How can developments in vehicle construction enable new transport concepts? How can transport networks be logically developed, expanded, relieved, and ecologically planned? How can factors like vehicles and traffic routes be managed in a way, that need-oriented and smooth traffic progress is possible? How does human behavior in transportation have to be considered in order to avoid traffic jams or to optimize safety strategies? When the interaction of technical possibilities, infrastructure, and human behavior is supposed to be optimized, transport engineers are called upon for their interdisciplinary perspective.

At RWTH students studying Transport Engineering and Mobility acquire this interdisciplinary expertise by studying the perspectives of three engineering disciplines: civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and automotive engineering. The extraordinary breadth allows them to consider not only aspects of infrastructure development and automotive engineering but also the economic framework conditions of their concepts.

No specializations are offered during the Bachelor's program in order to support this broad training. However, starting in the fifth semester, it is possible to choose two of seven elective modules and thus get an initial glance as specializations. In the Master's course of study students can expand on one of the five focuses:

  • The specialization in transportation planning and infrastructure teaches skills in planning, design, and organization of streets, tunnels, rails, waterways, and aviation.
  • Railway Systems Engineering and "Bahnsystemingenieur" both focus on the futher development of railway engineering. Students work with rail vehicles, rail transportation systems, and infrastructure developments in rail transportation.
  • The focus road and motor vehicles focuses on the interplay of traffic routes and vehicles. Students work on the technology of motor and utility vehicles and the configuration of road traffic installations.
  • Airport and aviation targets innovations in aeronautical engineering and airport research.

Programme Structure



Mathematics and Natural Science Fundamentals Mathematics I & II, Applied Statistics
General Engineering and Civil Engineering-specific Fundamentals

Mechanics I & II, Dynamics, Hydromechanics I & II, Construction Materials Science I & II, Geotechnology I, Geodesy, Construction Computer Science, CAD, Project Management I, Law of Building Contracts I, Fundamentals and Methods of Sustainability Assessment

Civil Engineering and Transport Planning Introduction to Transport Engineering, Planning Methodology, Street Planning I, Building Technology for Transport Facilities I, Transportation Planning I, Urban and Regional Planning I, Spatial Development and Transport Policy, Public Transportation Management and Traffic Systems Management, Railroad Industry I & II, Fundamentals of Transport, Transport in the field, Planning and Construction of Airports I

Road Engineering Internship, Urban Engineering Internship, Railroad Safety Internship or Engineer Meets User
Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Business and Economics

Electrical Engineering and Electronics,Sound Protection Fundamentals, Battery Storage Systems Technology, Machine Design I & II, Introduction to Business Administration, Introduction to Operations Research

Elective Modules
2 from 7

Airplane Construction I, Automotive Engineering I, Fundamentals of Rail Vehicle Technology, Introduction to Communication Studies, Operations Research I, Water Infrastructure, Life Cycle Assessment,

Completion of Studies Bachelor's thesis

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

Engineers with expertise in transport and mobility are multidisciplinarily trained professionals, who are able to optimize the interaction of transport carriers and transport infrastructure with regards to technical, economic, and social aspects. As a result, a variety of fields are open to them.

RWTH graduates, for example, work in public administration optimizing transport processes. The support the entire organizations – from the political decision to budgeting to the operation of transport systems. Furthermore, they also work in consulting and engineering offices, in the automotive industry, and transport companies.

If they specialize in a certain transport system, they may work as a rail system engineering or work in aviation at a large airport. The logistics sector also offers ideal areas of application for mobility specialists' typical interdisciplinary perspective.

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