M.Sc. Networked Production Engineering

Construct the new industry 4.0 through three distinguished study tracks: Smart Factory, Additive Manufacturing, or E-Mobility Production. Students obtain technological expertise to be a part of the most current manufacturing systems, material technologies and electric transport for a new, innovatory future.

There is no application fee.

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:
22,000 € in total

As a NPE graduate you will

  • establish the flexible, digital, and networked production of the future
  • design, direct, and optimize production processes
  • develop innovative production machines
  • create systems for state-of-the-art manufacturing planning

Program Structure

Through three individual specializations, prospective students can obtain technology-related qualifications in a highly interdisciplinary Master's program: "Smart Factory", "Additive Manufacturing" and "E-Mobility Production".

Study Track: Smart Factory

Building "Smart Factories" means networking all plants, products, and processes in a self-organizing factory. This is a central component of "Industry 4.0" and will be used in numerous sectors such as chemistry, automotive, and electrical engineering. Within these networked production processes, qualified graduates play an essential role: they act as problem solvers, experience bearers and decision-makers.

Study Track: Additive Manufacturing

"Additive Manufacturing" processes play an important role in product development and production. There is a high level of industrial, intersectional and international significance attached to Additive Manufacturing processes, leading to a high demand for qualified personnel in production technology.

Study Track: E-Mobility Production

The electrification of propulsion systems has developed into a global trend, which extends from container ships and aircrafts to the automotive industry. The challenges and opportunities of E-Mobility are very diverse: with mechanical engineering as one of the key players in technological change, suppliers and manufacturers will need skilled engineers with interdisciplinary expertise in the interface of e-mobility.

In addition, you will complete the following coursework:

  • Curricular Language Courses
  • Optional Industrial Internship
  • Four-month Master's Thesis

Curricular Language Courses

Learning German is essential to help students successfully integrate into a German cultural environment and furthermore pursue internship and job opportunities in Germany. In order to graduate in this Master's degree program, students need to pass the A2.2 level exam. Students without previous knowledge in the German language begin their first semester with an A1 level course. All other students need to take a placement test to assess their skill level. They can then register for the courses they need to complete their A2.2 level. In addition to the two language courses the student can also choose a Linguistic Elective, which may be another German course or Technical English for example.

For more information on placement test dates and registration deadlines check the homepage of RWTH Language Center.


Optional Industrial Internship

Students have an opportunity to choose an internship. Through this they can gain further practical experience in the industrial field of their track. If you decide against the intership, you can also do coursework of 12 CP.

Four-month Master's Thesis

The Master’s thesis is the final examination to complete the M.Sc. NPE. Students need to have achieved at least 80 CP in order to register their Master’s thesis, which will then need to be completed in 18 to 22 weeks. The Master’s Thesis can be written internally with the Institute or externally with a company. Students need to formally register their Master’s thesis with the Master’s Thesis Registration Sheet (Erfassungsbogen).

Over the course of my studies, I can firmly say that the captivating city of Aachen and research potential at RWTH University hold a tremendous potential for sculpting a freshman into a technically and personally responsible individual. I would like to urge new students who are looking forward to being a part of this prestigious university to make the most of the offered opportunities.

Sanika Apte

Application Information

Application Documents

In order to apply you'll need the following documents:

  • University transcript of records
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) –  (Non-EU applicants!)
  • Proof of at least 12 months' work experience
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • University degree certificate
  • APS (only for applicants with a first degree from China)

Academic Requirements for NPE

Proof of Work Experience

Letter of Recommendation

Letter of Motivation

English Language Requirements

If your documents were not issued in German or English, you must have a certified translator translate them into either German or English. These copies do not need to be notarized.

We help you prepare for the GRE

Non-EU and non-EEA applicants need to fulfill the following mandatory minimum requirement:

Proof of the GRE General Test with minimum scores at the time of application:

Verbal Reasoning: 145
Quantitative Reasoning: 160
Analytical Writing: 3

Tuition Fees & Expenses

Tuition fees are charged for all programs organized by RWTH International Academy. In this section you can find payment information and general information about living cost in Germany. You can also have a look at the scholarship section for funding opportunities.

Tuition and Semester Fees

  • Tuition fees: 5,500 € per semester (22,000 € in total; 4 semester regular study period)
  • Semester fees at RWTH Aachen University: approx. 300 € per semester
    (includes the semester ticket for public transport within the whole state of North Rhine-Westphalia, part of Belgium and part of the Netherlands)

Payment Regulation for the Tuition Fees

Payment Regulation for the Semester Fees

Living Costs in Germany

Complete applications submitted until January 15 (Non-EU) / April 15 (EU) receive a 10% Early Bird Discount on the tuition fees!

All-inclusive Master Package

Are you interested in an all-round carefree package for your first year in Aachen? Find more information about our All-inclusive Master Package here.

Admitted Students | Next Steps

In order to prepare for your studies in Aachen, you need to tackle a number of organizational questions. Here we provide you with an overview of all necessary steps that need to be completed before and after travelling to Germany.

First Steps after Admission

  • Claim your place in the program of your choice.
  • Apply for your visa.
  • Book temporary accommodation and start looking for long-term options.
  • Get health insurance. You can find more info here.
  • Plan your trip & your stay.
  • Sign up to our Peer-2-Peer Mentoring Program to find a senior who can guide you through the first few weeks.
  • Register for your Master's Prep Courses.

First Steps after Arrival

  • Register your new address at City Hall.
  • Apply for your Residence Permit: As the entry visa is generally only valid for a few weeks, we recommend you visit the local immigration office (Ausländeramt) as soon as possible.
  • Open a bank account: You are free to choose any bank.
  • Get health insurance: In order to enroll at the University, you'll need proof of insurance.
  • Enroll at RWTH Aachen University: In order to oficially become a student, you will need to enroll at the International Office.


This section is intended to provide interested applicants and enrolled master students with important information about academics as well as rules and regulations in academic matters.

Please find the curricula under the section Program Structure.

Academic Calendar

This program starts with the winter semester in early October of each year. The German academic year is made up of a winter and a summer semester. Lectures are held until the middle of February in the winter semester and until the middle of July in the summer semester. Most exams are held in the lecture-free period (mid February to the end of March/mid July to the end of September).

For more info, check RWTH Aachen University's Academic Calendar.

Examination Regulations

All courses and examinations at RWTH Aachen University are subject to the General Examination Regulation. This legal document together with your course's specific Examination Regulation form the legal basis of any program offered at RWTH. These important documents determine the scope of your studies and inform about all rules and regulations regarding admission, exams, course structure, master thesis, etc.

All matters concerning examinations are dealt with by the ZPA - the Central Examination Office. You can go to the ZPA with questions relating:

  • the registration process for examinations and deadlines (check the dates and procedure at the beginning of each semester)
  • the status of your examination registration (check each subject after the examination registration period)
  • instructions for online withdrawal/ exam cancellation

For further details, please view the M.Sc. NPE-specific Examination Regulations as published by RWTH's Official Announcements.

Take a Sneak Peak at your Studies

Have a look at the following online media to get a sneak preview of what you can expect as one of our students.