MASTER OF SCIENCE IN TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS

The Master of Science Programme in Transport and Logistics (TL) conferred by Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM) will provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully master the challenges faced in the areas of transportation, logistics and/or railway engineering.

Our students will learn how to analyze and assess the various traffic scenarios of the different transport modes and how to find appropriate solutions. Students will learn how to design and operate modern transport systems including integrated inter-modal management systems. Students are able to choose from 3 different specializations: Logistics, Railway Engineering, and Transport in this Masters programme.

The programme aims to develop students into professionals in the dynamically growing market of transport, railway engineering and logistics. Upon the successful completion of the programme, the student will be awarded a Masters degree from TUM.

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“The intensive course modules at TUM Asia has allowed me to get used to studying and working independently and cooperatively under high pressure. So now, when I am given some challenging tasks, I am well-trained and know how to plan reasonably and solve it.”
Tian Ye (Graduate, MSc in Transport & Logistics)

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For information on programme details, duration & admission requirements, kindly download our brochures below. Please take note that these brochures are for personal reference only, and should not be used for other purposes.

Master of Science degree programme

Transport & Logistics

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All information is accurate to the time of publishing. Last published on 10 October 2015.

DEGREE/FH DIPLOMA* REQUIREMENTS

Applications are open to candidates with a relevant bachelor’s degree or European / German FH Diplom with at least grade C according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) or its equivalent in any of the following areas (but not limited): Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geodetics, Mechanical Engineering, Geography, Computer Science, Communications Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Tourisms. However, if you are not sure whether you fulfill the admission requirements, kindly contact us.

*If you meet the requirements for admissions, please refer to this page (Click on “Required Documents”) for the List of Required Documents for application to our Master of Science programmes.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS

As the Master of Science programme’s instruction medium is English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language.

Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following:

  • TOEFL (www.toefl.org): Recent score with a minimum of 605 for Paper-based test or 88 for Internet-based test or 234 for Computer-based test
  • IELTS (www.ielts.org): With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5
  • CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): Grade A, B or C

SPECIAL CRITERIA (China, Vietnam & Mongolia)

Additionally, an Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) certificate is required for applicants with education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. The APS certificate is compulsory if your Bachelor studies was completed in a Chinese, Vietnamese or Mongolian university, irregardless of nationality.

For example, a Singapore citizen who completed his entire undergraduate studies in a Chinese university, and holds a Chinese degree, must sit for the APS test and pass it in order to qualify for admissions to a German university.

If you are making any application to a German university (including the TUM degrees at TUM Asia), the APS certificate is required for all education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. If you need more information, please contact our team.

More about APS:

The Master of Science in Transport & Logistics degree is a 18 to 24* month full-time programme. Students reading the Transport or Logistics major must complete 10 months of coursework with 2 months of internship placement and 6 months of Master Thesis / Dissertation to qualify for graduation. Students reading the Railway Engineering major must complete the above, and an additional semester of coursework (6 months).

In order for a student to graduate from the 18 month degree programme, he/she have to complete all 120 ECTS credit with a pass.

Core Modules (Compulsory)

NM6062 Business and Technical English

The course focuses on the skills needed to communicate research effectively and confidently in a variety of situations. Particularly, the focus is on technical writing, oral presentations and the interpersonal and intercultural communication skills required. Students will learn and develop effective strategies for writing and presenting their research findings in academic and professional situations. The course is also designed to enhance English communication competence in these settings.

Lecturers: Dr. Carmel Heah & Ms. Li Shu Yun / Hours: 80 / Semester: 1

GT0101 Traffic Impacts, Evaluation of Transport and Logistic Processes

This module introduces the basic principles and concepts of an assessment and evaluation of transport and logistic systems. The assets and drawbacks of different assessment methods will be introduced, including application areas and initial constraints of specific assessment procedures will be discussed. In the second part, the interrelation between traffic and environment will be discussed.

Lecturers: Dr.-Ing. Andreas Rau / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

GT0102 Statistical Methods for Transportation and Logistic Processes

Transportation science involves analysis of empirical data. The students will learn to apply the most common methods in statistics used to analyze data in practical applications.

Lecturers: Prof Wong Yiik Diew & Asst Prof Wang Zhiwei / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

TM0101 Basics of Traffic Flow and Traffic Control

This module provides the students with theoretical knowledge of traffic flow. The dynamics of traffic flow are described by models for several areas.

The main topics covered are: traffic stream models, car following and continuum theory for road segments, queuing theory for signalized and unsignalised intersections, traffic impact and simulation models.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.–Ing Fritz Busch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

TM0102 Transport and Urban Planning

The module provides the basic knowledge about transport, mobility and urban planning. The main topics are: reasons for traffic, spatial and temporal traffic distribution, relationship between planning and design of the infrastructure and the assignment of functions in cities and conurbations, dependencies between supply and demand. The theory of travel demand modelling (4-steps-algorithm for travel demand estimation, etc.) is another important topic in this lecture. Lecturers: Dr. Lum Kit Meng / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Highway Design

Planning and design of safe, high efficient and sustainable road infrastructure linking cities needs the knowledge of the dynamic vehicle performance. Driver-Vehicle-Infrastructure interactions rule the geometrical design and the requirements for pavement works. This module covers also the construction and maintenance management of road infrastructure as well as environmental issues, e.g. noise.

Soft Skills (Excursion: Practical Experience in Warehouse & Distribution)

Specialization

There are three (3) Specialization Areas offered:

  • Transport,
  • Logistics, and
  • Railway Engineering

Students who choose ‘Transport’ or ‘Logistics’: Students are required to complete all the Core Modules within their selected specialisation followed by four (4) Specialised Modules in their specialisation + one (1) Specialised Module from the non-selected specialisation of the two options.

Students who choose ‘Railway Engineering’: Students are required to complete all the Core Modules within their selected specialisation followed by two (2), or up to four (4) Specialised Modules in the Railway Engineering specialisation, reaching a total of 11 credits.
(Note: Students in the Railway Engineering specialisation are required to travel to Munich, Germany to complete their specialised modules in TUM’s main campus.)

Logistics as a Specialisation

Core Modules (Logistics)

Students are required to complete all these modules

LM0101 Introduction to Business Logistics

“Footprint” of logistics in the global economy (economic, ecological, social/cultural aspects, the “embeddedness” of logistics). The evolution of logistical thinking and terminology (from the “Physical Distribution” focus of the 1960′s to today’s “Flow Management” and “Supply Chain Management” focus).Sketch of current logistics market structures and their volumes. Elements of logistical systems (nodes and links, flows, controls).Elementary logistical activities (transport, warehousing, arrangements of objects) and of operational level logistics management. Basics of logistics system design and rationalization (principles and best practices).Introduction to industry logistics (consumer industry, industrial logistics, public transport logistics, logistics service providers, etc.)
Lecturers: Prof Dr Peter Klaus / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

LM0102 Decision Support for Logistics Management

Principles of management decision support, Overview on relevant operations research tools and algorithms. Principles of modelling logistical systems (data collection issues).

Lecturers: Prof Dr Oliver Kunze / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Students are able to interpret and apply: SCM for fully automated processes; transport systems; airport logistics; harbour logistics; courier & express logistics; Third Party logistics; planning methods; design of systems & project management

Cross-Discipline Modules

Four (4) Modules to be completed:

  • Business & Technical English
  • Selected Topics in Business Management
  • Aspects of European and Asian Relations Today
  • Selected Topics in Business Administration

Specialised Modules* (Logistics)

Students are required to choose 4 modules from the list below and 1 from Transport’s specialised modules

SL0101 Industrial Logistics

The lecture covers the issues of logistics and supply chain management from the perspective of global industrial producers and suppliers, such as from the electronics, electrical appliances, automotive, machinery industries (“assembly industries”). Assembly industry specifics from a logistical perspective. Materials procurement and production planning issues will be illustrated. Alternative planning concepts (such as MRP, JIT). Detailed study of decision issues such as supplier selection and development, Inbound transport systems design options, intra-logistics (plant logistics); parts and after-sale service logistics; assembly industry best practices (“Toyota Production Systems”). Case Studies.

Lecturers: Dr Hanns Zeltinger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

SL0102 Consumer Industry Supply Chain Management

This lecture addresses the issues of logistics and supply chain management from the perspective of national and international consumer goods producers, wholesalers, retail chains and direct marketers, such as from the food and non-food branded goods industries, fashion and luxury goods, home supplies etc.Consumer/distribution industry specifics from a logistical perspective; illustrating focus on distribution, consumer marketing and service issues. Alternative planning concepts (such as ECR, quick response)

Detailed study of decision issues such as distribution network design, transport optimization; related technology overview (RFID, barcoding, POS-handling).Reverse logistics issues. Regulations and Case studies.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Christian Kille / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

SL0103 Logistics Service Provider (LSP) Management

This lecture focuses on the “life cycle” issues of logistics service provider. Management such as market selection and analysis, transport mode choices .Overview of the important LSP markets, such as parcels/express, LTL, truckload, air and seaway forwarding, container shipping, etc.Operational issues in modal transport (road, rail, barging, air, seaway transport) and in terminal and warehouse management

Cost functions, cost and productivity management and sales and marketing management, pricing for logistics service providers. Case studies

Lecturers: Prof Dr Peter Klaus / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

SL0104 Health Care Logistics

Aim and scope of this course are the special aspects of logistics and supply chain management in the health care industry. This course offers at first an introduction to the fundamentals of health care management. This industry is currently undergoing an phase of deregulation, which leads to privatization, professionalization and internationalization. This framework will be discussed with the help of several decisions situations. Furthermore students learn to understand the basic mechanisms of the health care value chain, develop a sound knowledge of appropriate tools and techniques how to management supply chain management activities and learn how to evaluate logistic processes in this special field of application. Special emphasis is put on strategic aspects of procurement and logistics in health care. Management games and case studies will be integrated in this course.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Jörg Schlüchtermann / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

SL0105 Green Supply Chain and Risk Management

Green supply chain covers the background of green philosophy and studies the major elements and methods for companies to go green and improve environmental performance of all supply chain members. Resilient supply chain covers the analysis of various supply chain interruptions like natural disasturers, turbulentmarkets with global sourcing, lean production, and so on.

Lecturers: Dr Hanns Zeltinger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

LM0103 Design and Applications of Material Handling Systems

The lecture focuses on road transport management, rail transport management, airline management, seaway carrier management, international forwarder, public passenger transport and urban logistics.
Lecturers: Mr. Karl-Heinz Dullinger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1


*TUM Asia reserves the right to change the modules according to availability, without prior notice.

Transport as a Specialisation

Core Modules (Transport)

Students are required to complete all these modules

LM0101 Introduction to Business Logistics

“Footprint” of logistics in the global economy (economic, ecological, social/cultural aspects, the “embeddedness” of logistics). The evolution of logistical thinking and terminology (from the “Physical Distribution” focus of the 1960′s to today’s “Flow Management” and “Supply Chain Management” focus).Sketch of current logistics market structures and their volumes. Elements of logistical systems (nodes and links, flows, controls).Elementary logistical activities (transport, warehousing, arrangements of objects) and of operational level logistics management. Basics of logistics system design and rationalization (principles and best practices).Introduction to industry logistics (consumer industry, industrial logistics, public transport logistics, logistics service providers, etc.)
Lecturers: Prof Dr Peter Klaus / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

LM0102 Decision Support for Logistics Management

Principles of management decision support, Overview on relevant operations research tools and algorithms. Principles of modelling logistical systems (data collection issues).

Lecturers: Prof Dr Oliver Kunze / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Students are able to interpret and apply: SCM for fully automated processes; transport systems; airport logistics; harbour logistics; courier & express logistics; Third Party logistics; planning methods; design of systems & project management

Cross-Discipline Modules

Four (4) Modules to be completed:

  • Business & Technical English
  • Selected Topics in Business Management
  • Aspects of European and Asian Relations Today
  • Selected Topics in Business Administration

Specialised Modules* (Transport)

Students are required to choose 4 modules from the list below and 1 from Logistics’ specialised modules

ST0101 Traffic Operation and Control (ITS)

The module provides insights into the state-of-the-art control measures for optimising traffic flows. The goal is to provide the students with tools to develop solutions for given problems. They learn to understand the general approach of traffic control and intelligent transportation systems, the principles of urban, extra-urban and integrated systems, the objectives, measures, methods and algorithms, systems and technologies used in intelligent transportation systems.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.–Ing Fritz Busch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

ST0102 Transportation Modelling and Simulation Tools

The module provides detailed knowledge about software tools for traffic and system simulation. Microscopic and macroscopic simulation will be dealt with in this lecture. Hands-on exercise with currently used software tools like VISUM, VISEVA and VISSIM are the main content of the lecture. This course introduces students to the state-of-the art modelling in land-use and transportation demand as well.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.-Ing Gebhard Wulfhorst / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

ST0103 Public Transport Planning

The students will learn how to plan and operate different public transport modes. They will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of transit modes (Bus, BRT; LRT; RRT). The geometry of transit lines, transit networks types and their characteristics, and the advantages and disadvantages of different transit fares will be discussed. The scheduling process will be introduced and the students will become familiar with all steps of the scheduling process with the help of practical exercises (cycle times, block building, run cutting and rotating duty rosters).

Lecturers: Dr.-Ing. Andreas Rau / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

ST0104 Airport and Harbour Design

This module gives an insight into the necessary components of airports and harbours and the planning processes for developing these sites. Besides that it offers several methods for operating airports and harbours. It covers aspects of the pre-planning process like environmental impacts that lead to the choice of location. All important components of airports and harbours will be discussed including the basics for designing them. The students will also receive in-depth knowledge about which operation and maintenance procedures are necessary to run airports and harbours successfully.

Lecturers: Prof. h.c. Dr. Dieter Schmitt & Mr. Pui Syn Kong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Rail Transport and Rail Planning

The module covers freight and passenger rail-transport systems focusing on infrastructure planning. The required track alignment tools are introduced based on the kinematic and dynamic features of rail vehicles, the specific train-track interactions, the passenger comfort and the safety requirements. This includes turn-outs, junctions and other track configurations for rail network and station design. The students will learn the design, construction and maintenance of rail infrastructure as well as the subsystems and components for conventional and high-speed lines.

ST0106 Urban Road Design

The module provides in-depth knowledge on planning, designing and organizing urban streets as spaces for living and coming up with ways to organize transportation in an efficient way for various transport modes and mobility needs.

Lecturers: Mr. Torben Heinemann / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Railway Engineering as a Specialisation

Core Modules (Railway Engineering)

Students are required to complete all these modules

ST0101 Traffic Operation and Control (ITS)

The module provides insights into the state-of-the-art control measures for optimising traffic flows. The goal is to provide the students with tools to develop solutions for given problems. They learn to understand the general approach of traffic control and intelligent transportation systems, the principles of urban, extra-urban and integrated systems, the objectives, measures, methods and algorithms, systems and technologies used in intelligent transportation systems.
Lecturers: Prof Dr.–Ing Fritz Busch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

ST0102 Transportation Modelling and Simulation Tools

The module provides detailed knowledge about software tools for traffic and system simulation. Microscopic and macroscopic simulation will be dealt with in this lecture. Hands-on exercise with currently used software tools like VISUM, VISEVA and VISSIM are the main content of the lecture. This course introduces students to the state-of-the art modelling in land-use and transportation demand as well.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.-Ing Gebhard Wulfhorst / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Rail Transport and Rail Planning

The module covers freight and passenger rail-transport systems focusing on infrastructure planning. The required track alignment tools are introduced based on the kinematic and dynamic features of rail vehicles, the specific train-track interactions, the passenger comfort and the safety requirements. This includes turn-outs, junctions and other track configurations for rail network and station design. The students will learn the design, construction and maintenance of rail infrastructure as well as the subsystems and components for conventional and high-speed lines.

Trackworks I

This module provides in-depth knowledge of the forces acting between vehicle and track and of the environmental actions. Students learn the strategies and the tools to design track systems, to analyze and to evaluate track performance with respect to maintenance and safety requirements. Beside track stability, the track quality and track stiffness are of significant importance for high-speed railway lines. Conceptual design of upgraded conventional and ballastless track systems will be discussed too.

Trackworks II (Urban Rail Focus)

This module covers the special features of urban rail systems, especially metro and tram. The specific train-track interactions, track layout and infrastructure design will be discussed. Noise and vibration requirements rule the rail infrastructure and track design in the urban environment. Students will learn the design of floating slab tracks and the application of other measures to minimize the negative effects of urban rail infrastructure. Acceptance and attractiveness of surface rail transport can be enhanced by an integrated infrastructure design (e.g. by green tracks).

Public Transport Planning

Provides in-depth knowledge on planning, designing and organizing urban streets as spaces for living and coming up with ways to organize transportation in an efficient way for various transport modes and mobility needs.

Train Control and Signalling Systems

This module introduces to the students the train control and signalling systems. The benefi ts and challengesof techniques used will be analyzed. Turnout, signals, and all track based equipment, facilities, electronic interlocking and train control systems will be covered too. Risk analysis and assessment of electronic systems and management of train scheduling and transport risk will be discussed.

Rolling Stock

This lecture covers the wheel-rail interaction, running behaviour in curves and straight track, propulsion systems diesel, electricity AC and DC, energy efficiency including regenerative braking, running gear and vehicle construction, including primary and secondary suspension devices, wheelsets, bogie frames and boy sheels relevant norms and design rules, tendering procedure and homologation process, safety issues as collision safety derailment safety, fi re safety, environmental aspects as external and internal noise, particle emission, space consumption, reliability, availability, maintainability, diagnosis systems and their environment and benefit.

*Specialised Modules** (Railway Engineering)

Students are required to choose 2, or up to 4 modules from the list below. The student must accumulate 11 credits.

  • Civil Engineering in Energy Technology
  • Energy Systems and Energy Economy
  • Power Transmission Systems
  • Local Public Transport Strategy and Organization
  • Geo Information
  • Land Use and Transport (Strategies and Models)
  • Road Design
  • Computer Aided Traffic Engineering with Matlab
  • Urban Infrastructure Design
  • Strategies in Megacity Regions and Developing Countries

**Students are required to complete these modules at TUM’s main campus in Munich, Germany.

*Disclaimer: Specialization modules available for selection are subject to availability. Unforeseen circumstances that affect the availability of the module include an insufficient number of students taking up the module and/or the unavailability of the professor. TUM Asia reserves the right to cancel or postpone the module under such circumstances.

Your Internship

After two (or three*) semesters of coursework, all students have to complete a (minimum) two or three month internship with the industry or with an academic institution. It is required for the student to complete an internship related to his or her field of study at TUM Asia.

One can secure an internship in Singapore, Germany, or in any other country in Asia, Europe or the rest of the world. Students who have secured a scholarship with their sponsoring company will undergo their internship in the company (this can be conducted in any branch of the company worldwide). Students without an industrial sponsorship are to look for internships independently and it is expected that all students take an active approach about it. TUM Asia will assist to provide students with any possible internship opportunities, but students are to lead the search for internships themselves.

Master Thesis

The 6-month long thesis work is the culmination of graduate work and an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that students have acquired through course work and research assistant-ships. Through this guided learning experience, students work in collaboration with industry partners or other researchers on a project of mutual interest and may in some cases publish manuscripts resulting from the thesis.

The thesis should be practical-based. Theoretical frameworks or conceptual models may (and should in many cases) guide the research questions. A strictly theoretical paper is not acceptable for a master’s thesis.

Organization of the Thesis

Since the timeline for one’s Master studies is quite short, it is important to start exploring and discussing possible thesis topics as early as possible, recommended to be no later than the end of the first term.

After deciding if the thesis project will be carried out in the industry or an university, the student has to find an university supervisor. Professors or the TUM Asia staff will assist the student in finding the right supervisor depending on the programme, but the ownership of the search is still on the student himself or herself. The supervising professor will be a teaching lecturer from the TUM Asia Master programme.

For the completion of the thesis project, the student will have to prepare a written thesis that will be rated by the university supervisor together with (if applicable) the industrial supervisor.

The purpose of the internship is to provide a structured and supervised work experience, in application to the theory work learnt. It is also a platform to develop soft-skills not learnt in the classroom setting and this will help the students to gain job-related skills and achieve their desired career goals.

There will be an informative briefing session conducted for all students to equip them with the necessary knowledge regarding internship and thesis guidelines of TUM Asia. This briefing will be held during the first semester of your studies at TUM Asia.

(*applicable for those reading Railway Engineering)

The total tuition fees for this Master programme are EUR 19,000.00*.

Please note that the tuition fees indicated do not include the expenses for the additional 6 month semester (for Railway Engineering specialisation) in Munich, Germany.

The tuition fees are to be paid in three instalments as indicated in the table below.

Registration Fee 1st Instalment 2nd Instalment 3rd Instalment Total
Deadline for payment Upon acceptance of offer 1 July 1 December 1 July
(of the next year)
Amount* EUR 1,000.00 EUR 5,333.00 EUR 6,333.00 EUR 6,334.00 EUR 19,000.00

*Tuition fees are subject to revision due to currency fluctuations at the discretion of TUM Asia.

DISCLAIMER: Note that the tuition fees stated on this webpage are accurate to the Academic Year 2017/18 intake only. Students enrolled in other intakes should only use the total fee stated on this webpage only as a reference. The tuition fees for MSc Transport & Logistics are to be paid to the designated TUM Euro bank account, with the prevailing exchange rate that will be announced to the student at the time of payment.

Please note that the above fees include the following:

  • Matriculation fees at TUM, teaching and examination fees
  • Lab materials and expenses
  • Expenses for intercultural program, may include tickets for events and industry excursions
  • Soft copy files of all teaching materials
  • All Administration fees
  • IT usage: Internet access
  • Library Membership fee at NTU
  • Excursion and off-campus expenses for mandatory events
  • Usage of all university facilities at TUM and TUM Asia

In addition to the tuition fee, all registered students will be subjected to the following fees:

  • Student Medical Insurance Fee (payable to TUM Asia)
  • Student Visa Processing and Issuance Fee (payable to ICA)
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