Product Development, Materials and Production, Master of Science

The consecutive master's program "Product Development, Materials and Production" prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in mechanical and plant engineering, but also in other manufacturing sectors such as vehicle construction or aviation. The program deepens the bachelor's education in engineering, mathematics and natural sciences and imparts competencies for the systematic, scientific and independent solution of responsible tasks in industry and research. The content covers the product development process from strategic product planning, systematic and methodical development of products including concept development, design, material selection, simulation and testing to production, its planning and control as well as the use of modern manufacturing processes and high-performance materials. Students deepen their knowledge in one of the three disciplines and acquire the ability to work at the interfaces of the related sub-disciplines. Depending on their individual focus, students can adapt and personalize their studies very flexibly thanks to the extensive range of elective subjects.

Fact sheet

Study program Product Development, Materials and Production
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Study duration: 4 semesters
Credit points according to ECTS: 120
Language: German/English
Type of study: Full-time study
Start of study: Winter semester (October) or summer semester (April)
Application period: June 1st – July 15th and December 1st – January 15th
Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering
Admission restriction: Yes
Dual studies possible: Yes

What characterizes this study program?

Graduates of the program are able to transfer the individually acquired technical and methodological knowledge to new unknown topics, to scientifically grasp, analyze and solve complex problems of their discipline. They can independently find missing information and plan and carry out theoretical and experimental investigations. They can assess, evaluate and critically question engineering results and make decisions on the basis of these results and draw their own further conclusions. They are able to proceed methodically, organize smaller projects independently and select new technologies as well as scientific methods and develop them further if required.

Graduates are able to develop new ideas and solutions independently as well as in teamwork, to document them and to present and represent them in front of experts. They can assess their own strengths and weaknesses as well as the possible consequences of their actions. Above all, they are able to work independently on complex tasks, to define tasks, to acquire the necessary knowledge and to use suitable means systematically for implementation.

How is the program structured?

The degree program is modular in design and is based on the university-wide standardized degree program structure with uniform module sizes (multiples of six credit points (LP)). The program combines the sub-disciplines of product development, materials and production of mechanical engineering and allows students to specialize in one of these directions. Due to the extensive freedom of choice, students can individualize their studies.

In the common core qualification, students take the following modules:

  • Finite Element Methods and Vibration Theory (12 LP).
  • Elective basic subjects (catalog) (12 LP)
  • Technical laboratory ( 6 LP)
  • Supplementary courses Operation and Management (Catalog) (6 LP)
  • Supplementary courses non-technical subjects (catalog) (6 LP)

Students specialize by choosing one of the following technical specializations worth 36 credit points:

  • Product development (methods of product development, lightweight construction)
  • Production (production management, production technology)
  • Materials (engineering materials)

Within each specialization, students are given three modules with six credit points. A further 18 credit points can be selected from a large subject-specific module catalog (module size of six credit points each). Alternatively, open modules with a maximum size of twelve credit points can be taken, in which a variety of specialized smaller courses - also taught by external lecturers from industry - can be individually combined.

In addition to the final Master's thesis, students complete an additional scientific project work.

  • Project work (12 LP)
  • Master thesis (30 LP)

What job can I take?

The consecutive Master's program "Product Development, Materials and Production" prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in mechanical and plant engineering, but also in other manufacturing sectors such as vehicle construction or aviation. Due to their specialization in one of the subject areas of product development, materials or production, graduates can work directly in this field. They also possess a wide range of methodological and interface knowledge that enables them to work across disciplines. Graduates can take up scientific activities in universities and research institutes, in particular with the aim of obtaining a doctorate, or decide to enter industry directly. Here, for example, you can pursue specialist careers (e.g. product developer, calculation engineer, production planner) or, with increasing professional experience, qualify for demanding management tasks in the technical field (e.g. project, group or team leader, development or production manager or technical manager). The degree program is universally designed and allows graduates to work in different manufacturing industries on a variety of different products.

What are the requirements?

This degree program is just the right thing for you if you want to get to know the systematic, scientific and independent solution of responsible tasks related to product development, materials and production in industry and research.
You need to be interested in the product development process, from strategic product planning, through the systematic and methodical development of products, including concept development, design, material selection, simulation and testing, to production, its planning and control, and the use of modern manufacturing processes and high-performance materials.
If you are interested in interdisciplinary work, enjoy exchanging ideas with other engineers and want to learn about different topics regardless of the application, you are ideally suited for this degree program.

You must also meet the specific requirements for the master's program!

How do I apply?

You can apply annually for the winter semester in the period from June 1st to July 15th and for the summer semester in the period from December 1st to January 15th. For this you need a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and sufficiently good German language skills (level B2.2). We conduct an online application procedure.


Further questions?

How to start?

To make it easier for you to start your studies at the TUHH, you will find various offers here:

  •     New@TUHH provides you with information on starting your studies, registration at the library and at the computer center.
  •     The Student Counseling Center offers an orientation session for incoming students of the German-language master's programs
Can I include a semester abroad?

Hier einen kurzen Text zu Auslandsaufenthalten im Rahmen des Studiums verfassen. Wann sind diese möglich ggf. sogar eingeplant? Sind sie verpflichtend?

Kann man auch ein Praktikum im Ausland machen?

Can I study in the dual program?


Yes, you can! All Master of Science degree programs at the TU Hamburg can be studied dual. Since 2003, the Technical University of Hamburg has also offered its Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in a dual study variant in cooperation with more than 50 cooperating companies.

The study concept combines complete university studies with professional practice in the engineering field. The students are employed by one of our cooperating companies and, as cohorts across study programs, represent the entire spectrum of engineering sciences.

The program is rounded off by seminars on the development of social skills, so that graduates can face the challenges of the working world in a responsible manner.

You can find more information about the dual study program at the TU Hamburg here:  


What are my options to do a PhD?

The possibility of a subsequent doctorate is given in the institutes involved in the study program. In particular, research at the institutes enables students to work in the research areas "Aeronautical Engineering", "Regeneration, Implants and Medical Technology", "Product-oriented Materials Development", and "Logistics and Mobility for Sustainable Value Creation". The following institutes are available for doctoral studies based on this degree program:

How is campus life?

The TU Hamburg is one of the youngest universities in Germany. On the clearly arranged and cozy campus you will quickly get to know your new fellow students and in spring and summer numerous seating areas and green spaces invite you to linger together in the fresh air. In an almost familiar atmosphere, we celebrate our summer festival every year in June, where our TU's own beer brewing group "Campusperle" also offers its creations. Of course, you can also get involved in our numerous AGs, which also organize regular events, e.g. screenings of the cinema AG, concerts of SingING or SymphonING. Of particular interest to Data Science students are also the HULKs, who regularly participate in international robot soccer championships, for example.

If you decide to study at TUHH, you also decide to study in Hamburg, the metropolis on the Elbe, Germany's second largest city and certainly its most beautiful. Hamburg combines urbanity and maritime life and is also Germany's greenest city with over a million inhabitants. You will never get bored here: rowing on the canals during the day or jogging in the city park, sunset on the Elbe, a concert in the Elbphilharmonie or a pub night on the Schanze and the fish market at dawn. Here you will find everything for the adventurous, but also numerous quiet places to pause. Together with your fellow students, you will certainly explore Hamburg and its treasures quickly and get to know your new favorite place.

How do I start my career?

Career Center and Alumni Network TU&You

The TUHH Career Center supports students and graduates in the transition from university to work. The services offered include company contact fairs, the TUHH-PraxisPlus internship program for prospective TUHH master's students, case study workshops and job application training. The alumni network TU&YOU offers the opportunity to make contact with former TU members while still a student through a variety of events such as research afternoons, homecoming events and anniversaries.

Where can I find the relevant regulations?

All modalities for admission to the Master's program are regulated in the Statutes on Studies.

The framework conditions for examinations at TUHH are defined by the General Study and Examination Regulations (ASPO) and the Subject-Specific Study and Examination Regulations (FSPO). The Module Handbook describes the concrete design of the modules provided for in the curriculum and their learning objectives. They also provide information on content, recommended prior knowledge and literature for preparation.

All regulations relevant to the study program, the module manual and study plans can be found here.

Whom can I contact?

If you have any questions about your studies, you can always contact the Central Student Advisory Service or the head of the study program and the advisors!

Program coordinator

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Krause
M-17 Produktentwicklung und Konstruktionstechnik
  • Produktentwicklung und Konstruktionstechnik
Office Hours
nach Vereinbarung
Denickestraße 17 (L),
21073 Hamburg
Building L, Room 1.001
Phone: +49 40 42878 4083

Program advisor

Lea-Nadine Wöller
M-17 Produktentwicklung und Konstruktionstechnik
  • Produktentwicklung und Konstruktionstechnik
Denickestraße 17 (L),
21073 Hamburg
Building L, Room 1.015
Phone: +49 40 42878 2949

The study program is thematically located in the research fields Aviation & Maritime Systems  and Advanced Materials & (Bio-)Processes.

The study program is accredited.