International Programmes 2020/2021

Master of Science in Wood Technology Master of Science in Wood Technology

Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences • Rosenheim

Master of Science (MSc)
In cooperation with
Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland
Teaching language
  • English

All courses are held in English. A range of elective courses in German is also available/offered. The Master’s thesis may be written in English or German. In consultation with the examiners, a different language can also be agreed upon. A summary in English must always be included.

Programme duration
3 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
1 October (winter semester)

It is recommended to international students to arrive at least one week before the semester starts.
Application deadline

15 June for the following winter semester

Due to the visa processing time, it is STRONGLY recommended that non-EU applicants submit their documents at the beginning of the application period on 1 May!

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

International prospects for your career
Leadership skills and HR management, the definition of a strategy, a solid foundation in financial aspects, performance optimisation in production, the most recent material technologies or production systems engineering with the simulation of equipment: the range covered by wood technology and thus the requirements for engineers are constantly evolving. A wide range of knowledge and skills are expected in managerial positions in the international woodworking industry. This is precisely what the international Master’s programme in Wood Technology offers. It is a joint programme offered by the Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences (GER) and the Bern University of Applied Sciences (CH).

Both educational institutes are European leaders in the field of timber. One of the particular strengths of this unique degree programme in Europe is the practical training provided on a high scientific level. Applied research is conducted in close collaboration with leading institutes and enterprises. The course is taught in English and can be completed either as a full-time study course (usual programme duration: three semesters) or as a part-time study course (up to six semesters). Part-time study allows the student to engage in parallel professional activities in an enterprise or in a research department at either university.

Career prospects
The graduates are experts who master the latest concepts and technologies in an international woodworking industry. The knowledge and skills acquired during the programme, and also firmly rooted in practical application, will enable the graduates to become valuable assets to businesses in private enterprise, public services or institutes in the timber, machine, software and consulting area.

The graduates will have the skills to enter senior positions in various sectors of activity such as planning, project management, production, technical sales and marketing, distribution, quality control or research and teaching.

Our Master of Science programme is also the ideal basis for doctoral studies.

Course organisation

Structure of the programme
Personal development in an international environment, expanding skills related to the most recent technologies and methods in the woodworking industry as well as an active participation in research and industry projects are at the core of the Master’s degree programme.

The first semester will give the students a solid foundation in the field of mathematics, sciences, process management and simulation and teach management and leadership skills.

In the second semester, students can choose from a range of different lectures based on their personal preference, for example, Systems Engineering, ERP Systems, Special Aspects of Wood Processing, Mass Customisation, Sales, Furniture Safety and Testing, as well as Wooden Composites and New Materials. Students who wish to specialise in Complex Timber Structures have to apply at our partner university for their studies.

During the third semester, students will write the Master’s thesis and will be able to prove that they are able to work in a scientific and solution-oriented manner and to apply scientific methods when dealing with complex problems from the field of wood technology and related business areas. Given the close collaboration with the industry, it is also possible for students to find topics for their Master's theses outside the university.

Types of courses
Within one semester, students have a mixture of weekly lectures and seminars. Depending on the content, different types of courses are used. The courses of the field “Skills for Management” are interactive seminars, including group work. In the module “Advanced Wood Processing”, we are proud to have cooperation with companies to offer practical seminar weeks to our students. The modules taught by professors of the Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences are mostly held as weekly lectures. Guest lecturers from different universities come to Rosenheim to teach block courses. The detailed description of the individual modules and part modules can be found in the actual curriculum published every semester.

Required Credits
The aim is to acquire an average of 30 credit points (CP) per semester for full-time students or an average of 15 credit points per semester for part-time students. During the entire course of study, 90 credit points (CP) must be achieved. A Bachelor's degree with at least 210 ECTS credits is required for beginning the Master's programme. Students who have a primary academic degree that qualifies them for professional employment with less than 210 credits but at least 180 credits have the possibility of acquiring the missing credits during the Master's programme. Details for these regulations can be found in the study and examination regulations. The programme has a modular structure and comprises three semesters for full-time students and four to six semesters if completed on a part-time basis.

German Language Courses
The German language courses offered by the Language Centre of the university are not directly integrated into the programme structure. We are trying to integrate the timeslots into the schedule.

Types of assessment

Written exams, course papers, presentations, Master's thesis

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Integrated internships

None required
For international students without industrial experience, it is highly recommended that you include an industry internship semester after the two theoretical semesters to gain practical experience. Though this is not an official requirement for completing the Master's programme, it usually provides a very good opportunity to develop a Master's thesis topic with an industrial company.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
75 EUR student union fee per semester
Costs of living
Each student needs about 853 EUR per month to cover living expenses, student accommodation, health insurance, and other related costs in Rosenheim. So in total, one should calculate approx. 10,263 EUR per year.

The municipal immigration office in Rosenheim requires international students to prove that they have at least 853 EUR available per month for the desired duration of their stay in Rosenheim. This is a legal regulation for the extension of the initial visa, which is usually only valid for two or three months.

To obtain a visa from a German consulate/embassy, one must prove that a blocked account with an initial deposit of 10,236 EUR has been opened in Germany. Further information about a blocked account is available at:
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Bavarian scholarships for international students
Under the provision of apportionment of funds by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences awards semester term grants to international students in financial need and with good academic standing. The announcement is published each year during the summer semester in May to June in the Intranet/Community at TH Rosenheim.
Academic admission requirements

1. Admission to the Master’s degree programme requires an above-average Bachelor’s degree (at least six semesters) in Wood Technology, Timber Construction and Redevelopment, Interior Engineering or a related field, or an equivalent qualification gained in Germany or abroad. Furthermore, the personal motivation for studying should be explained in a motivational letter.

2. An above-average degree is considered to have a total grade of "good".

3. If English is not your native language, an English language certificate is required. The required scores are stated under language requirements.

4. For admission to the course, successful completion of the entrance exam (in the form of an interview) for the Master's programme in Wood Technology is usually required.

If you are not sure whether you fulfil the admission requirements, please contact us. It will be our pleasure to advise you!

Language requirements

All applicants who are not native English speakers have to provide a proficiency test certificate. The following official tests / minimum scores are accepted:

  • TOEFL revised Paper-Based Test (PBT) with 66 points or better
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) with 88 points or better
  • IELTS with a band score of 6.5 or better
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with Grade C or better
  • Cambridge ESOL CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) with Grade C/B or better
  • A grade of at least "good" in "Technical English" or a comparable English subject of the previous degree course
  • A certificate verifying that the previous degree programme was conducted in English
Application deadline

15 June for the following winter semester

Due to the visa processing time, it is STRONGLY recommended that non-EU applicants submit their documents at the beginning of the application period on 1 May!

Submit application to

Link to the application portal

Possibility of finding part-time employment

A limited number of student jobs are available at Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences (e.g. for lab work, research projects or for other support functions). For good students, part-time jobs can usually be found at regional companies or in Munich, which is a 35-minute train ride from Rosenheim. Basic knowledge of the German language significantly improves the chance of getting a student job.

Online job market at Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences
Our online job market acts like a bulletin board for electronic notices. You will find the job market in the "Community" (under the "job market" tab).

Bavaria-wide job exchange at Technische Hochschule Nuernberg
You will also find interesting job offers in the Bavaria-wide job exchange at:

More helpful tips:
Here you will get some practical advice on looking for and starting work in Bavaria, Germany. On our website, we have summarised some information for you.


Munich Student Union halls of residence
The student service provider runs two halls of residence here with a total of 345 spaces, of which 89 apartments, 120 spaces in flat shares and 130 spaces in twin rooms. Student rooms for international students are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Room rates are between 250 and 300 EUR per month. However, room reservations can only be made after admission to the Master's programme in Rosenheim.
Information on rental prices and waiting times can be found at:
Information on how to apply can be found at:

Private rooms
Private rooms can be found by checking the university notice boards (in the first floor stairwell of Building A) or the Saturday and Wednesday issue of the regional newspaper Oberbayerisches Volksblatt, as well as by looking on various online platforms, e.g., or

Hotels & Private Boarding Houses in Rosenheim
You can also look for overnight accommodation on the website of the Rosenheim tourist info.

Further information for international students about living in Rosenheim is available at:

Career advisory service

Applying for jobs and starting out on your career
The Career Centre provides students and graduates with information and advice on applying for jobs, career planning and starting out in the world of work.

Workshops for international students

  • Get ready for the German job market
  • Everyday business behaviour
  • Written applications and interviewing

Individual job application check – in English
International students who need assistance with writing applications have the chance to set up individual appointments in English.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors
  • Specialist counselling
  • Accompanying programme
  • Other
Support programmes for international students
Information and Guidance for Incoming Students:
Rosenheim Technical University offers a variety of services to ensure that international students feel at home in Rosenheim, such as German language courses and tutors who assist with everyday university life. The International Office helps you to settle in by organising various events, like welcome days or group excursions. To find out more, please have a look at and at Facebook – Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences – International Students.

International Committee & Get-Together / StuPa (Student Parliament):
The international committee acts as a representative for international students by sharing their interests and needs. Do you want to meet interesting people from various cultures and learn more about them? Or do you want to simply meet and have fun with new people? For more information, please have a look at Facebook - StuPa Hochschule Rosenheim.
Supervisor-student ratio
Good professor-student ratio, small groups

Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences

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Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences
As the most important educational institution in south-eastern Bavaria, Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences combines a multifaceted and innovative profile with solid regional roots and an international reputation. Close contacts to industry in one of Germany’s strongest economic areas provide over 6,000 students with an education oriented around the practical skills necessary for a successful career. A friendly atmosphere, close contact between students and faculty, and the modern campus setting provide an ideal learning environment.

Small but great – excellent learning environment
Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences is known for its open and friendly atmosphere. Whether it be the students, the lecturers, or the staff, everyone is very committed to working together to shape the university. Intensive and individual support provided by lecturers, study in small group settings, application-focused teaching and training, and the interdisciplinary exchange between the subjects and faculties are just some of the many small but great aspects that characterise everyday student life and the university campus. Added to this are the many well-equipped workshops and laboratories, which offer broad technical as well as creative scope for course-specific projects in all subjects.

Ready to jump up the career ladder – solid practical connection
The students gain important experience that extends far beyond the boundaries of pure specialist knowledge by taking part in practical projects with partners from diverse industries. From project management to specific research assignments, the concept of theory-practice transfer forms the focus of study at Rosenheim. Learning through actual projects encourages the development of elementary skills like the ability to work in a team and solve problems. This prepares students for the challenges of the real working life in the best possible way.

In the network of the future – industry and research
Rosenheim has a long tradition of inspirational innovative strength and a solid market-oriented practical connection. As the number one university partner in one of Europe’s strongest economic areas, the students of Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences have the best regional, national, and also international links with industry and research. Through study projects, theses, executive education programmes, and applied research, the university works intensively with industry, including small and medium-sized companies, and acts as forum, initiator, partner, and catalyst for positive economic development within the region and beyond.

Faculty of Wood Technology and Construction
Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences affirms its traditional leading position as a centre for education and further training in the fields of Wood Technology and Wood Building. Graduates from the Faculty of Wood Technology and Construction are known around the world as "Rosenheimers" and are valued by industry experts for their highly qualified, practical, and market-focused training.

6,000 Total number of students
6 Percentage of international students

University location

Where is Rosenheim?
Rosenheim is located in the south-eastern part of the German state of Bavaria. Close to the Alps, it is an area rich in scenic beauty and with an impressive cultural heritage. About half an hour's drive from Germany's "high-tech capital", Munich, it is also the centre of a prospering economic region with a population of about 100,000 inhabitants. Rosenheim is situated near three larger cities: Munich, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. The Bavarian capital of Munich, for instance, is only 65 km away, which is why so many residents of Rosenheim commute back and forth to Munich every day. According to the European Commission, Rosenheim belongs to the “Alpine Arc“ super region. This region comprises the entire German, Austrian, and Italian alpine region, which makes it one of the strongest economic regions of the European Union.

City of Rosenheim
The city of Rosenheim is an attractive place to live and study, with its unique Mediterranean flair and beautiful location in a unique landscape of mountains, forests, and lakes. You can sense the Italian influence at the plazas and squares in town, such as the Max-Josefs-Platz in the historic city centre. There you will notice the beautiful buildings with their pastel-coloured facades and arcades. These lend Rosenheim a great deal of charm. The Max-Josefs-Platz mirrors the vitality and atmosphere of the entire city. Whether it’s a beer at an old-fashioned pub or an aperitif at a modern bar, tradition and progress complement each other perfectly in Rosenheim.

Cultural Events
Rosenheim and its surroundings also feature a full calendar of entertaining cultural events. From classical to jazz, pop, and rock, the Culture and Congress Centre in Rosenheim regularly hosts music concerts, guest theatre performances, and social events – here, there’s something entertaining for everyone. Popular meeting points are small art events, of which there are plenty in Rosenheim. ASTA pub, Theater am Markt, or the Hofbräu are some of the most well-known locations to meet up with friends. Rosenheim’s range of events is significantly broadened by the attractions at the Ballhaus, and the Citydome cinema complex shows a wide range of films. The newly built municipal library in Rosenheim serves not only as meeting point for young people, it also promotes learning with its large and sophisticated collection of books, CDs, and DVDs. Every year at the end of August, the moment finally arrives – the beginning of Rosenheim's "fifth season of the year". By this, we mean the "Rosenheim Herbstfest", one of the largest public festivals in Bavaria.

Studying in an alpine panorama
No matter where you are in town, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Alps – a factor that influences the economic life and recreational activities of Rosenheim’s residents. The Alps and the idyllic Chiemsee – a lake near one of the most famous castles built by the “fairytale king” Ludwig II – await you with year-long recreational activities like winter sports, water sports, and spas. Why not take a short three-hour trip to Italy and enjoy the Lago di Garda or the stunning town of Merano? Additionally, the ski and snowboard resort of Sudelfeld is just 30 minutes away.

Rosenheim – Location for TV series
Every Tuesday at half past seven in the evening, Rosenheim has its moment in the media spotlight. That’s when the “Rosenheim Cops” patrol the streets and fight crime in the TV series of the same name. Rosenheim and its surrounding region are much more, however, than the perfect backdrop of a German crime series. The city located in the Chiemgauer Alpen foothills is a place with many different facets.