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Master (1 Subject)

Automation and Robotics


Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language English
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
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Short profile

Continuing advances in automation and control technology make it a key enabler for ever more application areas in nearly all aspects of daily life. The Master's degree program in Automation and Robotics provides the necessary fundamentals for a professional career in the information age fields of automation, control, and robotics.

This English-language degree program is aligned with international benchmarks, offering very good teaching, well-equipped modern laboratories, and opportunities for application-oriented research. Interdisciplinarity is built into its structure, with active participation by the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Computer Science, Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, and Mathematics as well as the Robotics Research Institute and the Fraunhofer Institute for Logistics.

The challenging range of courses enables students to develop their strengths and thus form their own profile in one of three major fields:

• Cognitive Systems

• Process Automation

• Robotics.

In the first semester, mandatory courses and Matlab training establish the prerequisites for the following semesters. In the second and third semesters, compulsory elective modules in the subject-matter focus area may be selected. The project group gives students the experience of collaborating to tackle a comprehensive scientific-technical problem within a specified period of time. In the fourth semester, a Master's thesis in the chosen major, building on the compulsory elective subjects, is written.

Due to the flexibility of the Master's program in Automation and Robotics, it is possible to integrate a stay abroad into your studies at any time.

Knowledge and skills

Prerequisite for enrollment is a relevant Bachelor's degree with a good grade (2.0) in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Information and Communications Technology, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering from TU Dortmund University or a comparable degree.

According to the examination regulations (§3), comparability of degrees obtained at other universities is generally granted if the degree program has the following subject-related content:

a) at least 18 ECTS credits from the field of mathematics and

b) at least 12 ECTS credits from the field of computer science and

c) knowledge of English proven, for example, through

  •  certification of sufficient knowledge of English according to TOEFL with the following minimum point score: paper-based: 590; computer-based: 243; Internet-based: 95; or
  • at least one year of schooling at an English-speaking school, or
  • one compulsory elective course conducted in English and including an oral examination in English, or a seminar conducted exclusively in English as part of the Bachelor's program.

English language skills are only acknowledged through an official test. The exception to this is studying in countries such as the USA, UK or Australia, but then also only at locations on the mainland.

Professional fields

Graduates can work in research and development as well as design and production in many industries including, for example, the automobile, chemical, and aerospace industries. Comprehensive and up-to-date specialist knowledge, skills, and methods, flexible course options, practical components such as the project group, and a very good supervisory relationship during the study program equip graduates for the responsible implementation of engineering activities in industry and business and establish the preconditions for further academic qualifications, for example a doctoral degree.

Further information

The application period for the winter semester ends six months before the term begins, in March of the respective year.

You can find the current information in the examination regulations on the website of the  Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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