Production Systems Engineering M.Sc.


Please Note

Obtaining a full M.Sc. degree in Production Systems Engineering will not be possible from winter semester 2020/21. Degree seeking students, please apply for the M.Sc. program Networked Production Engineering (NPE).


Course of Study Being Phased Out


Program Description

The program 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.


Degree Content

Students have to complete the following course elements as part of their master studies:

  • Compulsory courses (lectures, exercises, laboratory courses):
    • Manufacturing Technology, Production Management, Welding and Joining technologies, Gear and Transmission Technology, Mechatronics and Control Techniques for Production Plants, and others
  • Elective courses (lectures, exercises, laboratory courses):
    • Machine Tools, Machine Design Process, Multibody Dynamics, Production Metrology, Control Engineering, Tribology, Advanced Software Engineering, and others
  • Master thesis
  • German language course (up to the level B1)


A prerequisite for starting studies in a first university degree, with which the necessary background education can be proven, as determined in the examination regulations. The examination board determines whether the candidate fulfills the entrance requirements.


Career Prospects

After finishing their studies in Production Systems Engineering, students are able to

  • identify and realize measures for yield improvement, test optimization and product cost-ability methods
  • plan, direct, optimize and monitor production processes
  • select or develop the adequate machines for a production
  • deal with cost and investment analyses
  • design workplaces

A profession in any technical field and almost any branch and sector of industry both domestically and abroad is possible. Graduates are able to successfully work in integrative and interdisciplinary topic areas. Furthermore, it is possible for students to apply for doctoral studies at one of the chairs in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.


Examination Regulations

Exam regulations regulate academic goals and prerequisites, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.



The Master's course of studies is offered by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.


For Your Information

RWTH Aachen offers some of its courses of study in collaboration with other (private) institutions. They are not part of the courses of study under public law, and thus are not governed by legal guidelines, e.g. university placement allocation.  Some have tuition fees and require a period of professional experience.

Information about prerequisites, application processes, the university placement allocation process, and academic content is available from the host institution, to which you are applying.