The Applied Research in Engineering Sciences (M-APR) master’s degree programme offers talented graduates the opportunity to gain a higher qualification in applied research and development (aFuE). The programme is linked to a research project at Nuremberg Tech (funded or industry-sponsored project), which is completed over a period of three semesters.

The degree programme qualifies graduates to work independently on applied research projects in engineering sciences. Not only are students able to familiarize themselves with specialized content, they will also learn about the organizational processes that occur in complex supra-company projects (e.g. national and EU-funded projects).

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Master of Science
Program duration
3 Semester
Admission restrictions
Special features

The following eight Bavarian universities of applied sciences have joined forces to offer “Master of Applied Research” degree programmes under common rules: Amberg/Weiden, Ansbach, Augsburg, Deggendorf, Ingolstadt, Munich, Nuremberg and Regensburg.

Studies are closely linked to specific applied research and development projects and are accompanied by more in-depth teaching modules that are geared towards the selected project. The subject-specific focus depends on the project subject or the course components selected. These can be freely combined from the fields of electrical engineering and information technology, mechatronics/precision engineering, and from other similar subject areas. This guarantees a diverse range of research topics and course components that allow students to establish links to research institutes and companies that are extremely valuable for their future professional career.

Admission semester
Winter semester or Summer semester
Application period
For the winter semester: 02.05.2024 to 15.06.2024
For the summer semester: 15.11.2024 to 15.01.2025
Electrical Engineering, Precision Engineering, Information Technology

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Information on admission

Please note: This is a very abridged presentation. The legally binding details can be found in the Study and Examination Regulations (in German).

Qualification requirements

Documentation that the following qualification requirements have been met is required for admission to the Applied Research in Engineering Sciences master’s degree programme:

  • a completed university degree (bachelor’s degree or Diplom),
    • with 210 credits (ECTS) and
    • a final grade point average of 2.5 or higher or a relative grade showing a degree among the best 50% of the graduates of the respective applicant’s comparative cohort.
  • Documentation of aptitude for the specific degree programme within the framework of an aptitude assessment (see below)

Overview of all recognized language proficiency documentation (pdf in German)

  • Required language certificates:

    Instruction in this degree programme is conducted in German. Applicants who are native speakers of a language other than German, who do not have bachelor’s degree from a German educational institution, and who have not completed German-language vocational or professional training at secondary school must provide one of the following certificates as documentation of their German proficiency:

    • German language examination for the university admission of foreign applicants (DSH-Stufe 2)

    • TestDaF (“Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” with an above-average score (minimally level 4 in all four examination components)
    • Telc German C1 University (“Telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule”)

If your preceding bachelor’s degree programme (e.g. at another higher education institution) comprised only six semesters, only 180 credits are usually awarded for this. In such cases, academic achievements amounting to 30 credits must be made up. This may take the form of a practical study semester, or other academic achievements may be recognized in addition. We recommend that you contact your Faculty Advisor in all cases.

Application for admission

The application for admission to study at the university must be submitted using the form provided by the university’s Student Office in the online procedure (page in German). The application must be accompanied by:

  • Final official transcript and degree certificate as well as any interim certificates of higher education studies (officially certified copies),
  • Certificates of internships, vocational training and work experience in business, industry, and administration. Particular emphasis should be placed on certificates and documentation of practical work completed as part of your university studies (copies),
  • Certificates of language skills in German, if German is not your native language (officially certified copies)
  • A CV in tabular form in German,
  • A personal statement in German

Procedure for proving aptitude for a specific degree programme

Applicants who meet the formal admission requirements will be invited to an aptitude assessment procedure in the form of a 30-minute selection interview (colloquium). Before participating in the aptitude assessment procedure, we recommend a counseling interview with your Faculty Advisor.

The selection committee will inform you of possible presentation topics in good time before the selection interview.

  • The invited applicants will give a short lecture on the agreed scientific topic.
  • This is followed by a discussion or set of questions by the selection committee.

Further details on the application and aptitude assessment procedure are available in the Study and Examination Regulations

The date of the next aptitude assessment procedure will be announced here as soon as it is fixed.

Evaluation criteria

Aptitude in the field of study:
  • Ability to achieve a scientific/academic understanding of a topic
  • Methodical approach to developing solutions
  • Systematic way of assessing your own solutions
  • Special skills in organizing and implementing engineering and scientific projects demonstrated by project papers and final theses
Presentation and personal aptitude:
  • Structuring and presentation of a scientific topic
  • Central logical structure; narrow focus on essentials
  • Linguistic fluency
  • Interpersonal and communication skills


An average grade is calculated from the grade of the selection interview and the final grade point average of the qualifying degree or the calculated provisional average grade, weighted in equal proportions. Aptitude for a specific degree programme is considered proven if this average grade is at least 2.5.

Admission to study at the university

Admission to study at the university is granted after application in due form and time on the basis of the application documents submitted, if the qualification requirements have been submitted in due time and aptitude for the specific degree programme has been successfully established.

Formal requirements


Personal characteristics and skills


Common stumbling blocks


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