International Project Management in Systems Engineering (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Due to constantly increasing complexity, the planning and implementation of large process engineering projects are becoming increasingly difficult challenges. At the same time, the number of these large projects is also continually increasing. International Project Management in Systems Engineering combines the specialist technical knowledge of systems engineering with the required management techniques. This combination enables students to understand the many different areas of systems engineering and successfully manage systems engineering projects.

Projects managers are responsible for:

  • systems engineering and construction, selecting machines and sensors, planning and designing
  • ensuring raw materials, energy and finances are used efficiently
  • managing complex structures and processes
  • mediating between partners from different disciplines and cultures

Graduates of the degree programme can go on to careers in various sectors, such as power plant engineering, solar and wind power, industrial process engineering, or infrastructure.

During the degree programme students deepen their knowledge of all the technical disciplines that are important when planning systems and processes. They also learn important skills from non-technical disciplines, such as project, risk, claims, change, supply chain and intercultural management. In addition, students learn the most important elements of contract law and business administration.

The range of possible elective modules, which is always being updated, enables them to choose interesting specialisations and develop their own profile. There is also an opportunity to gain practical experience of project management through a work placement in industry and various projects with significant practical relevance. One of the highlights of the degree programme is the one-week summer school. Finally, for the Master's thesis, students spend six months working independently on a specific systems engineering topic.

Modules and degree programme structure

In light of the increasing complexity of systems, both in their size and technical structure, as well as the legal conditions and the strong personal qualities usually required in the profession, the nature of the degree programme is highly interdisciplinary.

  • systems engineering, system components, control technology, drive technology
  • project management, management skills
  • contract law, culture
  • personal qualities, social skills
  • ability to deal with complex problems for international systems engineering

The overall goal is for students to acquire the ability to deal with and assess complex systems and situations, and develop strong personal qualities and intercultural skills. At the end of the degree programme all students are also awarded an internationally recognised certification by an accredited agency.


4 semesters, with one 7-week placement in industry

1st to 3rd semester: academic study and specialisation, project work, laboratory training, placement in industry

4th semester: Master's thesis

Degree: Master of Science

Study plan

Examination regulations

Good to know

Good reasons to study this degree programme at FAU: the combination of technical knowledge and management skills, personal development, and close links with project managers in industry.


The Master of Science (MSc) is an internationally recognised academic degree and a professional qualification. It qualifies for doctoral degree programmes in Germany and abroad, for academic work in research and teaching and for careers in business, administration and politics.

Degree program start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Admission: Qualification assessment