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 and automotive engineering, technical building services, industrial engineering or medical engineering 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 programme offers excellent career opportunities in business and research and entitles graduates to embark on doctoral studies.
More than ever, our globalized world requires the ability to communicate interculturally. For this reason, we are orienting the degree programme internationally and also provide it in English. In addition, students will in future have the opportunity to obtain a double degree at Trier University of Applied Sciences and a partner university abroad.
We are pleased to be able to offer your foreign students a German course organized by the HAW International project.
The intensive course takes place 4 weeks before the start of the semester (March 13th to April 6th, 2023) so that the students already have a good basis in German when the semester begins. For those available who may not receive their visa until late, we offer future participants an online version parallel to the face-to-face classes so that they do not see anything.
Interested students can now enroll in StudIP. Here is the direct link to the course:
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 possible with a 6- or 7-semester first degree (see admission requirements)
Language of instruction:
German or English
Admission restriction (N.C.):
Please make an appointment parallel to your application
Main Campus Trier
Semester abroad (optional)
None, but semester fee (including semester ticket)
The Master's programme "Interdisciplinary Engineering" is open to applicants who prove a first professional university degree with an overall mark of usually at least 2.5. The subject orientation of the first university degree must contain essential contents of a degree programme in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, technical building services, industrial engineering or medical engineering.
In order to be admitted to the degree programme, students must furthermore take part in a preliminary counselling interviewwith the head of the degree programme who recommends to the admission committee the area of specialisation (core discipline) to be determined: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, technical building services, industrial engineering or medical engineering. Usually the core discipline is identical to the subject orientation of the first professional university degree.
Applicants with a first professional university degree with less than 210 ECTS (e.g. six-semester Bachelor's programme) who wish to enrol in a Master's degree programme with 90 ECTS have the option of taking additional credits at the latest by the time of 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 ("bridge modules") are defined in a catalogue of additional credits. The determination of this module catalogue is also subject of the counselling interview.
Please make an appointment for the counselling interview with the head of the degree programme before or parallel to your application. For further information see "Application and enrollment".
Applicants for the degree programme Interdisciplinary Engineering with English as the language of instruction must also provide evidence of language skills in English (see "Evidence of language skills").
The degree programme can be studied in German or English. Applicants for the degree programme Interdisciplinary Engineering with English as the language of instruction must provide evidence of language skills in English by at least one of the following qualifications:
Please use uni-assist for your application:
The application period for the summer semester is closed. The application period for the winter semester begins in May. Persons with certificates of a non-German school or university degree must send their application to the service institution uni-assist in Berlin for the verification of the university entrance qualification. The processing time at uni-assist is approximately 3 or 4 weeks. A direct application to Trier University of Applied Sciences via the online portal is not possible.
To check your university entrance qualification yourself, please refer to the portal of the KMK. You can reach this page under the following link:
In parallel to your application at uni-assist, please send the following documents directly tokoch(at)hochschule-trier.de :
Select a total of 9 additional modules to fill the table. Select minimum 3 and maximum 6 modules of the core discipline on the first page. The rest must be from complementary disciplines. Core discipline or complementary discipline are marked with “K” or “E” respectively in the list of master modules. Please select in the list of master modules the column corresponding to your core discipline (bachelor discipline). The column ‘Semester’ in your document is provided for your personal planning of the workload between summer semester and winter semester. ECTS for the modules you have entered are always 5 ECTS.
The list of master modules is available at:
Please check the teaching language.
Some additional Information:
The two elective modules are modules in online teaching:
The list on the second page of the document with the module list needs to be filled if you have a bachelor with only 180 ECTS.
Please do not enter anything in the column ‘Version Ex.reg.
Please fill in 6 modules (30 ECTS). You can select bachelor or master modules. For master modules see the list of master modules for the first page.
As bachelor modules the following additional modules for the summer semester 2023 can be selected:
Course Methode Lecturer
After you filled in the documents, we will arrange an online meeting to discuss the details. This meeting is obligatory before the enrollment.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact prof. Dr. Koch (koch(at)hochschule-trier.de).
An application for the winter semester 2023/2024 is expected to start in May 2023. Please refer to the information on our homepage.
The master's degree programme "Interdisciplinary Engineering" combines competencies from the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical and automotive engineering as well as technical building services, industrial engineering or medical 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 catalogue of additional modules at the latest by the time of 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 (complementary 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, automotive engineering, technical building services, industrial engineering or medical engineering. 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 manuals, 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. In addition, the ability to communicate interculturally is becoming more and more important as project teams are often international. Thus, working in or leading interdisciplinary and international 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.
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