MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING


The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering programme is awarded by Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM). The programme is conducted in Singapore and it serves to provide graduates with an in-depth knowledge in the field of aerospace engineering, focusing in the areas of aeronautical and space design and research.

The 2-year full-time programme is taught by academia from TUM, who have extensive experience in the latest trends in research and education as well as in global industrial product development and management. The non-technical subjects are taught by experts from the industry, from Asia and Europe alike. Lectures will be held at TUM Asia‘s campus in Singapore.

Students who have passed all examinations and satisfied the criteria to graduate will be awarded a Masters degree from TUM.

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“In order to pursue a career in the field of my interest, it was necessary to understand the finer nuances of the subject on hand. This Aerospace Engineering Master degree did so for me.”
Somen Bhudolia (Graduate, MSc in Aerospace Engineering)

Programme Brochure

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Master of Science degree programme

Aerospace Engineering

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All information is accurate to the time of publishing. Updated March 2019.


DEGREE/FH DIPLOMA* REQUIREMENTS

In order to be eligible for the programme, you must have at least a Bachelor Degree** (completed in at least three years, depending on factors such as the rest of your education background) in Aerospace/ Mechanical Engineering  or in a closely related discipline with remarkable results.

*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.

**Academic requirements may differ for different countries of study. Please write to us at admission@tum-asia.edu.sg to verify your requirements.

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 88* for the Internet-Based Test (TOEFL code: 7368)
    *100 for TUM-NTU degrees, 88 for TUM-NUS and TUM degrees
  • IELTS (www.ielts.org): With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5

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.

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IMPORTANT: Information is subject to changes for the AY1920 intake onwards. 

The teaching faculty in the programme are predominately from TUM, as well as additional modules taught by industry leaders and other expert academics.

COURSE COMMENCEMENT
Single yearly intake, with course commencement in August every year.

COURSEWORK & STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO
All coursework are conducted in English and students will be taught by German and Singaporean lecturers. Student-teacher ratio averages between 20:1 to 40:1. Only live teaching is conducted in all TUM Asia classes. All examinations will be written by the student him/herself, and examination results are released approximately 1-3 months after the examination.

COURSE DURATION
The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree is a 2-year full-time programme. Students must complete their coursework, 3-month internship and 6-month of Master Thesis writing to qualify for graduation.

COURSE COMPLETION
In order for a student to graduate from the degree programme, he/she have to complete all 120 ECTS credit with a pass. A student will successfully complete his/her degree course in the n+2 year, n being the year of enrolment and assuming the circumstances that the student will not have any failed modules that he/she is required to retake. For example, if a student is enrolled in August 2019, he/she is likely to complete the course by August 2021, subject to the fulfilment of the graduation criteria.

For students enrolled in AY1819 and before, please refer to the course structure here. 

Pre-essential Module (Compulsory)

Business and Technical English

(The module carries 3 ECTS-Credits)

The module aims to teach students the technical writing techniques and to familiarise them with the different business communication styles. Students will learn the international usage of the English language in technical communication especially in academic writing, as well as learn how to make effective presentations and prepare technical or scientific papers.

Lecturers: Dr Carmel Lee Heah / Hours: 40 / Semester: 1

Numerical Methods & Tools in Aerospace Engineering (lab course)

(The module carries 6 ECTS-Credits)

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the functionality of the software MATLAB / Simulink and explain, for which aerospace engineering problems the tool can be used. Emphasis is on the numerical modelling of technical problems and the engineering interpretation of results. For the dynamic vibration behavior, syntheses will be made with control simulation to show the interaction of several disciplines and to introduce into the field of controlling flexible systems.

Lecturers: Prof. Florian Holzapfel / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Core Elective Modules* (Select 5 out of 6)

Each module carries 5 ECTS-Credits

Aerodynamics

This module focuses on the basics of the calculation and the analysis of the aerodynamic forces acting on aircraft. Students will know the basics of subsonic aerodynamics of airfoils and wings also the theoretical models and experimental methods of fluid mechanics and the aerodynamics.

Lecturers: Prof. Christian Breitsamter / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Fundamentals of Aircraft Operations

This module covers a multi-disciplinary range of topics in the field of aircraft operation with focus on commercial air transport. Starting with a review of the history of civil aviation, the module presents important players, operating processes and procedures, and boundary conditions of the air transport system & additionally portrays the future perspectives of new technologies and their potential impact on aircraft operation.

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Introduction to Aeronautics

This module will provide a basic overview of the different systems and processes applied in aviation. A general understanding of civil & military aviation will be given to enable basic differentiation of different aircraft configurational layouts. Particularly, the interaction between the different system elements, their relevant requirements and their impact on configuration level will be fundamentally outlined.

Lecturers: Prof. Mirko Hornung / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Introduction to Flight Mechanics

In this module, topics in flight system dynamics and flight control will be covered. Students will be able to understand relations between aircraft performance and flight control. From this course, students will be able to apply aircraft performance calculations that are required in the preliminary design of aircraft and are able to design basic flight controllers for stabilization and improvement of flight properties.

Lecturers: Prof. Florian Holzapfel / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Flight Propulsion

The module provides basic knowledge about aerospace propulsion systems. The basic governing thermodynamic & aerodynamic equations used in the engine design process, Aero engine and gas turbine cycle and component performance as well as their interaction will be covered.

Lecturers: Prof. Volker Gümmer / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Structures and Materials

This module covers the essentials of lightweight structures & materials, which provide a basis for structural development including proper material selection. A general view on the basics in elasticity, structural stability, vibrations and strength including fatigue problems are given. Design, numerical analysis and test methods are introduced. On the materials side, metal lightweight alloys and fiber composites are covered.

Lecturers: Prof. Horst Baier / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Elective Modules* (Select 7 out of 12)

Each module carries 5 ECTS-Credits

Advanced Flight Control Systems

This module conveys complex control concepts for aircraft. In addition, the C*-criterion is derived and modern concepts of adaptive control in aviation are presented.

Lecturer: Prof. Florian Holzapfel / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Aerodynamic Design of Turbomachinery

This module covers the various types of turbomachinery applications with particular emphasis on compressors. Starting from the fundamental equations in fluid dynamics, the working principle of turbomachinery are derived. Moreover, main components, characteristics and associated flow phenomena are explained. For compressors, design methods and processes, topics of operability and stability enhancement are covered.

Lecturers: Prof. Volker Gümmer / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Aeroelasticity

This module describes basic aeroelastic phenomena arising from the mutual interaction of elastic, aerodynamic and inertial forces on a structure, with special emphasis on problems related to fixed wing vehicles. Aeroelasticity plays a major role in the design, qualification and certification of flying vehicles, as it contributes to the definition of the flight envelope and affects various performance indicators.

Lecturers: Prof. Carlo Bottaso / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Aerospace Structures

This module introduces the approaches for the development process of lightweight and aerospace structures, including design, simulation, optimization and testing aspects. Current structural design concepts for aerospace applications are shown in the context of goals and requirements to be achieved. Possible future developments are addressed and reasons are discussed.

Lecturer: Prof. Horst Baier / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Aircraft Design

This module covers various current design methods & relevant design tools for the applied design of surface aircraft. With the simultaneous introduction to the aircraft design system, students are enabled to design both individual components of the aircraft with regard to the overall aircraft, and define the overall aircraft configuration so that it complies with the current requirements with regard to safety, safety and security economy, comfort, the environment and the performance of flights.

Lecturers: Prof. Mirko Hornung / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Boundary Layer Theory

This module covers basic phenomenons present in boundary-layers. Physical models and the derivation of the boundary-layer equations from the Navier-Stokes equations are discussed for flat 2-dimensional cases. Temperature, compressible and 3-dimensional boundary-layers are explained. The stability theory explains the laminar-turbulent transition, turbulent boundary-layers and experimental research methods.

Lecturers: Dr. Christian Stemmer / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Fibre Composite Materials

This module introduces the main properties & design principles of fibre composite materials and calculation methods. Focusing on Carbon fibre polymers, other types of fibres and matrix materials, failure criteria and behaviour under environmental influences, carbon fibre specific fabrication and manufacturing methods, parameter processing, design and material testing steps will be covered.

Lecturers: Prof Horst Baier / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Flight Control Systems

This module introduces the basic operating principle of flight controls. Based on the non-linear equations of motion of airplanes and basic control theory principles, control strategies are derived in order to improve the handling qualities or stability of airplanes. In addition, strategies for the implementation of autopilots are presented.

Lecturers: Prof. Florian Holzapfel / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Helicopter Engineering

The content extends over different design requirements and their classification, the sizing process, evaluating the flight performance with respect to power consumption, rotor craft limits and mission design. Additionally, the lecture will cover tools for the cost and weight estimation of the designed rotorcraft.

Lecturers: Prof. Manfred Hajek / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Safety and Certification of Aircraft

This module covers Aviation Safety Principles, Basics in Regulations, Airworthiness Code (CS-27, CS-29), Loads, Stress & Fatigue, Performance Categories, Safety Analysis & Flight Accident Investigation.

During the presentation of the basic chapters of flight safety and certification the students have the possibility to discuss the important aspects together with the professor. The module covers following chapters:
• Introduction
• Aviation Safety Principles
• Basics in Regulations
• Airworthiness Code (CS-27, CS-29)
• Loads, Stress and Fatigue
• Performance Categories
• Safety Analysis
• Flight Accident Investigation

Lecturers: Prof. Manfred Hajek / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Safety & Certification of Avionics & Flight Control Systems

This module addresses the certification process of avionics and flight control systems in commercial aviation. The focus of this lecture lies in safety analysis methods, taking common approaches of their employment in development projects of safety-critical systems in the industry into account.
The course begins with giving a general overview of the development and certification of flight control systems, along with the contents of relevant development standards and recommended practices and the resulting process structure. Based on this, profound knowledge of the process and methods of safety assessment of complex technical systems in aircraft is conveyed.

Lecturers: Prof. Florian Holzapfel / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Spacecraft Technology

This survey class of astronautical and space engineering topics presents the relevant theoretical background and engineering design methods to find suitable solutions for spaceflight and spaceflight technology. The module will be following the processes and technologies from launch (physics of spaceflight, rockets, propulsion, trajectory, spaceflight environment) to orbit with topics in physics (orbital mechanics and dynamics, interplanetary flight, navigation) and engineering subsystem technologies (power, thermal, communication, sensors, actuators). The topics and processes will be presented with practical applications in mind.

Lecturers: Prof. Ulrich Walter and Dr. Martin Rott / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2-3

Non-Technical Elective Modules* (Select 1 out of 4)

Each module consists of 5 ECTS-Credits

Business Administration

The primary purpose of the module is to introduce students to the different areas of business administration with the final objective to give them a basic understanding of how to face decision problems in a company. Most importantly, we will analyse long-term investment decisions, how to set-up strategic planning in a company, how to gather timely information about the current situation of a company, and how to set-up the long-term financial structure.

Lecturers: TBC / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBC

Innovation and Technology Management

This module presents the dynamics of technological development through innovation and the related management issues, the difference between creating a new product (invention) and improving an existing product/idea (innovation), Start-ups and financing of innovation, Innovation-driven economic cycles and Innovation impact on growth and jobs. This course is useful for students who plan to take up careers in manufacturing and service companies or in R&D organizations that make significant use of research and technology to build their portfolio.

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBC

Industrial Marketing

Marketing strategies are developed for a typical commodity and speciality business.  Students will work in teams to develop business cases, make their own business decisions and develop marketing concepts based on provided information of a real case study.

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBC

Production Planning In Industry

Manufacturers are confronted with special requirements of their production processes. Cycles, by-products, batches and campaigns are difficult to handle by nowadays ERP software packages (ERP = Enterprise Resource Planning). Concepts of material requirements planning, supply chain management (SCM) combined with basics in cost accounting will be explained. As a highlight a simulation model, based on modern simulation software, will be used by students to simulate production planning and achieve the ‘best’ production plan.

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBC

Internship 

ECTS Credits: 16

Master Thesis 

ECTS Credits: 30

*Disclaimer: 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 the completion 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 or second semester of your studies at TUM Asia.

IMPORTANT: Information is subject to changes for the AY1920 intake onwards. 

The total tuition fees for the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering programme is S$ 38,520.00* (inclusive of 7% GST).

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* (expressed in Singapore Dollar) S $3,210.00 S$ 11,770.00 S$ 11,770.00 S$ 11,770.00 S$ 38,520.00

*Tuition fees are subject to revision due to currency fluctuations at the discretion of TUM Asia. All prices stated above are inclusive of 7% GST.

DISCLAIMER: The tuition fees stated on this webpage are accurate to the Academic Year 2019/20 intake only. Students from previous intakes should not refer to the total fee stated on this webpage as their reference.

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)

The respective amounts and payment instructions will be provided in the Student Agreement to all successful applicants.

 

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