Smart Factory - Industry 4.0 (M.Eng.)

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In the winter semester 2018/19 the Faculty of Engineering Management joined forces with the Faculty of Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering to offer a new Master programme: “Smart Factory”.

Specialists in Industry 4.0

The Smart Factory Master programme trains students to become specialists in the field of Industry 4.0 and on graduation, they have a broad knowledge of engineering, information technology and corporate management for medium-sized companies.

Since intelligent production requires interdisciplinary collaboration in different areas of a business, students acquire skills in planning, developing and monitoring, as well as in supply, production, procurement and sales & marketing.

Programme features

The programme focuses on topics such as engineering, industry and information technology. It also covers digital business models, organisational development, services computing, “smart production” and digital logistics. The whole of “Industry 4.0” is thus comprehensively included in the Master programme to provide graduates with a solid foundation for their subsequent career.

Courses customised to meet the needs of industry

The Master programme was developed in intensive and detailed discussions with regional companies. Particular emphasis was placed on what companies expect of university graduates and also on the skills and competencies which need to be taught. The “Smart Factory” Master programme provides students with the optimum preparation to work in industry, because they learn to understand digitisation and to adjust production steps accordingly.

Degree programme leaflet

Smart Factory (M.Eng.)

Examination Regulations

Examination Regulations Smart Factory (SFM)

Admission Regulations

Admission Regulations Smart Factory (SFM)

Programme Coordination: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Nepustil

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Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Engineering (M.Eng.)
FacultyManagement and Technology
Number of semesters3
Language of instructionGerman

For summer semester from 15 October to 15  January

For the winter semester: from April 24th to July 15th

Information on admission requirements


Application and Admission

Applications for this degree programme must be submitted online via the application portal for Master programmes at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

The deadlines for submitting applications are

  • 15 January for the summer semester
  • 15 July for the winter semester.

Information on the accompanying documents which must be submitted can be found in the
Checklist for Master programmes.

You can commence your studies in either the winter or the summer semester.


Appendix to the application for admission

Admission Regulations SFM

Applicants with a degree from a foreign university

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences requires a university degree gained at a foreign university to be recognised by the Center for International Students at Constance University of Applied Sciences (Studienkolleg Konstanz).

Career Prospects

The “Smart Factory” Master of Engineering programme equips students with a broad knowledge of engineering, information technology and corporate management so they can deal with the challenges of digitisation.

As future managers, graduates are able to recognise digitisation potentials in companies and implement digitisation in intelligent product design, development, connectivity, information technology, modern production methods through to innovative business models and company structures.

Graduates of this degree programme will be qualified to work in the following fields:

  • product development
  • process design
  • digital business models
  • intelligent production
  • corporate organisation.

Interested? Apply! for the Wintersemester 2023/24