M.Sc. Smart Production Engineering

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M.Sc. Networked Production Engineering is now M.Sc. Smart 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 SPE graduate you will

  • establish the flexible, digital, and smart 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 smart 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. SPE. 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

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.

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 SPE

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.


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.

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

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

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