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Master's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering

Whether you want to design efficient vehicles and production plants or sustainable energy technology: In this master's degree programme, you will expand your knowledge in key areas of mechanical engineering. You will use state-of-the-art simulation methods, learn computer-aided development methods and work in excellently equipped laboratories. In this way, you attain a degree that enables you to work with the latest technology.

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Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: "Diplom-Ingenieurin" or "Diplom-Ingenieur" ("Dipl.-Ing." or "DI"), equivalent to the Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: German

The Master's Programme

The classic field mechanical engineering has undergone an enormous wave of modernisation in recent decades: This field includes everything from high-tech machines for use in Industry 4.0 to modern vehicle and engine technology for low-emission mobility. It covers how to handle sustainable materials and energy technology, how to design and run mechatronic systems, and how to run simulations with numerical methods. In other words, the number of diversification and specialisation areas that fall under the umbrella of mechanical engineering are constantly increasing. The Master's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering considers these developments by combining a broad basic education with relevant, specialized subjects.

Applied mechanical engineering is best learned "by doing". For this reason, you can acquire a solid foundation in practical know-how in the modern laboratories at TU Graz. Conventional engines and large engines designed for use with both fossil and synthetic fuels are tested on powerful test benches. You also have access to test benches for turbomachinery (e.g. jet engines) and for fuel cells. In these laboratories, you learn how to use high-performance materials and the latest production technologies. A resilient IT infrastructure is available for the increasingly important numerical calculations in development.

Curriculum (in German)

Semester plan


Focus Areas

In the first two semesters of the programme, you will broaden your basic knowledge, e.g. in the areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, material strengths, as well as in the areas of mechanical engineering and business informatics. Plus, you will work with innovative technologies, materials and manufacturing processes and learn how to use numerical methods to perform calculations and simulations.

At the same time, from the 1st semester and on, you will be able to choose from a total of six areas of specialization:

  • Production engineering
  • Power engineering
  • Computational engineering
  • Product development of mechatronic systems
  • Motor and drive technology
  • Vehicle technology and safety

In the corresponding elective modules, you will deepen your theoretical and practical knowledge. State-of-the-art, well-equipped laboratories and test benches, as well as a powerful IT infrastructure, are available to you. Most of these subjects are offered in the 3rd semester, and some of the courses are held in English.

In the 4th semester, you will write your master's thesis, normally placing a focus on solving a practical task. Here’s a tip: Most of the master's theses are written in cooperation with industry and business.

Matko Mitrović
Matko Mitrović, Master's degree student in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is at the forefront of developing new technologies. It is also one of the oldest and most extensive fields of engineering. I chose it mainly because it seemed adequate to my mechanical background. If a technical degree programme incorporating a broader understanding of the world sounds appealing, mechanical engineering may be a way to go.

Matko supports international prospective students as International Student Ambassador.

Successful Student Teams

You can also give free rein to your passion for developing something as part of a team and racing outside of your classes: The TU Graz Racing Team has been doing fast laps on international race tracks with self-built cars since 2002; since 2019, the TU Graz ‘Formula-Student cars’ ("Formular-Student-Autos") are run with a purely electric drive.

The student team TERA TU Graz has been developing energy-efficient vehicle technologies with huge success since 2009.

And the TU Graz interdisciplinary High Performance Sailing team overtakes all Styrian competitors on the open water.


1. Admission Procedure

Graduates of the following bachelor's degree programmes are admitted without having to fulfil further requirements: 

Graduates of other bachelor's degree programmes can obtain information and apply for admission by contacting studienservicenoSpam@tugraz.at.

2. Admission


Double Degree Programme with the Tongji University (Shanghai, China)

Within the framework of the Master’s degree programme, you can complete a double degree programme with the Tongji University (Shanghai). You will study at TU Graz and Tongji University and receive a degree from both universities.

One Degree Programme, Two Degrees

You must complete at least the following programme achievements at the TU Graz:

  • Compulsory subject courses: 15 ECTS
  • One of the five specialisation subjects of the Master’s programme related to the subject area: 25 ECTS from the compulsory subject and 10 ECTS from the elective subject
  • Courses chosen from the TU Graz compulsory and elective subject catalogs: 10 ECTS that are credited to the elective subject

You must complete at least the following programme achievements at the Tongji University:

  • Compulsory subject courses: 6 Tongji Credits (TC)
  • Elective subject courses (specialisation subjects): 10 TC
  • Practical courses: 6 TC
    in total: 22 TC

In addition, you must complete a Master’s project and the Master’s thesis at the Tongji University. The Master’s project will be credited with 20 ECTS at TU Graz and the Master’s thesis with 30 ECTS.

In total, you need to accrue 65 ECTS-credit points that are recognised by the TU Graz.

Information and Advice

About the programme
Mario HIRZ
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Institute of Automotive Engineering

Organisational details
International Office – Welcome Center

Career Prospects

Professional Fields

Graduates from all disciplines of mechanical engineering are in high demand on the job market. The career prospects for mechanical engineers are exceptionally good due to their sound basic and methodological training.

As a graduate of the Master's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering, you will have numerous career options. Depending on your interests and areas of specialization, you can work in a leading position in the area of research and development or as a design engineer.

You can develop and build machines, vehicles, or plants, working with:

  • motor or rail vehicles,
  • machine tools,
  • conveyor systems,
  • pumps and turbines,
  • plants in environmental, refrigeration and air conditioning technology, 
  • and even industrial robots.