M. Sc. Management and Engineering in Prod. Syst.

01. Oktober 2013–30. September 2015

Aachen | On Request

» Course Format: Masters

Graduates skilled to understand both the art of management and complex engineering processes are increasingly sought after in today's industrial world. The Master of Science in Management and Engineering in Production Systems (MME) is a unique programme conducted as a combination of two European high level universities well reputed in their specific fields. The German RWTH Aachen University holds one of the best faculties of mechanical engineering worldwide and conducts the programme’s engineering part. The Dutch Maastricht Management School has a worldwide reputation for its programmes in business and management teaching.

Engineering & Management at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

The programme’s part which is derived from the M.Sc. programme Production Systems Engineering provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of production technology, production systems and production-related processes. It particularly focuses on industrial R&D practice in the four areas of organisation, manufacturing technology, production machines and resources, and quality management. Research directly influences the curriculum, ensuring that students are exposed to the most up-to-date information and practices possible.


Management at Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands

Maastricht School of Management contributes the business-related component to this program. Students will be trained as a globally-oriented manager with solid knowledge of the core management processes and with understanding of the major social and environmental issues that set the scene for business processes in emerging economies. Throughout the program, students will be challenged to explore feasible innovations that balance business and development perspectives.

Please refer also to the CAMPUS system of the RWTH Aachen University to find a more detailed description for the modules of the study programme here


The study programme will be offered in cooperation between the RWTH Aachen University and the Maastricht School of Management (MsM). The table below provides a first overview (please note: minor changes in the curriculum can still occur).



Graduates of the programme will have gained profound skills in management and engineering, being prepared for leading positions in industrial engineering companies. The M.Sc. also qualifies graduates for a further career path at universities, e.g. for PhD studies.


Studying at RWTH Aachen University

Organization of the Programme

  • The courses are organized in winter semesters (beginning 1 October) and summer semesters (beginning 1 April). The lectures are held in the winter semester by mid of February and in the summer semester by mid of July. Most exams are given in the lecture free period (mid February-end of March/mid July-end of September).


Self-Responsibility of Students

  • As part of the German higher education system, students are challenged to develop a high degree of self-responsibility, self-motivation and self-organization. For most lectures no attendance duty exists and students are encouraged to plan the studies by themselves.
  • Often students in Germany extend the regular study period, as they focus during their study time not only on their course work, but also on Hiwi jobs, social engagement and voluntary activities. It is part of the German employment culture, that employees not only look for the so to call fastest student, but for those who gained diverse experiences during their study time and made the best of the freedom and opportunities that they had.


Teaching Staff

  • The scientific content of the MSc programme is conducted by several institutes of the RWTH Aachen University's faculty of mechanical engineering. For each course a professor holds the scientific responsibility, while the lectures are usually conducted not only by the professors themselves, but also by their chief-engineers, as well as by their research associates. The responsibility for education is usually a shared responsibility for chief-engineers as well as research associates, who have an official authorization to fulfill this task.


Teaching Units

  • The teaching of the MSc programme takes places in various forms: lectures, exercises and practices. Lectures are usually taught via a presentation of the relevant teaching material. Some professors might also ask questions and seek for interaction with the students. In the corresponding exercises the teaching material will be applied by the students in a more interactive form, e.g. via calculation tasks. Practices are also a more applied form of teaching and can e.g. take place in labs.


University Campus

  • The institutes of the faculty for mechanical engineering and the school of business and economics are located in buildings all over the city centre of RWTH Aachen and the Campus Melaten, in the north of Aachen. Further important buildings, such as the RWTH Aachen University main building and the study center "Super C" are located in the city center, too, while the International Academy and the faculty for mechanical engineering can be found in Aachen's south. Thus in Aachen there is not such a thing as a "single campus", more one will find the university everywhere present in the city.


Please also take a look at our Why choose us? and Alumni sections.

Studying at Maastricht School of Management (MsM)

Organization of the Programme

  • The program at Maastricht School of Management consists of three segments: the foundation segment providing academic skills and a solid knowledge of business foundations, the business management segment and the final project (Master’s thesis). The courses in the Foundation segment run from mid September to December, the Business Management courses start in January and finalize in May. Lectures are given on a full-time basis on weekdays, mostly divided by classroom sessions in the morning and individual/group assignments in the afternoon. Exams take place after each course.


Teaching Staff

  • Most of the courses are taught by a team of professors that bring with them different expertise areas, led by the course coordinator. All courses are under supervision of the Academic Coordinator of the management program.


Teaching Methodology and Teaching Units

  • Lectures, problem-based learning individual and group assignments, case studies, seminars, discussions and independent study all play an important role in MsM’s teaching methodology. Lectures are interactive and provide plenty of opportunity to students to discuss with the professor on the topic of the lecture. MsM’s emphasis in group assignments is on working efficiently and effectively in multicultural groups, an invaluable skill of today’s managers. Case studies provide a vehicle for identifying problems, analyzing them, developing solutions and ways to implement them.
  • The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centered system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a program. A 5 ECTS credit course takes around 140 study hours, of which 40 hours are contact hours with lecturers, and covers a period of about three weeks. The management program contribution comprises a total of 60 ECTS.


University Campus

  • The MsM campus is located close to the historic city center of Maastricht, in the area called Randwyck, at walking distance from the Maastricht Randwyck train station. MsM has a modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities. Student accommodations are available in the MsM Guesthouse at Aparthotel Randwyck. Free internet access is available as well in the MsM school building as in the MsM Guesthouse.


Please see also some Brochures of the MsM


The scientific leadership for the Master Programme Management and Engineering (MME) lies with the faculty of mechanical engineering of RWTH Aachen University and the RWTH Aachen School of Business and Economics, as well as the Maastricht School of Management (MSM).


Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University

The faculty of mechanical engineering, faculty 4, is one of nine faculties of RWTH Aachen University. Around 50 different institutes belong to the faculty 4 which research in the field of mechanical engineering and also conduct the teaching for students of RWTH Aachen University. Mainly, the Laboratory for Machine Tools of RWTH Aachen University (WZL) holds responsibility for the academic content of the programme. Across the world and for many decades now the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering stands for 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 rationalizing production.

For more information on RWTH’s faculty of Mechanical Engineering, please visit the website


Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen University

The RWTH Aachen School of Business and Economics provides teaching in the four Business Administration and Engineering degree programs: Business Administration and Civil Engineering, Business Administration and Electrical Power Engineering, Business Administration and Materials and Process Engineering, and Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering. This figure constitutes 13% of all the students enrolled within the nine faculties and schools of RWTH Aachen University. Currently, 26 professors and around 80 academic staff members are working for the School of Business and Economics in teaching and research.

For more information on RWTH Aachen School of Business and Economics, please see the website


Management and Business at Maastricht School of Management (MsM)

The business-related contribution to this program is conducted by the Maastricht School of Management (MsM). Maastricht School of Management has been a leading international institution for postgraduate management education for more than 60 years. Today MsM is recognized across the world for its unique contribution to management science in emerging economies and developing countries. It has established a presence in more than 20 countries; maintains an extensive alumni network and has around 2000 students graduating each year from its programs. MsM offers internationally accredited degree programs (MBA, Executive MBA, MSc, DBA and PhD) and a broad range of short executive non-degree courses.

For more information on MsM, please see the website

Here we would like to provide you with a first glimpse on requirements and process. Please refer to the section Applicants to find the whole process description and requirements for a complete application.

Application Process

Please apply online and follow the steps of the online system. You find the link to the online application portal here.

Once you have finished the online process, please print the application form and send it via post. Application deadline is March 1 of each year. Please note: the documents have to reach us via post by this deadline! Academic


Applicant's Profile

For the MME Programme students are expected to possess:

  • 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 recognized university-level institution.
  • Fundamental knowledge in the fields of engineering, mathematics and natural science that should be covered within the following modules: Mathematics, Mechanics, Material 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.
  • New for 2014 intake: Practical work experience.
  • Very good results in the undergraduate studies.
  • Basic knowledge in business administration. Students with no previous knowledge in management have to participate in a preparatory online courses conducted by the school of business and economics at the RWTH Aachen University prior to the beginning of the course (29 July-15 Sep). See pdf

As a voluntary, but recommended, self assessment we provide you with a sheet of the faculty of mechanical engineering. You can fill in your bachelor courses in order to see whether your engineering background is sufficient in order to apply for the programme. A background only in business related studies will not qualify you for the mechanical courses.

  Self-Assessment sheet to fill out




Information für RWTH Absolventen

Please note: the following information is only available in German.


Management and Engineering in Production Systems (M.Sc.)

Die Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen bietet in Kooperation mit der niederländischen Maastricht School of Management (MSM) zum Wintersemester 2013/14 einen neuen Master-Studiengang an, den ‚Master of Science in Management and Engineering in Produc-tion Systems‘.
Der englischsprachige Master, mit dem Abschluss eines Joint Degrees, bietet internationalen sowie deutschen Studierenden die einzigartige Möglichkeit in einem zweijährigen Programm das Ingenieursstudium der RWTH Aachen University mit dem Management-Studium an einer ausländischen Partnerhochschule, der MSM in den Niederlanden, kombinieren zu können.


RWTH Aachen University

Die Fakultät für Maschinenwesen der RWTH Aachen University bietet den technischen Teil des Masterstudiengangs im Bereich Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen und dem Schwerpunkt Produktionssysteme an, die in den ersten zwei Semestern in Aachen unterrichtet werden.

Maastricht School of Management

Während des dritten Semesters werden die Studierenden in Maastricht im Bereich Management unterrichtet, wobei fundierte Kenntnisse der Betriebswirtschaft erworben werden, die auf Führungspositionen in einer globalisierten Geschäftswelt vorbereiten.


Deine Chance

Die RWTH International Academy stellt für exzellente Bachelor Absolventen der RWTH Aachen University ein eigens etabliertes Stipendium zur Deckung der Studiengebühren in Höhe von 20 000 EUR zur Verfügung.

Weitere Informationen findest in unseren Informationsbroschüren:

Stipendien für B.Sc. Absolventen Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen an der RWTH Aachen University (dt.)

Flyer M.Sc. Management and Engineering in Production Systems (dt.)


Detailed information including lecture rooms and their locations etc. can be found online in the campus system  and campus office of RWTH Aachen University. For a first overview, please look at the timetables below.




 "Entrepreneurial Strategy - Lecture (MME)" CAMPUS 13ws-39990

  • Mo (21.10.2013), 15:00 till 17:30, Seminarraum Int. Academy
  • Fr (25.10.2013), 08:00 till 18:00, 1072|001 (Couven-Halle)
  • Sa (26.10.2013), 08:00 till 18:00, 1010|101 (I)
  • Do (14.11.2013), 15:00 till 16:00, Seminarraum Int. Academy
  • Do (16.01.2014), 09:00 till 18:00, Seminarraum Int. Academy
  • Do (30.01.2014), 09:00 till 18:00, Seminarraum Int. Academy

    Exam: CAMPUS 13ws-39992 "Entrepreneurial Strategy - Exam (MME)"
    •    Mo (10.02.2014), 13:00 till 15:00, H 222



Second Semester - Overview




Details Management Courses

  • Professor Lethmathe: Finance and Accounting
  • Friday (25 April, 2 May, 9 May, 16 May, 23 May  (30 May))
  • Professor Wentzel: Marketing
  • Friday (20 June, 27 June, 4 July, 11 July, 18 July)
  • Dr. Kleer/Mr. Pollok: Innovation Management
  • Wednesday 9:45 AM-12:30 PM/Thursday 14:15-15:45 PM

Please see the schedule below for all details.


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Third Semester - Overview Classes at MsM


Download Tentative Schedule