Curriculum Description

New study regulations for new students (starting winter 2021/22)!

The Master's Program in Transportation Systems consists of 4 semesters. It takes 24 months overall and starts each year in October. The program has an interdisciplinary approach and provides students with a deep theoretical understanding of all different aspects of the transportation system. The program consists of:

  • 3 semesters of course works
  • 1 project seminar with experts from industry and authorities
  • 6 months Master`s Thesis

The language of instruction of the Master's program is English. However, international students have to prove basic proficiency in German, as it facilitates your daily life in Munich if you are able to speak some words in German.

Required modules (new regulations, starting with winter 2021/22):

  • Travel Behavior and Environmental Impacts (6 ECTS)
  • Applied Statistics for Transportation Systems (6 ECTS)
  • Land-Use and Transport – Strategies and Models (6 ECTS)
  • Traffic Management (6 ECTS)
  • Cross-cutting Fundamentals and Methods (3 ECTS)
  • Infrastructure Planning (6 ECTS)
  • Project Appraisal and Planning Processes in Transportation (6 ECTS)
  • Public Transport Concepts, Planning and Operation (6 ECTS)
  • Project Seminar (12 ECTS)

Module descriptions are available on "TUMonline" - the campus management system of the Technical University of Munich. You can access it on

Elective modules

TS students specialize in one of the following fields of study:

  1. Transportation Infrastructure
  2. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  3. Transportation Demand Management

Besides, there is a broad variety of electives. The catalogue of electives is announced in TUMonline before the start of the lecture period. Students of the Master's Program in Transportation Systems can achieve up to 6 ECTS credits through extra-curricular "individual electives" that are relevant to the field of transportation engineering (e.g. algorithms, programming, urban planning, automotive engineering, etc.). Language courses, soft skills seminars or other courses that are not relevant to the degree program cannot be accepted. Procedure: Please complete the application form (click here for download) and submit it to Mrs. Göppel (room 1701).

Students who start the Master's Program in Transportation Systems in October 2021 (or later) have to complete a 3 ECTS credits elective with general educational value (e.g. rhetoric courses, leadership courses, language courses). In particular, modules of the TUM language Center and the Carl von Linde Academy can be chosen (Please note: English language courses and courses in the native language are not allowed. Only German language courses with level A2.1 or higher can be considered).

Project seminar

The project seminar provides the opportunity to explore scientific investigations and practical solutions in an experimental environment. In an multinational and interdisciplinary group, the participants are asked to process together a complex engineering task and to discuss their findings with lecturers and research staff. Students present their problem analysis of the case study and have a rational debate about transportation problems with the relevant stakeholders from industry and authorities. Student develop suitable measures for the identified transport problem, evaluate their impact and compose a planning report. In a final presentation, students present their results and try to convince decision makers of their concept.

Master´s Thesis in Transportation Systems

A Master's thesis completes the Transportation Systems program, often done in cooperation with industry. After successfully completion of at least 75 ECTS credits, students are allowed to start working on their Master's thesis. The thesis project has to be approved by the professor in charge prior to commencement.

Any professor of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) who is involved in the TS program can supervise the thesis. Upon agreement of the TUM supervisor, the Master's thesis can be written in cooperation with transport-related companies or authorities. Working on the thesis must not exceed six months. For information, please refer to the general guidelines for the Master's thesis in Transportation Systems (please click here for download).

Topics for the Master's Thesis

You can find currently available topics on the websites of the chairs and professorships of the Focus Area "Mobility & Transportation Systems": 

If you would like to polish your texts, the English Writing Center at TUM offers free one-to-one consulting in English writing by native English speakers.

More details about the Master's Program in Transportation Systems can be found in the degree programm documentation: