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M.Sc. in Management of Product Development (MPD): Agile Engineering of Mechatronic Systems

Degree awarded
Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (90 ECTS)

Schlossplatz 19, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

+49 (0)721 608-47880

+49 (0)721 608-47882

E-mail address

Type of course
Full-time program with part-time schedule

Language of tuition

Length of course
20 months

Date of commencement

Application deadline
Rolling Application: for a start in the same year, we recommend to submit the application until July, especially if a visa is required.

Class size
5-25 Students

Cost / fees
For a regular master with 4 semesters the tuition fee is 7,500 Euro (seven thousand five hundred) each semester. Differing length of studies does not increase the total tuition fee. Please note that this fee is tax-deductible.

Available on-campus housing

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
SIEMENS AG, Daimler AG, SAP, IBM, ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, EnBW, Trumpf, BOSCH, ABB, and more.

Exchange partner schools
Tongji University in Shanghai, China

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / Overseas students - 60% /40%
2. Average age - 23-35

Admission requirements
See below / opposite

Programme Directors
Prof. Dr. –Ing. Dr. h.c. Albert Albers: Head of Institute for Product Development (IPEK), KIT
Prof. Dr. Martin Klarmann: Head of Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM), KIT

Contact details for application
Jelena Muench
Schlossplatz 19, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0)721 608 47878
Fax: +49 (0)721 608 47882
E-Mail: info(at)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
HECTOR School of Engineering & Management

M.Sc. in Management of Product Development (MPD): Agile Engineering of Mechatronic Systems

Production technology and supply chain topics shape the future of the manufacturing industry. Major developments in the context of industry 4.0 require highly qualified engineers with comprehensive knowledge of state-of-the-art technology and methods to successfully realize innovative concepts. Only a multi-disciplinary approach can meet the requirements of today’s interconnected flow of data, products, and money in production and logistics.

Graduates of the Master`s program Production & Operations Management are able to analyze and optimize the efficiency of value-added processes within the operation of production and service systems. Graduates understand and analyze service and production methods, capture and formally describe requirements, frame boundary conditions and targets and achieve a targeted improvement. Master´s program graduates attain skills concerning production management with a special focus on production processes, information technology, logistics and human resources as well as on the technical procedures and tools required.

The graduates are familiar with state-of-the-art concepts and methods and are able to apply them in problem solving and to further develop them. Methods and techniques in conjunction with decision-making are especially focused on in Operations Management.

In addition, graduates can identify the possibilities and limitations of formal methods and models as well as the challenges that represent the transmission between the modeled world and reality and handle them in a solution driven way. Given that the flow of data, products and money are closely interconnected in production and logistics nowadays, graduates are able to solve problems by taking these three factors into account and applying multi-disciplinary solution approaches.

Furthermore, the Master´s program shares five management modules with the other Master´s programs. This fosters networking across industries and provides the participants with general knowledge in finance, accounting, marketing, international multi-project management, international law, and human resource management. In this way, they can consider the commercial implications of project decisions and develop a holistic view.

Admission requirements
  • First academic degree: Bachelor, Master, Diploma, etc. in a relevant subject such as Engineering, Natural Sciences, Information Science, or Economics. In exceptional cases, other degrees may be accepted.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of professional experience in the specific field of the program
  • English language proficiency is required, e.g. English as a native speaker or test certificate (e.g. TOEFL score of at least 570 PBT; 230 CBT; 90 iBT or IELTs at least 6,5 points) or appropriate proof of C1 level.

Other courses offered by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

  • M.Sc. in Energy Engineering and Management
  • M.Sc. in Financial Engineering
  • M.Sc. in Information System Engineering and Management
  • M.Sc. in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management
  • M.Sc. in Optics and Photonics
  • M.Sc. in Production and Operations Management

  • About HECTOR School of Engineering & Management

    The HECTOR School is the Technology Business School of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Named after Dr. Hans-Werner Hector, one of the co-founders of SAP AG, HECTOR School aims to provide professionals with state-of-the-art technological expertise and management know-how within part-time education programs.

    The HECTOR School fosters lifelong learning within industry. Participants are supported in their career development with executive master degree programs, certificate courses, and customized partner programs. The benefits of the executive master programs are numerous for participants as well as for the companies they work for:
    • Unique Holistic Approach: A combination of technology expertise and management know-how.
    • State-of-the-Art Knowledge: Direct transfer from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) research.
    • Part-Time Structure: Allows participants to continue with their demanding careers whilst acquiring new skills.
    • Master Thesis to set up Innovation Projects: Companies gain outstanding added value through the consultation of such projects by professors from KIT.
    • Excellent Networking Opportunities: Professional networking is fostered across industries and on an international scale.
    Our directors enrich HECTOR School with strong business experience combined with academic competence. Industry backings provide opportunities to generate ideas with substantial practical impact, which also feed insights into creative teaching approaches.

    Professors from the KIT, internationally recognized faculty members from out partner institutions as well as business experts from leading companies form the faculty of HECTOR School.