Bachelor of Science

Mechatronics and Digital Production

to the study programme

Intelligent interaction

Are you creative and enjoy mechanics, data processing and electronics? Then MDP is the right place for you! Whether it's industrial robots, autonomous vehicles or networked machines – intelligent components and systems are integrated into almost all technical products and applications. And the trend is continuing – factories will be networked and digital in the future, processes will be automated and systems will be intelligent. We'll give you the interdisciplinary know-how you need to help shape this development with your ideas!

  • ECTS: 210 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 7 semesters
  • Campus: Tuttlingen
  • Faculty: Industrial Technologies
  • Programme begins: winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Content in demand The programme combines the core fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, automation technology and computer science. Your interdisciplinary knowledge will open up a promising career as an engineer.
  • Powered by Industry Your studies are particularly practice-oriented. When you study on the Tuttlingen Campus, you have particularly close contact with industry. Excursions, labs and student work take place in various companies.
  • Study deluxe You can also study MDP as an industrial course - this means that you combine vocational training with the degree course in the Study Plus model or deepen your practical experience at a company in a trainee programme. This is also financially beneficial!
  • Try out first? In Tuttlingen, we offer the "Technical Orientation" pre-study programme. You can also get a taste of MDP and take your time to decide whether this is the right programme for you. The credits from the try-out semester can even be recognised.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

The mechatronics programme on the Tuttlingen Campus focuses in particular on the challenges of developing intelligent systems and modern, digitalised production. It is based on a broad range of fundamentals from mechanical engineering and the important content of electrical engineering and computer science for mechatronics and production technology.

Not just the basics

In the first two semesters, we build up your engineering fundamentals. After that, you will focus on programming and computer science, electrical engineering, production engineering, mechanics and design as well as automation and drive technology, robotics, sensor technology, measurement and control technology. Don't worry – we take it step by step!

Gain experience

In your advanced study courses, you can choose between specialising in mechatronics and production. This specialisation enables future cross-industry activities. Questions of system integration, industrial communication technology, digitalisation and networked production play a special role during your advanced studies.

Thesis to finish

In the second half of your programme, you work on real projects from the field. You'll be working on mechatronic or production engineering tasks and applying the latest AI methods, for example. Finally, you can apply all this experience to your bachelor's thesis, in which you develop solutions to a real-life problem from industry.

Entry requirements

To study MDP, you need a university entrance qualification. 

However, there are also opportunities to study with us without an Abitur or Fachhochschulreife, for example if you have vocational training and at least three years of professional experience and can qualify for a degree programme via an aptitude test.
More information on studying without a high school diploma

What's included

Special features

Study model with company commitment

We also offer the MDP bachelor's degree programme on the Tuttlingen Campus as a so-called "industrial degree". This means that you can combine vocational training and studies and earn money right from the start. In addition, these study models naturally give you even deeper practical insights and build a particularly close relationship with your industrial company.

The following options are available:

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We are happy to provide information on the special opportunities offered by our company-based study programmes. You can find our contact details at the bottom of this page. 

Your career prospects

MDP graduates develop intelligent systems, design robotics solutions and implement them. They design strategies and implement technologies for the intelligent, networked, digital factory (smart factory). They provide important impetus for the automation and digitalisation of devices, processes, systems and machines. The demand for specialists in companies is therefore correspondingly high – higher than the supply.

Possible fields of work 

  • Development and design of digitalized mechatronic systems
  • Development and introduction of digitalized production processes
  • Commissioning of complex systems
  • Assembly and automation technology
  • Implementation of automation solutions

Or would you rather continue your studies?

The bachelor's degree is the first step on your academic path. If you don't want to go straight into a career, you can gain further qualifications with a Master's degree. On the Tuttlingen Campus, for example, we offer a Master's in Internal link opens in the same window:Mechatronic Systems, which could be the perfect complement to your MDP bachelor's degree.

Faculty of Industrial Technologies

The Faculty of Industrial Technologies on the Tuttlingen Campus is something very special. At HFU, all subject areas are taught with a lot of practical relevance– but on the Tuttlingen Campus, students benefit from a special proximity to companies in the region. The focus here is on cooperation with industry in many practicals, students are allowed to work in company labs and can thus also make important contacts for their future careers. At "ITE", we focus our degree programmes on current topics of the future – digitalisation and technologisation, smart materials, medical technology, the energy transition, sustainability and human-machine interaction are just some of the exciting topics that we are helping to shape the future with.

Internal link opens in the same window:More about the Faculty of Industrial Technologies (ITE)

As one of the strongest research universities in the country, HFU is also very active in the field of medical technology.
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Your key contacts

  •  Prof. Dr. Stephan Messner
    Prof. Dr. Stephan Messner Dean of Studies
    Mechatronics and Digital Production (BSc)
    Head of Technical Orientation Prep Course
  •  Sabine Hattung-Hocheder
    Sabine Hattung-Hocheder Faculty Office, Student support