Engineering: Engineers: Highly qualified and versatile

There are over 3,000 degree programmes in Engineering at German universities. With the help of the “TU9 SelfAssessment international”, you can find out whether Engineering is something you’re cut out for. Although the career prospects are very good, they strongly depend on your personal qualifications.

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If you’re interested in studying Engineering, you should possess the following prerequisites:

  • Good grades in Mathematics and Physics
  • Talent for solving mathematical and scientific problems
  • Curiosity, creativity, good communication and team-working skills
  • Capacity for thinking on your own

According to the president of the TU9 programme Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Michael Schmachtenberg, “engineers should feel inspired by the notion that it’s possible to make everything better. I think curiosity is crucial. Also a certain amount of impatience and the willingness to question the status quo. But above all, prospective engineers should enjoy solving technical problems by themselves.”

Degree programmes

German universities currently offer around 3,400 degree programmes in Engineering, approximately 220 of which are English-language master’s programmes.

Visit our database to view all of the degree programmes in the field of Engineering.


With the aid of the “TU9 SelfAssessment international”, you can find out whether you are an ideal candidate for an Engineering programme. The test introduces you to the demands of technical degree programmes (particularly at TU9 universities) and shows you where your strengths and weaknesses lie. It is comprised of various tasks which evaluate mathematical and logical problem-solving skills, supplemented by questionnaires on your academic motivation and commitment. There’s also a short German test. The “TU9 SelfAssessment international” is free of charge.

Career prospects

Successful graduates of Engineering programmes have excellent career prospects in Germany. Naturally, your chances of finding a job after your studies strongly depend on your personal qualifications.

The demand for engineers is steadily growing. By 2020, one out of every two currently employed engineers will have entered retirement. “If Germany’s economy wishes to secure its position on the world market, it will need many new engineers. All this points to secure jobs in the long term with excellent pay,” predicts Ekkehard Schulz who serves on the supervisory board of ThyssenKrupp AG.

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