Digitalization and Automation, Master of Science

Master the latest developments in science and technology

Shape the digital and robotised world

Do you like to break new ground and use digital and automated approaches to do so? Would you like to study the latest developments in science and technology?

The Digitalization and Automation study programme is aimed at graduates of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and industrial engineering. In the field of robotics, programming and technology, you will be introduced to new developments and future-oriented topics. The special features of the newly created curriculum are the advanced study contents and varied teaching activities, such as interactive lectures and practical experiments.

The future of Master's graduates is the digital, computerised and robotised world. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of digitalization and automation and your studies will prepare you in the best possible way to apply your knowledge in those fields.

All facts about the programme


Master of Science 120 ECTS

Study location

Stade (near Hamburg)

Length of study

4 semesters

Start dates

April 1st

October 1st 

Entry requirement

Completed university degree in (industrial) engineering, a technical-scientific area or a closely related subject

Tuition fees

5,400 euro per semester;

1,000 euro admin and enrolment fee (one-time fee)

1,000 euro examination fee (one-time fee)


Study content

The Master's programme lasts four semesters, in which you acquire the skills to work in companies in the area of engineering and data processing, but to also be a production manager, factory planner and strategic planner.

You will gain practical knowledge through numerous projects and case studies in each semester. In preparation for the job market, you will not only acquire the needed theoretical knowledge but relevant knowledge for modern tools to optimise the effectiveness of the processes.

A scientific-theoretical orientation of the master's programme is shown in the examination of current research statuses in the lectures, as well as in the preparation of scientific papers.

Advanced Mathematics and Technical Mechanics

Advanced Mathematics

Advanced Technical Mechanics


In-depth Project Management

Agile Project Management

Digital Factory Planning


Big Data

Machine Learning

OLAP and Data Mining


Innovation and Digital Transformation

Digital Business Models

Innovation and Start-up Management


Law and Ethics

Engineering Ethics

Patent Law and Innovation Protection


Sustainable Development / Circular Economy

Sustainable Structural Design

Circular Economy

Sensor Technology and Applications

Measurement and Control Technology

Sensor Technology



Programmable Logic Controllers

Actuators and Sensors in Automation and Robotics


Information Technology and Cyber Security

Hazards and Security Measures

Data, Information and Knowledge Technologies


Digital Technologies

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Applied Simulation / Virtual, Augmented, Mixed Reality


Management Accounting

Internal Accounting and Controlling

Finance and Risk Management


Change Management and Leadership

Change Management


Quality Assurance and Control

Quality Techniques and Procedures

Non-destructive Testing (NDT)



Applied Robotics

Applied Control of Dynamic Systems


Digital Image Processing

Digital Signal Processing

Digital Image Transformation


Laboratory Automation

Laboratory Automation


Project / Internship

Research Methods


Project Work


Master Thesis

Master's Thesis and Disputation

After graduation - your career begins

With the Master of Science in Digitalization and Automation, you will qualify to work in companies, organisations and start-ups as a production manager, factory planner and strategic planner. You will be able to better understand, shape and lead the increasingly digitalized industry of the future.

  • Production Management

    As a fusion of production management and industrial management, production managers are considered to be one of the most important employees in a company. You will lead production and optimise the manufacturing processes with the latest methods learned at PFH. This will add value and improve the success of the company.

  • Factory Planning

    Factory planning revolves around continuous thinking ahead and implementing change in the value creation stage of manufacturing companies. Factory planning comes into play when production systems are to be created, relocated or expanded. A factory planner's areas of responsibility range from the initial idea to the overseeing of production and are carried out with the help of tools and methods. Production plant, building, layout or personnel planning - all of this must be taken into account from the point of view of minimising complexity.

  • Strategic Planning

    Strategic planning responsibilities fundamentally involve shaping the company's basic business strategy, developing strategic plans and evaluating company performance, and conducting research and data analysis to help make business decisions. With a master's degree in digitalization and automation, you can specialise in the areas of manufacturing. You plan machines, materials, personnel and deadlines in such a way that all orders can be processed smoothly.

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Who can study at PFH

Things you need

You are passionate about...
Digitalization, automation and strategic planning in a manufacturing setting.
You bring these qualifications with you...
Completed university degree in (industrial) engineering, a technical-scientific area or a closely related subject.

Things you do not need

Grades are not a hurdle
We do not focus on grades, but on individuals: We take the time for aptitude tests and interviews.
Graduated from PFH
Did you complete your bachelor's degree at another university? No problem - our lecturers build on your previous knowledge.

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FAQ – the most frequently asked questions

At PFH University, you can apply at any time.

  1. Application form via our website
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Higher education entrance qualification
  4. Copy of passport
  5. Digital photo
  6. Letter of motivation
  7. Employment references
  8. Letter of recommendation 

Yes, you will need proof of advanced English language skills, e.g. Bachelor’s taught in English, TOEFL, IELTS, ESOL CAE or BEC Higher.

If you are a citizen of a country in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you do not require a visa or other documentation to enter Germany and study here. However, once you arrive and find accommodation, you must register with the local residents’ registration office.
If you are coming from a country other than the ones named above, you will require a visa. For more information specific to your home country, please visit the Federal Foreign Office website.

At PFH University, we offer international students three types of scholarships:

  1. STIBET-Programmes
  2. DAAD Prize
  3. Deutschland Stipendium/Germany Scholarship

For more information on each of the scholarships, click here.

During your studies, you are generally allowed to do 120 full days or 240 half-days of paid work and take small student jobs. In exceptional circumstances, your local foreigners office may impose further restrictions.

International students coming to Germany have two options when it comes to accommodation: student halls of residence and private accommodation. For more information, you can visit the Accommodation Finder from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or contact our international office.

When you compare Germany to other European countries, you’ll find that it’s not very expensive. The living costs are just slightly higher than the EU average, with rent being the largest expense. On average, students in Germany spend around 850 EUR per month (750 EUR in Göttingen for the management degree).

Questions - always welcome

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