Smart Factory - Industry 4.0 (M.Eng.)

General Information

General Information

In the winter semester 2018/19 the Faculty of Engineering Management in conjunction with the Faculty of Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering is offering a new Master’s programme: “Smart Factory”.

It is aimed primarily at graduates with a degree in engineering or a subject which combines technical and business disciplines.


The Smart Factory Master’s 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 business management for medium-sized enterprises.

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


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


The Master’s 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’s 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)

Academic Director:

Prof. Markus Kirchner

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Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Engineering (M.Eng.)
FacultyEngineering Management
Number of semesters3
Language of instructionGerman
Application PeriodsFor the summer semester: up to January 15th For the winter semester: up to July 15th
Information on admission requirements


Application and Admission

Application and Admission

How to apply

Applications for this degree programme must be submitted online via the Master’s degree programme portal of 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’s 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).


The curriculum for the degree programme and detailed descriptions of the programme modules are contained in the Module Catalogue.

Module Catalogue Smart Factory - Industry 4.0 (M.Eng.) (German Version)

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Career prospects

Career Prospects

The Smart Factory Master of Engineering programme equips students with a broad knowledge of engineering, information technology and business management so they can take on 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 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
  • company organisation

Apply for summer semester 2021!

Apply Online until January 15th 2021

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Kirchner
The consultation takes place in the sommer semester 2020 (16.3.-1.7.2020) Thursdays 11:00 to 12:00 in room G 04.306