Networked Production Engineering M.Sc.


Private Course of Study

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

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ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    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.

  • Proficiency in English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    What does that mean?Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines

  • Application deadline for non-EU applicants: March 1 of each year; application deadline for EU applicants: July 15 of each year

Program Description

The M.Sc. degree course "Networked Production Engineering" (NPE) offers technology-related qualifications in a highly interdisciplinary Master's program. Through three individual tracks, students can set their focus on "Additive Manufacturing," "Smart Factory," or "E-Mobility Production."

In addition, a mobility window is an integral part of each study track: In the third semester, students choose between either an industrial internship for practical experience or further specialization through in-depth course work. The six-month master thesis concludes the four-semester study program to be awarded an M.Sc. degree from RWTH Aachen University.


Degree Content

Track “Smart Factory”

Building "Smart Factories" means networking all plants, products and processes in a self-organizing factory. This is a central component of "Industry 4.0" and will be used in numerous sectors such as chemistry, automotive and electrical engineering. Within these networked production processes, qualified graduates play an essential role: They act as problem solvers, experienced experts, and decision-makers.

The track “Smart Factory” prepares students to navigate Industry-4.0 driven production: They learn about trendsetting topics such as model-based systems engineering, and control production processes in real time with 5G technology. They also get to know agile production and progressive automation. An NPE graduate with a specialization in smart factories has the chance to become an expert in smart technology.

Track “Additive Manufacturing”

Additive manufacturing processes are among the major topics of production technology that will significantly influence product development and production. There is a high level of industrial, intersectoral and international significance attached to additive manufacturing processes in production technology, which is closely linked to a strong demand for qualified personnel in the area.

The track “Additive Manufacturing” focuses on generative manufacturing processes. Students gain thorough knowledge about advanced materials as well as manufacturing technologies. They analyze process chains for additive manufactured components and develop flexible production technologies like selective laser melting. Graduates with expertise in additive manufacturing help co-create a new paradigm in production technology.

Track “Electric Mobility Production”

The electrification of propulsion systems has developed into a global trend, which extends from container ships and aircrafts to the automotive industry. The challenges and opportunities of e-mobility are very diverse: With mechanical engineering as one of the key players in technological change, suppliers and manufacturers will need skilled engineers with interdisciplinary expertise in the interface of e-mobility.

Students of the track “Electric Mobility Production” can design electrical machines with a focus on production. They acquire knowledge about vehicle component production like powertrain or transmission, improve sustainable energy storage systems, and optimize value chains. Graduates of NPE’s e-mobility production track can innovate mobility engineering towards a green future.



A prerequisite for starting this course of studies is 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 applicant fulfills the entrance requirements.


Career Prospects

As a Networked Production Engineer you will:

  • establish the flexible, digital and networked production of the future
  • provide quantitative analytical methods for process analysis
  • design, direct, optimize, and monitor production processes
  • develop and enhance serial production lines and assembly systems
  • improve manufacturing performance and identify process bottlenecks
  • develop innovative production machines and assembly systems for state-of-the-art manufacturing planning

Examination Regulations

Subject Specific Exam Regulations (de) regulate academic goals, 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.