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Reliability Engineering (Distance learning programme)

Semester 6 Semester
Winter semester/summer semester
Costs: 2,200 € per semester plus the university's social contribution, fees for the certificate programme or for individual modules on request.


Customer demands for extensive functionality make technical products increasingly complex. At the same time, globalization is forcing companies to minimize development and manufacturing costs, and to do so with shorter development times. Customer requirements are increasing not only in terms of functionality, but also in terms of functionality, system reliability and user safety. These partially competing goals can only be achieved in the best possible way with a methodical approach. Our study programme provides you with the appropriate skills for this.

In your curriculum, all aspects are addressed and put into interdisciplinary relation that are urgently needed for a successful and appropriate implementation of reliability and security in practice. Knowledge of quality management will help you to develop and maintain processes for the development and support of systems during their life cycle that are as error-free as possible to put on. The course of study conveys sound, practice-oriented knowledge and skills in the following areas

  • Communication in the operational environment
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Functional safety
  • Quality Management
  • Project Management
  • Business administration and law.

In addition, each student chooses four courses from a catalog of electives of selected use cases.

The Master's thesis documents the acquired competence to independently work on a technical-scientific question in an engineering-oriented way.

The modules of this correspondence course can be individually taken as certificate studies if required.

You find further information on the website of the study programme.


Are you an engineer in electrical and information technology, mechatronics or mechanical engineering and would like to continue your academic education while working? Our Master's degree is highly regarded in industry and business, and opens the door to many interesting management positions in both national and international environments. In addition, it enables you to enter the civil service with state employers and paves the way for your own doctorate.

After a Master's degree, there is the possibility of a doctorate. The central contact point is the Graduate School.



The correspondence course M.Eng. Reliability Engineering is an offer of the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg and the ZFH. The standard period of study is six semesters extra-occupational. With a workload of 600 hours, it is designed for the acquisition of 20 ECTS points per semester and includes nine months to complete the master thesis.

The distance learning is modular and follows the approach of blended learning, a varied mixture of self-study, digital learning components and attendance days at the university. During the self-study the study contents are compiled on the basis study letters and/or learning software in self-direction. The students are trained via a learning platform professionally accompanied and supported. In the associated classroom events, compact lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments vividly deepen what has been learned. They provide practical relevance and offer space for discussion of case studies and questions of understanding. Each study module concludes with an examination at the end of the semester.

For each semester, except for the Master's thesis, students are required to attend four attendance weekends (Friday + Saturday) and two examination days. The place of attendance is usually the Hochschule Darmstadt. A detailed presentation of the study contents can be found in the module manual (German).


Master's degree:

  • First relevant university degree (Bachelor degree)
  • At least one year of relevant work experience after graduation

Certificate studies or modular allocation:

  • University entrance qualification

We offer a separate Master's entry programme for technicians and master craftsmen/woman. You can find out more about this on the website of the "Technician to Master" programme (German).

A detailed description of the admission requirements can be found in the  Special Provisions of the Examination Regulations (German).

Registration deadline