1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  3. Degree courses
  4. Master
  5. Technical Innovation & Product Management at Kempten

From idea to product

Can you get all fired up over the latest technology? Do you have a keen eye for customer service? Do you want to channel your creativity into successfully designing new products? Get the show on the road with this master’s degree programme in Technical Innovation and Product Management!

  • Exciting company projects – developed by you and realised in a team – give you a deep insight into innovation managers’ everyday working lives.
  • Mentors from the university of applied sciences and industry will help you to implement your ideas.
  • The region of Allgäu offers you the ultimate surroundings to catch your breath after intensive workshops.

Studying in small teams is simply a fun way to learn!

Market success isn’t down to coincidences or luck – it requires meticulous work. Innovation and product managers who can find the product ideas to meet customers’ wishes, evaluate them correctly, select and implement them are the bedrock and guarantors for business success in our “VUCA” world.

At a glance

  • Award

    Master of Engineering (M. Eng.)

  • Study mode

    full-time, part-time, dual

  • Standard duration

    3 semesters

  • ECTS credits


  • Starts

    winter semester

  • Restricted admission


  • Taught in


  • Faculty

    Electrical Engineering

  • Study abroad


  • Accreditation


Details about this course

Training revolves around processing the entire innovation project alongside teaching theoretical knowledge. The ideas for projects are suggested by participating industrial companies, for which small teams can then pitch to work on.

Our innovative teaching concept means that all relevant aspects of the innovation process are covered, including the appropriate methods. This ensures that the fundamental process – reaching from the product idea through to market launch – is covered in the right chronological order. You will spend the first and second semester working as a part of team (max. five students) on the innovation project set by our industrial partners. You will be taught the necessary theory in block courses to work on your projects and present your results at certain points in the relevant modules.

The programme is completed with your master’s thesis in the third semester. Seminars are also run to assist you in refining your skills in scientific working methods.

The university awards students who successfully complete the programme the academic title Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).


Modules during semesters 1 and 2

Project-related modules:

  • Project part 1 10 CP
  • Product definition 5 CP
  • Product realisation 7 CP
  • Project part 2 10 CP
  • Product launch and PLM 5 CP

Accompanying modules:

  • Self- and leadership skills 5 CP
  • Business processes and quality management 5 CP
  • Comm. aspects of the innovation process 5 CP
  • Compulsory elective modules 8 CP

Semester 3

  • Master’s thesis 25 CP
  • Seminar 5 CP

While the lifecycles of investment goods get shorter and shorter, the demands placed on products keep on going up. Technical products are turning into increasingly complex systems made up of mechanical, electronic and IT components. To launch goods and services successfully on the market in ever-shorter times, the potential of new technologies has to be spotted early on and quickly made marketable.

As a product manager, you will work at this interface between product development, high customer expectations and rapid change, as an “entrepreneur within the company”. However, the skills you acquire will be applicable beyond product management in many interface activities such as technical procurement and sales, as a project manager or in consultancy.

Applicants to the master’s degree programme in Technical Innovation and Product Management must both hold adequate qualifications for a postgraduate degree  and also complete an aptitude test to ascertain their suitability for advanced studies in this field. The first step in this two-stage application process is to submit the documents stipulated in the programme and examination regulations. These include:

  • A personal statement written in German (approx. 2,500 characters), stating your reasons for applying to study on this course.
  • Your self-composed curriculum vitae, highlighting aspects relevant to the selection criteria cited below.

Two members of a selection panel appointed by the faculty will evaluate your application documents (personal statement and curriculum vitae) according to the following criteria:

  • Extent of knowledge and skills acquired during first degree studies that relate to the modules on the master’s degree programme.
  • Extent of skills and knowledge acquired beyond studies that relate to the training content for technical product management.
  • Extent of experience in managing projects, which can also lie in social or political spheres.

This evaluation will form the basis for pre-selecting generally suitable candidates. Applicants who pass pre-selection are invited to interview, where necessary. If suitability can be ascertained in the first stage of the process, you will already be notified of your acceptance on the degree programme at this point.

Applicants might be asked to attend a second-stage, structured interview lasting approx. 30 minutes under test conditions. The interview is conducted by at least two members of the selection panel to clarify the following issues:

  • Does the candidate have adequate underlying knowledge of the economic and technological subject matter related to the modules on the master’s programme?
  • Is the candidate able to analyse typical economic/technical issues?
  • Does the candidate possess skills in the field of technical innovation and product management?
  • Can the candidate present potential solutions to problems in the field of technical innovation and product management in a logical and factually correct manner?

Candidates’ performance will be evaluated by at least two members of the selection panel, who will both have to deem them suitable. The procedure is specified in detail in the Programme and Examination Regulations (“SPO”) for the master’s degree programme in Technical Innovation and  Product Management .

We ascribe to the values of openness, tolerance and acceptance. Our aim is to teach everyone involved at Kempten University of Applied Sciences about education in an international context. As part of this aspiration, we support university-wide, inter-faculty measures to promote international projects and cross-cultural interaction.

Are you interested in learning more about options for you to study abroad? More about opportunities for studying abroad.

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Programme with extended practice

Study this Master's programme combined with in-depth practical studies! Your regular studies are combined with intensive practical phases, based on the course content. The offer is aimed at both regular, non-dual and dual Bachelor graduates who have completed a combined study programme or study programme with in-depth practice.
You can find more information about the offers here.

Project partners


Why study Technical Innovation and Product Management?

Innovative teaching concept – Fabian talks about his experiences on the degree programme!

Details about the degree programme


Do you have any questions about how the degree programme is organised or its academic content? If you’d like to know more about the subject matter on this course, our programme coordinator will be happy to help; or for general enquires please contact the University Student Advisory Service

Programme coordinator
Professor Thomas Nägele
Email: thomas.naegele(at)hs-kempten.de


Do you have any questions relating to examinations? Decisions about matters such as counting your performance in studies and examinations towards your programme, missed deadlines, ascertaining examination performance, etc., are made by the examinations boards.

Chair of Examinations Board: Professor Thomas Nägele, Dr.-Ing..

If you have any questions about recognition of performance, deadlines, ascertaining examination performance, etc., please contact Academic Registry.

Modules at a glance