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, whereas the third semester may be regarded as a management semester. During the fourth semester, students can choose to write their Masters thesis on a topic in the field of engineering or management, as well as a combination of both. For further information, please refer to the Program Objectives, Teaching Concepts, and Program Details 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 expertize to be 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, the public sector and non-governmental organizations. This program provides profound background knowledge regarding the design, construction, and monitoring of structures as well as the handling of accidental events. The theoretical insights into industrial construction enable graduates to deal with yet unkown situations.
The program will unite qualitative, reliable engineering with efficient project management. Graduates will, therefore, 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 structural 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 construction of industrial facilities. This enables them to take on higher-level interface positions within the fields of structural design, dimensioning, and execution as well as risk assessment.
Students are expected to show a high level of commitment: true to the words of Roger Federer: "There is no success without hard work. Accept it willingly." In addition to this, students are expected to act independantly in familiariszing themselves with demanding subject areas. Likewise, our faculties endeavour to impart extensive and well-founded knowledge to our students.
The integration of modern software in teaching content links computational application to theoretical basics. This framework allows insights into the functionality of common software. 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. 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 aims to generate highly qualified engineers with excellent knowledge in the field of industrial facilities and specific management skills.
Through the coursework, knowledge in structural engineering will be deepened. This, through subjects such as the design of industrial facilities under exceptional loading, seismic design and the assessment of the vulnerability 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.
During the management semester, students are trained to solve problems related to management of risks and disasters as well as management of human resources. Students are encouraged to consider both factory planning and project leadership in an international context. Finally students learn about management of strategic technology as well as system related analysis and data within the context of disaster management. 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. It may be conducted together with an institute of the university or through a private company under the supervision of an academic head. 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 for a greater focus on the field structural engineering of industrial facilities and one course in the field of management at RWTH Aachen University
- Semester III: Greater focus on the field of management and a lesser focus on the field structural engineering of industrial facilities with two courses
- Semester IV: Master's Thesis