Working in cross-functional teams, bisociative and lateral thinking, developing workable concepts from creative ideas, organizing yourself in agile project structures, critically evaluating your own results These are the core competencies that graduates of the master’s degree in “Industrial Engineering” acquire within four semesters with the help of the “research-based learning” approach. Current issues at the interfaces between technology and management, between ecology and economy, between digital and real value creation, between today and tomorrow - partly in cooperation with companies and partly with the research institutes of the TH Köln - are taken into account to develop sustainable solutions.


The master’s degree builds consecutively on the technical and methodological basic knowledge from the bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. The focus is on advanced skills for analysis, conception and evaluation, with which the students develop into moderate decision-makers.

As a student, you can choose between the specializations “Technology Management” and “Energy and Resource Management”.

The future “technology managers” expand their technical understanding of the work organization processes in companies and focus in particular on the development and innovation activities for new products and manufacturing processes.

Prospective “energy and resource managers” develop new areas of knowledge in the field of alternative energy generation as well as the recycling of residual and waste materials for circular value creation. These in-depth events mainly take place at the nationwide unique teaching and research location: metabolon. Here, the students have access to systems on a technical and industrial scale for research-based learning (including biogas systems, wood chip heating, process water treatment, various processes for the carbonization of waste).

General subjects (cross-specialization)

  • Technology and innovation management
  • Procurement and Distribution
  • Strategic and international management
  • Business process management
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance

Subjects in the specialization technology management:

  • Methodical product development
  • Maintenance management
  • production and logistics

Subjects in the specialization energy and resource management:

  • Regenerative generation and use of energy
  • Environmentally friendly resource management
  • Optimization and stabilization of decentralized energy generation processes

In addition, three elective subjects can be selected from a general catalog as well as from a specialization-specific catalog of subjects.


90 or 120 ECTS


Industrial engineering (master) - professional fields

After successfully completing the master’s degree, as an industrial engineer you will be able to take on management responsibility in an industrial corporate environment or in research institutions. You make moderate decisions about how to deal with new technologies and innovations, keeping an eye on their economic, ecological and social effects and thus contributing to the future-oriented and sustainable development of your organization. Through the study approach of "research-based learning" (according to Huber) you will also be instructed in a special way to work scientifically and thus acquire the methodological requirements for a doctorate.

Professional fields for the specialization technology management

  • Technology and innovation management
  • R&D controlling
  • Project management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Operational organizational management functions
  • Quality and maintenance management
  • Work preparation and production management
  • Logistics, materials management and purchasing
  • Ergonomic task areas
  • Consulting activity in connection with the above-mentioned areas of activity

Professional fields for the specialization in energy and resource management

  • Energy concepts: conception and feasibility study
  • Energy management and saving: concepts and implementation
  • Resource management: conception and feasibility study
  • Business analysis of planned and realized projects - comparative profitability analysis and determination of the ROI
  • Project planning - risks and opportunities, SWOT analysis
  • Projects - preparation, acceptance analysis, implementation, risk assessment
  • Projects - approval process, tender, contract award
  • Project approval in public institutions
  • Public relations work on the conscious use of energy and resources

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