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The Master's programme in Production Systems Engineering is under the scientific leadership of the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools of RWTH Aachen University. For many decades, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering has been world-renowned for its successful and forward-thinking research and innovation in the area of production engineering. In eight different work areas, research activities not only relate to fundamental theories and findings but also to the application of findings in an industrial context. Furthermore, practical solutions are worked out for the purposes of rationalising production.
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Teaching in the Master's degree programme takes places in various forms: lectures, exercises, and practicals. Lectures are usually taught via presentation of the relevant teaching material. Some professors might also ask questions and encourage interaction with the students. In the corresponding exercises the teaching material will be actively applied by the students, e.g. via calculation tasks. Practicals are also a more application-oriented form of teaching and can take place in labs, for example.
To achieve a Master of Science in Production Systems Engineering, students have to complete the following modules:
- Manufacturing Technology
- Production Management
- Welding and Joining Technologies
- Gear and Transmission Technology
- Mechatronics and Control Techniques for Production Plants
- Quality Management
- Industrial Logistics
- Multi Body Dynamics
- Factory Planning
- Process Chains for Applications of Complex Optical Components
- Modelling, Model Reduction and Simulation in Laser Processing
- Production Metrology
- Control Engineering
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Machine Design Process
In addition to the coursework, students must also complete the following as part of their programme:
- A complementary German course (B1)
- A Master's thesis
Forms of assessmentWritten and oral examinations
Course objectivesProduct engineers work in a multitude of areas within industry or research departments, including development, design, sales and distribution, quality management, and organisation. The Master's degree awarded by RWTH Aachen University is recognised worldwide and qualifies graduates for further PhD studies.
As production engineers, our graduates will:
- provide quantitative analytical methods for process analysis, continuous improvement, and design of production systems
- design, direct, optimise, and monitor production processes (lean buffering design, efficient raw material processing, product quality, etc.)
- develop and improve mathematical modelling of serial production lines and assembly systems in the manufacturing process
- analyse modelling results to improve the manufacturing performance and to identify process bottlenecks or buffering issues
- select or develop the adequate innovative production machines and assembly systems for state-of-the-art manufacturing planning
Language requirementsIf you want to attend an English-taught Master's degree programme, you must be fluent in English (oral and written) in order to understand lectures, textbooks and manuals in English and to participate in lab projects, industrial internships and examinations.
One of the following certificates must be submitted:
- TOEFL Internet-based: minimum of 90 pts/paper-based: minimum of 577 pts
- IELTS test: minimum overall band 5.5 pts
- Cambridge Test - Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
- First Certificate in English (FCE), completed with B
- placement test of RWTH Aachen University's language centre (B2)
Certification of German language proficiency is not necessary in order to apply for an English-taught RWTH Master's degree programme. Admitted students will attend an obligatory German language course starting in September (around one month prior to the beginning of the programme).
- A Bachelor of Engineering or Science in mechanical engineering or a related discipline, such as automotive, aerospace or energy engineering, manufacturing, structural, industrial, or production engineering, awarded by an internationally recognised university-level institution
- Fundamental knowledge in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and natural science that should be covered within the following modules: mathematics, mechanics, materials sciences, thermodynamics, informatics/programming/computer science, physics, technical drawing and CAD
- Furthermore, knowledge in the following courses is requested: fluid dynamics, automatic control, design engineering, production management, machine tools, manufacturing technology, electrical drives, quality management, fluid techniques, materials techniques.
- In addition, students must have gained relevant work experience, usually of one year's duration, during or after their Bachelor's degree programme.
Enrolment feesApprox. 230 EUR student services contribution fee per semester
The fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Costs of livingThe average cost of living and studying, including food, accommodation, personal and social expenses, and study-related costs, is estimated to be 700-900 EUR per month.
Job opportunitiesStudents enrolled at RWTH Aachen University have the opportunity to find a job on campus and work for up to 19 hours per week. This also allows students to become more familiar with the university institutes and take part in projects related to their field of study. The maximum working limit for off-campus work is 120 days per year for non-EU students.
Funding opportunities within the universityA limited number of scholarships from various organisations is available to help students finance their studies. Please see the following website for a list of exchange programmes, scholarships, and grants, together with their specific application requirements and conditions, and/or contact the International Office directly for advice and assistance.
Arrival supportThe team for international students of the RWTH International Academy offers new students support upon arrival and encourages current Master's students to help fellow students settle in. Orientation days will be organised to help new students to find their way around the campus and build new contacts with fellow students. Services include:
- daily consultation hours
- orientation days
- senior mentoring programme
- academic and social mentoring programme
- German course
Students are also offered assistance with the following tasks, amongst others:
- finding accommodation
- admission procedures
- opening a bank account
- insurance matters
- getting to know the city and the university campus
Services and support for international studentsTo ensure an excellent working environment, the RWTH International Academy provides additional support in all social and practical matters of concern to international students.
This includes the following services, amongst others:
- daily consultation hours
- intercultural training
- job application training
- industrial networking through fairs and company presentations
- excursions and factory visits
AccommodationThe RWTH Aachen International Academy staff offers support in finding accommodation in either a student residence or a private apartment.
RWTH Aachen University has a limited number of dorm rooms and studio apartments. However, there are usually waiting lists for these rooms, and students will probably need to find private accommodation first. There are a number of options for finding private accommodation in and around Aachen, and the International Academy can provide students with information beforehand and after arrival.
For short-term accommodation, there are many hotels and two youth hostels.
Further guidance on student housing in Aachen can be found at: