Mechatronics & Smart Technologies | Master


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Short Facts
  • Time model & language:
    Full-time | English
    Part-time | German
  • Duration of study: 4 semesters | 120 ECTS
  • Majors in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor or equivalent degree in relevant studies or studies comprising a certain level of relevant ECTS points
  • Academic Degree: Master of Science in Engineering | MSc or M.Sc.
  • Next starting date: Fall 2019
    Application: ongoing

Before studying

As a commencing student you may have many questions: What does the desired course of studies teach me? How do I apply? What are the requirements for admission to studying at MCI, and what is the application deadline? What are my career options after graduation? Below you will find all the answers and information you may need.

Overview

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In order to ensure a high level of practical relevance, the program not only includes lectures, but also laboratory activities, projects, and case studies from technology. These allow students to put theoretically acquired knowledge into practice. They are consistently supervised by MCI lecturers as well as experienced international experts, forming part of the large MCI network.

The MCI Master’s degree program in Mechatronics & Smart Technologies  provides technical training with a strong international and practical focus. With its areas of specialization, the program is an ideal opportunity for you to build or advance an international career. In order to meet the requirements of modern study, the Master’s degree is offered both full-time and part-time. It is available in German and English and provides several options for study abroad.

The MCI Master’s degree program in Mechatronics & Smart Technologies  is designed for future technology leaders looking to take on a position in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, automation, or simulation. Graduates will have excellent national and international career opportunities in research and development, in project planning and management, in consulting, and in system monitoring, control and analysis.

Contact
Andreas Mehrle
DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3900

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Admission

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. The required documents are to be submitted online. Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given. The final decision may be taken by the end of the application procedures.

 

Application
deadline

Entrance Exam &
Interview

Date 1* 19, Nov 2018 03, Dec 2018
Date 2 04, Feb 2019 18, Feb 2019
Date 3 01, Apr 2019 15, Apr 2019
Date 4 03, Jun 2019 17, Jun 2019

 

 *recommended for applications from non-EU countries

The Master program in Mechatronics & Smart Technologies is open to graduates of Bachelor and Diploma programs in the fields of engineering/engineering science or natural sciences whose curricula involve at least 75 relevant ECTS points. The decision on the acceptability of prior qualifications is taken by the Program Director.

This Master program is an ideal follow-on such Bachelor programs as Mechatronics, Industrial Engineering & Management, as well as Environmental Engineering, Process & Energy Engineering. Admission will also be considered for graduates of study programs whose curricula correspond to the prerequesites mentioned above in the field of Production Engineering, Automation Technology, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Construction Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

Information for graduates whose previous degree is based to a significant extent on formally acknowledged recognition of prior learning:
In this case it may be possible that the legal and/or degree specific admission requirements are not or only partly fulfilled. Please consider the relevant legal regulations for this instance (§ 4 Abs 4 iVm § 12 FHStG). We will gladly provide further information and consultation via email or phone (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Ext. 1621).

Recognition of previous qualifications in the master program:
Applications for recognition of examinations or credits obtained through other study programs or previous scientific experience must be submitted to the Program Director. A decision will only be taken in cases where the application for admission has met with a positive decision. Recognition of credits or previous experience is only granted for individual classes in the program.

Information sheet - admission ( pdf | 148.33K )

Career background - 30%
The first step in the admission process is an assessment of candidates’ curricula vitae and submitted documents. Due account is taken of any additional qualifications over and above the basic prerequisites such as academic performance, further education, work experience and periods spent abroad.

Written entrance exam - 20%
The written entrance exam serves to assess candidates’ competence in engineering and natural science. In the case of non-native speakers, it also includes a test of language competence in the main language of tuition. The language test is waived on presentation of appropriate evidence of ability and/or certification. In addition to periods spent in an appropriate country that includes the following certificates:

English:

  • TOEFL with the following minimum scores:
      - 90 Internet-based
      - 240 computer-based
      - 580 paper-based
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: level A in all four sections
  • IELTS: level B and a score of 7.0 in the academic modules

Interview - 50%
The interview, which is held with a panel of three, gives candidates an opportunity to present their goals, motives and competence, and permits an evaluation to made of their suitability for the study program.

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While studying

MCI study programs stand out due to the quality of their content, relevance to the business world, and their international orientation. The close cooperation with partners from  industry and integrative internships enable students to gain practical experience as early as in their Bachelor’s studies. In addition to providing expert knowledge, MCI places great importance on encouraging personal development and the development of social and intercultural competencies.

Major Electrical Engineering

The course content focuses on the core competencies of mechatronics and control engineering, electro-mechanical simulation, robotics, and image processing. Complementary courses teach relevant skills in management, leadership, and process management. Students may choose from a range of specializations to become experts in machine dynamics, hydraulics, finite elements and the strengths of materials in mechanical engineering and electrodynamics, non-linear electronics, embedded computing, and electro-magnetic simulation in electronic engineering.

Facts

Time model
Full-time | English
Part-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: October – January
Summer semester: March – June
Structure
1st - 3rd semesters: core program
4th semester: Master thesis
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Subject%
Core area Mechatronics 28%
Projects and technical case studies 13%
Electrical Engineering 23%
Management & key competencies 6%
Master thesis & master seminar 30%

Curriculum

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Higher Mathematics 3 | 4 3 | 4    
Control Engineering 3 | 4 2 | 3    
Sensors & Actuators 4 | 5      
Simulation & Optimization 2 | 3      
Robotics   4 | 6    
Computational Fluid Dynamics     2 | 3  
Process Management & Logistics     2 | 2  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

 1234
Project 1   2 | 5    
Project 2      4 | 10  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

 1234
Electrodynamics 4 | 6      
Measuring Methods 3 | 4      
Drive Systems   3 | 4    
Embedded Computing   3 | 4    
Simulation     5 | 7  
Industrial Electronics     2 | 3  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

 1234
Strategic Management & Marketing 1 | 1 1 | 1    
Communication & Sales Techniques 1 | 1      
Innovation & Technology Management   1 | 1    
Business Planning     1 | 1  
Leadership Development     1 | 1  
Career Coaching       1 | 1


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

 1234
Current Research Areas 1 | 2 1 | 2 1 | 2  
Academic Writing     1 | 1  
Master Thesis & Seminar       2 | 29


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Courses

The Master’s program sets itself apart from other programs in that it provides students with the option to obtain a double degree. Thus,they can  gain advanced knowledge in their chosen area of specialization as well as a second internationally recognized degree. Renowned institutions in the United States or in France offer places for studies abroad.

  • Research, development
  • Simulation, calculations
  • Project and design engineering
  • Production planning & monitoring
  • Plant control & monitoring
  • Quality assurance, maintenance and servicing
  • Sales & applications consulting
  • Middle Management, Leading Positions

Major Mechanical Engineering

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Facts

Time model
Full-time | English
Part-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: October – January
Summer semester: March – June
Structure
1st - 3rd semesters: core program
4th semester: Master thesis
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Subject%
Core area Mechatronics 28%
Projects and technical case studies 13%
Mechanical Engineering 23%
Management & key competencies 6%
Master thesis & master seminar 30%

Curriculum

 1234
Higher Mathematics 3 | 4 3 | 4    
Control Engineering 3 | 4 2 | 3    
Sensors & Actuators 4 | 5      
Simulation & Optimization 2 | 3      
Robotics   4 | 6    
Computational Fluid Dynamics     2 | 3  
Process Management & Logistics     2 | 2  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

 1234
Project 1   2 | 5    
Project 2      4 | 10  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

 1234
Higher Mechanics 3 | 4      
Material Sciences 4 | 6      
Hydraulics & Pneumatics   3 | 4    
Machine Dynamics   3 | 4    
Simulation     5 | 7  
Handling Technology     2 | 3  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

 1234
Strategic Management & Marketing 1 | 1 1 | 1    
Communication & Sales Techniques 1 | 1      
Innovation & Technology Management   1 | 1    
Business Planning     1 | 1  
Leadership Development     1 | 1  
Career Coaching       1 | 1


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

 1234
Current Research Areas 1 | 2 1 | 2 1 | 2  
Academic Writing     1 | 1  
Master Thesis & Seminar       2 | 29


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Courses

The Master’s program sets itself apart from other programs in that it provides students with the option to obtain a double degree. Thus,they can  gain advanced knowledge in their chosen area of specialization as well as a second internationally recognized degree. Renowned institutions in the United States or in France offer places for studies abroad.

  • Research, development
  • Simulation, calculations
  • Project and design engineering
  • Production planning & monitoring
  • Plant control & monitoring
  • Quality assurance, maintenance and servicing
  • Sales & applications consulting
  • Middle Management, Leading Positions

Studying abroad

One of the most essential components of MCI study programs is their international orientation. This is reflected not only in the curriculum and assigned projects, but also in the backgrounds of our faculty and students. Each program also includes the opportunity for students to spend a semester abroad at one of MCI’s many partner institutions.

Note

The list shows partner universities of both specializations. Please note that only a few universities are available for both specializations. For more detailed information, please contact the degree program or the International Office.

Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO Infineon Technologies, Villach

As one of the leading high-tech companies in Austria, Infineon Technologies Austria is, according to its growth strategy, always searching for high potentials. Due to the excellent problem solving skills of its alumni, especially in regard of interdisciplinarity, internationality and feasibilty, the MCI Mechatronics Master program is one of the most promising programs in Austria.

Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO Infineon Technologies, Villach

Research & Development

At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. Therefore, we provide our students plenty of opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice, even during their studies. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones of the MCI concept. Such cooperative work does not only benefit our students, but also, ­to a large extent our partners.

Electronics

Dealing with electronic components and designing PCB’s are standard skills in industry. Building new systems out of systems of integrated circuits is a new challenging task, while dealing with energy efficiency, usability and reliability. The design of embedded systems will come more and more into the focus of standard industrial applications.

Fluids & Mechanics

The competences acquired in the last few years in the disciplines structural mechanics, particle technology and fluid mechanics have been pooled together in the cluster Fluids & Mechanics. The unique strengths of MCI are the interdisciplinary approaches and varied comprehensive methods such as the experimental verification of simulations or the application of control engineering concepts in mechanical systems. Nonetheless, it is of prevailing importance to find the most appropriate solution for the respective problem with regard on the general requirements.

Partner (Selection)

Linde • Infineon

After studying

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Master of Science in Engineering, in short MSc or M.Sc. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Master diploma, the international diploma supplement, and further documents where relevant. MCI Alumni are entitled to combine their academic degree with the brand “MCI” to provide trust and orientation in an increasingly intransparent international education market. Example: BSc (MCI).
Source: GZ BMWF-52.330/0195-I/6/2013

Questions and answers

Yes, it is possible and it is even recommended that you apply before obtaining your Bachelor’s Degree certificate in order to secure one of the limited places in your desired course of study. Please include the most recent transcript of records in your application. Should your application be successful, the Bachelor’s certificate is to be submitted by the start of your studies.

Multiple applications are welcome as long as a plausible reason is provided in your cover letter. If you are admitted to two or more study programs, you are required to inform us of your final decision by the conclusion of the application procedures.

The entrance examination is based online and can, therefore, also be completed from abroad. You can choose for the panel interview to be conducted online via Skype or on the MCI campus.

Visit the homepage of our department where, in the Admissions section, you can find relevant preparation materials for the written entrance examination. Once we have received your application, you will receive relevant information including tips and advice on how to prepare for the exam.

For citizens of the following countries, the tuition fee is 363 euros per semester plus a fee for compulsory membership to the Austrian National Union of Students:

  • EU citizens,
  • EEA and Swiss citizens, and
  • non-EU citizens who, according to § 2 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act, are subject to § 1 of the Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (see Federal Law Gazette II No. 340/2013, in its current version).

For students of non-EU countries not considered eligible according to above regulations, the tuition fee is as follows:

  • Bachelor’s courses: 5,000 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee
  • Master’s courses: 7,000 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee

Your application documents regarding nationality will be assessed in detail as part of your admission procedure. Scholarships are available for applicants from non-EU countries and can be applied for as part of your online application.

Lectures and seminars in full-time courses are held on weekdays. To facilitate a more intense discussion of individual topics, some lessons may also be organized in blocks.

Attendance is mandatory in all classes. If you miss 25% of a course or more, this will have an effect on your final grade.

Exemption from mandatory attendance may be granted if a valid reason is given (e.g. sickness, visit to authorities or other personal reasons). Please submit your written request including relevant proof to the department for approval.

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