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Master Mechatronics & Robotics (M.Eng.)

Mechatronics and robotics are two important key technologies for the upcoming digital revolution in economy and society. They are the basic components of Industry 4.0 and thus play a decisive role in determining the manufacturing and production processes of the digital future.

The Mechatronics & Robotics Master's programme is a modern, modularised, English-taught full time programme with a high proportion of practical engineering training. The courses offered are being offered jointly by the two Faculties of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences. This cooperation makes it possible to offer students outstanding interdisciplinary learning and study conditions in excellently and modernly equipped laboratories with latest technologies. Students study together in the first two semesters, but are assigned to one of the two specialization subjects electrical or mechanical engineering. The subject assignment takes place at the beginning of the course and should be oriented towards the respective Bachelor's degree and the individual interest of the applicant.

Study Objectives

Students are taught technical and scientific engineering skills and abilities for the holistic development and manufacture of mechatronic products. In particular, the development methodology, for which German engineering is world-famous, is taught both theoretically and practically in special learning units. Special emphasis is placed on the handling of engineering simulation and software tools as well as on the latest rapid manufacturing technologies. The acquired knowledge and skills enable the graduates to take on responsible work in all areas of a modern business enterprise, including research. This also includes the ability to complete a doctorate in engineering at a later date.


Type Full time
Duration 3 semester
Teaching language: English
Graduation Master of Engineering
Enrollment Winter term
Application period

January 15th – May 15th

The Master's programme Mechatronics & Robotics lasts three semesters of full time studies on site. Matriculation takes place annually in the winter semester. In the first two semesters, students must attend six classroom courses with a workload of 5 ECTS credits each (a total of 30 per semester). All modules are concluded with an examination at the end of the semester. The modules are assigned to three thematic groups: Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and practical engineering work. Particularly noteworthy are the two practical workshops in both semesters. The third semester is reserved for the Master's thesis.
The Master's thesis can be processed in a free enterprise with a practical task. In that case each student is responsible for the topic and the contact to the company. A second possibility is to get a thesis topic from the faculties.
The work is, however, supervised according to the specialization by a professor of the responsible faculties. The study ends with a colloquium (oral defense).

Here you can have a virtual tour through some of our laboratories. You can navigate through the labs by using the arrow buttons or by touching the circles on your screen.

We are seeking students with a background in engineering and a strong interest in a specialization in mechatronics and robotics. Our admission requirements are defined in § 5 of the approved study regulation document and contain:

  • Applicants need to have a university degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, or similar granted for a seven-semester (Bachelor) programme at a recognised university in full time (with an overall workload equivalent to at least 210 ECTS).
  • Your (Bachelor) degree needs to be granted with a final grade equal to or better than 2.0 on the German grading scale (grade will be converted by SUAS).
  • Your (Bachelor) degree needs to contain a certain minimum workload in the following selected fields, depending on the specialisation to be selected by the applicant:

    - All applicants: Higher Mathematics (at least 2 semester modules)
    - Applicants seeking to specialise in Mechanical Engineering: Machine Construction and CAD (at least 3  semester modules)
    - Applicants seeking to specialise in Electrical Engineering: Circuit Design and Programming (at least 3 semester modules)
  • Proof of English language ability: TOEFL IBT 80 or better, or IELTS 6.5 or better. Medium of instruction during undergraduate studies is not sufficient for admission. English native speakers are exempt from this.

Application is open from now! Please apply through the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and afterwards send the following documents by May 15th (arrival to SUAS) latest:

  • The Printed Version of the Application Form including filled and signed Annexes
  • An officially notarized Copy of your University Degree(s) including Transcript and certified Translation into English or German
  • A Proof of Level of English Language
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A Copy of the University Entrance Qualification (highest School Leaving Certificate)
  • A Copy of your Birth Certificate or of your Passport

Please note that applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam and China must also enclose a valid APS certificate with their application. Be sure to apply for your APS certificate in your home country in good time.

The application needs to be sent by mail to:

Hochschule Schmalkalden
Studierendenverwaltung – Team Master
98574 Schmalkalden

We are aware of restrictions due to the Corona crisis in several countries, and of the fact that many countries have interrupted their postal service. The university has considered alternative application procedures. Unfortunately, for legal reasons it is not possible to send your application to us via e-mail; please refrain from such enquiries. We hope for your understanding.

When shipping your application, it is important that you specify the shipment as “documents”, not as “items”. Otherwise they might not pass the customs check and consequently not reach us. Furthermore, it is imperative that all documents (including language certificates and university transcripts) reach us in one envelope. We cannot guarantee to be able to allocate individually shipped documents to your file, especially when they do not contain your application number. Thank you for your cooperation and good luck for your application!