Study at the IVT

With its interesting combination of a basic subject – Thermodynamics – with an applied subject – Internal Combustion Engines – the IVT offers a wealth of courses to students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics fields of studies.

The following summary provides an overview of studying at the IVT:

 

BACHELOR'S PROGRAMS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND BUSINESS ECONOMICS

The degree programs with courses totaling 180 ECTS credits last six semesters and lead to the academic degree Bachelor of Science - BSc.

The Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics bachelor's programs only differ slightly in the number of electives from the elective catalogue and the number of business subjects. Students with a bachelor's degree are qualified to start the Mechanical Engineering, the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics and the Production Science and Management (PSM) master's programs.

The Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics bachelor's programs only differ slightly in the number of electives from the elective catalogue and the number of business subjects. Students with a bachelor's degree are qualified to start the Mechanical Engineering, the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics and the Production Science and Management (PSM) master's programs.
Course no. 313.068: 2 VU, 2 ECTS, compulsory subject in the first semester

The IVT is involved in the Lab Project in which students conduct basic measurement experiments in small groups.
Course no. 313.041: 2 LU, 2 ECTS, compulsory subject in the second semester

Offered in the third semester, the basic subject Thermodynamics introduces the laws of energy that are widely used in all areas of mechanical engineering. Students are challenged to deal with the concepts of work, heat and internal and external energy introduced in the course. Accordingly, the lecture is accompanied by a range of exercises.

Thermodynamics, course no. 313.100: 4 VO, 6 ECTS, compulsory subject in the third semester 

Thermodynamics, course no. 313.103: 3 UE, 4.5 ECTS, compulsory subject in the third semester

Thermodynamics Tutorial, course no. 313.104: 2 UE, free elective in the third semester

Thermodynamics, course no. 313.106: 2 UE, free elective in the fourth semester

The lecture Piston Engines is an application-oriented elective that provides an introduction to how piston engines work and how they are used as pumps and internal combustion engines.

Course no. 313.005: 2 VO, 3 ECTS, elective in winter semester

The IVT offers a range of interesting subjects for the Mechanical Engineering bachelor's project and the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics bachelor's project, the final step in the Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics bachelor's programs, see Bachelor's / Other Project Work.

The project consists of a design/experimental part and a theoretical/numerical part.

Course nos. 303.014 and 303.015: 8 PR, 13 ECTS, compulsory subject in the sixth semester

The lecture Thermodynamics is also a compulsory subject for the bachelor's program Chemical and Process Engineering.

A shorter version of the course, Thermodynamics Introduction, also appears as an elective in the Telematics and the Electrical Engineering master's programs.

Course no. 313.200: 2 VO, 3 ECTS, elective in winter semester

A shorter version of the course, Piston Engines, Introduction, also appears as an elective in the Telematics and the Electrical Engineering master's programs.

Course no. 313.202: 2 VO, 3 ECTS, elective in winter semester

 

MASTER'S PROGRAMS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND BUSINESS ECONOMICS

The degree program with courses totaling 120 ECTS credits lasts four semesters and leads to the academic degree Diplomingenieur - Dipl.-Ing., which is the equivalent of the Master of Science - MSc.

The degree program is divided into general, basic compulsory subjects (15 ECTS), six areas of specialization with compulsory subjects (25 ECTS) and electives (10 ECTS), free electives (5 ECTS) and the master's thesis (30 ECTS).

Six areas of specialization are possible: Production Engineering, Energy Engineering, Computational Engineering and Mechatronics, Engine and Propulsion Systems, Automotive Engineering and Safety, and Economics. Mechanical Engineering students must choose two technical areas of specialization; Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics students must choose the Economics area of specialization and one technical area of specialization.

In the Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics master's degree programs, the IVT also provides support to students from the basic subjects all the way up to the master's degree. The courses focus on the Engine and Propulsion Systems and the Automotive Engineering and Safety areas of specialization.

In the area of basic subjects, the IVT offers the lecture Advanced Thermodynamics, which builds on the knowledge of thermodynamics obtained in the bachelor's program and expands to include chemical and electrochemical processes.

Course no. 313.110: 2 VO, 3 ECTS, compulsory subject in the 2nd semester

In the Engine and Propulsion Systems area of specialization the IVT offers the following compulsory subjects, from which 25 ECTS must be chosen:

    • Compulsory subjects:
      • CAx in Automotive and Engine Technology (in English)
        Course no. 313.066: 1 VO, 1.5 ECTS, winter semester, recommended in the first semester
      • CAx in Automotive and Engine Technology (in English)
        Course no. 313.067: 2 VU, 2 ECTS, winter semester, recommended in the first semester
      • Pollutant Formation and Emission Reduction in Vehicles
        Course no. 313.180: 2 VO, 3 ECTS, winter semester, recommended in the first semester
      • Internal Combustion Engines
        Course no. 313.008: 3 VO, 4.5 ECTS, summer semester, recommended in the second semester
      • Numerical Methods in Applied Thermodynamics
        Course no. 313.146: 2 VO, 3 ECTS, summer semester, recommended in the second semester
      • Thermodynamics of the Internal Combustion Engine
        Course no. 313.085: 2 VO, 3 ECTS, summer semester, recommended in the second semester
      • ICE Function Development and Drive Concepts
        Course no. 313.016: 2 VO, 3 ECTS, summer semester, recommended in the second semester
      • Automotive and Engine Measuring Techniques
        Course no. 313.080: 2 VU, 2 ECTS, winter semester, recommended in the third semester

The course CAx in Automotive and Engine Technology counts as a compulsory subject in the Automotive Engineering and Safety area of specialization as well as an elective in the Production Science and Management master's program.

 

In the Engine and Propulsion Systems area of specialization, the IVT offers the following electives, from which 10 ECTS must be chosen:

• Winter semester:

o Spark Ignition and Diesel Engine Design

Course no. 313.076: 2 VO, 3 ECTS

• Summer semester:

o Lab Transportation Technology

Course no. 313.086: 3 LU, 3 ECTS

o Traffic and Air Quality

Course no. 313.192: 2 VU, 2 ECTS

o Acoustics

Course no. 313.094:2 VO, 3 ECTS

o Pollution Dispersion and Air Quality Modeling

Course no. 313.142: 2 VO, 3 ECTS

o Environmental Impacts from Traffic

Course no. 313.171: 3 VO, 4.5 ECTS

o Two-Wheeler Technology and Small Capacity Engines

Course no. 313.075: 2 VO, 3 ECTS

 

 

In the Engine and Propulsion Systems area of specialization, the IVT offers the following free electives, from which a total of 5 ECTS must be chosen:

• Free electives

o Industrial Development of Engines and Vehicles 1

Course no. 313.033: 0.5 VO, 0.5 ECTS, winter semester, recommended in the third semester

o Industrial Development of Engines and Vehicles 2

Course no. 313.035: 0.5 VO, 0.5 ECTS, summer semester, recommended in the fourth semester

  

The IVT offers a range of interesting subjects for the master's thesis, the final step in the Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics master's programs which consists of 30 ECTS, see Master's / Diploma Thesis in the menu.

 

DOCTORAL PROGRAMS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND BUSINESS ECONOMICS

A doctoral program in the technical sciences at the IVT can deepen your scientific knowledge, see Doctoral Program in the menu. The standard length of study is six semesters.