Industrial Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Industrial Engineering

For ambitious future managers in engineering with forefront industrial expertise

Industrial engineers take care of product quality and development as well as essential business aspects like cost structure and profitability. The digitalisation of production systems requires new data collection and evaluation skills and a profound knowledge of data structures. Only with this know-how can industrial engineers precisely evaluate the opportunities and the risks of adopting new digital technologies and organise a safe production for tomorrow.

In this programme, you will acquire both engineering expertise and management skills as well as technological know-how in line with the latest international standards. You will learn to use and integrate cyber-physical systems in products, equip technicians in the service area with augmented reality glasses or connect construction and production to modern 5G mobile communications technology. You will be able to recognise the potential of technologies at an early stage and evaluate the costs and benefits in a reliable way.

Your ability to develop creative and practical solutions will be strengthened through practical exercises, digital lectures and interactive teaching and learning media in addition to classroom lectures throughout the degree programme. You are going to walk out of this programme with sound engineering knowledge and management skills, being qualified for demanding positions in production processes, technical sales as well as quality and project management in international companies across all industries.

This degree programme provides you with the flexibility to study first on campus for two years in Essen, Germany, before expanding your theoretical and practical horizons in the third year either further on campus or online worldwide.

You will complete your degree programme in Industrial Engineering with the academic degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).


6 semester

Credit Points

180 ECTS

Accreditation (Bachelor)

The FOM University of Applied Sciences is accredited by the German Council for Science and Humanities for its special service to education and research and was the first private university in Germany to receive system-accreditation by the FIBAA in 2012. This seal of approval proves that the quality management of the FOM University meets the high standards of the Accreditation Council, the most important body for the quality of studies and education at German universities. In 2018 the FOM University received system-accreditation for further eight years. Thus, all courses of study offered by the FOM are accredited. A bachelor's degree from the FOM University of Applied Sciences generally also qualifies students for a further master's degree and subsequently a PhD programme.

Total costs

25.830,00 euro

including registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee


Studying full-time in Germany

Bachelor’s degree on campus

International students from all over the world now also have the opportunity to participate in the Industrial Engineering Bachelor’s programme at FOM University of Applied Sciences. The programme provides you with the flexibility to study first on campus for two years in Essen, Germany, before expanding your theoretical and practical horizons in the third year either further on campus or online worldwide.

Experience life in Germany, deepen your academic skills and expertise in Industrial Engineering, improve your intercultural competencies and interact with other international students.

What you need for admission

University entrance qualification

  • German university entrance qualification HZB or equivalent;   
  • University entrance qualification in EU/EEA countries or Switzerland;
  • University entrance qualification in non-EU / non-EEA countries (indirect HZB) with successful completion of: FOM entrance examination or TestAS

English language proficiency minimum level B2 or equivalent

English language proficiency equivalents to CEFR Level B2 include

  • Duolingo 90-115 points
  • TOEIC 785 points
  • TOEFL IBT 72-94 points
  • TOEFL PBT 543 points
  • IELTS 5.0-6.5


University entrance qualification

Verification of University Entrance Qualification in Germany (HZB): The information portal on foreign educational qualifications (anabin) can be used to check whether your school-leaving certificate can be recognised in Germany. At anabin, the requirements for HZB in Germany are listed for each country.

The DAAD entrance qualification database can also help you with this. 

Acquiring admission through successful completion of the FOM entrance examination: If your school-leaving certificate does not qualify for a direct university entrance in Germany but you hold a valid university entrance qualification in your home country, you can take a FOM Entrance Examination in your chosen study programme – either at FOM or at one of its partner institutions. When you pass the entrance examination, you will obtain the entrance qualification for studying at FOM. 

TestAS: As an alternative to the FOM Entrance Examination, you can take the TestAS test to qualify for the chosen study programme. Prerequisite: at least 95 points (Standard value) or 75 TestAS Scores in both the core test and the subject module test.


  • registration fee 1.580,00 euro

    The registration fee confirms your enrolment at FOM University and unlocks services which you will need to prepare for the start of the programme as well as the services you will have throughout your degree courses. The fee is non-refundable.

  • examination fee 500,00 euro

    In case you have to resubmit the final thesis, the examination fee will be charged again.

  • tuition fee 23.750,00 euro


  • total fees 25.830,00 euro

    including registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee

Total fees payable in four instalments:

1st Instalment: €1,580 (Registration fee, due upon receipt of the offer letter)
2nd Instalment: €9,860 (due before the 1st semester)
3rd Instalment: €8120 (due before the 3rd semester)
4th Instalment: €6,270 (due before the 5th semester)

How to apply

Please download the application form at the bottom of this page. 

Step 1: Register your personal data and educational background in the application form.

Step 2: Please send the filled out and signed application form as well as the following documents as certified copies via email to

  • Authenticated copy of General university entrance qualification certificate
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Authenticated copy of Bachelor degree certificate (for details check the admission requirements) 
  • Authenticated copy of Transcript of records Bachelor’s degree
  • If applicable: Authenticated copy of Master degree and diploma
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills (at least B2 proficiency level – for details check the admission requirements)
  • Scan of passport

Please always enter your full name as it is mentioned in your passport. If you do not have a last name, please enter "-".

All documents must be in German or English. If your original document is written in another language, you must have your document translated by a certified translator. Please then send a certified copy of the original and the certified translation when applying.

Please send all documents as PDF and name the file as followed: Last name, first name_Study programme (e.g. Smith, Jane_Big Data and Business Analytics). 

Note: Where can I have my documents certified?

  • issuing institutions, e.g. schools, universities and language schools,
  • the Ministry of Education in your home country
  • the German embassies and consulates,
  • the cultural department of the embassy of the country from which the certificate originates,
  • the authorities and notaries who are authorised to carry out official certification in your home country.

Important: Translators are not allowed to certify documents in the original language.

Step 3: After the successful admission the originals and authenticated documents as well as the originally signed registration form need to be handed in at the International Office.

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Semester Overview

Study programme

Engineering Mathematics I (6 CP)

Foundations and introduction to MATLAB/Octave
Sequences and series
Differential calculus
Integral calculus
Linear algebra

Modern Materials and Operating Supplies (6 CP)

Fundamentals of metallic and non-metallic construction materials
Non-ferrous metals: aluminium, magnesium, titanium (light metals), heavy metals
Plastics (thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers)
Composite materials and their use in mechanical engineering and transportation
Functional materials: magnetics materials, conductore materials semiconductors
Material testing (destructive, non-destructive)
Sustainability (including recycling) of materials and supplies

Industrial information technology (6 CP)

Computer architecture
Industrial computer systems
Task and structure of operating systems
Computer networks, stratigraphic model of communication
Industrially used protocols

Internal & External Accounting (5 CP)

Basic business management issues
Fundamentals of accounting
Fundamentals of controlling
Accounting and Controlling in the Digital Working World 4.0

Time and Self Management (5 CP)

Time management
Self-optimisation methods (i.e. pareto principle, ABC-Analysis)
Learning checks

Engineering Mathematics II (6 CP)

Fourier series
Linear Algebra II
Ordinary differential equations

Technical Mechanics (6 CP)

Basic concepts of statics: forces and their decomposition; force pairs, torsional and bending moments
Equilibrium conditions
Locating the centre of mass
Bending stress
Rigid body dynamics

Finance and Investment Basics (6 CP)

Main tasks of financial management
Stakeholder vs. shareholder management
Credit securities
Liquidity management
Investment accounting
Introduction to sustainable finance

Business and Patent Law (5 CP)

Invention and inventor
Patent and utility model
Patent strategies
Disposal and licensing of patents and utility models

Scientific Working Methods (5 CP)

Research design
Basic formal requirements
Research methods

Project Management (5 CP)

Stakeholder analysis
Risk management
Scheduling and resource planning
Agile project management

Natural Sciences for Engineers (6 CP)

Vibrations and waves
Electromagnetic waves
Elementary quantum physics
Structure of matter
Elementary chemistry

Fundamentals of Construction & Maschine Elements (6 CP)

Structure of technical drawings
Construction basics
Strength, static and dynamic component verification
Clutch, gear and breaks fundamentals

Production Planning and Control (6 CP)

Characterisation of production as a value creation process
Tasks of strategic and tactical production planning
Tasks of operational production planning and control
Basics of PPS systems

Project: ERP Systems (5 CP)

Introduction to ERP systems
Introduction to SAP/ HANA
Module MM - Materials Management
Production planning and control

Digital Transformation (5 CP)

Digital Business & Business Models
Trend analysis
Innovation (Lean Startup, Design Thinking etc.)

ESG-Sustainability (5 CP)

History and definition of ESG and sustainability
Dimensions of sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility
Interculturality and diversity

Industrial Data Engineering (6 CP)

Data in Industry 4.0
Data collection and transfer
Data quality and data security
Foundations of quantitative data analysis
Correlation analysis
Statistical experiment design
Methods and software solutions for machine learning

Electrical Engineering & Microsystem Technology (6 CP)

Direct current technology
Fundamentals of the electromagnetic field
Introduction to semiconductor and microsystems technology

Logistics & Supply Chain Management (6 CP)

Logistics management: definition and approaches
Procurement logistics
Transport logistics
Warehouse logistics and technical logistical systems
Maintenance and spare parts logistics
Supply Chain design
Supply Chain integration

Project: Supply Chain Management (5 CP)

Supply Chain Relationships Concepts
Supply Chain Engineering
Supply Chain 4.0
Sustainable Supply Chains
Industry-specific solutions and strategies

Product Innovation & Service Engineering (6 CP)

Tasks of innovation and technology management
Innovation strategies
Creativity and problem solution strategies
Role of services in the context of digitalisation
Service quality and management

Process Optimisation & Quality management (6 CP)

Introduction to quality management and its transformation to Quality 4.0
Norms and rules for quality management (QM)
Establishment and planning of a QM system
Risk management / advanced product quality planning methods
Software solutions for quality 4.0

Production Processes & Production Technology (6 CP)

Foundations of production theory and production systems
Role of safety, environmental protection and regulations
Foundations of processes (process engineering, chamical reaction engineering and environmental engineering)
Modes of operation (batch-processing, continous production, joint production)
Industrial manufacturing process in metalworking and plastics industry
Additive manufacturing processes
Sustainability in the manufacturing process

Marketing & Technical Sales (6 CP)

Market analysis, competitor analysis and self-assessment
Types of industrial goods marketing
Organisation & Management
Negotiation and sales
Performance management in marketing and sales
CRM and Big Data

IT Security Management (5 CP)

Legal framework of information security
Relevant standards
Information security incident handling
Organisation of information security
Technical measures (i.e. backup, secure handling of mobile devices, infrastructure security threats)
Foundations of risk management
Emergency management according to BSI 100-4
Security awareness

Smart Factory (6 CP)

Introduction to digitised production
IT systems in production and their significance for the Digital Twin.
Technologies and their application in smart factories (i.e. cloud computing, AI, cellular technology)
Sustainability aspects in the smart factory
Technology implementation challenges and the shift towards smart factories

Corporate Governance & Management (6 CP)

Normative framework of corporate governance (stakeholder, shareholder value, PAT)
Strategic and operational management
Risk and liquidity management
Organisation (line, matrix, process, project, in- and outsourcing)

Project: Certificate Quality Management (5 CP)

Foundations of quality management and certification
Case study structure
Asynchronous group work on selected case studies

Exposé (5 CP)

Formal, methodological and content requirements in academic research and writing
Identifying research problems and developing a research question
Developing and presenting a research plan

Thesis and Colloquium (12 CP)

Subject to change.