MSc in Logistics


Program Description

MSc in Logistics

Part-time course Degree awarded by RWTH Aachen University
(with a special involvement of Professors from the University of California (UCLA))

The course of studies in logistics offered by RWTH Aachen University and Haus der Technik in Essen consists of engineering and economics modules and has a unique character compared with other courses. The first stage of the course deals with the basic principles of logistics. The following stages are concerned with matrix topics of logistics, logistics networks, and production systems. A special feature is a focus on intralogistics. Elective subjects allow students to specialize in specific sectors. The curriculum develops problem-solving skills in line with the strengths of RWTH Aachen University.

International Orientation

The Master of Logistics becomes more international by the involvement of lecturers from the University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA. Professors from the Anderson School of Management of UCLA will teach courses in English language and there will be a study visit in California for the students.

Another key feature of the course is the integration of key companies from the logistics sector in preparations for and the implementation of the course. Apart from the relevant department of RWTH University, industry representatives are also involved in designing and developing the content of the course.

General Information

Target groups

Engineers, scientists, and economists holding a degree (at least a bachelor's level). The course is especially intended for

  • Junior managers embarking on a career in logistics
  • Managers wishing to develop greater skills in the technology and management of logistics
  • Graduates entering logistics from other disciplines (e.g. mathematics, computer science, business administration)
  • People entering logistics from other sectors

Curriculum and duration

The curriculum features a balanced blend of theoretical studies and practical orientation appropriate to a part-time course:

  • The course consists of 14 mandatory and 6 elective modules and is completed by a master's thesis.
  • The normal duration of the course is 24 months. Students who are employed can determine the duration of their course individually. Separate registration is possible for each module of the course.
  • Attendance phases are held in Essen every fourteen days, at the weekend (location: opposite Essen Central station (Hauptbahnhof)), and are limited to a total duration of 600 hours. These are supplemented by an electronic platform.
  • The content of the modules is based on practical requirements and covers not only technical and economic but also legal aspects of logistics.
  • Apart from the School of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of RWTH Aachen University, faculties of eight other universities are involved in the course.


The course leads to the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) awarded by RWTH Aachen University, a higher education institution with an outstanding international reputation. The degree lays the foundations for holders to conduct doctoral research.


All modules including material, exams, master thesis, hospitality 26.000 € – travel costs are not included

Admission fee 200 €.


Please note that a big part of the course is held in the German language so that the German language is mandatory. If you would like to improve your German in advance of the course (you will need a min. level of C1) you will be able to attend one of the crash-courses we offer in our house.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

Established in Essen in 1927, Haus der Technik (HDT) is the oldest German institution for technologically advanced and further education. It is an external institute of RWTH Aachen University since 19 ... Read More

Established in Essen in 1927, Haus der Technik (HDT) is the oldest German institution for technologically advanced and further education. It is an external institute of RWTH Aachen University since 1946. Today HDT is one of the leading hosts for seminars, conferences, part-time Master and Bachelor programs and congresses for senior managerial staff from business, administration, and industry.Annually, approximately 16.000 participants visit HDT´s facilities in the original company building in Essen and the subsidiaries in Berlin, Munich, and Bremerhaven. Selected events are held not only here, but also on site at national and international enterprises and institutions all over the world. The original company building in Essen is located centrally, directly opposite the central railway station in downtown Essen. The modern and comfortable conference center comprises over 50 lecturing rooms of different sizes for up to 570 attendees. HDT's traditional aim has been to present new discoveries in science and technology and to activate knowledge at a higher level as well as to enable the exchange of experiences among experts. HDT disposes of a network of about 5.000 reputed lecturers/speakers. The diverse activities of Haus der Technik include among others the fields of: • Energy Economics • Wind Energy • Mechanical Engineering • Automotive Engineering • Building and Construction Technology • Business Administration • Chemical Engineering • Chemistry • Civil Engineering • Electrical Engineering • Electronics Engineering • Environmental Protection • Information and Communications Technology • Materials Science • Medical Technology • Pharmacy • Power Engineering • Process Engineering • Production Technology • Radiation Protection • Quality Management Special in-house seminars provide customized solutions that meet the individual requirements of companies.The department for human potential development assists companies by analyzing the demands for training and further education of employees. HDT´s R&D department provides failure analyses in materials science. The department´s facilities include modern laboratories, stocked with the latest in analytic equipment. Master degree programs (Master Logistics and Master Energy Economics) are being offered by HDT in cooperation with partner universities since 2005. The Bachelor degree program Energy Engineering started in 2011. HDT´s scientific online-journal TM 2.0 (Technische Mitteilungen – Technical Reports) is a resumption of the traditional and renowned printed journal "Technische Mitteilungen" (TM), that was founded as early as 1907. Apart from being an external institute of the RWTH Aachen University, collaboration agreements exist with the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster, the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn and the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina of Braunschweig. Besides, HDT cooperates with various different research institutions and companies both in and outside of Germany. Read less