Acquire planning and strategically oriented decision-making skills needed for higher management
Master of Science 120 ECTS
Completed university degree in (industrial) engineering, a technical-scientific area or a closely related subject
Length of study
5,400 euros per semester;
1,000 euro admin and enrolment fee (one-time fee)
1,000 euros examination fee (one-time fee)
Stade (near Hamburg)
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.
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: Modern Materials and Technologies
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
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
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
Module 18: Master Thesis
Master's Thesis and Disputation
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.
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.
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 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.
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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Experts at PFH
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.
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.
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).