The transportation system is a very important part of any modern economy and core element of daily human life. Our society and economy are faced with an increasing demand for mobility, as well as with the concept of sustainability. These new challenges also require new planning and management strategies in the area of transportation. Experts are needed to design roads, traffic control systems and public transport networks. These professionals must be familiar with the concepts of transportation demand management, integrated land-use and intermodal traffic management. Tasks like providing ideal transportation conditions for individuals and the economy alike, while simultaneously enhancing the living conditions of urban areas, can only be met by considering the transportation system as part of a more complex system encompassing, for example, networks, means of transportation, infrastructure and traffic control systems. The interactions between transport, economy, land-use and the natural environment must form an integral part of transportation planning strategies.
The unique master’s program in Transportation Systems at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with these challenges. In addition to their core curriculum, students can specialize in one of the following fields of study:
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Transportation Demand Management
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:
Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?
As a graduate of the international Master’s Program you possess the required knowledge and skills to deal with present and future challenges in the complex area of modern transportation. You know how to design and operate modern transportation systems and integrated intermodal transport management systems.
You are able to design railways and roads, simulate traffic, apply and design intelligent transport systems as well as analyze transport data and statistics. Your skills allow you to advise municipalities in questions regarding transport planning strategies of today and future demand. You are capable of analyzing and evaluating the relevant economic, social and environmental aspects. Since the students of the Master’s program come from all over the world, you are also experienced in working in multicultural teams.
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
As a graduate in Transportation Systems you can start your career as a transport consultant or transport planner in different areas of the transportation sector. Possible areas of employment are governmental agencies, public transport authorities, urban and regional planning departments as well as private or state owned transportation companies. You are also qualified to apply for positions in freight and logistics enterprises, the automotive sector or in infrastructure maintenance. Furthermore, you have the option to continue your research in scientific institutions and organizations worldwide.
The first three semesters are composed of seminars and lectures – combined with field trips and exercise courses that are based on real life studies. In addition, the master’s program includes a project seminar that enables students to explore scientific questions and practical solutions in an experimental environment.
Besides, students have to do an intership in a transportation related industry or authority.
The fourth semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis.
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 English.
Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.
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: 01.01. – 31.05.
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.
Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.
In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview.