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The spectrum of modern machine technology ranges from microsystems and miniature robots to washing machines and cars to production and machine tools as well as process engineering systems. The development of new products and the optimization of existing products require modern methods of "digital prototyping". Computer-aided construction, analysis, simulation and visualization techniques open up enormous potential in the development and optimization of products in terms of quality, service life, reliability, energy efficiency and resource conservation while at the same time reducing time and costs in development.

The aim of the master’s course is to qualify graduates for work in the field of computer-aided development and construction. In doing so, they learn to use and develop scientific methods independently. The course qualifies graduates for further independent scientific work as part of a doctorate.


The master’s course focuses on the professional field of computer-aided development and construction; the course conveys core competencies in the following areas:

  • Design development, finite element method (FEM)
  • Multi-body simulation
  • Multiphysics simulation
  • Numerical fluid mechanics
  • System simulation
  • Automation systems

Product ideas are ultimately implemented with real materials, material topics are an integral part of the course:

  • Tribology
  • Fiber composites

The management skills module qualifies you for positions with personnel responsibility. As part of the two project modules, students work independently in current research areas.

The course is completed with a master's thesis and is carried out at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences or as part of cooperative industrial projects.

1st semester

  • Multi-body simulation
  • Numerical fluid mechanics 2
  • Project module 2
  • 2 elective modules

2 semesters

  • Finite elements 2
  • Management skills
  • Project module 1
  • System simulation
  • Tribology

3rd semester

  • colloquium
  • master thesis


Successfully completed engineering or mathematical studies with good scientific and mathematical knowledge (final grade Bachelor 2.9 or better), as well as satisfactory English language skills.


The export-oriented mechanical engineering industry in Germany needs very well-trained experts in order to be able to assert itself in global competition through innovation.

The master’s degree qualifies its graduates for demanding and independent engineering activities in many areas of mechanical engineering, especially in the area of ??computer-aided development and construction. The career prospects in this area are excellent, and the need for appropriate experts as well as specialists and managers will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Mechanical engineers work in a large number of industries, examples being:

  • Mechanical and plant engineering
  • Automotive industry
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Electrical industry
  • Engineering offices

The scarcity of fossil fuels requires research and development of new technologies for the use of renewable energies. There are enormous challenges for graduates in this area, e.g. in the context of:

  • Wind turbines
  • Tidal power plants
  • Fuel cells

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