle of TU Darmstadt. This platform also provides many learning materials for your Master courses.

The course will be available from 1. of September for the winter semester and from 1. of March for the summer semester,

  • The login to Moodle is via TU-ID. To have access to the Moodle course you have to activate your TU-ID. If you need assistance, you can find tips and help for Moodle registration here.
  • After logging in to Moodle, you can find the online course “Startprogramm M.Sc. Maschinenbau” at the following link:
  • You find the password for the course access in your admission letter.

We warmly invite you to the Kick-off meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2023 from 9:30am-1:30pm for your orientation course “Startprogramm M.Sc. Maschinenbau” (course language: german).

You find your meeting invitation in the Moodle online course “Startprogramm M.Sc. Maschinenbau”.


  • Welcome by representatives of the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Information on how to use the Moodle course “Startprogramm: M.Sc. Maschinenbau”
  • Tips for study organization and study planning for the M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering
  • Answers to questions and opportunities for networking and forming study groups
  • Information about the professorial mentorING

In the online course we will answer your questions about the Mechanical Engineering Master's Programme. You can choose topics and questions about your studies that you are interested in and that you would like to learn more about.

Of course you can also ask questions yourself. We are looking forward to you and your questions.

The online course also gives you the chance to meet other master’s students and to network with them.

The following questions will be answered in the course:

  • What is TUCaN and how do I register courses, modules and examinations in TUCaN?
  • What does the study programme of the M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering look like and how can I plan my studies and create my curriculum?
  • What electives and specialisation options are offered by the M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering study programme and what do I have to consider when choosing courses?
    • What are tutorials?
    • What are the elective areas I, II, and III?
    • What are Advanced Design Projects (ADP)?
    • What does “Studium Generale” mean ?
  • What ist an “External Project” and what are the requirements?
  • When can I write the master's thesis and how do I register for the master's thesis?
  • If I have prerequisites that I need to fulfil, what do I have to consider when planning my studies?
  • What kind of support is offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and who can I contact if I have questions about my studies?
  • How does the mentoring system for master's students at the Department of Mechanical Engineering support me and who is my mentor?

Admission to the master's programme also gives you access to the MasterPlus mentoring programme. Our student MasterPlus mentors will expand on the topics of the Master's Orientation Day in several workshops, talk about their own experiences, and reveal additional tips and tricks. You will have the opportunity to talk about your first impressions and clarify questions or problems in personal discussions. They will help you find the information you need or get in touch with the right contact person. This also applies to topics beyond your studies, such as accommodations and visas.

You can participate in the MasterPlus mentoring programme free of charge. After being admitted to the master’s programme you will receive an invitation from us. Please register as described in the email.

Have you not received an invitation from us? Then please contact

Our mentors are there for you and help you with planning your studies. They are also available for questions and problems that go beyond academics.

In your first semester, we offer you four compact workshops to provide you with specific information on the following topics. After all workshops, you will have the opportunity to clarify any remaining questions or concerns with your mentors, e.g. through additional individual or group discussions.

The following questions will be answered during the workshops:

  • Planing your studies
  • Master your exams
  • External Project work, ADP, Tutorial
  • Master's Thesis, Networking & Support

The MasterPlus mentoring programme is offered together by the . The MasterPlus office is a further point of contact for international students to raise questions or concerns.