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 – like computer engineering and mechatronics – have appeared that require interdisciplinary expertise in IT, electrical engineering and more. Mechanical engineering no longer focuses only 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.

Profile and core competencies covered in HFU's engineering programme:

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

The programme also teaches management skills in the following areas:

  • Business administration
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Ethics in engineering
  • An excellent command of business English

Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification, subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, or entrance qualification for university of applied sciences.

As the programme is taught entirely in German, fluent knowledge of this language is necessary.

Programme length

The programme lasts seven semesters, including an integrated internship.

Programme Structure

Advanced studies

7. Bachelor thesis, required electives

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

5. Practical study semester

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

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


Basic studies

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

1. Natural science fundamentals, computer science, electronics.


Advanced school-leaving certificate or university of applied sciences entrance qualification


Programme Content

A programme for gifted engineers

We want students with a talent for engineering and a passion for research and development – future experts in mechanical engineering. You want a programme that gives you a high-quality bachelor's degree in seven semesters. HFU offers a programme that can be individually customised and that provides excellent career prospects. As the 2009 university rankings demonstrate, HFU is one of the top universities in Germany with an outstanding reputation among students, graduates, and staff.

The basic study semesters comprehensively cover the fundamentals of mathematics, natural science, and engineering, along with a sound education in data processing and business administration. The advanced-level study semesters combine classic engineering content, solid knowledge of materials, and comprehensive expertise in relevant hardware and software with subjects from economic and social fields. Specialist areas are covered by modules that include lectures, internships, and research projects. Students of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics bachelor's programme are able to specialise in either mechanical engineering or mechatronics.

Career Prospects

Good prospects for mechanical engineering graduates

A study by the Stifterverband, a German science association, foresees excellent prospects in the German economy for mechanical engineering graduates. According to the study, there will be an acute shortage of young, educated engineers 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.

Experts with a high-quality education are therefore in demand around the world, and not just in traditional engineering sectors such as the automotive industry and plant engineering – other key sectors, like 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 abilities needed 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

Please Note

This study programme is taught entirely in German. Applicants must be fluent in German prior to application.

Should you have the required language skills and would like more information please click here for detailed information in German on content, structure, entry requirements and application.