Aerospace

The information on this page is provided by volunteers from the mechanical engineering student council. Therefore, it is not legally binding – for official information please refer to the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Overview

The two-year Aerospace Master's program at TUM covers various research topics and applications. Courses range from aerodynamics, flight mechanics and control to composite materials, space propulsion, orbit dynamics and safety. In order to develop a broad understanding of aerospace technology, students are required to take at least one module (5 ECTS each) from each of the fields Overall System, Propulsion, Fluid Dynamics/Aerodynamics, Structures as well as Dynamics and Control. The remaining 7 modules can be chosen with (almost) complete freedom within these fields or from a list of related subjects. Up to 3 of these courses can be taken in unrelated fields in support of interdisciplinarity – this is, however, not required.

Additionally, three supplementary courses (3 ECTS each) are to be chosen freely from an enormously long list including subjects from all disciplines of mechanical engineering. Two lab courses (4 ECTS each) provide an opportunity for practical experimentation. An additional 2 ECTS are obtained via soft skill workshops or language classes – in case you do not speak German, it is highly recommended to learn the language during your Master's.

The program is completed by a research project (11 ECTS), which can be a theoretical work or a team project at a TUM institute, and the Master's Thesis (30 ECTS).

Structure

In the following, the five fields that form the basis of the program are outlined.

Overall System

Courses in this category deal with the preliminary design of fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft and spacecraft.

Propulsion

This category includes courses on established aerospace propulsion systems, i.e. gas turbines, rockets and internal combustion engines. Additionally, courses on electric machines are offered.

Fluid Dynamics/Aerodynamics

Traditional topics like boundary layers and turbulent flow are covered. Additionally, courses on modern methods, i.e. computational fluid dynamics, and such focusing on aerospace applications are offered, i.e. aerodynamics of aircraft and aeroelasticity.

Structures

Courses range from generic finite element methods and dynamics of structures to composite materials and aerospace structures.

Dynamics and Control

Topics covered include aircraft performance, rotor dynamics and flight control. Additionally, lectures on orbit dynamics are offered.

Prerequisites

Prior knowledge in several fields is expected on the same level as taught in the first two years of the TUM Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's program. In principle, no specific aerospace background is required; however, interested students at TUM usually take the corresponding courses in the third year of their Bachelor's. Consequently, many graduate courses assume a certain degree of prior understanding and might thus require extra work to catch up in the beginning.

In contrast to other Master's programs at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Aerospace program is open for international students with no German language skills, due to the international character of the aeronautics and space community, industry and academia. A variety of courses is given in German though, meaning that you need both German and English skills to exploit the full potential. Therefore, it is highly recommended to learn German in parallel to your studies. Additionally, you might be interested in the Buddy Program for international students offered by the student council.