Mechanical engineering makes a crucial contribution to our society's state of technical development. The production of all industrial and consumer goods depends on the work of mechanical engineers. Both the design of machines and plants and the development of new manufacturing processes require not only special technical expertise, but also well grounded knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, and business economics.
The Master's program in Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University is a full-time degree program three semesters long, with the third semester dedicated exclusively to completion of the Master's thesis. The aim is to deepen the specialist knowledge acquired in the Bachelor's program while broadening the knowledge of methodologies. Integrated specialist laboratories, project work, and the thesis that must be completed guarantee a close relevance to professional practice. Students may choose among six different profile modules to set priorities corresponding to their interests. Several profiles from the Bachelor's program in Mechanical Engineering – Machine Technology, Production Technology, Technical Management, Materials Technology and Materials Testing, and Simulation in Mechanics – can be continued in the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering. An additional profile offered is IT in Production and Logistics, which is targeted exclusively at Master's-level students due to its complex content.
The degree Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is equivalent to a diploma and entitles the graduate to pursue a doctoral degree.
Prerequisite for enrollment is fundamental knowledge of engineering acquired within the framework of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a comparable course of study.
The examination board decides on exceptions and on the admission of students with other degrees. Admission can be granted in cases where the examination board accepts a degree deviating from the TU Dortmund University Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with the provision that, prior to enrollment, the applicant can certify specific additional studies or examination results required for successful completion of the Master's program.
Equipped with knowledge in a wide range of subjects, engineers are increasingly proving to be qualified for management and leadership functions in industry. Studying at a university is highly recommended, especially for those who want to work in the context of industrial or university research; for a subsequent doctoral qualification, a university degree or comparable achievements will be required. For new students starting today, the career outlook could not be better: In recent years, a worsening shortage of well trained engineers has been observed in the German job market – many open positions remain vacant.
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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”.