International Programmes 2019/2020

Textile Engineering Textile Engineering

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Master of Science (RWTH Aachen University)
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

The courses in your first semester will all be taught in English. 

There will be two compulsory courses taught in German in your second semester. You will be thoroughly prepared for this by means of a German language course running throughout your programme, ensuring that you reach a good working level of German by the time you graduate. 

You will be able to choose from a wide range of electives, some taught in English and others in German.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

Non-EU applicants can submit their applications until 1 March for the following winter semester.
German and EU citizens can submit their applications until 15 July. However, we strongly recommend that German / EU citizens also apply before March.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 4,500 EUR per instalment (18,000 EUR in total, conveniently payable in four instalments)

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Germany is the primary worldwide location in researching and developing new technologies in mechanical engineering industries and is also one of the biggest producers of technical textiles.

RWTH Aachen University's Institute for Textile Technology (ITA) has frequently been honoured for its innovation and leading position in textile engineering (e.g., it won the Techtextil Innovation Award in 2015 for the development of a sewing technology that joins carbon and glass fibre-reinforced fibres at a rate of up to 3,000 stitches per minute).

The MSc Textile Engineering at RWTH Aachen University offers you an interdisciplinary curriculum specialising in the latest developments in textile technology: high-performance fibres, 3D textiles, and new processes and machines that manufacture textile products.

An RWTH textile engineer is someone who...

  • develops new machines to manufacture textile products.
  • develops a nano-composite material for high-performance textiles.
  • invents new fibre-reinforced plastic materials for application in aeronautics or car racing, such as "Formula 1".
  • develops advanced polymer blend technology for product improvements in textiles and composites.
  • improves and develops innovative methods in production of fibre-reinforced plastic materials.
  • designs smart fibres that are able to monitor vital signs to give more independence to those with cardiovascular disease treatment.

RWTH International Academy offers Master's preparatory courses in textile engineering with German language courses as well as technical courses prior to your first semester. You will therefore have the chance to learn German from scratch and acquire level A1, in order to be ready to develop your language skills at level A2 in your first semester.

You will be able to catch up on any knowledge gaps in thermodynamics, mechanics, and machine design to fulfil the admission requirements thanks to the technical courses in the Master's Preparatory Courses. Moreover, during your free time, you will take part in a social programme offering excursions and exciting events to get you settled in straight away. Courses will start in mid-August and run until the start of the official semester in early October.

More information on the Master's preparatory courses can be found here:

Course organisation

MSc Textile Engineering incorporates two study tracks: one practically-oriented option "coursework" and one research-oriented option "research". You will select one of these study tracks at the start of your programme. The coursework option focuses on practical experience and applied textile engineering, offering a wide range of electives for you to pursue various areas of research. Alternatively, the research option encourages you to specialise in a few areas of research through two research projects and your Master's thesis.

International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The programme takes place in Aachen (Germany). The Master's thesis can be completed in other countries. Furthermore, the Institute for Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University has opened research centres in Germany, Belgium, Turkey, and Korea where students can participate in international research projects.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

All the course materials are uploaded to the Moodle online learning system for students to download.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 4,500 EUR per instalment (18,000 EUR in total, conveniently payable in four instalments)

Semester contribution
All students at RWTH Aachen University are subject to the current semester fee of approx. 280 EUR per semester. It includes, among other benefits, a "semester ticket" covering public transport in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany as well as the region of South Limburg in the Netherlands.
Costs of living
The average cost of living and studying, including food, accommodation, personal and social expenses, and study-related costs, is estimated to be a minimum of 800-900 EUR per month.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
A limited number of scholarships from various organisations are available to help students finance their studies. Please see the following website for a list of exchange programmes, scholarships, and grants as well as specific application requirements and conditions:
Alternatively, students can contact the International Office directly for advice and assistance.
Academic admission requirements
  • A Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering or a related discipline, awarded by an internationally recognised university-level institution
  • Fundamental knowledge is required in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and natural sciences that should be covered within the following modules: mathematics, mechanics, materials science, thermodynamics, chemistry, physics, machine tools, and technical drawing
  • Furthermore, knowledge in the following courses is required: finishing, textile techniques, fibres, automatic control, quality management, computer science, simulation techniques, economics, and molecular chemistry.
  • In addition, students must have gained relevant work experience for a minimum of 12 months, either during or following their Bachelor's degree programme.
  • The GRE must be presented as an application document. The minimum requirements are as follows: verbal reasoning 145 points, quantitative reasoning 160 points, analytical writing 3 points. (Applicants from the EU, EWG, and "Bildungsinländer" are exempt!)
Language requirements

If you want to attend an English-taught Master's degree programme, you must be fluent in English (oral and written) in order to understand lectures, textbooks, and manuals and to participate in lab projects, industrial internships, and examinations.

One of the following certificates must be submitted:

  • TOEFL Internet-based: minimum of 90 points/paper-based: minimum of 577 points
  • IELTS test: minimum overall band 5.5 points
  • Cambridge Test - Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE), completed with B
  • placement test of RWTH Aachen University's Language Centre (B2 - only available for students already enrolled at the RWTH Aachen University)

Applicants who have an undergraduate degree from a university in the USA, UK, Canada (English-speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia do not need to submit language certificates.

Applicants must have German language skills at level A1 (which can be completed in the Master's preparatory course six weeks before your programme begins).

Application deadline

Non-EU applicants can submit their applications until 1 March for the following winter semester.
German and EU citizens can submit their applications until 15 July. However, we strongly recommend that German / EU citizens also apply before March.

Submit application to

Please use the RWTH Aachen University online application portal and submit your electronic application via:

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Generally, students enrolled at the RWTH Aachen University have the opportunity to find a job on campus and work up to 19 hours per week. This also allows students to become more familiar with the university institutes and to take part in projects related to their field of study.
The maximum working limit for off-campus work for non-EU students is 120 days per year.


The team of the RWTH International Academy offers support in finding accommodation either in a student residence or in a private apartment. In fact, we even have our own brand-new student residence in a popular area in the city centre and offer our students a special rent reduction.

RWTH Aachen University has a limited number of dorm rooms and studio apartments. However, there are usually waiting lists for these rooms, and students will probably need to find private accommodation first. There are a number of options for finding private accommodation in and around Aachen, and the International Academy can provide students with information beforehand and after arrival.

For short-term accommodation, there are many hotels and two youth hostels.
Further guidance on student accommodation in Aachen can be found at:

Career advisory service

Our Career Services offer support for students looking for internships or full-time employment. Among other things, students can make use of CV checks, LinkedIn profile upgrades, assessment centre training, and interview preparation. Furthermore, we organise excursions to companies and factories regularly so that our students gain first-hand insight into the industry. Our graduates have overwhelmingly positive prospects, as on average they:

  • find a job within six months after graduation (90%),
  • receive a job offer from companies directly after finishing an internship and before submitting their final Master's theses (21%), and
  • stay in Germany to pursue their career (70%).
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters
  • Buddy programme
  • Other
Support programmes for international students
In-house career service

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With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's leading institutions for science and research. Currently, more than 44,500 students are enrolled in 144 academic programmes. More than 8,500 of them are international students hailing from 130 different countries. The scientific education students receive at RWTH Aachen University is firmly rooted in real-world application. As a result, our graduates are highly sought after by businesses to work as trainees and fill executive positions. National and international rankings show that our graduates have a high aptitude for managing complex tasks, constructively solving problems in teams, and taking on leadership responsibilities. Thus, it should come as no surprise that one in five board members of German corporations is an alumnus of RWTH Aachen University.
Work conducted in the research centres at RWTH Aachen University is strongly oriented towards the current needs of industry, commerce, and the professions. This has resulted in numerous innovations, patents, and licences. The individual competence centres at RWTH Aachen University collaborate effectively across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary groups and forums, while still maintaining a strong focus on their own department specialisation. For instance, the computer science and biology departments - and even the social sciences - all have a clear connection to the school's engineering focus. This has been a crucial factor in motivating multinational corporations such as Philips, Microsoft, and Ford to locate their research institutions in the Aachen region.
Excellence in teaching and research constitutes the basis from which RWTH Aachen University works with other leading institutions and technical universities around the world.

90 Percentage of graduates who find a job within six months after graduation
21 Percentage of graduates who get a job offer before graduation

University location

As Germany's westernmost city, Aachen is located on the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. Its population is about 260,000. Aachen's historic centre around the distinctive cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is characterised by a student lifestyle. At the city's doorstep, the hilly Eifel landscape with its rivers, lakes, and forests offers a picturesque countryside for outdoor recreation.
Aachen benefits from its central location in the heart of Europe!