The ideal triad: technology, digitalization and sustainability

Industrial Engineering, Master of Science

Professor Dr.-Ing. Nikolay Avgustinov
Professor Avgustinov ist Dozent an der PFH Göttingen und unterrichtet im Industrial Engineering-Studium an der PFH, er trägt ein blaues Hemd und einen dunklen Anzug.
Industrielle Roboter in einem Labor fertigen Produkte an, diese Systeme zu entwickeln, lernt man im Master-Studium Industrial Engineering an der PFH in Stade.

Acquire planning and strategically oriented decision-making skills needed for higher management

For engineers and industrial engineers with a passion for innovation, those who design the interfaces of business and technology and who want to improve products, processes and corporate structures in the long term. The comprehensive addition to any technically-oriented academic degree, „Industrial Engineering“ impresses with its triad of engineering and business management specialisations and the digitisation of processes. The goal is to responsibly and successfully address the rapidly changing tasks at the interface between engineering, digitisation and sustainability.
All facts about the programme


Master of Science 120 ECTS

Entry requirement

Completed university degree in (industrial) engineering, a technical-scientific area or a closely related subject

Length of study

4 semesters (2 years)

Tuition fees

€5,400 per semester;
€1,000 admin and enrolment fee (one-time fee)
€1,000 examination fee (one-time fee)

Study location

Stade (near Hamburg)

Starting dates

April 1st

October 1st 

Study content

The Master's programme lasts four semesters, during which you deepen your knowledge in engineering and management as well as digitalisation and sustainability.

You will gain practical knowledge through numerous projects and case studies each semester. In preparation for the job market, you will not only acquire the required theoretical knowledge in the field of engineering, but you will also acquire important skills to help you apply this knowledge in practice and learn how to use the relevant tools.

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.

Studierende sitzen in der Vorlesung und lernen die Inhalte im Studium

Module 1: Advanced Mathematics and Technical Mechanics
Advanced Mathematics
Advanced Technical Mechanics

Module 2: In-depth Project Management
Agile Project Management
Digital Factory Planning

Module 3: Big Data
Machine Learning
OLAP and Data Mining

Module 4: Innovation and Digital Transformation
Digital Business Models
Innovation and Start-up Management

Module 5: Law and Ethics
Engineering Ethics
Patent Law and Innovation Protection

Module 6: Sustainable Development / Circular Economy
Sustainable Structural Design
Circular Economy

Module 7: Sensor Technology and Applications
Measurement and Control Technology
Sensor Technology

Module 8: Modern Materials and Technologies
Additive Manufacturing
Composites and Processes

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

Module 12: Change Management and Leadership
Change Management

Module 13: Quality Assurance and Control
Quality Techniques and Procedures
Non-destructive Testing (NDT)

Module 14: CRM and Sales Psychology
Customer Relationship Management
Customer Choices and Behaviour 

Module 15: Personal Selling in a Digital World
Sales Pitch
Negotiation Tactics
Solution Selling and Servitisation 

Module 16: Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management
Transport and Distribution Logistics

Module 17: Project / Internship
Research Methods and Knowledge Management

Project Work

Module 18: Master Thesis
Master's Thesis and Disputation

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After graduation - your career begins

Master's students develop the ability to work in companies and organisations as well as in start-ups, for example as innovation managers, product managers, strategic planners and sales engineers.

  • Production Management

    Industrial engineering is an engineering specialisation that can be used in any field of engineering to improve efficiency. Industrial engineers can work in practically any field, for example, medicine or IT. Once the knowledge of a certain product has been aquired, you can become a product manager for it.

  • Innovation Management

    Businesses should stay innovative to keep up with the competition. To ensure that innovative ideas are successfully implemented, companies hire innovation managers. They are not necessarily responsible for inventing new products, but instead, their main task is to observe the market for new ideas and products and to accompany the development process from concept to execution. You will work with colleagues from many areas such as company management, research and development departments, controlling, sales and marketing.

  • Strategic Planning

    Strategic planning responsibilities fundamentally involve shaping a company's basic business strategy, developing strategic plans and evaluating company performance as well as conducting research and data analysis to help make business decisions. With a Master's degree in digitalisation 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.

  • Sales Engineering

    As a sales engineer, you are responsible for the marketing of mostly high-priced technology goods in the B2B area. You can work in numerous technology-oriented sectors (e.g., mechanical and plant engineering, electrical, information and telecommunications, medical technology) with products and services that require explanation. On the one hand, you have the appropriate professional competence to present the special products to existing and potential customers, as well as to specialists and non-specialist decision-makers. On the other hand, you need to adhere to the sales targets set by the company and plan and act in a result-oriented and sustainable manner.

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Job Guarantee

Since there are plenty of job openings in the German job market, we are confident our students will find jobs quickly after they finish studying. That's why we're offering a 20% refund on full tuition fees if they don't land a job within 9 months of graduating.


To be eligible for the refund, the student must have:

  • successfully completed their studies within the regular study period.
  • shown proof of a B2 level German language proficiency in form of a certificate.
  • defended their Master’s thesis in German.
  • achieved a minimum thesis grade of 2.5.

Who can study at PFH

Things you need

You are passionate about...
Engineering, working for products in the B2B sector that require explanation, customer relationship management, key account management.
You bring these qualifications with you...
Completed university degree in (industrial) engineering, a technical-scientific area or a closely related subject.

Things you do not need

Grades are not a hurdle
We do not focus on grades, but on individuals: we take the time for aptitude tests and interviews.
Graduated from PFH
Did you complete your Bachelor's degree at another university? No problem - our lecturers build on your previous knowledge.

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FAQ – the most frequently asked questions

At PFH University, you can apply at any time.

  • Application form via our website
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of motivation
  • School leaving certificate (University Entrance Certificate)
  • Bachelor's degree certificate (or provisional certificate, if not yet awarded)
  • Transcript of records for your Bachelor's degree
  • Proof of English proficiency (minimum B2 level)
    • English language certificate: TOEFL iBT 86, IELTS 6.5, Duolingo, or equivalent.
    • Document stating that the medium of instruction of your Bachelor’s course was English.
  • An employment reference is optional, though highly recommended
  • Copy of passport
  • Digital photo for your university card

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:

  1. STIBET-Programmes
  2. DAAD Prize
  3. 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.

International students coming to Germany have two options when it comes to accommodation: student halls of residence and private accommodation. For more information, you can visit the Accommodation Finder from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or contact our international office.

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).

Questions - always welcome

Do you still have questions about your studies? We are by your side! Our consulting team can be reached under the following contact options.