Mechanical Engineering
(Master of Science)

Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

Pre-internship (recommended)

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Technical products and processes, development and construction constitute the basis of all types of production. Mechanical engineering represents an important element of this basis of technological progress. Traditional and new technologies and materials can be innovatively combined in mechanical engineering. This leads to ever new developments and the continuous improvement of products and manufacturing processes. The design of end products and the machinery and equipment required to produce them is increasingly characterised by systemic integration into a closed concept that begins with order processing and culminates in guaranteed operational availability.

Areas of Focus

  • Development and construction
  • Energy and process engineering
  • Production technology
Course Content

The Master’s degree programme in Mechanical Engineering at Leibniz Universität Hannover is noted for the great freedom of choice offered to students. The only compulsory modules are Machine Dynamics and Industrial Science. At a later stage of the programme, students may expand on their individual technical expertise and specialise in the optional areas of expertise in “Energy and Process Engineering”, “Development and Construction”, or “Production Technology”. Alternatively, students may decide not to focus on any area of specialisation at all, preferring to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills. Industrial visits, tutorials and the Studium Generale are also part of the course. Students expand on and provide evidence of their ability to produce scientific work by completing a preparatory student research project and a final Master’s thesis. Students who completed at least twelve weeks of practical training at the Bachelor’s stage can take further options from the three areas of specialisation. Students who have not yet completed practical training are required to do so by the time they register for the Master’s thesis at the latest.

Recommended Abilities

Pragmatic and realistic ways of thinking, as well as the analytic skills needed to calculate and design, are necessary to produce finished products in an economical and environmentally compatible way. Technical, mathematical and scientific skills are required for working with computer systems and for the wide range of research, development and testing activities involved.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master’s degree programme in Mechanical Engineering are highly qualified, enabling them to work in a wide range of fields. Medium-sized enterprises with an international outlook are especially in search of mechanical engineers to work in development and construction, production and sales. Depending on their specialisation, graduates may make a career in energy, medical or automotive engineering, in plant construction or in consulting. The Master of Science degree also entitles graduates to pursue a doctorate.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master''s degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students (application from non-EU countries via uni-assist)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester


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  • Double Degree Program with Keio University, Japan

    Double degree program with Keio University in Japan

    If you are studying mechanical engineering and would like to add an international component to your studies, the Double Degree Programme with Keio-University in Japan offers you the opportunity to both complete your studies at Leibniz University Hannover and to get to know the study system and life at one of the renowned technical universities in Japan. After completion of the internationally oriented studies, you will receive a double degree from Leibniz University Hannover and Keio University and thus have a special qualification that will have a significant positive influence on your further professional career and enrich you personally.


    They complete the first two master's semesters at LUH with 60 LPs. Afterwards you will continue your studies at Keio University. You will study for 2 years at Keio University and after successful completion you will receive the Master of Science degree from Keio University and after your return you will also receive the Master degree from Leibniz University Hannover. Since the exchange program is part of the T.I.M.E. (Top Industrial Managers of Europe) exchange, you are exempt from tuition fees of the partner university.

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  • Double Degree Program with Purdue University, USA

    Double Degree Program with Purdue University, USA

    The Master Student Exchange Program is a cooperative agreement between Leibniz University Hannover and Purdue University in West Lafayette, USA. Purdue University is one of the most renowned universities in the USA, especially in the field of engineering sciences. It is characterized by a broad range of subjects and is particularly active in aerospace engineering. It does not matter in which area you would like to deepen your knowledge, as the choice of modules and recognition is handled flexibly. The exchange is only possible in the winter semester. After your stay in the USA you have the opportunity to obtain a non-thesis Master's degree from Purdue University. At the same time, after your return and completion of your Master's thesis, you will receive the Master's degree from Leibniz University of Hannover. This will give you an outstanding qualification that will have a significant positive influence on your further professional career and enrich you personally.


    You will study the first year of your Master's degree at LUH and will earn 60 credit points. In the second year you will go to Purdue for the fall and spring semester. There you can complete a total of 21 credit hours and write a project thesis. Afterwards you will receive a non thesis Master degree from Purdue University and return to Leibniz University Hannover to write your thesis.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover