Management of Product Development

Study mode:Part-time Languages: English Duration:20 months
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Our highly integrated and creative approach towards efficient product development makes the difference: by using e.g., virtual engineering processes and new technologies like lightweight design we foster innovations and the development of highly utilised machine elements and systems.
Product development is the process of entirely planning and prototyping novel technical systems. It ranges from finding the product profile to creating a concept, designing, making prototypes, testing and validating. The actual manufacturing phase follows subsequently and is the second and final stage of the product creation process.
Thus, product development is certainly one of the core means of adding value in companies and is crucial for their success through innovation. Creativity and performance potential define the success of product development.

Overview Engineering Modules (EM):
EM 1: Design and Validation Process & Information Systems for Product Development
EM 2: Integrated Product Development by ASD - Agile Systems Design
EM 3: PGE - Product Generation Engineering
EM 4: Systems and Cases
EM 5: Multi-Technological Systems & Workshops

Overview Management Modules (MM)
MM 1: Innovation & Projects
MM 2: Finance & Value
MM 3: Marketing & Information
MM 4: Strategy & People
MM 5: Decisions & Risk

Educational organisation

The Master's program is offered at the HECTOR School, Technology Business School of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). It is especially designed for engineering professionals who have already worked in their jobs for approx. three years. It is designed as a part-time program over a duration of about 20 months and concludes with a Master of Science awarded by the KIT.
The academic calendar for all Master's programs of the HECTOR School starting in October each year consists of 10 intensive modules, each with a duration of 10 days. At the end, the Master's program concludes with a Master's thesis.

Forms of assessment

Written and oral exams at the end of each module and Master's thesis and colloquium after completion of the modules.

Course objectives

Participants of the Master's program Management of Product Development (MPD) are able to analyse, design, operate, and implement the product development process in their companies in an optimised way by means of acquired research- and application-oriented methods and processes.
Based on an integrated approach to product creation processes, graduates can successfully implement innovative ideas and innovation into competitive products, while they put a special focus on major criteria like customised product solutions and reduction of production costs as well as optimisation of quality standards. Furthermore, they are capable of accompanying and furthering innovation processes by means of creative techniques.
Finally, due to the increasing performance and competition pressure in product development, graduates can counteract shorter development times and product life cycles with appropriate methods and techniques. Join us to acquire the tools that will guide your career path in this exciting field of innovation.

Language requirements

English language test (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS) for non-native speakers (TOEFL score of at least 95 iBT)

Academic requirements

University qualification:
Bachelor's, Master's, German Diploma ("Diplom"), etc. (university, university of applied sciences, cooperative state university)
Exception: other degrees may be accepted (e.g., professional experience)

Professional experience:
Depending on the level of the first degree (210 or 180 ECTS points)

  • One or two years of practical experience in the specific field of the course is required.
  • Three years of work experience are recommended.
  • References are needed as evidence.

English qualification:
Evidence of an adequate knowledge of the English language is required, normally in the form of a TOEFL (at least 95 iBT) or an equal qualification that must be checked individually.

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Enrollment fees

The tuition fee for the entire M.Sc. Program is 30.000 € (thirty thousand EUR). Please note that this fee is tax-deductible.

Arrival support

The HECTOR School office offers support to international participants regarding e.g., arrival procedures, visa requirements, etc.

Services and support for international students

The HECTOR School office takes care of international participants during their stay in Germany, also offering a wide range of social and cultural events, workshops, etc.


The HECTOR School is integrated into the campus of the International Department of the KIT with its own campus accommodation, which is available to all students of the International Department upon request.
For further information, see the campus website:

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