Bachelor Aerospace

Start your personal "Mission Earth" with the Bachelor's Program Aerospace. This study degree program of 6 semesters (3 years) is fully taught in English and is the ideal entry to the global topic of aeronautics and astronautics. We offer a modern, complete, and specialized basic education for tomorrow's aerospace engineers. The program covers all important domains and makes sure to include neighboring and application focused disciplines, enabling students from the start to develop a holistic systems view and learn to solve technically complex problems in all areas of aerospace.

A close partnership with the the companies and start-ups in Bavaria's "Space Valley" makes sure that all students have opportunities to apply their knowledge early on in practical settings. Their broad and at the same time specialized engineering education in theory and practice, enables our graduates to gain quick access to the interational labor market in research and in the aerospace industry.

The Bachelor Aerospace is also the ideal preparation to continue your studies with our consecutive Master's Program Aerospace, giving students further opportunities to deepen and focus their scientific knowledge.

Access requirements

The formal requirements for admission to this bachelor's degree program are

The program is taught entirely in English. Attendance of German-language elective modules is possible.

Details about required documents and the process before admission can be found below under Application and in our FAQ-section.

Structure and Content of Bachelor's Degree Program

Degree Program Structure

The program consists of 19 compulsory modules distributed over the first four semesters. In the fourth semester, in addition to the compulsory modules, the "System Elective" can be selected from a catalog of elective modules. In the fifth and sixth semesters, the focus is then entirely on the practical application of the theories and competencies from the first four semesters, as well as on focusing and specializing based on individual interests. In the fifth semester, students are expected to expand their knowledge practically in the "Engineering Internship", and in group work through the "Engineering Project". The university internship of the "Aerospace Lab Course I" and the elective module catalog of the "Modeling Elective", further optional "Engineering Electives" as well as a smaller "Supplementary Course" allow students to refine their personal competence profile. In the sixth semester, in addition to further elective modules and even greater freedom of choice, the focus is on the bachelor thesis, with which students demonstrate that they have learned to work on a question independently and scientifically.

 

Contents and Competences

The program provides solid knowledge in aerospace-specific core disciplines (mathematics and systems theory, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, materials and machine elements, electrical and information engineering) and builds on this with practical, structured and open teaching formats and a range of specialization offerings.

The following graphic illustrates the transfer of competencies throughout the course of study. The connecting arrows shown here are only to illustrate the most important connections, but make no claim to completeness with regard to the cross-connections in the course of study:

Pre-study internship

Pre-study internship upon start of program

First-year students need proof of at least an 8-week pre-study internship to start their studies in October.

Proof of pre-study internship

Application, Admission, Enrolment

Application

The application for the Bachelor Aerospace is done online via the TUM application portal. As soon as you have registered there, you will receive a detailed list of documents that you must include with your application. Detailed information about application and enrollment at TUM can be found here: Application and Enrollment (including an FAQ-section)

For the application portal, you should have the following documents ready if possible:

  • Application for Admission (to be filled out in the portal)

  • English language cover letter for application (motivation, personal interest)

  • identity card or passport

  • complete, current curriculum vitae

  • university entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma)

  • for applications with international university entrance qualification: Preliminary examination documentation (VPD) from uni-assist

  • Proof of German language proficiency (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat - level A2, telc - level A2, DSH-Test - DSH-1)*

  • if applicable, proof of relevant extracurricular activities (e.g. participation in "Jugend forscht", Mathematics Olympiad, Science Competitons, Awards etc.)

*The program is taught in English, but German language skills are required for the Bachelor program at TUM and for life in Munich. Your English language skills will be ascertained as part of the aptitude assessment process during stage 2 if your university entrance qualification document does not contain an English grade (interview, other proof of proficiency). Information on language certificates is provided centrally by TUM on this page: language certificates accepted by TUM.

More information about important documents for your degree program can be found in the TUM glossary of documents.

Proof of pre-study internship must be submitted directly to the internship office after enrollment (praktikum@lrg.tum.de).Therefore, you can apply without proof of your  pre-study internship, but you have to provide it by the end of the first academic year at the latest.

Details regarding the Aptitude Assessment Procedure

A prerequisite for admission to the study program is successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure in English based on a complete application. All applicants who prove their suitability in the course of this procedure are admitted to the study program.

An evaluation is carried out on the basis of

  • the average grade of the higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur),
  • subject-specific individual grades (mathematics, English, at least one science or computer science continued until the higher education entrance qualification), and
  • extracurricular qualifications (e.g. apprenticeship, internships, participation in competitions, ...).

This procedure is divided into two stages. Stage 1 comprises the assessment of the above criteria and their conversion to a point scale. Depending on the achieved point value, applicants receive either

  • a direct admission (in case of very good qualification), or
  • a direct rejection (in case of insufficient qualification).

Applications that do not warrant either direct admission or direct rejection will be passed on for participation in Stage 2 of the process. Please note: If one or more subject-specific individual grades are not explicitly shown on your transcript, you must participate in Stage 2 despite having a very good university entrance qualification.

Participants in stage 2 of the selection process will be invited to a selection interview. During this interview, candidates have the opportunity to convince their interviewers of their suitability for aerospace studies.

For details on the procedure (also for applicants with other higher education entrance qualifications), please refer to the Regulations for the Aptitude Assessment Procedure.

Calculation examples of aptitude assessment scores

Those who achieve a score of 78 or more in Level 1 (of the aptitude assessment procedure) will be admitted directly, provided that all subject-specific individual grades (Mathematics, English, additional science or computer science) have been reported in the university entrance qualification (HZB; e.g. high school diploma or transcript). If the applicant has 70 points or less, he/she will be rejected directly. All applicants whose score falls between 71 and 77, or who have achieved a higher point score in the absence of a subject-specific individual grade, will be invited to stage 2 of the procedure (aptitude test interview).

The following calculation examples are intended to show which combinations lead, in purely mathematical terms, to threshold values for admission or rejection after stage 1 (example grades are expressed in the German System with 1 being best and 6 being worst, TUM offers a grade conversion tool for international grading systems):

Rejection (70 points): Admission (78 points)

Example 1

  • HZB-average 2,5
  • Mathematics 2,5
  • (Natural) Science or Informatics 2,5
  • English 2,5

Example 2

  • HZB-average 1,5
  • Mathematics 3,5
  • (Natural) Science or Informatics 3,5
  • English 3,5

Example 3

  • HZB-average 3,5
  • Mathematics 1,5
  • (Natural) Science or Informatics 1,5
  • English 1,5

Example 1

  • HZB-average 2,5
  • Mathematics 1,9
  • (Natural) Science or Informatics 1,5
  • English 1,5

Example 2

  • HZB-average 1,5
  • Mathematics 2,8
  • (Natural) Science or Informatics 2,6
  • English 2,6

Example 3

  • HZB-average 3,2
  • Mathematics 1,0
  • (Natural) Science or Informatics 1,0
  • English 1,0

Dates and Deadlines

The application deadline for Bachelor's programs at TUM applies: May 15th to July 15th


Period for aptitude assessment talks: August/September

Please refrain from inquiries about the status of your application. You will be informed as soon as your application has been processed and frequent inquiries delay that process.

Additional Information

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

When does the program start? What is the application deadline?

The program will start for the first time in the coming winter semester beginning 1st October 2021. After that, a new cohort will start every winter semester. You can find the application deadline here.

Where is the degree program taught?

TUM is currently building a new campus in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen for courses in aeronautics, astronautics and geodesy. However, since sufficient lecture halls must be available there, most teaching will take place at the Garching campus until further notice. Due to restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic, it must be assumed that parts of the courses may initially only be offered online.

How many places will there be in the Bachelor's program? Is there a selection procedure?

All suitable applicants will be admitted to the program. Prerequisites for admission are complete application documents and successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure (more information can be found in the section Aptitude Assessment Procedure along with calculation examples). The Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO) of the degree program also stipulate that the examination in "Engineering Mechanics I" and in "Basic Mathematics" must be successfully passed within the first two semesters. The examination can therefore be repeated once.

What is the minimum grade in the university entrance qualification for direct admission? Do I have a chance of being admitted even with poorer grades in individual subjects?

In the section on the aptitude assessment, you will find examples of calculations that show the different combinations of grades that lead to direct admission or direct rejection.

What prior knowledge do I need for the degree program? How can I prepare for the degree programme or the aptitude test?

This is a Bachelor's degree program in engineering. Good school grades in mathematics, natural sciences and computer science are an advantage, as is a good knowledge of English (see also question below). Specific preparation is not required, but at the same time, of course, any preparation in the subjects mentioned is helpful. It is also true for programming skills that prior knowledge is helpful - but not required - for successful study.

What language skills and proof of language proficiency do I need for the degree program?

The Bachelor's program is taught entirely in English. Lectures and exercises are offered in English in order to teach the globally used technical language of the aerospace industry from the very beginning and to create useful networks early on throughout the international student body. English proficiency is ascertained through a grade in your university entrance qualification for English as a subject or - if there is no such grade in the report - stage 2 of the aptitude assessment procedure in an interview, by providing an accepted language certificate at B2 level, or verification by language of instruction in your prior education. A lack of confidence in one's own English skills should not prevent anyone from studying, as long as the required level for admission has been demonstrated. German language skills of at least A2 level are also required for life in Munich and for life in Germany.

TUM centrally specifies on this website which language certificates are suitable for admission. Questions regarding specific language certificates will be clarified individually during the application process. For general questions about the online application process, General Student Advising (studium@tum.de) is available, with a separate website for international students and applicants.

Do I need a pre-study internship? Where can I do this?

You can find information on this in the section Pre-Study Internship. Unfortunately, TUM cannot provide any assistance in finding an internship. You can also apply, if you still lack proof of the pre-study internship. You will then be required to provide proof of the pre-study internship within the first year of study.

I obtained my university entrance qualification abroad. Can I apply for the degree program?

In principle, of course, this is possible. However, if you want to apply with an international higher education entrance qualification, you should first check whether your university entrance qualification entitles you to study in Germany. You can find more information for international applicants on the website of the TUM Center for Study and Teaching .

What about housing in Munich? Is there any support for finding accommodation?

Due to the large number of students in Munich, you should start looking for a flat/room in good time. The Munich Student Union (Studentenwerk München) is the largest landlord of housing in Munich and the surrounding area and is therefore your first point of contact. The TUM also offers information on finding a flat and a flat exchange.

Can I subsequently complete the Master Aerospace after the Bachelor Aerospace?

Yes, the Bachelor's program is designed in such a way that it can be continued consecutively, i.e. directly at Master's level. Of course, it is also possible to be admitted to the Master's program with other (usually engineering) Bachelor's degrees, but the Bachelor Aerospace imparts specific knowledge that can be deepened in the Master's program. You can find more information about the Master Aerospace here.

What are my career prospects? What career fields are open to me in the aerospace sector?

The aerospace industry is strongly represented in Munich, but it serves an international market that, despite the Corona crisis, continues to grow in many very interesting future fields (New Space, satellite internet, air taxis, eAviation, etc.). As specialized engineers, you have many opportunities to find a good career start in this very broad spectrum. Of course, with your knowledge, e.g. in lightweight construction and materials, aerodynamics or thermodynamics, you are also welcome in many other sectors such as the energy industry or the automotive industry.

Are there opportunities for stays abroad?

Yes, you have the opportunity to acquire credits at other universities as part of your studies and have them recognized at TUM. Information on exchange programs and studying abroad can be found at the TUM Global & Alumni Office as well as on the department's website in the International section. The 5th and 6th semesters are particularly suitable for a stay abroad.

What role does sustainability play in the degree program?

The degree program integrates the aspect of sustainability in all subject areas covered. Topics including the use of sustainable fuels, new forms of electromobility, lightweight materials to reduce fuel consumption and wing designs to minimize aerodynamic drag, and the avoidance of space debris in the design of satellites embody the awareness of sustainability throughout the degree program. There is even a dedicated professorship for Sustainable Future Mobility.

In short: Basic facts about the Bachelor degree program Aerospace

  • Start of studies only possible in winter semester
  • Full-time study program
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Main place of study: Garching near Munich
  • Standard period of study: 6 semesters
  • 8-week pre-study internship required before beginning of studies (until beginning of October)
  • Fees and financial aid
  • Stay abroad possible

Important documents

Academic and Examination Regulations (currently only available in German)

Regulations for the Aptitude Assessment Procedure (currently only available in German)

Studiengangsdokumentation