Industrial Engineering in the Timber Industry
The study program is aimed at future, technically oriented specialists and managers in the forestry, furniture and timber construction industries, the timber economy and neighboring or related sectors. The focus is less on narrow specialization and more on cross-functional and cross-company action. The "tools" for executives in the upper management of medium-sized companies are taught.
The master's degree program in industrial engineering and management for the timber industry has a modular structure. The students can set priorities within the two subject blocks of management and production. The individual courses are organized into lectures, exercises, internships and seminars. The degree program focuses on development, design and production technology for products made of wood and wood-based materials, as well as the economic organization of development, production, logistics and sales processes in national and international markets.
In all lecture-related exercises, internships and projects, the subject matter is covered on the basis of realistic tasks from science and business practice. For this purpose, modern laboratories with versatile equipment as well as appropriate IT are available. Small groups enable intensive supervision by the lecturers.
The degree fulfills the requirements for a career in the higher civil service.
Graduates are offered career prospects in the following areas of the timber industry:
- Technical management and overall management in medium-sized companies
- Management functions in larger companies and public institutions (e.g. plant management, production management, corporate planning, product planning, organizational development, project coordination)
- Management of research and development units
- Management consulting
- Business start-up
Bachelor's degree with 210 credits in wood technology or timber industry. Admission is also possible if, in addition to the 180 credits earned in the (six-semester) bachelor's degree program, a further 30 credits have been earned in examinations or as part of an internship semester; students can either bring these 30 credits with them from their bachelor's degree program or earn them as part of the master's degree program. The examination board decides on these additional credits after the students have enrolled.
The application for students within the EU takes place directly at the university, for students outside the EU via www.uni-assist.de.
Admission to the degree program is possible for both the summer and winter semester, please note the relevant application deadlines in the course of the application.
Further details on the study requirements, application/enrollment and the supplementary 30 credits can be found at this link.
In accordance with the requirements of the career objective, knowledge is deepened in the degree program in two essential compulsory elective module focus areas:
Production: In the study focus on production, modern manufacturing technologies and materials related to the timber industry and its supplier industry are presented and deepened. An individual focus within the timber industry is possible by selecting the offered modules.
Management: For taking on strategic questions in the company, management tasks and personnel responsibility, knowledge from the areas of business administration, law, innovation management, personnel, data analysis and processing and strategic management is necessary. To individualize the course of study, students can choose from various modules.
The degree program is divided into two compulsory modules (Applied Mathematics as well as English), various mandatory elective modules in two thematic blocks (cf. study plan) and a research internship (in the first or second semester) as well as the Master's thesis with colloquium (in the third semester). If necessary, a practical semester (0) or additional Bachelor's or Master's modules to earn the missing 30 credits (if admitted with a Bachelor's degree of 180 credits) are preceded, thus extending the Master's program to four semesters. The individual modules do not build on each other, but presuppose basic knowledge acquired in the preceding bachelor's degree program with a focus on wood.
In the first two semesters, students choose four or five modules from each of the two thematic blocks of management and production (nine modules in total). At least one module must be in English and at least two or three modules must be from the specialist wood context. The summer semester (1) is offered in German. In the winter semester (2), some courses are held in German, others in English.
In addition to modules taught by TH OWL professors, selected modules are carried out jointly in cooperation with particularly qualified scientists and employees from industry in management functions. Industry-related content is taught in cooperation with the research institutes of the participating companies.
An essential component of the master's program (leading to the degree of Master of Science) is the in-depth study of scientific working methods and procedures. The wood technology laboratories are competent contacts for the various questions of the forestry, furniture and timber construction industries as well as their suppliers. On behalf of the industry or on their own initiative, they carry out research and development projects in which the master students are actively involved. This is also where the mandatory research internship (workload approx. 210 hours) is completed, which serves to deepen scientific work after the bachelor's thesis by working on selected issues from a larger research project under the guidance of the project manager and in cooperation with the relevant working group.
The master thesis concludes the degree program, it should preferably be carried out in the field of research and development, e.g. in the direct research projects of TH OWL, in projects together with industry, but also in the field of corporate development and re-engineering.