M.Eng. in DDM

Innovative and International

  • Build your networked knowledge in engineering design and development
  • Study in the heart of the European automotive and mechanical engineering industry
  • Learn to work in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment
  • Study in English - live in Germany

"The DDM program helped me to discover new technologies, processes and materials. It was very useful and essential for my career." - Alejandro Serrano, DDM 2016, now Module Engineer at SII Deutschland

Build your networked knowledge in engineering design and development

The Esslingen M.Eng. in Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (DDM) is focused on the design and development of complex engineering systems. In order to work in modern simultaneous engineering, graduates need specialized knowledge and the ability to work in interdisciplinary and international teams.

DDM students gain core competence in problem-solving know-how, based on networked knowledge in design, development, simulation and production technology. Strong focus is placed on the ability to communicate confidently in the international environment of modern industry.

The aim of this course is to prepare students for a challenging job in the core areas of design and development within the globalized mechanical engineering and automotive engineering industry. Graduates of the DDM program usually continue to a career in the following areas: the automotive industry and its component suppliers, the mechanical engineering industry, the process engineering industry and engineering consultancy.

Study in the heart of the European automotive and mechanical engineering industry

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences has a long tradition in educating mechanical and automotive engineers. Founded in 1914 as the Royal College for Mechanical Engineering, the university has always taken advantage of its location in one of the major centres of European industry, and is therefore closely linked to the nearby companies. These include many global technological leaders in mechanical and automotive engineering, such as Daimler, Bosch, Festo, Porsche, Index and many others. These strong connections to the industry are especially important when it comes to the placement of the student’s master's thesis.

Learn to work in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment

The DDM program reflects the needs of globally-oriented companies. We offer the opportunity for students from diverse cultural backgrounds to study, work and live together. This is made possible through active contact with partner universities in many countries throughout the world. The intercultural co-operation on project work is also of added value to master's students.

Our Programs: Students' #1 Choice!

How happy are students with their university? The online portal StudyPortals decided to find out. In its world-wide competition asking students from 150 German universities how satisfied they were, we are very proud to announce that, out of these 150 German universities, Esslingen came in 10th place, flanked by top international universities of great renown.


The Esslingen master's programs were among the first to be accredited in Germany, and are regularly reaccredited by the ASIIN. The ASIIN is responsible for examining and certifying STEM university programs, as well as interdisciplinary programs containing STEM subjects. The DDM program has worked closely with the ASIIN to help ensure its continual development of high quality and international recognition.

The M.Eng. in Design and Development for Mechanical and Automotive Engineering was last accredited in 2007 and will be reaccredited in 2020.

If you have questions about the application process, please see our application FAQs

Step 1: Completely Fill Out the Online Application

Each page of the online application form must be completely filled out. When the online application is complete, applicants lock their file and then print out and sign the online application data report.

Step 2: Gather Together all Required Documents

Please add the following to your application package:

  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended (original or certified copies)
  • Graduation diploma from each college or university attended (original or certified copies)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not necessary for Indian applicants)
  • Original APS for all applicants whose first degree is from PR China, Vietnam or Mongolia (www.aps.org.cn)
  • Required credits in design:
    • CAD (Pro/E or CATIA): 5 CP (=70 hours)
    • Design/Machine Elements: 15 CP (=210 hours)
    • Strength of Materials/Mechanics: 10 CP (=140 hours)
    • Mathematics: 8 CP (=112 hours)

Step 3: include all application attachments

Applicants must include the following forms with their application:

Download your attachment package with the Acrobat Reader, and then fill in the form as far as possible at the computer. You should fill out your application number, as well as all attachments except the Recommendation Forms and the Transcript Evaluation Form on line.

When you have typed in your data, please print the form and have the Recommendation Forms and the Transcript Evaluation Forms filled in as instructed.

Step 4: Add Supporting Documents

  • Documents proving basic knowledge of the German language, at Level A1 (CEFR) or higher
  • Any other documents that would allow us to evaluate you more fully

Step 5: Post Your Application

Please send us a complete application package, with all the above required documents. Use the check-list to ensure that your application package is complete. Please note that ONLY the letters of recommendation should be in separate envelopes: all other documents should be loose.
Mail to:

Esslingen University of Applied Science
Graduate School
Flandernstrasse 101
73732 Esslingen

The Esslingen Student Ambassadors 2018/19

Our Student Ambassadors are master's students who would like to tell you what living in Esslingen is like! Just click on a photo to email our SAs your questions.
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The DDM Programme in 3 Words...

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M.Eng. Alumni in Numbers

Almost 90% of our M.Eng. students are international.

Jobs After Graduation

About 90% of our M.Eng. alumni live in Germany after graduation.

Starting Salary

The yearly starting salary of our M.Eng. graduates is, on average, between 50,000€ and 60,000€.


Most of our graduates carry on to a career with Bosch or Daimler. Our top 5 starting companies are:


Field of Work

The top 5 fields in which our M.Eng. graduates typically begin their career are:

Software Engineer
HIL-Test Engineer
System Architecture Engineer
Development Engineer
Software Development Engineer

The students of the Graduate School are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of interesting extracurricular projects. Whether their interests lie in the area of building a racing car in a university team, helping others at a social level, of writing newspaper articles or supporting incoming students, any student wishing to be active can find something for them.

Dipl.-Betriebsw. (FH) Tu Dao Luong
+49 711 397-4466

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 1 to 3 p.m.