Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

In semester 1 to 4 you will learn the fundamentals in mathematics, technical mechanics, material science, thermodynamics… . You acquire profound broad and deep knowledge in nature and engineering science and competences to apply scientific methods. Afterwards, in semesters 5 and 6, students create their own study plan and can choose a specialization (e. g. medical engineering, robotics, automotive engineering, energy technology, management, aviation) or deepen their engineering scientific expertise intersectorial. This means you are able to put together your individual study plan relating to your personal interests by selecting teaching sessions from an extensive study catalogue.

After that you are able to work together in an interdisciplinary team, to do research and to apply methods in practice.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

Six semesters are normally required to complete the Bachelor degree course in Mechanical Engineering. These are divided into a foundation course (semesters 1-4) and a specialization course (semesters 5-6):

  • In the foundation course each semester has a set syllabus with lectures and practical work which can be augmented with tutorial sessions (small study groups with individual supervision).
  • In semesters 5 and 6 students choose the lectures and workshops they attend, according to their interests and abilities, from a wide range on offer. This opens the door to a particular specialization or a broadly-based qualification in engineering science.
  • The degree course is completed with a project work (project seminar or internship in industry), soft skill workshops and the Bachelor’s Thesis.

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

After completing the foundation courses, you will be able

  • to understand the essential concepts of mathematics, physics, chemistry an technical electric science, to describe relevant processes both qualitatively and mathematically quantitatively, and to use laws and formulas to define problems,
  • to use this fundamental knowledge in engineering-specific basic subjects, such as technical mechanics, technical drawings, machine elements and information technology in order to  formulate and solve mechanical questions (e. g. determine and analyze real-time systems for specific control systems, develop solutions for the construction of parts which are suitable for production, stress and assembly, modelling of uncertainties)
  • to use methods from material science, control engineering, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transmission, control engineering (e. g. selection of suitable materials, analyze and evaluate the system in view of the heat transmission, describe, analyze and configure dynamically active influenced systems)


Depending on the individually chosen courses in the 5th and 6th semester, you will be able to apply the specific methods and to possibly use independently developed solutions in practice (e. g. application of mechanisms of industrial realtime bus- and operating systems, characterization of novel electrical concepts in vehicles, development and evaluation of thermal solar collectors and photovoltaic systems, …).

If you decide to embark upon a professional career upon concluding the bachelor's program in Mechanical Engineering, then opportunities arise in many and various areas. These include mechanical, plant and vehicle engineering as well as, equally, the aerospace sector or associated suppliers and service providers.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure evaluating your ability to successfully manage the particular qualitative requirements of the bachelor’s program.

In the first stage, your overall secondary school grades, your grades in subject-specific courses, and any relevant practical experience or additional qualifications will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview.

Students who earned their higher education entrance qualification in a non-German language school in another country and whose native language is not German must take part in an admissions interview to assess their subject-specific language skills. 

A total of at least 8 weeks of internship is required before you start your studies. The proof is not relevant for the application. The recognition takes place in the beginning of October.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program.