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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).

                          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 + €130 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.