FAQs

What are the requirements for a master's degree programme?

Admission requirements are a bachelor's degree in the field of engineering (particularly mechanical engineering / mechatronics).

 

    When does the programme begin? In the Summer or the Winter Semester?

    The study programme can begin in the Summer or the Winter Semester.

     

      On which day of the week do the lectures and practicals take place?

      The lectures and labs take place on Fridays and on a maximum of 3-4 Saturdays per semester.

       

        Where do the practicals take place?

        The practical demonstrations take place in the KSF lab in Tuttlingen.

         

          Where are the research modules carried out?

          The research modules can be carried out either directly in industry or at the KSF.

            How many students are accepted for the programme each semester?

            A maximum of 15 students are accepted each semester.

            Applicants must have a university degree with a minimum of 210 ECTS credit points. What happens if applicants have fewer ECTS points?

            Applicants either have to complete additional semesters or make up the missing ECTS during the master's programme by taking additional courses (and sometimes projects). The possibility to make up the missing ECTS must be discussed with the dean of studies.

                In what language are the lectures held?

                Most lectures are held in German. However, some lectures may be held in English.

                  Is an certificate of English required, or is there another way to prove English language proficiency?

                  A certificate of English proficiency is not required. However, lectures may be held in English. Exams can be written in German or English. Students must be able to understand English.

                   

                    How many mandatory dates are there every semester (for example lab experiments) and do these always take place on a Friday?

                    Besides lectures (which take place the whole day on Fridays and sometimes also on Saturdays), every semester a maximum of 2 mandatory dates will be offered as block lectures (e.g. labs at the KSF in Tuttlingen). These will be scheduled either on a Friday or a Saturday. Mandatory attendance is not required for the lectures, but it is strongly recommended to participate.

                     

                      Where can I find the elective lectures which are offered?

                      Elective lectures can be found on the learning platform FELIX under MM/PMM.

                        How are courses graded? Are grades only given for written examinations or also for coursework, presentations, etc?

                        Coursework carried out at home and presentations make up 40% of the total grade on all courses. (There are only 3 written exams per semester - some as module exams).

                          Which exams have to be taken and how are they structured?

                          For almost all lectures there is group or individual work in the form of a presentation and a report. In addition, for some lectures there is a written exam at the end of the semester. The written exam grade represents only a part of the final grade.

                          Can the master's programme be extended to 4 semesters?

                          It is no problem for a student to take 4 semesters instead of 3 semesters to complete the master's programme. However, additional tuition fees would be applicable. These are currently €2,600 + (from Winter Semester 2023/2024) €149 for administration fees .

                            Can semester tuition payment be made in monthly instalments or does it have to be paid in a lump sum?

                            Generally the semester tuition fees are made in a lump sum before enrolment/the beginning of the study programme. Students can apply to pay by instalments and decisions will be made by the university on an individual basis.

                            How is the degree programme structured?

                            In the summer semester, students complete the subjects Management 1, Machining Technologies and Simulation, Research Module 1, Modern Manufacturing Processes and Metrology; in the winter semester, the subjects Management 2, Additive Manufacturing and Precision Machining, Research Module 2, Elective Module.

                            In the 3rd semester, the Master's thesis is written. Either in the company where the student works or in the Competence Center for Machining (KSF), a research institute of Furtwangen University located in Tuttlingen.

                            What is the daily routine like?

                            The part-time "Precision Manufacturing and Management (PMM)" master's programme has a standard duration of 3 semesters. The lectures take place at the campus of the university in Schwenningen on one workday per week (Friday) and, if necessary, on Saturdays too (e.g. in the summer semester and on 4 Saturdays 2-3 blocks each). The practical content is taught in the laboratory of the Competence Center for Machining (KSF) in Tuttlingen. The laboratories take place at least twice per semester as a compulsory event in the form of full-day block events on Fridays There are no lectures on these days.

                            This allows the study programme to be optimally combined with work committments.

                            What teaching methodologies are used (scripts, portals, lecture and notes only, etc.)?

                            For each lecture, students are provided with the presentations and scripts via a portal at HFU. In addition, the lectures take place in hybrid form, i.e. simultaneously face-to-face and online; students have access to the video recordings of the lectures.

                            Are all lectures attendance only or online as well?

                            We offer hybrid courses to our students: the lectures take place face-to-face on the Schwenningen Campus and can be attended simultaneously online via the university's conference system. This allows students who live/work further away to attend lectures from home or their company and do not always have to travel to Schwenningen.
                            There are 2 mandatory lab visits per semester at our institute in Tuttlingen. Students must be attend these face-to-face.

                            How will study operations be maintained in relation to the Corona pandemic?

                            At the moment, students can either attend lectures in person (in which case the currently valid, cororna-related regulations must be observed) or they can connect to the lectures online.

                            What is the work schedule model for most students?

                            Most students are employed and have reduced their working hours, e.g. only working 70-80% for their company.

                            How do academic and professional committments combine?

                            Students can continue to work part-time (4 days per week) in their company alongside their master's degree, continue their education and earn money at the same time. Companies thus have the opportunity to promote employees who are committed to the company and are specialists. Due to the ongoing transfer between theory and practice, the studies are virtually integrated into daily work. Due to the high research content of the programme, both research modules, which must be completed in semesters 1 and 2, and the thesis can be written in the company where the students work, in a subject area that is also interesting for the company.

                             

                            Can I look at the syllabus?

                            Yes, you can find the Study and Examinations Regulations under the following link:
                            https://www.hs-furtwangen.de/fileadmin/Redaktion/Share/SPOs/Master/PrecisionManufacturingandManagement_aktuell.pdf

                            What are my chances of being accepted into the programme?

                            The chances are good, but always depend on the number and qualifications of the other applicants.

                            Are there areas in which a more in-depth knowledge must be available from the outset (e.g. CAD)?

                            No. However, a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or another engineering science is required; otherwise, additional subjects may need to be taken.

                            How many lectures or courses are held in English? Which ones?

                            At the moment only one lecture is offered in English: "FEM and Machine Learning".

                            Do exams then have to be taken in English too?

                            Examinations can be taken in either German or English.