Development, Production and Management M. Sc.

A core of mechanical engineering

You don't want to commit yourself to a specific industry right now, but want to specifically expand your engineering skills in the manufacturing sector and set your own priorities? Then the Development, Production and Management degree program is the right one for you! Starting with development through to production and logistics, you will deal intensively with the entire product development process and acquire central competencies in the area of operational management.

Your profile

The formal requirements for acceptance on this Master degree course are:

  • Master's degree qualification (see TUM glossary of documents)
  • specialised knowledge of fundamental subject areas relating to mechanical engineering:  
    • higher mathematics
    • technical mechanics
    • machine elements
    • material science
    • thermodynamics
    • fluid mechanics
  • knowledge of German

What you'll learn

Graduates of this master's program have a qualification profile that is primarily composed of the three core competence fields of development and design, production engineering and logistics, and management in mechanical engineering.

Development and design:

  • You will be enabled to systematically plan, organize, execute and evaluate complex development tasks in interdisciplinary teams.
  • You will acquire a system-independent understanding of principles, processes and methods in order to evaluate their applicability to specific technical products.
  • You will be able to apply virtual assurance methods such as computer-aided design (CAD).
  • You will be able to shorten the product development process through manufacturing and assembly-oriented product design.

Production engineering and logistics:

  • You will be able to evaluate industrial process chains and competing approaches to manufacturing concepts and develop manufacturing concepts independently from them.
  • You are able to operate virtual safeguarding methods such as computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
  • You will be qualified to analyze existing manufacturing processes and derive potential improvements from them.
  • You will be qualified to evaluate in-plant and out-of-plant logistics concepts and develop solution approaches in both the in-plant supply chain and the out-of-plant supply chain.
  • You will be qualified to design and dimension material handling systems, perform calculations and design of material handling equipment and systems and characteristic components, and perform throughput calculations.

Management:

  • You will be qualified to take on challenging jobs at the interface between technical areas, such as production and development, and business management areas, such as sales and marketing.
  • You will learn to think entrepreneurially and can contribute to the economic success of a company in a managerial position as technically and socially competent executives.
  • Technical and scientific knowledge and the associated analytical skills are further developed to train engineers who have understood the product, the processes required for manufacturing and production and can place them in the context of the company.
  • Based on their in-depth mechanical engineering training, they demonstrate sound methodological knowledge in controlling, marketing, quality management and human resources management.

Study information

The master's program offers you great flexibility to create your individual study plan. The program is structured as follows:

  • Master's Modules: Choose your master modules from up to five thematic pillars: Development and Design, Production Engineering and Logistics, Management in Mechanical Engineering, Industry-Specific Components, Complementary Competencies, and Engineering Flexibility.
  • Supplementary subjects
  • University internships
  • Research practice (term paper, team project or research internship)
  • Key competencies (language courses, soft skills workshops, ...)
  • Master's Thesis

The module lists can be found in the Wiki at Documents.

The course of study includes e.g. modules on

  • Development and design (drive system technology, machine system technology, methods of product development, multidisciplinary design optimization),
  • Production and Logistics (Assembly, Handling and Industrial Robots, Planning of Technical Logistics Systems, Cutting Machine Tools, Forming Machine Tools),
  • Management (Designing and Scheduling Lean Manufacturing Systems, Factory Planning, Corporate Management Methods, Quality Management).

For more information on internships abroad, see the study wiki.

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a Bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized copies to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU/EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail: Applying for a master’s program: Application, admission requirements and more