International Study Programmes

Master's Study Programme

Industrial Engineering

Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The world is moving towards Industry 4.0. Digital transformation is shaping the future of the industrial world. Industrial engineering, central to manufacturing and industry, needs to fulfil the increasing demands for more flexible, individual and efficient production and processes sustainably.

The rapid development of the industrial world calls for specialized professionals who have comprehensive knowledge and expertise of industrial engineering with in-depth understanding on industrial processes and all related management methods.

The FOM Master’s study programme “Industrial Engineering” is developed to meet the fundamental needs of the ever-changing industrial dynamic under digitalisation. The programme contents are specifically geared to the anchoring management requirements of the industrial sector.

Students of this programme will acquire focused management skills for classic industries, processes and operations in line with forefront international standards. Graduates of this program are capable of handling a wide range of possible applications in the context of modern industry and qualified for demanding management positions in engineering area in national and international companies across all industries.

International students from all over the world now also have the opportunity to participate in the Industrial Engineering Master’s programme at FOM Hochschule. All three semesters will take place at FOM Hochschule at the study center in Essen, Germany.

The Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering will be completed with the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.).

Experience life in Germany and on our campus, deepen your academic skills and expertise in Industrial Engineering improve your intercultural competencies and interact with other international students.

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Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) 

Length: 3 Semester inclusive Thesis

ECTS: 90 Credit points

Place of Study: FOM Hochschule Essen, Germany

Mode of Study: Fulltime

Course Language: English

AccreditationThe FOM - a non-profit-oriented University of Applied Sciences - and its academic degrees are state-recognized and all its study programmes are accredited. FOM Hochschule is Germany’s largest private university with over 20 years worth of teaching and research experience

University degree
* with 210 ECTS**:

  • relevant university degree* e.g. as an industrial engineer (Diplom, Bachelor)


  • university degree* with at least 60 ECTS in engineering (in which case the bridge course in business administration must be successfully completed)


  • a university degree* with at least 60 ECTS in economics / business administration (in which case the bridge course in technology must be successfully completed)



  • a university degree* in any subject and 1.5 years of relevant professional experience before, during or after the first degree related to the field of study of the Master's degree (in which case the bridge course in business administration and the bridge course in technology must be successfully completed)

In addition, sufficient English language skills must be provided. Proof of sufficient English language skills can be provided by successfully completing a recognized placement test according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for foreign languages at a language level of at least B2, e.g. by submitting a TOEIC test (min. 860) points, a TOEFL test (internet-based min. 83 points) or a Duolingo test (min. 105 points). This requirement may be waived in justified individual cases. Native speakers, graduates of an English taught study program, or applicants who can prove that they have lived in an English-speaking country for several years may be exempted from the test to prove sufficient knowledge of the English language.


* Degree as Magister or Bachelor or with Diplom or Staatsexamen. Degrees from accredited Bachelor's training courses at Berufsakademien are equivalent to Bachelor's degrees from higher education institutions.

** FOM awards credit points according to the standards of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). They measure the workload required of students in the study programme. For prospective students with a first university degree of 180 ECTS, admission can be granted on the condition that the missing 30 ECTS must be completed latest by the time of registration for the Master's thesis.

This can be fulfilled by:

  • completing modules either in engineering and/or in economics/business administration with totally 30 ECTS.


  • crediting “corresponding achievements”, e.g. job-related achievements (e.g. 1.5 years of relevant professional experience) or extracurricular tertiary achievements related to industrial engineering.

First Semester

Controlling & Financing (5 CP)

  • Controlling in an international environment
  • Fundamentals of external and internal accounting
  • Controlling challenges in an international environment
  • Financing and Investment
  • Ethical aspects of international controlling and financing


Technical Systems & Digitalization (5 CP)

  • Overview of modelling and simulation of technical systems
  • Development of simulation models of technical systems 
  • Model reduction and validation of models
  • Presentation of methodical and tool technical aspects ( Matlab/Simulink)
  • Digitalization and society
  • Digitalization and economy
  • IT and Cloud Computing as Drivers of Digitalization
  • Data sources
  • Data Science / Data Analytics
  • Networking of technical systems


Quantitative Data Analysis (5 CP)

  • Scientific principles
  • Principles of quantitative data analysis
  • Introduction to R
  • Explorative data analysis
  • Introduction to inference
  • Inference for categorical data
  • Inference for numerical data
  • Linear regression
  • Logistical regression
  • PCA
  • Cluster analysis


Decision Focused Management (6 CP)

  • Decision theory as a frame of reference for management decisions
  • Influence of behavioural economics on management decisions
  • Management decisions in a strategy context
  • Conclusion: reflection on module goals, learning outcomes and prospects


International Commercial & Contract Law (5 CP)  

  • World trade and globalisation
  • Basics of national commercial law
  • Fundamentals of International Business Law
  • Importance of national law for international transactions
  • Private international law
  • Transnational law
  • International agreements
  • UN sales law
  • European Law
  • History of the EU
  • Sources of law
  • EU objectives and competences
  • EU institutions
  • European Central Bank
  • Fundamental freedoms
  • Contract Law, Selected Contract and Debt Rights
  • International treaties
  • International Civil Procedure Law and Institutions
  • Compliance


English for Technical Management (5 CP)


  • Business communication skills & language
  • Technical management topics & vocabulary
  • Cross cultural communication


Second Semester

Technology Management (6 CP)

  • Technology and innovation management
  • Corporate and technology strategy
  • Technology management and concepts
  • Product development and methods
  • Process development and models
  • Project and risk management
  • Innovation and R&D Controlling


International Sales Management & Marketing (6 CP)

  • Special features of industrial goods marketing
  • Typologies of industrial goods marketing
  • Organisational buying behaviour
  • Sales strategies and concepts (think global, act local)
  • Organization of the international distribution
  • Leadership in international sales
  • Negotiation strategies and tactics
  • Sales controlling
  • Ethics and corporate governance in distribution


Product Life Cycle Management (6 CP)

  • Basics: Product Model, Product Data Management (PDM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • Product development processes
  • Overview of modern calculation methods and simulation methods
  • Product structures
  • Life cycles of the individual objects, status of the objects
  • Change management
  • Release processes
  • Data models
  • Permissions


Transfer Project (5 CP)

  • Practical Projects
  • Development of problem-based solution  


International Project & Claim Management (6 CP)


  • International Management
  • Basics of international project management
  • Project management and controlling according to PMI standards
  • Intercultural cooperation and leadership
  • Deployment and development of international project managers
  • Claim Management and Claim Strategies
  • Negotiation concepts (Harvard concept and others) and strategies
  • Ethics and Compliance in International Project Management


Third Semester

Tech Technology & Sustainability (5 CP)

  • Sustainability - Basics
  • The roles of different actors in sustainable development
  • Sustainability assessment of products, services and processes
  • Technology transfer as an instrument of sustainable development
  • Technology and technology impact assessment
  • Sustainability relevant fields of technology


Master's Thesis und Colloquium (25 CP)

Registration fee1.580 Euro Participants who have already completed or are taking a course of study or a recognised continuing education programme at one of the institutes belonging to the BCW Group pay half the enrolment fee. 

Tuition fee
: 15.570 Euro 

Examination fee350 euro*

Total cost17.500 Euro including registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee

*The examination fee will be charged again if the student resubmits their thesis.

Students can pay the total amount in one installment (before the start of the programme) or in two installments. The first installment is to be paid before the start of the programme and includes, among others, tuition fess for the first two semesters, enrollment fees and examination fees (1st installment at 10.500 Euro). The second installment includes the tuition fees for the third and fourth semester and must be paid before the start of the 3rd semester (2nd installemt at 7.000 Euro). (Subject to change!)


Please download the application form at the bottom of this page. 


Step 1: Register your personal data and educational background in the application form.


Step 2: Please send the filled out and signed application form as well as the following documents as certified copies via email to

  • Authenticated copy of General university entrance qualification certificate
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Authenticated copy of Bachelor degree certificate (for details check the admission requirements) 
  • Authenticated copy of Transcript of records Bachelor’s degree
  • If applicable: Authenticated copy of Master degree and diploma
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills (at least B2 proficiency level – for details check the admission requirements)
  • Scan of passport


Please always enter your full name as it is mentioned in your passport. If you do not have a last name, please enter "-".

All documents must be in German or English. If your original document is written in another language, you must have your document translated by a certified translator. Please then send a certified copy of the original and the certified translation when applying.

Please send all documents as PDF and name the file as followed: Last name, first name_Study programme (e.g. Smith, Jane_Big Data and Business Analytics). 

Note: Where can I have my documents certified?

·         issuing institutions, e.g. schools, universities and language schools,

·         the Ministry of Education in your home country

·         the German embassies and consulates,

·         the cultural department of the embassy of the country from which the certificate originates,

·         the authorities and notaries who are authorised to carry out official certification in your home country.

Important: Translators are not allowed to certify documents in the original language.

Step 3: After receiving your conditional letter of admission you need to send the registration form as original and certified copies of the other documents via post. (Please do not send original degree certificates!)

Contact at FOM Hochschule

Lena Brülls
Lena Brülls
International Study Programmes & Academic Cooperation India
+49 201 81004-739
Lena Hamadi
Lena Hamadi
International Study Programmes & Academic Cooperation India
+49 201 81004-733

Studying in Essen, Germany

Lying in the centre of the Ruhr area in Western Germany, the town Essen has a lot to offer – from significant industrial cultural monuments to charming local recreation areas. Students can enjoy large cultural opportunities such as the famous Folkwang Museum or the Aalto Theatre, as well as countless opportunities for going out.

For example, you should not miss a visit to the Coal Mine Zollverein Industrial Complex. Today, the former coal mine is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with its adjacent park, it is one of the region’s tourist magnets. As the greenest city in the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the European Green Capitals, Essen delights everyone who wants to enjoy nature after a lecture.

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