Study with the future in mind: Master Smart Factory

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)Smart Factory

Industry 4.0 is the future: Processes and technologies interlock and communicate intelligently, while also remaining networked. With this Master’s degree, you become an expert in this field: The study programme prepares you to successfully implement the complexity of the Smart Factory. Support your future employer in driving new developments or optimising processes in existing production flows.

  • Campus Goeppingen

  • Period in semester3 Semester

  • Languages of instructionGerman

  • Application PeriodsWinter semester: 30 April to 15 July
    Summer semester: 31 October to 15 January

  • Admission RequirementsBachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technical Business Administration

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Career Perspectives


With the Master’s degree, you are ideally prepared for a leadership role at the interface between technology and management. Your knowledge and expertise will support your future employer in all decisions concerning “Industry 4.0”. You become specialised in driving change in the production and logistics sector. As a specialist or manager, you recognise sources of automation and digitalisation potential, and successfully initiate all necessary implementation processes.

Interesting job offers await you with the chance of management positions in the following areas:

  • Intelligent product design
  • Product development
  • Process design
  • Digital business models
  • Intelligent production
  • Business organisation
Career prospects are also calling in the logistics sector.



You apply for this degree programme online via the campus management system HEonline of the Hochschule Esslingen.

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Zwei Studierende lernen an einem Buch
  1. Check the requirements
    The admission and enrolment regulations as well as the special selection criteria for Master's degree programmes inform you about the application requirements for this degree programme.

  2. Enrol in the application portal
    You register in the “HEonline” application portal of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences with your personal data and enrol for the degree programme you would like to take.

  3. Upload your documents
    You upload your documents and certificates in the HEonline portal. We need your documents by the enrolment deadline at the latest.

  4. All done!
    Once you have uploaded all documents by the deadline, we will process your application. You will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether we can offer you a place on this degree programme.


This awaits you

The Master’s programme “Smart Factory” prepares you in an optimal fashion for the topic of Industry 4.0. You learn to understand digitalisation, and to adapt production steps accordingly. The course contents are designed and further developed in constant exchange with companies.

Students of the Master’s programme Smart Factory – Industry 4.0


“Industry 4.0 is the future, and the Master’s degree is there to train me in precisely this area. Due to the networking of operational processes, it is important to have the right expertise in the areas of Technology and Business Management. This puts me in a great position for the future. With the Master’s degree, there are not only good job offers, but I also have good opportunities for management positions.”

Rick Petzold, student of the Smart Factory Master’s programme
Student sharing details about his Master’s programme Smart Factory

What distinguishes usGood reasons for studying at Esslingen University


Smaller working groups help create a sense of proximity and intensive exchange with other students and lecturers.

Research infrastructure

You learn and research in laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.

Practical projects

You put your theoretical knowledge into practice in projects and solve practice-oriented problems.

Feedback from employers

Graduates of the study programme are considered highly educated and optimally qualified for the topic of Industry 4.0.

Career start

The Career Centre bridges the gap between study and practice: Master thesis, application training, job portal...

Found a start-up

GründES! offers you the ideal tools and infrastructure to develop your innovative flair and entrepreneurial spirit.


Interested? Apply now! for the wintersemester 2024/2025