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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Albert Albers
Program Director
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Albert Albers

Head of Institute for Product Development (IPEK), KIT

Prof Klarmann
Program Director
Prof. Dr. Martin Klarmann

Head of Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM), KIT


Master in Management of Product Development (MPD)

Product development is the driver of innovation. In the program MPD you learn to manage product development in an efficient, methodical, creative and success-oriented way. With the scientifically sound and practice-oriented training program for professionals you get qualified to become the driving force for successful product innovation in your company.

Hot Topics in MPD

Hot Topics in Management of Product Development

  • Integrated product development: process planning with e.g. portfolio analysis, value analysis, DSM
  • Agile methods & scrum in product development
  • Efficiency improvement & target costing in PD
  • Simulation methods (e.g. FEM, BEM)
  • PLM, PDM, ERP, CRM & SCM systems
  • Computer science & lifecycle management for engineers
  • Virtual Engineering (from CAD Systems to CAx)
  • Lightweight Design
  • Industry 4.0: Strategic product portfolio & services

Content Summary

Management of Product Development

The Master Program in Management of Product Development enables participants to analyse, design, operate, and implement product development processes in their companies in an optimized way. Based on a highly integrative and creative approach, they can successfully translate innovative ideas into competitive products.

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Management of Product Development

The content of the Master Program is divided into 10 modules:

5 Management Modules presents broader knowledge in management know-how and 5 Engineering Modules provides deeper knowledge in technological topics.

Engineering Modules Management Modules
  • Design and Validation Process & Information Systems for Product Development
  • Integrated Product Development
    by ASD – Agile Systems Design
  • PGE - Product Generation Engineering
  • Systems and Cases
  • Multi-Technological Systems & Workshops
 More information (PDF)
  • Innovation & Projects
  • Finance & Value
  • Marketing & Data
  • Strategy & People
  • Decisions & Risk
 More information (PDF)

Target Group

Target Group

Future engineering executives working in product development or product management, e.g. in:

  • Machinery and equipment industry
  • Automotive industry and suppliers
  • Measurement technology and cybernetics
  • Major appliances industry, e.g. white goods


Career Perspectives

Product development is certrainly one of the core means of adding value in companies. Only successful processes can lead to competitive products. Increasing demands for tailor-made product solutions, low production costs, high quality standards, reduced development times, and shortened product lifecycles require highly qualified professionals.

Alumni Voices

"For me it was a great experience and a challenge to master this study. The HECTOR School Master Program Management of Product Development gave me a comprehensive understanding about today's product development challenges. In addition, Business and Management basics courses expanded the knowledge needed for my professional work. In the Master specific courses, I picked up a lot of new ideas and approaches, which are helpful in my job. My opinion is that this program was a very good professional development."

Thomas Kiefer, HECTOR School Graduate MPD
Thales Canada

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


  • University degree in a relevant subject
  • Professional experience (at least 1-2 years) & current employment
  • English proficiency

Detailed description of all admission requirements

Program Structure

The Master Program is splitted in 5 Engineering and 5 Management Modules of 2 weeks, each over a period of 15 months. The modules are followed by a master thesis written in the company (MPD: 9 months) and often used as a innovation project for the company. The overall duration is approx. 20 months.

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HECTOR School Campus

HECTOR School Campus

The HECTOR School modules take place in Karlsruhe on the campus of the International Department. It contains seminar rooms, accommodation facilities and is situated directly next to the KIT campus and in the center of the city.


KIT Campus & Infrastructure

KIT Campus

As the Technology Business School of the KIT, the HECTOR School benefits from the extensive university infrastructure of the worldwide renowned research and educational institution.

KIT Teaching Quality

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The HECTOR School offers top-level teaching derived from state-of-the-art research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Numerous institutes and departments of the KIT are involved in the HECTOR School Master Programs ESEM: