Mechanical Engineering & Digital Technologies

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Mechanical Engineering & Digital Technologies

For ambitious future engineers who pursue engineering excellence with forefront digital competencies 

Mechanical engineers are the driving force of industrial progress, who bring ideas and visions into reality by developing machines and systems that influence and facilitate our lives. The unprecedented thriving development of digitalisation brings forth numerous innovative information and communication technologies. A new generation of mechanical engineering is born, where engineers, people, machines, and various processes are inter-connected through digital networks.

This undergraduate programme is developed to meet the talent demand of the world industry. In addition to acquiring fundamental engineering knowledge, you will deal with digital technologies both in product development and production process extensively, including special applications in industrial data management, such as simulation of production processes or the co-development of digital twins.

You will walk out of the programme with know-how to take on responsibilities in networked production, in mechanical and plant engineering, automotive engineering, chemical industry or environmental technology. After completing the programme, you can work as an engineer in industries or quality management, help optimise production lines, establish resource-saving production methods or help planning the digital factory of the future. 

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 Mechanical Engineering & Digital Technologies with the academic degree Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.).


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 Mechanical Engineering & Digital Technologies 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 Mechanical Engineering & Digital Technologies, 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.

  • total fees 25.830,00 euro

    including registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee

  • tuition fee 23.750,00 euro


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: €8,120 (due before the 3rd semester)
4th Instalment: €6,270 (due before the 5th semester)

3 Steps to FOM

How to Apply

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

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)
  • Proof of professional activity for at least 1 year after completion of the bachelor degree (prerequisite)
  • 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 one 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.


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.

Please download the application form below.

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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 IT Operating Systems and Networks (6 CP)

Operating systems
Process management and memory management
File systems
Data protection and data security

Industrial Software Development (5 CP)

Programming concepts
Programming paradigms
Languages and tools

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

Laboratory training course (6 CP)

Pendulum swing
Electrical measurements
Temperature measurement
Practical introduction to control engineering
measuring, monitoring and controlling using smartphones and embedded systems

Metrology (5 CP)

Fundamentals of physics and sensor technology
Measurement chain modelling
Temperature sensors
Kinematic and dynamic measurement
Fluid measurement technology

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

Fluid Mechanics (6 CP)

Basic concepts of fluid mechanics
Hydrodynamic foundations of ideal fluids
Pipe flow
Potential flow

Applied Engineering Mathematics (5 CP)

Autonomous Systems
Complex functions
Integral transforms
Basic terms in calculus of variations

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

Dynamics & Robotics (6 CP)

Kinematics of mass points
Robot kinematics
Kinetics of mass points

Project: Construction & Computer Aided Design (5 CP)

Coordinate systems
Building components and assembly structure

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

Thermodynamics (6 CP)

Energy, work, heat, temperature
ideal gases and pure substances
real fluids
heat conduction
convection component design

Actuators, Drives & Power Units (5 CP)

Electrical machines
Internal combustion engines
Hydraulics and pneumatics
Overarching aspects (i.e. energy conversion efficiency, fouling)

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

Digital Automation Technology (6 CP)

Controls (SPS/PLC; IPC)
Digital control engineering
Communication networks
Applications of industrial bus systems and networks
Cyber-physical systems

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.