Shape the digital and robotised world
Do you like to break new ground and use digital and automated approaches to do so? Would you like to study the latest developments in science and technology?
The Digitalization and Automation study programme is aimed at graduates of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and industrial engineering. In the field of robotics, programming and technology, you will be introduced to new developments and future-oriented topics. The special features of the newly created curriculum are the advanced study contents and varied teaching activities, such as interactive lectures and practical experiments.
The future of Master's graduates is the digital, computerised and robotised world. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of digitalization and automation and your studies will prepare you in the best possible way to apply your knowledge in those fields.
Master of Science 120 ECTS
Stade (near Hamburg)
Length of study
Completed university degree in (industrial) engineering, a technical-scientific area or a closely related subject
5.400 euro per semester;
1.000 euro admin and enrolment fee (one-time fee)
1.000 euro examination fee (one-time fee)
The Master's programme lasts four semesters, in which you acquire the skills to work in companies in the area of engineering and data processing, but to also be a production manager, factory planner and strategic planner. You will gain practical knowledge through numerous projects and case studies in each semester. In preparation for the job market, you will not only acquire the needed theoretical knowledge but relevant knowledge for modern tools to optimise the effectiveness of the processes. A scientific-theoretical orientation of the master's programme is shown in the examination of current research statuses in the lectures, as well as in the preparation of scientific papers.
Module 1: Advanced Mathematics and Technical Mechanics
Advanced Technical Mechanics
Module 2: In-depth Project Management
Agile Project Management
Digital Factory Planning
Module 3: Big Data
OLAP and Data Mining
Module 4: Innovation and Digital Transformation'
Digital Business Models
Innovation and Start-up Management
Module 5: Law and Ethics
Patent Law and Innovation Protection
Module 6: Sustainable Development / Circular Economy
Sustainable Structural Design
Module 7: Sensor Technology and Applications
Measurement and Control Technology
Module 8: Automation
Programmable Logic Controllers
Actuators and Sensors in Automation and Robotics
Module 9: Information Technology and Cyber Security
Hazards and Security Measures
Data, Information and Knowledge Technologies
Module 10: Digital Technologies
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Applied Simulation / Virtual, Augmented, Mixed Reality
Module 11: Management Accounting
Internal Accounting and Controlling
Finance and Risk Management
Module 12: Change Management and Leadership
Module 13: Quality Assurance and Control
Quality Techniques and Procedures
Non-destructive Testing (NDT)
Module 14: Robotics
Applied Control of Dynamic Systems
Module 15: Digital Image Processing
Digital Signal Processing'
Digital Image Transformation
Module 16: Laboratory Automation
Module 17: Project / Internship
Module 18: Master Thesis
Master's Thesis and Disputation
After graduation - your career begins
With the Master of Science in Digitalization and Automation, you will qualify to work in companies, organisations and start-ups as a production manager, factory planner and strategic planner. You will be able to better understand, shape and lead the increasingly digitalized industry of the future.
As a fusion of production management and industrial management, production managers are considered to be one of the most important employees in a company. You will lead production and optimise the manufacturing processes with the latest methods learned at PFH. This will add value and improve the success of the company.
Factory planning revolves around continuous thinking ahead and implementing change in the value creation stage of manufacturing companies. Factory planning comes into play when production systems are to be created, relocated or expanded. A factory planner's areas of responsibility range from the initial idea to the overseeing of production and are carried out with the help of tools and methods. Production plant, building, layout or personnel planning - all of this must be taken into account from the point of view of minimising complexity.
Strategic planning responsibilities fundamentally involve shaping the company's basic business strategy, developing strategic plans and evaluating company performance, and conducting research and data analysis to help make business decisions. With a master's degree in digitalization and automation, you can specialise in the areas of manufacturing. You plan machines, materials, personnel and deadlines in such a way that all orders can be processed smoothly.
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Experts at PFH
Frank Albe worked for the TUI Group, where he was involved in the reorientation of the group and investment controlling. He has worked at PFH since 2000 and was elected President of the University in 2014.
Nikolay Avgustinov, born in 1960, began his scientific career studying mechanical engineering at Sofia Technical University. He graduated as an engineer in 1985 and was subsequently employed as a research assistant at Sofia Technical University.
Julian Voss studied Business Administration at PFH from October 2001, specialising in IT Business Account Management and Eastern Europe, and graduated with a Diplom in September 2005.
After completing his doctorate, Richard Degenhardt worked as a structural engineer. In addition to his professorship at PFH, he is currently working at the Institute for Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems at the DLR.
FAQ – the most frequently asked questions
- Application form via our website
- Curriculum vitae
- Higher education entrance qualification
- Copy of passport
- Digital photo
- Letter of motivation
- Employment references
- Letter of recommendation
Yes, you will need proof of advanced English language skills, e.g. Bachelor’s taught in English, TOEFL, IELTS, ESOL CAE or BEC Higher.
If you are a citizen of a country in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you do not require a visa or other documentation to enter Germany and study here. However, once you arrive and find accommodation, you must register with the local residents’ registration office.
If you are coming from a country other than the ones named above, you will require a visa. For more information specific to your home country, please visit the Federal Foreign Office website.
At PFH University, we offer international students three types of scholarships:
- DAAD Prize
- Deutschland Stipendium/Germany Scholarship
For more information on each of the scholarships, click here.
During your studies, you are generally allowed to do 120 full days or 240 half-days of paid work and take small student jobs. In exceptional circumstances, your local foreigners office may impose further restrictions.
When you compare Germany to other European countries, you’ll find that it’s not very expensive. The living costs are just slightly higher than the EU average, with rent being the largest expense. On average, students in Germany spend around 850 EUR per month (750 EUR in Göttingen for the management degree).