International Programmes 2018/2019

Production Systems Engineering Production Systems Engineering

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Master of Science (RWTH Aachen University)
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held entirely in English (100%).

Programme duration
3 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

1 March for the following winter semester
German and EU citizens may apply until 15 July. However, we strongly recommend that German / EU citizens also apply before 1 March.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 4,500 EUR per semester (13,500 EUR in total; three-semester regular study period)

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Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The English-taught Master of Science in Production Systems Engineering builds upon its students' existing qualifications and extends their knowledge in the fields of materials, manufacturing processes, process and product engineering, manufacturing system design, manufacturing competitiveness, and management. Skills, such as leading and working in project teams and effective communication, will be strengthened. Thanks to extensive laboratory experience, graduates will be able to perform fundamental or applied research, to identify vital work steps, and to communicate the results of their research. The Master's degree awarded by the RWTH Aachen University is globally recognised and qualifies graduates for consecutive PhD studies.

Course organisation

Educational organisation at RWTH Aachen University

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:

Compulsory Courses

  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Production Management
  • Welding and Joining Technologies
  • Gear and Transmission Technology
  • Mechatronics and Control Techniques for Production Plants
  • Quality Management

Elective Courses

  • 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
  • Tribology

In addition to the coursework, students must also complete the following as part of their programme:

  • A complementary German course (A2)
  • A Master's thesis
Types of assessment

Written and oral examinations

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

All courses are linked to a virtual classroom on the L2P online learning platform.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 4,500 EUR per semester (13,500 EUR in total; three-semester regular study period)

More information:

Semester contribution
All students at RWTH Aachen University are subject to the current semester fee of approx. 260 EUR per semester. It includes, among other benefits, a semester ticket covering public transport in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Costs of living
The average cost of living and studying, including food, accommodation, personal and social expenses, and study-related costs amounts to 800-900 EUR per month.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
A limited number of scholarships from various organisations are available to help students finance their studies. Please see the following website for a list of exchange programmes, scholarships, and grants as well as specific application requirements and conditions. Alternatively, students can contact the International Office directly for advice and assistance.
Academic Admission Requirements
  • 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, and materials techniques.
  • In addition, students should have gained relevant work experience of no less than 12 months (as a rule) during or after their Bachelor's degree programme.
Language requirements

If 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; paper-based: minimum of 577
  • IELTS test: minimum overall band 5.5
  • Cambridge Test - Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE), completed with B
  • placement test of RWTH Aachen University's Language Centre - only available for students already enrolled at RWTH Aachen University

Applicants who graduated from their Bachelor's programme in the USA, UK, Canada (English-speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia do not need to submit language certificates.
Certification of German language proficiency is not necessary in order to apply for an English-taught RWTH Master's degree programme. Admitted students who are unable to prove knowledge of the German language must attend an obligatory German language course starting in September (around one month prior to the beginning of the programme).

Application deadline

1 March for the following winter semester
German and EU citizens may apply until 15 July. However, we strongly recommend that German / EU citizens also apply before 1 March.

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

Students 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.


The RWTH 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. RWTH International Academy also has its own boarding house for its students. 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:

Career advisory service

Our Career Services offer support for students looking for internships or full-time employment. Among other things, students can make use of CV checks, LinkedIn profile upgrades, assessment centre training, and interview preparation. Furthermore, we organise excursions to companies and factories regularly so that our students gain first-hand insight into the industry. Our graduates have overwhelmingly positive prospects, as on average they:

  • find a job within three months after graduation (53.3%).
  • receive a job offer from companies directly after finishing an internship or the Master’s thesis, before graduation (16.2%)
  • increase their salary by up to 200% (72%).

RWTH Aachen University

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With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's leading institutions for science and research. Currently, more than 44,500 students are enrolled in 144 academic programmes. More than 8,500 of them are international students hailing from 130 different countries. The scientific education students receive at RWTH Aachen University is firmly rooted in real-world application. As a result, our graduates are highly sought after by businesses to work as trainees and fill executive positions. National and international rankings show that our graduates have a high aptitude for managing complex tasks, constructively solving problems in teams, and taking on leadership responsibilities. Thus, it should come as no surprise that one in five board members of German corporations is an alumnus of RWTH Aachen University.
Work conducted in the research centres at RWTH Aachen University is strongly oriented towards the current needs of industry, commerce, and the professions. This has resulted in numerous innovations, patents, and licences. The individual competence centres at RWTH Aachen University collaborate effectively across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary groups and forums, while still maintaining a strong focus on their own department specialisation. For instance, the computer science and biology departments - and even the social sciences - all have a clear connection to the school's engineering focus. This has been a crucial factor in motivating multinational corporations such as Philips, Microsoft, and Ford to locate their research institutions in the Aachen region.
Excellence in teaching and research constitutes the basis from which RWTH Aachen University works with other leading institutions and technical universities around the world.

53.3 Percentage of graduates who find a job within three months after graduation
72 Percentage of graduates who had a 200% increase in salary after graduation

University Location

As Germany's westernmost city, Aachen is located on the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. Its population is about 260,000. Aachen's historic centre around the distinctive cathedral (UNESCO world heritage site) is characterised by a student lifestyle. At the city's doorstep, the hilly Eifel landscape with its rivers, lakes, and forests offers a picturesque countryside for outdoor recreation.
Aachen benefits from its central location in the heart of Europe!