Industrial Engineering, Master of Science

The ideal triad: technology, digitalization and sustainability

Acquire planning and strategically oriented decision-making skills needed for higher management

For engineers and industrial engineers with a passion for innovation, those who design the interfaces of business and technology and who want to improve products, processes and corporate structures in the long term. The comprehensive addition to any technically-oriented academic degree, „Industrial Engineering“ impresses with its triad of engineering and business management specialisations and the digitisation of processes. The goal is to responsibly and successfully address the rapidly changing tasks at the interface between engineering, digitisation and sustainability.

All facts about the programme


Master of Science 120 ECTS

Study location

Stade (near Hamburg)

Length of study

4 semesters

Starting 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 euros per semester;

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

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


Study content

The Master's programme lasts four semesters, during which you deepen your knowledge in engineering and management as well as digitalisation and sustainability.

You will gain practical knowledge through numerous projects and case studies each semester. In preparation for the job market, you will not only acquire the required theoretical knowledge in the field of engineering, but you will also acquire important skills to help you apply this knowledge in practice and learn how to use the relevant tools.

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


Modern Materials and Technologies

Additive Manufacturing

Composites and Processes


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


Change Management and Leadership

Change Management


Quality Assurance and Control

Quality Techniques and Procedures

Non-destructive Testing (NDT)


CRM and Sales Psychology

Customer Relationship Management

Customer Choices and Behaviour 


Personal Selling in a Digital World

Sales Pitch

Negotiation Tactics

Solution Selling and Servitisation 


Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Transport and Distribution Logistics


Project / Internship

Research Methods and Knowledge Management


Project Work


Master Thesis

Master's Thesis and Disputation

After graduation - your career begins

Master's students develop the ability to work in companies and organisations as well as in start-ups, for example as innovation managers, product managers, strategic planners and sales engineers.

  • Production Management

    Industrial engineering is an engineering specialisation that can be used in any field of engineering to improve efficiency. Industrial engineers can work in practically any field, for example, medicine or IT. Once the knowledge of a certain product has been aquired, you can become a product manager for it.

  • Innovation Management

    Businesses should stay innovative to keep up with the competition. To ensure that innovative ideas are successfully implemented, companies hire innovation managers. They are not necessarily responsible for inventing new products, but instead, their main task is to observe the market for new ideas and products and to accompany the development process from concept to execution. You will work with colleagues from many areas such as company management, research and development departments, controlling, sales and marketing.

  • Strategic Planning

    Strategic planning responsibilities fundamentally involve shaping a company's basic business strategy, developing strategic plans and evaluating company performance as well as conducting research and data analysis to help make business decisions. With a Master's degree in digitalisation 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.

  • Sales Engineering

    As a sales engineer, you are responsible for the marketing of mostly high-priced technology goods in the B2B area. You can work in numerous technology-oriented sectors (e.g., mechanical and plant engineering, electrical, information and telecommunications, medical technology) with products and services that require explanation. On the one hand, you have the appropriate professional competence to present the special products to existing and potential customers, as well as to specialists and non-specialist decision-makers. On the other hand, you need to adhere to the sales targets set by the company and plan and act in a result-oriented and sustainable manner.

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Who can study at PFH

Things you need

You are passionate about...
Engineering, working for products in the B2B sector that require explanation, customer relationship management, key account management.
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).

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