M.Sc. Production Systems Engineering

30. August 2012–30. September 2014

Aachen | On Request

» Course Format: Masters

The programme Master of Science in Production Systems Engineering builds upon the existing qualifications of the students and facilitates a deepening of the knowledge in the fields of materials, manufacturing processes, process and product engineering, manufacturing system design, manufacturing competitiveness and management. Skills such as leading and functioning within project teams and being able to communicate effectively will be strengthened. By extensive laboratory experience, the graduate will be able to carry out fundamental or applied research, to identify vital work steps and to communicate the results of such research.


The curriculum of MSc. Production Systems Engineering and the module descriptions are available as PDF below. 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.


Programme Structure

To achieve a Master of Science in "Production Systems Engineering" students have to satisfy certain requirements by taking compulsory courses and elective courses. The compulsory subjects cover the fundamentals of Production Systems Engineering, such as Welding and Joining Technologies, Manufacturing Technology, Machine Tools, Production Management, Quality Management as well as Industrial Engineering, Ergonomics and Work Organisation.

For the elective subjects students can choose from one of several possibilities in the fields of Logistics, Virtual Machine Tools, Advanced Software Engineering, Machine Design Process, Tribology, Production Metrology, Modelling, Mechatronics or Control Engineering.

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

  • A complementary German course (to be completed with the DSM exam)
  • A four month Master thesis.


Programme Objective

Product engineers work in a multitude of areas within industry and research departments, including development, design, sales and distribution, quality management and organisation. The Master's degree awarded by the RWTH is recognised worldwide and qualifies graduates for further PhD studies.

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 wintersemester 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 fulfil 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 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. The institutes 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 centre "Super C" are located in the city centre, too, while the International Academy and the faculty 4 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.

Laboratory for Machine Tools (WZL)



The scientific leadership fort he Master Programme in Production Systems Engineering lies with the WZL – Laboratory for Machine Tools of RWTH Aachen University. 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 rationalising production. The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering is headed by four professors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Klocke, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh. One of them, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Klocke, is the scientific director for the Master in Production Systems Engineering.


Scientific Director of MSc. Production Systems Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Klocke

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)

Chair of Manufacturing Technology

RWTH Aachen University

Steinbachstr. 19

52056 Aachen, Germany


Course Manager of MSc. Production Systems Engineering

Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Gierlings/Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Brockmann

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)

RWTH Aachen University

Steinbachstr. 19

52056 Aachen, Germany

Consultation hours: Monday 9:00-11:00 am//Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

More information: www.wzl.rwth-aachen.de


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!


Applicant's Profile

  • 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, Fluid Techniques, Materials Techniques.
  • Very good performance in your undergraduate studies.
  • New for applicants in 2014: practical work experience.

Rajsekhar Thejomurtula, M.Sc. Production Systems Engineering (batch 2006)

"RWTH is the best and the only university in Germany which provides a course covering the technical and management part of Production through a very balanced curriculum. It has a world renowned Faculty and research establishments and so was the natural choice for me to gain both theoretical and hands-on knowledge.

The faculty is very experienced and knowledgeable, and give a great insight into the subjects. Further, during the course of the studies, the opportunities to do research on challenging areas through work on live industry projects is something unparalleled.  The combination of the two gives one an unmatched holistic view of the subject.

As compared to the universities in India, the opportunities to work on interesting research topics at Aachen are endless. Also, the faculty is much more experienced and thus able to explain the theory through better live examples. Further, every student can customize his study schedule according to his own pace, thus allowing for better coverage of the subjects and a balance between studies, the student job and extra-curricular activities."


Ashwin Moris Devotta, M.Sc. Production Systems Engineering (batch 2009)

"I chose to study at RWTH Aachen University because of it research in the area of Manufacturing Technology at WZL, RWTH Aachen.

The study programme PSE provides the goals upfront and leaves it to the student entirely to complete it based on his approach. This is completely different to the system in my home country where we are guided throughout the course. I feel this gave me the opportunity to learn, how to work in such a system.

Take part in this course if you are very clear in what you want from the Programme.”



Please see also our Why choose us? and Alumni sections, to learn more about the students' experiences and their career path.

Students are encouraged to plan their studies invidually based on the curriculum. One possible sample how the first semester may look like provides the table below, based on the wintersemester 2013/14. Next to the provided compulsory courses students may also choose additionally elective courses.


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