M.Sc. Management and Engineering in Structural Engineering and Risk Management of Industrial Facilities
M.Sc. MME-CONSTRUCT is an interdisciplinary degree program at RWTH Aachen University. It comprises two semesters of lectures, exercises and practical courses in structural engineering with the focus on industrial facilities and one management semester. During the fourth semester, students can choose to write their Master's thesis on a topic in the field of engineering or management. For further information, please refer to the Program Objectives, Teaching Concepts, and Program Details down below.
- Study format:
- M.Sc. Degree Program
- 2 years (4 semesters)
- B.Sc./ B.Tech./ B.Eng. & 1 year work experience
- Credit points:
- 120 ECTS
- Course fees:
- EUR 5,500 per semester
- M.Sc. (RWTH, university degree)
Graduates of this Master‘s degree program will have gained the skill set and competences to work at the interface of technology and business administration. They are well-equipped to pursue careers in multidisciplinary fields of industrial facility design and bring management skills to industry, public sector and non-governmental organizations. This program provides profound background knowledge regarding the design, construction, and monitoring of structures as well as the treatment of accidental events. The broad scientific insights enable graduates to deal with yet unkown situations.
The program will unite both principles of responsible, reliable engineering and efficient management of projects. Therefore, graduates will be enabled to carry out site- or structure-specific risk analysis using modern tools to estimate the threat of different type of hazards. On top of that, the program prepares its students for leadership roles in the designing and risk management sectors.
The objective of the MME-Construct course is to qualify students in the field of management and engineering with a focus on industrial facilities' construction. This enables them to take on higher-level interface positions within the processes of structural design, dimensioning, and execution as well as risk assessment.
True to the motto: "There is no success without hard work. Accept it willingly" (Roger Federer), students are expected to show a high level of commitment and self-interest in familiarising themselves with demanding subject areas. As a result of our teaching objective, our faculties endeavour to impart extensive and well-founded knowledge to our students.
Our teaching philosophy aims to enable the future specialized engineer to critically question complex simulations and dimensioning as well as to verify their plausibility and economic efficiency.
The integration of modern software in the teaching content links theoretical basics with computational application. This framework allows insights into the functionality of common software. Overall, we place a high priority on personal responsibility in the learning process, as this will be neccessary in a future working environment.
The master program shall generate highly qualified engineers with excellent knowledge in the field of industrial facilities and specific management skills.
The program will intensify the structural engineering knowledge in subjects such as the design of industrial facilities under exceptional loading, seismic design and vulnerability assessment of structures to hazardous events. These skills in structural analysis will be enhanced by the application of innovative numerical solution methods and professional software in the field of simulation technology.
Furthermore, the consideration of interface problems between mechanical and civil engineering, representing important challenges particularly in conception and construction of industrial structures. Combined with an understanding of the social, economic and political impact of hazard events and intends to train engineers to provide holistic design solutions being able to work in both engineering and disaster management roles.
During the management semester, students are trained to solve problems related to Risk Management, Emergency Management, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Foundations in Emergency Management, Project Management in the Context of Disasters, System Analysis and Data in Risk Management of Disasters, in addition, the RWTH School of Business and Economics contributes three management modules during the first year.
The final master's thesis is an independent, pre-defined scientific project to be completed in a fixed period of six months. The master's thesis is generally concluded by an oral presentation.
Our Structural Engineering and Risk Management students learn how to…
- conduct quantitative risk assessments at industrial facilities;
- develop and implement risk and emergency management strategies;
- design, construct and monitor industrial structures;
- ensure compliance with international building and safety codes;
- tackle economic and managerial challenges in today's global market.
Our engineering graduates of all programs...
- work at companies such as Anvis, BASF, Continental, Fiat, Ford, Kautex, Liebherr, Rolls Royce, Toyota and Volkswagen;
- are very successful on the job market: half of our graduates find employment within a month of graduating and two thirds within three months;
- increase their salary by more than 50% (about 40% of all graduates).
- Semester I & II: Lectures, exercises, and practical courses in structural engineering of industrial facilities at RWTH Aachen University
- Semester III: Management semester
- Semester IV: Master's Thesis
Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University
The RWTH Faculty of Civil Engineering’s Chair of Structural Analysis and Dynamics (CSAD) is in charge of the program’s academic side.
The Chair has a permanent staff of 25, including 13 research associates and scientific assistants as well as 7 employees working in the labs, construction office, and workshops. In addition, approximately 20 assistants are on-hand to help with teaching and research.
CSAD’s research team, together with the Centre for Wind and Earthquake Engineering (CWE), handles a wide range of topics from computational analysis of complex structures to modelling of functional materials and adaptive structures.
Equally important are our industrial partners which allow our students to gain practical insights and experience through company visits and internships.
Last but not least the MME-CONSTRUCT program was organized in cooperation with the “Ss. Cyril and Methodius" University of Macedonia (UKIM) and the Macedonian Institute for Research in Environment, Civil Engineering and Energy (IECE). In order to set up this unique partnership CSAD received funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.