The engineers of tomorrow

Mechanical engineering is the strongest and most widespread industrial sector in the German economy. Just as technology has rapidly developed in recent years, the career profile for engineers has also changed dramatically. A number of independent disciplines such as computer engineering and mechatronics have appeared that require interdisciplinary expertise in areas such as IT and electrical engineering. Mechanical engineering no longer merely focuses on how individual machines function safely, but is becoming increasingly concerned with the design and implementation of entire complex systems.

As an interdisciplinary field, mechatronics combines the methods and tools of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. It is now possible to integrate sensors, actuators and information processing into one mechanical design and develop new mechatronic products, systems and production methods.

If you have a talent for engineering and a passion for research and development and are looking for a programme that gives you a high-quality bachelor's degree in seven semesters, then this is the course for you. Students of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics bachelor's programme can specialize in either mechanical engineering or mechatronics. The programme can be individually customised to students' own interests. 

The Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics degree programme provides excellent career prospects.

Quick Information

Degree awarded Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree undergraduate
Duration of programme 7 semesters
Delivery full-time
Campus Furtwangen
Programme begin summer semester (March) and winter semester (October)
Application deadline(s) 15 January & 15 July
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction German
Academic entry requirements university entrance qualification
Language requirements fluent German
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirement none
Additional requirements none
Tuition Fees none
Programme accreditation ACQUIN accredited
Contact SDek-MM@hs-furtwangen.de

Programme Content

The foundation level study semesters (semesters 1 and 2) provide a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of mathematics, natural science and engineering, as well as the basics of data processing and business administration. The advanced level study semesters (semesters 3-7) combine classical engineering content, knowledge of materials and comprehensive knowledge of relevant hardware and software with various elective modules. Lectures, internships and research projects are an integral part of the programme.

Engineering skills:

  • Design and CAE (computer-aided engineering)
  • Manufacturing engineering and automation
  • Computer science and electronics
  • Measurement and control engineering
  • Drive engineering and robotics

Management skills:

  • Business administration
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Ethics in engineering
  • Business English

Programme Structure

Foundation level studies

Semester 1
Fundamentals of natural science, computer science, electronics

Semester 2
Computer science, natural sciences, engineering mechanics, business administration

Advanced level studies

Semester 3
CAD, construction elements, measurement and control engineering, mathematics for engineers, required electives

Semester 4
Electronics, actuators, manufacturing engineering, microprocessor engineering, required electives

Semester 5
Practical study semester

Semester 6
Construction, plastics engineering, cost calculation, law, robotics, PLC (programmable logic control), required electives

Semester 7
Bachelor thesis, required electives

Career Prospects

Excellent prospects for mechanical engineering graduates

According to a study by the "Stifterverband", a German science organization, there will be an acute shortage of young, mechanical engineering graduates over the next few years. Each year, the German alone market needs 110,000 graduates from the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and engineering – but only 90,000 graduates are available. By 2020, there are likely to be more than 200,000 specialist positions that have not been filled.

Trained experts are therefore in demand around the world, and not only in traditional engineering sectors such as the automotive industry and plant engineering – other key sectors, such as the chemical or energy industries, also offer interesting positions. Solid expertise, great flexibility and the ability to quickly and effectively learn the skills necessary for a task are just some of the skills required as technology in industry changes dramatically.

Careers are available in a wide variety of areas:

  • Production technology
  • Construction/development
  • Robotics/industrial handling
  • Installation processes
  • Mechatronic products
  • Quality assurance
  • Sensors, automation
  • Medical engineering
  • Materials research
  • Software and hardware development
  • Customer support and sales

Further Information in German

As the Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Bachelor degree programme is taught in German, please click here for more detailed information regarding the programme on our German webpages.

Contact Information

For further information on the study programme please contact: SDek-MM(at)hs-furtwangen.de