Areas of study

Areas of study in the Mechanical Engineering Department

In mechanical engineering you decide how you want to develop solutions for a better tomorrow: As a generalist, who can put together a curriculum according to your own wishes, or as a specialist in one of our areas of study. Here you will find an overview of possible areas of study. Further down on this page you will find important information on how to integrate your specialisation in your studies.

As a generalist with an individual curriculum, you have the opportunity to study a little bit of everything – you choose modules from the elective areas according to your interests! This way, you don't have to decide on an area of study and can specialise later, when you start your professional life.

The elective areas include, but also go beyond the modules of the specialisations. Through the following link you will find all courses of the elective areas as well as the module guide.

To create a circular economy, energy and resources must be used consciously and sustainably. You will learn here how to successfully conserve resources by designing, manufacturing and using products, plants and systems!

This could be exactly your research topic for later? Then find out more about the department's current research topics in this area here.

Do you want to make a decisive contribution to realising the energy revolution? Then the area of study Clean Energy and Process Engineering is the right one for you! The main focus: The conversion of energy sources and recyclable materials as the basis of industrial processes in energy and process engineering and the entire value chain.

This could be exactly your research topic for later? Then find out more about the department's current research topics in this area here.

Help shape the future of mobility: In the area of study Future Automotive Systems you will combine classic automotive technology with data based algorithms and develop the digital and networked cars of the future.

This could be exactly your research topic for later? Then find out more about the department's current research topics in this area here.

Finding digital solutions for tomorrow's production is the focus of this master's programme. To be precise: How the worlds of physical and virtual production can be brought together and new service-based business models can be developed.

This could be exactly your research topic for later? Then find out more about the department's current research topics in this area here.

The development of future-oriented technologies for the aerospace industry based on a thorough general training – this is what the area of study Aerospace Engineering offers you. Starting in the winter semester 2021/22, this specialisation will be offered in English as a new master's programme. Thereby the Department of Mechanical Engineering takes into account the economic importance and the unparalleled innovative power of aerospace engineering!

This could be exactly your research topic for later? Then find out more about the department's current research topics in this area here.

We are already carrying out research into the production of artificial organs and bones from cells using 3D printers, so that in the future people can be supplied with the organs they need more quickly. However, the use of renewable raw materials in production processes also plays an important role for our future. In this interdisciplinary field, we work closely with biology and chemistry in both research and teaching. Starting in the winter semester 2023/24, this area of study will be offered as a separate Bachelor's programme and in the winter semester 2026/27, the consecutive Master's programme will start at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Numerous lectures on this subject area can already be attended in the Master's programme in the area of study “General Mechanical Engineering”.

This could be exactly your research topic for later? Then find out more about the department's current research topics in this area here.

Things worth knowing about the areas of study

Since the winter semester 2021/22, it is possible to choose from the following specialisations in the Master's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering:

  • General Mechanical Engineering
  • Sustainable Use of Resources
  • Clean Energy and Process Engineering
  • Future Automotive Systems
  • Digital Based Production and Robotics

If you choose one of the four lower areas of study, there will be further specifications for the modules in the compulsory elective areas and the topic of your Master's thesis. In the Downloadarea of the Master's programme (“Ordnung 2021”) you will find the modules relevant for you in the “Modulübersicht in Wahlpflichtbereichen” as well as in the “Modulhandbuch” (field number 8: “Verwendbarkeit des Moduls”) die für Dich relevanten Module. Your chosen specialisation will be printed on your transcript.

Interested in Aerospace Engineering? Since the winter semester 2021/22, we have been offering you a suitable Master's programme in English. Corresponding modules can alternatively be taken in “General Mechanical Engineering” of the Master's programme “Mechanical Engineering”.

In addition, we are currently working on offering “Bio-Materials Engineering” in the future not only as corresponding elective modules in the Master's peogramme in Mechanical Engineering, but also as a new independent degree programme. Already now, we are offering the Master's programme Paper Science and Technology – Paper Technology and Bio-based Fibre Materials within this area of study.

Curriculum with specialisation

If you decide on an area of study, there are three compulsory modules that you must take, some of them being taught in Englisch, some in German. Furthermore, in the core teaching area, a minimum number of credit points from a catalogue specific to the area of specialisation is prescribed. Your master's thesis must deal with a topic from your specialisation.

On the one hand, by linking research and teaching, the latest scientific results are integrated into the study programmes at all times. On the other hand, you already deal with current questions from the research groups during your studies in individual modules, projects and especially your thesis. If you are interested in how the main areas of study are also reflected in the main areas of research at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please take a look here.