Master Aerospace

Cleared for take off!

Your goal is to design aircraft that fly faster, higher and further, that conserve resources and are economical? Would you like to explore the limits of what is technically feasible in space travel or advance information technology with the help of innovative satellite systems? In the Master’s program Aerospace, you will learn everything you need to know and focus on exactly what interests you.

What skills should you bring with you?

The formal requirements for admission to this Master's program are as follows

Why study with us?

Benefit in several ways: From the top-class teaching and research in the field of aerospace; From the outstanding interdisciplinary courses at other departments of TUM and within the "Munich Aerospace" network; and from the cooperation between TUM and the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy (LRG) with companies, industrial partners and excellent research institutes such as the German Aerospace Center.

  • Become part of the Bavarian space program.
  • Experience cutting-edge research up close: The Institute of Aerospace of the Department LRG is one of the world's leading research centers in this field. Research projects are often carried out in close cooperation with industry. Current research results are a natural part of teaching .
  • Get involved and work on research projects: As a graduate assistant, within the framework of the module "Research Internship" or as a Master’s degree candidate. We guarantee unique insights.
  • As numerous rankings show, our engineers set national and international standards in research and teaching.

As a graduate of the Department LRG, you will have excellent prospects for the future!

Structure and contents of the Master's program

Structure of the program

You choose your master modules (usually modules with at least 5 credits each) from six program-specific pillars. For detailed information please refer to the examination and study regulations (FPSO) (German only) for this degree program.

You need a total of 120 credits to successfully complete the Master's program in Aerospace. The following figure shows the number of credits allocated to each subject area of the program.

Study plan

The standard period of study for the Master's program in Aerospace is 4 semesters. You compile your individual timetable from the module catalogue of the courses that are eligible for the program.

In the following figure, you find a suggestion for the distribution of the individual modules over the four semesters. Note that this is a suggestion only.

Contents

You can find the module lists under study plan. The main pillars of the Master's program in Aerospace are

What are the competencies that you acquire?

The Master's program in Aerospace enables graduates to work in a highly process-driven, verifiable, international and interdisciplinary manner, which is particularly necessary in the aerospace industry.

The graduates acquire competences in the field of complete flying systems and thus, depending on the individually selected orientation, in the fields of transport systems, endo- and exo-atmospheric flight systems as well as in the technical disciplines of aerodynamics, lightweight construction, flight system dynamics, flight propulsion, control theory, aircraft design or space technology. In addition, the graduates acquire specific knowledge of production methods as well as materials science from development to application.

During their training, graduates are confronted repeatedly with problems that require optimization from an economic and ecological point of view, as well as with specific legal constraints in the development, design, approval and operation of flying systems.

Application, admission and enrolment

Application

Application

  • Detailed information on application and enrolment
  •  Department-specific information:
    • Please also submit the curriculum on which the university degree is based, which describes the respective module contents and the competences taught (e.g. module catalog, module descriptions).
    • The teaching languages of the program are German and English. International applicants therefore require proof of German or English language skills.
    • Before admission to the program, all applicants undergo the aptitude assessment test at the Department LRG.

Details of the aptitude assessment procedure

The prerequisite for admission to a course of study is a successful aptitude assessment test based on a complete application. All prospective students who prove their suitability in the course of the procedure will be admitted to the program.

Details on the procedure can be found in Annex 2 of the FPSO.

In the first stage of the procedure, an assessment is made based on

  • your letter of motivation (max. achievable score 20),
  • the average grade of relevant modules at the time of application (max. achievable score 20) and
  • your professional knowledge (max. achievable score 60).

If you reach 70 or more points, you will be directly admitted. If you score less than 50 points, you will be rejected. If you score between 50 and 69 points, you will be invited to take a written test.

If you reach a total of 110 or more points after the written test, you will be admitted. In addition to the points from the written test, the points for specialist knowledge and the average grade from the first stage will be taken into account.

Further notes on the aptitude assessment procedure

Qualified university degree certificate

If your certificate is not yet available at the time of application, you can only apply if at least 140 credits have been proven for a six-semester, at least 170 credits for a seven-semester and at least 200 credits for an eight-semester Bachelor's program (standard period of study).

Proof of the required credits is provided by a transcript of records (stamped and signed) confirmed by your Academic Programs Office/Examinations Office. Please submit your Bachelor's degree certificate to the Admissions Office immediately upon receipt, but no later than one year after commencement of the Master's program.

 

The module handbook

Universities often provide a so-called module handbook that contains detailed descriptions of all modules in the course. The term "curriculum" is also commonly used for this purpose. The individual descriptions must include the respective module contents and the competences taught. This is of great importance for carrying out the subject-specific qualification examination as part of the aptitude test. A study plan alone is not enough. If your university does not provide a module handbook, please have this confirmed in writing. In this case, please compile the course contents of the relevant subjects yourselves.

 

Letter of motivation

In addition to the University certificates, an essential basis for the aptitude procedure is your written justification for the choice both of the degree program and the Technical University of Munich. Together with any additional qualifications that may be available (please enclose proof), this part of the procedure is taken into account in the first stage with a maximum of 20 points.

Please write your letter of motivation (maximum: two pages) independently and without outside help. Referring to your previous studies, please explain which skills, specific talents, interests and professional expectations make you particularly suitable for the desired course of study at the Technical University of Munich. If you have additional qualifications (e.g. vocational training) please mention this in your letter and attach a single copy of any relevant documents.

 

Written test

The test

  • lasts 80 minutes,
  • consists of 4 task blocks, each of which is evaluated with a maximum of 20 points,
  • includes tasks in higher mathematics, engineering mechanics, machine elements and materials science,
  • only takes place once per application phase - no follow-up appointments are possible.

 

Conditional admission

If, in the course of the aptitude test, it was established that only individual specialist requirements from the first degree course were not met, you may be admitted on condition that you take basic examinations from the Bachelor's degree program in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (= additional requirements). Thus, additional requirements are written examinations from basic engineering modules of the Bachelor's degree program Mechanical Engineering, which must be passed in the first year of the Master's degree program. Since the language of instruction in the Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's program is German, the examinations are also only offered in German. You may only sit the examinations twice. If they have not been passed by the end of the first Master's year, they are deemed to have been failed definitively. Admission to this Master's program will then be withdrawn and the student in question will be disenrolled

Dates and deadlines

In a nutshell: Facts about the study program

  • Start of studies possible in summer and winter semester
  • Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Language of instruction: German and/or English
  • Main place of study: Campus Garching near Munich
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters
  • Fees and financial aid
  • Full-time study
  • Stay abroad possible
  • Double Degree with ISAE Supaero possible