Bachelor degree course

Mechanical Engineering

The bachelor degree course Mechanical Engineering was established in the winter term 2008/09.

What are the goals of this degree course?  Click here for an overview.

Please note: Here you find information when you started your studies in / after winter term 2012/13. Please find special documents on this webpage (also for start of study before winter term 2012-13).


The diagram below illustrates the structure of the degree course. For information about the modules of the degree course and more, please see the curriculare page. Detailed information about the modules is available in the Modulhandbuch (MHB).

Basic courses

Basic courses are courses that are compulsory for all mechanical engineering bachelor students and they provide the students with a broad base of knowledge for their specialisation. The basic courses cover aspects of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences and focus on the following topics in particular:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Data processing / programming
  • Designing / machine elements
  • Mathematics
  • Measurement and control technology
  • Physics / chemistry
  • Engineering mechanics / fluid mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Material science


Integrated modules

The integrated modules focus on interdisciplinary skills. The students learn and train soft skills required for their careers, e.g. presentation techniques, ability to work in a team, project management, etc.

The integrated modules include a non-technical optional module (4 credits) and the project report (6 credits). The interdisciplinary project work is done in teams and is particularly intended to help the students develop the following skills: development, implementation and presentation of concepts as well as preparation and formulation of results in teams.

The modules can be chosen from a list provided by the examination board (please also see the linked catalogue of modules). A written assignment is required for each module. Language courses also count as non-technical modules. If you get a grade for the courses, it will be listed on the final certificate.

The list is updated every semester, so the offered courses may vary.


In addition to the basic placement, the students also have to spend 10 weeks on engineering placement during the bachelor studies. Please refer to the Placement Guidelines for full details.

The engineering placement enables you to gain work experience and gives you an insight into what is required of an engineer working in the industry.


Compulsory / Specialisation modules

For the first three semesters, the courses are the same for all students, but after that they vary according to individual interests. The first decision is to choose between “Wärme- und Stoffübertragung (Heat and Mass Transfer)” and “Maschinendynamik (Dynamics of Machines)” in the fourth semester. Therefore, the students usually choose their focus during or at the end of the third semester from the following:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Energy and process engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Materials science
  • Mechatronics
  • Production and systems engineering

Each of these focal subjects has its own module catalogue for the specialisation fields (fields of expertise), which are completed during the fourth to sixth semesters. The modules offered within the fields of expertise are individually tailored to the respective focus profile. Students usually have to choose four modules from the available options, one of which must include laboratory work. The laboratories integrated into the modules ensure that the teaching content is based on practical experience.  

The choice between the specialisation modules in “Fertigungstechnik (Production Engineering)”, “Konstruktionstechnik (Design Engineering)”, “Mechanik und Festigkeit (Mechanics and Strength of Materials)” and “Numerik (Numerical Methods)” in the fourth or fifth semester also depends on the selected focus: the students either have to choose a core module or a module from a limited number of specialisation modules in order to deepen their knowledge in the respective field.


Final module

The bachelor degree course finishes with the final module. It includes a written elaboration, the bachelor thesis (12 credits) and a presentation (2 credits) of the results.

The bachelor thesis is intended to prove that the students are able to write a scientific report. Furthermore, they learn how to document and present scientific results and will therefore be able to successfully implement these methods of operation in their future field of activity following their training.

Technische Universität Braunschweig 
Fakultät für Maschinenbau
Schleinitzstr. 20
38106 Braunschweig

Tel: +49 (0)531 391 4040
E-Mail: service-fmb@tu-braunschweig.de

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