Master of Science in Management of Product Development

Agile Engineering of Mechatronic Systems

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.

Focus Points of Management of Product Development

  • Agile Engineering and Design Thinking
  • Innovation Management
  • Multicultural and virtual teams
  • Collaboration methods and interdisciplinary development
  • Advanced Systems Engineering

Key Facts

  • Structure: Part-time (but enrolled as a fulltime student)
    10 modules x 2 weeks in Karlsruhe + master thesis in the company or at a KIT institute
    • 5 Engineering Modules: Technological expertise
    • 5 Management Modules: Leadership know-how
  • Duration: Approx. 20 months (modules 14 months + master thesis 9 months)
  • Language: English
  • Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 90 ECTS
  • Start: Every year in October
  • Application deadline: There is none. We have a rolling application process.
  • Costs: detailed information on our costs and fees webpage
    • 36,000.00 € (thirty-six thousand Euro) for the entire Master´s program 
  • Admission requirements: First academic degree (e.g. Bachelor, Master or Diploma), at least 2 years professional experience, English language proficiency. Find more here.
  • Accreditation: by aaq


Shape the Future through Innovation in Product Development

The Master's program Management in Product Development 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 (9 months) and often used as a innovation project for the company. The overall duration is approx. 20 months.

Engineering Modules Management Modules
  • Integrated Product Development by ASD - Agile Systems Design
  • Design & Validation Process and Information Systems for Product Development (PD)
  • Simulation and Target Values in PD
  • Validation and Verification in PD
  • Tools and Methods of Product Engineering
  • Marketing & Information
  • Finance & Value
  • Decisions & Risk
  • Innovation & Projects
  • Strategy & People
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Innovation is the overcoming of instilled trails of thought, new approaches and solutions, and the implementation of these in successful products is our driving force.

That's what makes our Master´s Program Management of Product Development distinctive

The Master´s Program Management of Product Development considers itself as a combination of applied scientific research and application-oriented development in the areas of methods and processes of product development and systems and components of drive train engineering and mechatronics. Our objective is to find innovative solutions by the means of team-oriented work, based on performance and commitment of each member of the board.

International Cooperations

"Made in China" is becoming increasingly important and global players are steadily expanding their production facilities in China. Therefore, one of the Engineering Modules of the Master Program in Management of Product Development is held at the KIT China Branch in Suzhou in cooperation with the Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute (GAMI) and at the Tongji University in Shanghai.

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Timetable HECTOR School, KIT
Academic Calendar Intake 2024

Program Structure

The concurrently taught Executive Master Program is designed for working professionals. Block lectures scheduled at intervals allow participants to continue with demanding careers while acquiring new skills.

5 Management Modules presents broader knowledge in management know-how, including two modules conveying the universal topic of digitalization and the associated disruptive innovations. The 5 Engineering Modules provide deeper knowledge in technological topics.

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Order now our so called "Content Overview and Learning Targets" (COLT) to get a better understanding into the content of your favoured Master Program. You will get an overview over

  • Study objectives (e.g. professional qualification for certain activities, scientific work, knowledge of methods)
  • Structure of the study programme
  • Content and definition of courses (sub-areas, focal points)
  • Study plan

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Participants of Product Development

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 after Graduation

Participants of our program in Product Development strive for a demanding career in manufacturing companies in various industries. Product development is certainly 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.

Alumnus Voice

"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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Academic Requirements

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

Detailed description of all admission requirements

Admission Statutes

Statutes for admission to the Master's programme in Financial Engineering (only available in German).

Admission statutes (German PDF)



Program Directors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Albert Albers
Head of Institute for Product Development (IPEK), KIT



Prof. Dr. Martin E. Ruckes
Institute for Finance, Banking and Insurance (FBV), KIT


KIT Teaching Quality

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 Program Management of Product Development:


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