The networking of disciplines is a fundamental building block for creating new knowledge in science and research. Many applications would be inconceivable without close cooperation between different disciplines. The same is increasingly true in business and industry: Only by bringing together many different types of knowledge and ways of thinking and by exploiting synergy effects we can achieve a high level of innovative strength and ultimately a competitive advantage. Thinking outside the box is in demand!
The "Master of Science - Interdisciplinary Engineering" degree programme picks up on this development and trains experts who are exceptionally capable of integrating existing and new specialist knowledge in complex contexts, even across disciplines. Content from the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and building, supply and energy technology is combined and supplemented by interdisciplinary (team) projects and seminars that promote methodical and social competence as well as analytical skills. Graduates thus acquire the necessary tools to become involved in innovative interface areas. The program offers excellent career opportunities in business and research and provides access to doctoral studies.
Qualification for a research-related professional activity in interdisciplinary technical fields.
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Start of study:
Summer or winter semester
Standard period of study:
3 semesters (90 ECTS)
Admission restriction (N.C.):
Main Campus Trier
Semester abroad (optional)
None, but semester fee (including semester ticket)
The degree programme is mainly conducted in German.
The master's degree programme "Interdisciplinary Engineering" combines competencies from the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering as well as building supply and energy engineering. The standard period of study is three semesters (90 ECTS).
Students who have completed a six-semester bachelor's degree programme can acquire an additional 30 ECTS within the framework of an enrollment catalog up to the registration of the master's thesis in order to achieve the 300 ECTS required for a master's degree. This may extend the duration of study.
As part of the admission process, the core discipline applicable to the degree programme is determined for each student. As a rule, it is identical to the subject area of the first university degree. In addition, students can choose a focus deviating from the core discipline during the course of study if they complete at least 20 ECTS of the teaching modules as well as the final thesis in a specific subject area.
The programme is divided into teaching modules (45 ECTS) and independent work (45 ECTS). Students must earn at least 15 ECTS in master's modules from a discipline that differs from the bachelor's programme (supplementary discipline). Students have the opportunity to combine courses from different disciplines in order to gain a broad base in an application field: For the application field "electromobility", for example, this could mean choosing modules from electrical engineering (theory of drive technology, control engineering, learning systems), mechanical engineering (energy-efficient vehicles, vehicle technology, vehicle safety), and building, supply and energy engineering (regenerative energy systems, smart grids, grid integration of renewable energies) in order to cover all aspects of electromobility.
Not only the division of the teaching modules, but also the organisational and content-related design of the modules in independent work emphasizes the interdisciplinary character of the study programme. Thus, an interdisciplinary (team) project and an interdisciplinary seminar are scheduled in the second semester. In this way, students can sharpen their individual interdisciplinary profile.
The degree is completed with the Master's thesis (30 ECTS), in which students demonstrate that they are able to deal scientifically with problems and present results. The academic degree "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) provides access to doctoral studies and qualifies for activities in research and development.
Students have the option to focus on a complementary subject area in addition to the core discipline defined during the admission process. To do so, they must complete at least 20 ECTS of the course modules as well as part of the final thesis in a subject area that differs from their core discipline. The examination board decides on the admission of the topic for a focus.
The teaching modules are composed of existing teaching modules from the accredited degree programmes in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and building, supply and energy technology. This results in a wide range of engineering modules from different core disciplines. A detailed description of the content of all modules offered can be found in the module handbook, which is available in the download area of this page.
In many companies, interdisciplinarity is an important basis for developing complex systems. Both technical and interdisciplinary competencies are required, as well as an understanding of other disciplines and their methodology. Working in or leading interdisciplinary project teams is increasingly becoming a central task in many industries.
The degree programme takes this increasing demand into account: Graduates are able to manage these project teams and become involved in innovative interface areas. This offers excellent career opportunities, especially in industry and in research and development.
The fields of application for graduates are diverse, as they have in-depth knowledge in their core discipline as well as additional knowledge from other fields. Already during their studies, they have the opportunity to determine their own specific fields of application through their specific combination of courses. Thus, professional activities in a wide variety of technical fields are possible:
In general, the unemployment rate among engineers is lower than in almost any other occupational group. The demand for qualified specialists remains high; areas such as robotics, renewable energies or microelectronics are booming. In medicine, the automotive industry, IT or biotechnology, there are almost endless fields of activity for engineers.
The "Master of Science" degree also opens up access to a doctorate, which is also possible at Trier University of Applied Sciences in a cooperative procedure.
The Master's programme "Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences" is open to applicants who have obtained a professionally qualifying university degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, building services engineering, supply engineering, energy technology or a related course of study with an overall grade of usually at least 2.5. Admission also requires proof of sufficient German language skills.
The first completed university degree comprises a duration of at least three years. Applicants who have acquired less than 210 ECTS credits in their first degree programme (e.g. six-semester Bachelor's programme) have the option of completing additional work up to the registration of the Master's thesis in order to achieve the 300 ECTS required for a Master's degree. For this purpose, suitable Bachelor's and Master's modules are defined in an enrollment catalog in coordination with the examination board..
Furthermore, a prerequisite for admission is an advising interview with the head of the study programme, who recommends the specialisation (core discipline) to be determined to the examination board on the basis of the professional orientation and also the advising interview. As a rule, it is identical to the subject area of the first professional university degree.
Detailed information on application, admission and enrollment can be obtained from the Study Service of Trier University of Applied Sciences.
International applicants can also find information about studying at Trier University of Applied Sciences on the pages of the International Office.
The document archive of the Department of Engineering can be found here .
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