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Diploma in Engineering
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Restrictions on admission
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Standard period of study
10 semester
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Start of studies
October 1
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Basic internship
4 weeks before start of study
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Credit points
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Brief description

With the diploma course in mechanical engineering, the TU Ilmenau is offering a continuous course of study from WS 17/18 onwards, leading to the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur*in. This demanding course of study begins with a well-founded mathematical-scientific but at the same time multidisciplinary, basic engineering education. A seminar is offered for each lecture.

After the basic study period of four semesters, the main study period is followed by a specialisation in one of the four main subjects offered:

- Constructive mechanical engineering

- Measuring and sensor technology

- Production Engineering

- Thermo- and fluid dynamics

A special feature of the Ilmenau study model is the freely selectable minor subject study in the scope of one semester, which can also be completed outside the subject and/or at another university institution in Germany or abroad. Further opportunities for a stay abroad are offered by the integrated one-semester engineering internship or the preparation of the diploma thesis in the 10th semester.

The mechanical engineers trained at the TU Ilmenau are characterized by a high level of methodological competence in the technological-constructive field. On the basis of the broad theoretical knowledge and the technical specialisation, the acquired methodological knowledge can be independently applied to complex applications and implemented in value-adding and creative processes.

Our self-test will help you to find out what demands are placed on you at the beginning of your studies and how well your skills and aptitudes match the desired course of study.
To the self-test

Content of study

Joint foundations in engineering science (basic studies, 55 credits) (e.g. physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, technical mechanics, presentation theory, technical computer science, algorithms and programming)

18 %

Foundations Mechanical Engineering part 1 (basic studies 65 credits) (e.g. gear technology, engineering mechanics, measurement technology, thermodynamics, technical optics, electronics, machine elements, manufacturing technology)

22 %

Foundations Mechanical Engineering part 2 (main studies 40 credits) (e.g. drive technology, electronics, technical optics, development methodology, machine dynamics)

13 %

Main subject (main studies 50 credits) Constructive engineering, measurement and sensor technology, production engineering or thermal and fluid dynamics

17 %

Minor subject and Soft Skills (main studies 30 credits) (e.g. further engineering subjects, economics, life sciences)

10 %

Engineering internship (main studies 30 credits)

10 %

Diploma thesis (main studies 30 credits)

10 %
Detailed subject overview: Modultafel Mechanical Engineering (Diploma)

Main subjects

  • Constructive mechanical engineering
  • Measuring and sensor technology
  • Production Engineering
  • Thermo- and fluid dynamics

Practice during studies

The pre-study internship is a course of study with a total duration of four weeks. It must always be completed before the start of studies. The 6-month engineering internship in the 7th semester should be completed in companies or non-university research institutions in Germany and abroad due to the intended qualified activities. It is recommended to complete complete complete study phases abroad (e.g. engineering internship, minor subject, diploma thesis).

Fields of work

  • Mechanical and apparatus engineering
  • Optics and lighting technology
  • Automotive industry
  • Micro- and nanosystem technology
  • Measuring, sensor and drive technology
  • Construction technology
  • Research and development
  • Plastic, glass and ceramic industry
  • Precision Engineering

Sascha studies mechanical engineering (diploma) at the TU Ilmenau

Further information


Programme coordinator

Dr.-Ing. Erik Gerlach

+49 3677 69-2475


Study organisation

Dipl.-Ing. Jana Buchheim

+49 3677 69-2494

Professors and staff members will be happy to answer questions about the courses offered by the

Department of Mechanical Engineering.

WebEx room | Meeting identification number 842 757 258

We are looking forward to interesting conversations each

Thursday 3pm - 4pm.