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The primary aim of the M-APR is to help graduates to gain the necessary skills to plan, perform, and document projects independently during their subsequent professional career.

The M-APR has been explicitly designed to improve the prerequisite skills for subsequent doctoral studies. The selection of a highly academically demanding topic and in particular the research work, which will be carried out over a period of three semesters, should support this aim.

During the three seminar events, students learn how to give an independent academic presentation of their results in English. In 2015, an evaluation of the degree programme determined that 27% of M-APR graduates were already working on a doctoral project.

Content and sequence


Semester 1-2
Cross-university elective modules are
required and two project papers are completed.
Semester 3
The third semester focuses exclusively on the master’s thesis.

The coursework is closely linked to specific applied research and development projects and is accompanied by advanced-level 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 combined individually 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 push beyond the boundaries of the university and allow students to establish links to research institutes and companies that are extremely valuable for their future professional career.

Learning objectives

  • Completion of a research project and production of an academic publication
  • Acquisition of advanced-level knowledge in the fields of mathematics and the natural sciences, together with one or more engineering-based disciplines
  • Acquisition or improvement of knowledge of methodologies for the completion of research projects

Target group: Graduates of degree programmes in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology, mechatronics, precision engineering, and other similar subject areas.

Joint degree programme offered by the Nuremberg Institute of Technology, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, the OTH Regensburg, the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, and the University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden. 


The broad range of options for the FWPF1..3 allows for a diverse range of specializations. The master’s projects cover a broad range of subject areas in the field of engineering sciences. Within Nuremberg alone, 7 engineering Faculties are currently participating in the M-APR programme. As of the 2016 summer semester at the participating universities, 199 professors have provided supervision for M-APR topics.


Master’s thesis

The master’s thesis is written during the third semester at the university. It addresses a current and ambitious research or development topic and students receive intensive support while in an institute or a competence center. It is possible for external research facilities or companies to be involved in joint projects. Some aspects of the work may also be carried out there.

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