Mechanical Engineering / Materials and Production Engineering

Master of Science 

Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Teaching Language: German

How is the program structured?

At the University of Stuttgart, we place a paramount emphasis on fostering individual development and personalized learning experiences, aligning with our overarching goals of interdisciplinary knowledge coupled with a clear specialization in Material Science and Production Technology. Diverging from traditional teaching methods commonly seen in high school settings with fixed timetables, we have designed our study program to provide you with unprecedented flexibility.

Our innovative approach allows you to craft your educational journey by choosing from various specializations within the realms of Material and Production Engineering sciences. Whether you are inclined towards a more focused exploration of Material or Production science or if you aspire to navigate the practical realms through internships versus delving into the theoretical aspects via additional courses, the choice is yours.

This flexibility extends beyond just choosing your specialization. You have the autonomy to determine the sequence of your study program, catering to your unique learning style. At [University Name], you are your own manager in this academic pursuit. We understand that each student's path is distinctive, and we are here to support you at every turn, ensuring that your educational journey aligns with your aspirations and learning preferences. Whether you lean towards a more practical or theoretical approach, our commitment is to empower you to shape your academic experience in a way that best suits your individual goals and ambitions.

Structure of the Study Course

The study program is structured to provide a comprehensive and flexible educational experience. As highlighted in the accompanying video (main page), the curriculum spans 120 ECTS credits distributed across four semesters. A tentative example of a schedule, evenly distributing the 120 ECTS over the four semesters, is illustrated in the graphic below.

It's crucial to note that the emphasis here is on the term "example." We recognize and celebrate the diversity in learning preferences and academic goals, allowing you to tailor your study program to suit your individual needs and aspirations. The following page serves as a guide to navigating the myriad possibilities available to you, offering an overview of the various choices you can consider.

How to plan your Study Course

To optimize your start in the study program, we recommend beginning with a focus on your general specializations. This foundational approach allows you to gradually delve deeper into specific details as your study plan evolves. By concentrating on these general specializations initially, you can build a strong foundation and gain a broad understanding of the material. As you progress, the flexibility of our program empowers you to refine and adapt your course selections, ensuring that your academic journey aligns seamlessly with your evolving interests and career objectives.


As you can also see in the course schedule, your studies contain:

  • two Specialization Subjects (18 ECTS each)
  • three Specialized Areas (6 ECTS each)
  • Two Key Competencies (3 ECTS each)
  • An internship (15 ECTS) or
  • A Key Module (15 ECTS)
  • A student thesis (15 ECTS)
  • A master’s thesis (30 ECTS)


image of a suggested schedule. .
image of a suggested schedule.
image of a suggested schedule. Flow Chart on how to choose Modules.
image of a suggested schedule. Flow Chart on how to choose Modules

One of the first questions of students from abroad who are interested in the study course is about language: We recognize the importance of accommodating the diverse linguistic backgrounds of our student body but are required to present significant parts of the courses in German.

The general teaching language is German as a reflection of our good cooperation with local companies and manufacturers. However, we understand that some students may be proficient in understanding German but may feel more comfortable expressing themselves in English. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to thrive academically, we have implemented measures to support English-speaking students throughout their academic journey.

We recognize that certain pivotal aspects of your studies, such as the Master's Thesis, internship, and Term Thesis, hold significant weight in your academic experience. To facilitate a seamless learning experience for our English-speaking students, we offer the flexibility to organize these essential components entirely in English. This means that at least half of the total credits of the program can be completed in English, allowing you to fully engage with the material in a language that may align more with your comfort and proficiency.

In Stuttgart, we believe that linguistic diversity should be celebrated, and we are committed to providing a supportive and enriching environment for all our students. Whether you are navigating the intricacies of your coursework or conducting groundbreaking research, our faculty and staff are here to ensure that you have the resources and support needed to succeed.

Contact for further questions


Jonathan Böhm

Holzgartenstr. 17, 70174 Stuttgart

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