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.
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.
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.
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.
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.