Industrial Engineering

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Industrial Engineering

The world is moving towards Industry 4.0. Digital transformation is shaping the future of the industrial world. Industrial engineering, central to manufacturing and industry, needs to fulfil the increasing demands for more flexible, individual and efficient production and processes sustainably.

The rapid development of the industrial world calls for specialized professionals who have comprehensive knowledge and expertise of industrial engineering with in-depth understanding on industrial processes and all related management methods.

The FOM Master’s study programme “Industrial Engineering” is developed to meet the fundamental needs of the ever-changing industrial dynamic under digitalisation. The programme contents are specifically geared to the anchoring management requirements of the industrial sector.

Students of this programme will acquire focused management skills for classic industries, processes and operations in line with forefront international standards. Graduates of this program are capable of handling a wide range of possible applications in the context of modern industry and qualified for demanding management positions in engineering area in national and international companies across all industries.

The Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering will be completed with the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.).


3 Semester including Thesis

Credit Points


Accreditation (Master)

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 Master’s degree from the FOM University enables entry to a subsequent a PhD programme.

Total costs

17.500,00 euro

including registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee


Studying full-time in Germany

Master’s degree on campus

International students from all over the world now also have the opportunity to participate in the Industrial Engineering Master’s programme at FOM Hochschule. All three semesters will take place at FOM Hochschule at the study center in Essen, Germany.

Experience life in Germany and on our campus, 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 degree¹ (Diplom, Magister, Bachelor, Staatsexamen) with 210 ECTS²:

  • relevant university degree¹ e.g. as an industrial engineer (Diplom, Bachelor)
  • or university degree¹ with at least 60 ECTS in engineering (in which case the bridge course in business administration must be successfully completed)
  • or a university degree¹ with at least 60 ECTS in economics / business administration (in which case the bridge course in technology must be successfully completed)
  • or a university degree¹ in any subject and 1.5 years of relevant professional experience before, during or after the first degree related to the field of study of the Master's degree (in which case the bridge course in business administration and the bridge course in technology must be successfully completed)

English language proficiency B2 (corresponding to an intermediate language level B2 according to GER, e.g. min. 860 points TOEIC or at least 83 points TOEFL IBT)

1) Degree as Magister or Bachelor or with Diplom or Staatsexamen. Degrees from accredited Bachelor's training courses at Berufsakademien are equivalent to Bachelor's degrees from higher education institutions.

2) For prospective students with a first university degree of 180 ECTS, admission can be granted on the condition that the missing 30 ECTS must be completed latest by the time of registration for the Master's thesis.

This can be fulfilled by:

  • completing modules either in engineering and/or in economics/business administration with totally 30 ECTS. (PO WS17), or
  • crediting “corresponding achievements”, e.g. job-related achievements (e.g. 1.5 years of relevant professional experience) or extracurricular tertiary achievements related to industrial engineering.


  • registration fee 1.580,00 euro

    - Participants who have already completed or are taking a course of study or a recognised continuing education programme at one of the institutes belonging to the BCW Group pay half the enrolment fee. 

  • tuition fee 15.570,00 euro
  • examination fee 350,00 euro

    - The examination fee will be charged again if the student resubmits their thesis.

  • total fees 17.500,00 euro

    including registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee

Total fees payable in two installments (before the start of studies) or in three installments. The first installment (enrollment fee of €1,580) is payable upon receipt of the Offer Letter to confirm the place. After that, the rest can be paid in one installment (€15,920). Otherwise, students can split the fees into a second and third installment. The second installment must be paid before the start of the program and includes, among other things, the tuition fees for the first two semesters and the examination fees (2nd installment of €9,302). The third installment must be paid before the start of the 3rd semester and consists of the tuition fees of the 3rd semester (2nd installment à €6,618).

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

Controlling & Financing (5 CP)

Controlling in an international environment
Fundamentals of external and internal accounting
Controlling challenges in an international environment
Financing and Investment
Ethical aspects of international controlling and financing

Technical Systems & Digitalisation (5 CP)

Overview of modelling and simulation of technical systems
Development of simulation models of technical systems
Model reduction and validation of models
Presentation of methodical and tool technical aspects (Matlab/Simulink)
Digitalisation and society
Digitalisation and economy
IT and Cloud Computing as Drivers of Digitalisation
Data sources
Data Science/Data Analytics
Networking of technical systems

Quantitative Data Analysis (5 CP)

Scientific principles
Principles of quantitative data analysis
Introduction to R
Explorative data analysis
Introduction to inference
Inference for categorical data
Inference for numerical data
Linear regression
Logistical regression
Cluster analysis

Decision Focused Management (6 CP)

Decision theory as a frame of reference for management decisions
Influence of behavioural economics on management decisions
Management decisions in a strategy context
Conclusion: reflection on module goals, learning outcomes and prospects

International Commercial & Contract Law (5 CP)

World trade and globalisation
Basics of national commercial law
Fundamentals of International Business Law
Importance of national law for international transactions
Private international law
Transnational law
International agreements
UN sales law
European Law
History of the EU
Sources of law
EU objectives and competences
EU institutions
European Central Bank
Fundamental freedoms
Contract Law, Selected Contract and Debt Rights
International treaties
International Civil Procedure Law and Institutions

English for Technical Management (5 CP)

Business communication skills & language
Technical management topics & vocabulary
Cross cultural communication

Technology Management (6 CP)

Technology and innovation management
Corporate and technology strategy
Technology management and concepts
Product development and methods
Process development and models
Project and risk management
Innovation and R&D Controlling

International Sales Management & Marketing (6 CP)

Special features of industrial goods marketing
Typologies of industrial goods marketing
Organisational buying behaviour
Sales strategies and concepts (think global, act local)
Organisation of the international distribution
Leadership in international sales
Negotiation strategies and tactics
Sales controlling
Ethics and corporate governance in distribution

Product Life Cycle Management (6 CP)

Basics: Product Model, Product Data Management (PDM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Product development processes
Overview of modern calculation methods and simulation methods
Product structures
Life cycles of the individual objects, status of the objects
Change management
Release processes
Data models

Transfer Project (5 CP)

Practical Projects
Development of problem-based solution

International Project & Claim Management (6 CP)

International Management
Basics of international project management
Project management and controlling according to PMI standards
Intercultural cooperation and leadership
Deployment and development of international project managers
Claim Management and Claim Strategies
Negotiation concepts (Harvard concept and others) and strategies
Ethics and Compliance in International Project Management

Technology & Sustainability (5 CP)

Sustainability – Basics
The roles of different actors in sustainable development
Sustainability assessment of products, services and processes
Technology transfer as an instrument of sustainable development
Technology and technology impact assessment
Sustainability relevant fields of technology

Master’s thesis and colloquium (25 CP)

Subject to change.