International Programmes 2018/2019

Computer Aided Conception and Production in Mechanical Engineering Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Degree
Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

Courses are held 100% in English. In addition, students have to complete a complementary German course at level A2.2.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
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 apply before 1 March.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
4,500
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 4,500 EUR per semester (18,000 EUR in total, four-semester regular study period)

More information: https://www.academy.rwth-aachen.de/en/education-formats/msc-degree-programmes/came/fees-expenses

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

Profound skills in computer-aided methods are of growing importance for every engineer in all fields of professional activity. The four-semester programme Master of Science in Computer Aided Conception and Production in Mechanical Engineering (CAME) is designed to broaden and increase the knowledge and practical use of computer-aided simulation techniques in mechanical engineering. This programme specifically addresses the needs of the practising mechanical engineer. Its focus lies on the development and application of computer-aided methods and systems at all stages of product development, from the initial conception of machines to the manufacturing process.

Within one programme you can choose between two specialisations - one design-oriented and one production-oriented - to best fit your personal interest. Thus, students can customise the learning programme according to their educational background and professional career plans.
The study track "Conception of Machines" prepares students to develop and apply modern computer-aided methods focused on the construction and dimensioning of structures and mechanical engineering systems according to functional requirements. The core compulsory courses for this area of specialisation include the fundamentals of structural mechanics, computational analysis, finite element methods, and computer-aided design. The other study track, "Production of Machines", prepares students to develop and use computer-aided systems in modern industrial production, which includes manufacturing technology, production systems, and production management.

Course organisation

The CAME programme consists of lectures and practice elements such as exercises and laboratory sessions. The subjects are taught by academically accredited lecturers from the respective disciplines or faculties, thus ensuring a broad and thorough understanding of fundamentals.
The programme offers two study tracks: "Conception of Machines" and "Production of Machines". Students must choose one specialisation to pursue in their studies.
Both tracks are built upon common core courses and allow students to specialise in their field of research in more depth.

Common compulsory courses for both study tracks:

  • Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
  • Advanced Finite Element Methods
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Multibody Dynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics I & II
  • Simulation of Discrete Event Systems

For a detailed list of common elective courses for both study specialisations, please visit our homepage.

Study track: Conception of Machines
The study track "Conception of Machines" prepares students to develop and apply modern computer-aided methods focusing on the construction and dimensioning of structures and mechanical engineering systems according to functional requirements. The core compulsory courses for this area of specialisation include the fundamentals of structural mechanics, computational analysis, finite element methods and computer-aided design. In addition to the compulsory courses, students choose various elective courses.

Specific compulsory courses for Conception of Machines:

  • Nonlinear Structural Mechanics
  • Failure of Structures and Structural Elements
  • Machine Design Process and Practical Applications of Computer Aided Engineering Tools

Specific elective courses for Conception of Machines:

  • Fundamentals of Lightweight Design
  • Tensor Algebra and Tensor Analysis for Engineering Students I & II

Study track: Production of Machines
The study specialisation "Production of Machines" prepares students to develop and use computer-aided systems in modern industrial production, which includes manufacturing technology, production systems, and production management.
In addition to the compulsory courses, students choose various elective courses.

Specific compulsory courses for Production of Machines:

  • Quality Management
  • Production Management A
  • Simulation Techniques in Manufacturing Technology

Specific elective courses for Production of Machines:

  • Machine Tools
  • Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics
  • Control Engineering
  • Manufacturing Technology I & II
  • Production Metrology
  • Computational Modelling of Membranes and Shells

In addition to the coursework, students of both study specialisations complete the following:

  • a complementary German course (to reach A2 level)
  • a nine-week industrial internship
  • a study-integrated mini thesis
  • a four-month Master's thesis
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Types of assessment

Written examinations, oral examinations

A Diploma supplement will be issued
No
International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The programme takes place in Aachen (Germany). The study-integrated industrial internship and/or one of the scientific projects (mini thesis or Master's thesis) can be completed in other countries.

Integrated internships

A mandatory industrial internship of nine weeks has to be completed within the study programme. The staff of the RWTH International Academy assists students in finding an internship.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

Lecturers upload learning materials onto an online platform so that students can use them before or after the lectures. Some professors also record their own lectures to share with students.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
No
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
No
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
4,500
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 4,500 EUR per semester (18,000 EUR in total, four-semester regular study period)

More information: https://www.academy.rwth-aachen.de/en/education-formats/msc-degree-programmes/came/fees-expenses

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, is estimated to be a minimum of 800-900 EUR per month.
Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
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. http://www.rwth-aachen.de/scholarships
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

  • Students are expected to have performed well in their undergraduate degree.
  • They must have fundamental knowledge in the following subjects: mechanics, materials science, thermodynamics, machine design, informatics, mathematics, physics; furthermore in: fluid mechanics, automatic control, finite elements, modelling, theory of vibrations, manufacturing engineering, CAD.
  • In addition, students should have gained relevant work experience of not less than 12 months (as a rule), during or after their Bachelor's degree programme.
  • GRE score card is required for non-EU applicants by the enrolment in case of a successful admission. There is no minimum GRE score requirement.
Language requirements

If you would like 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 points/paper-based: minimum of 577 points
  • IELTS test: minimum overall band 5.5 points
  • 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 - only available for students already enrolled at RWTH Aachen University)

Applicants who have graduated with a Bachelor's degree in the USA, UK, Canada (the 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 will attend an obligatory German language course at the beginning of 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 apply before 1 March.

Submit application to

Please use the online application portal at: https://online.rwth-aachen.de/RWTHonline/ee/ui/ca2/app/desktop/#/login/ee/ui/ca2/app/desktop/#

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Generally, students enrolled at RWTH Aachen University have the opportunity to find a job on campus and work up to 19 hours per week. This also allows students to become more familiar with the university institutes and to 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.

Accommodation

The staff of RWTH International Academy offers support in finding accommodation either in a student residence, in a private apartment, or in a shared flat.
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 RWTH International Academy can provide students with information beforehand and upon arrival.
For short-term accommodation, there are many hotels and two youth hostels.
Further guidance on student accommodation in Aachen can be found at: https://www.academy.rwth-aachen.de/en/education-formats/msc-degree-programmes/general-information/accommodation

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%).
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters
  • Specialist counselling
  • Other
Support programmes for international students
In-house career service

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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!