This Bachelor of Science degree course in Environmental Engineering explores ways to sustainably manage and implement natural resources, renewable energies, energy saving, the purification of sewage/waste water and exhaust air, chemical analysis, and environmental issues in businesses and organisations.
Our academic staff’s network of contacts in Germany and beyond will enable you to gain international practical experience in businesses, governmental and supervisory organisations, higher education or research institutions, or with independent engineering firms. We have cooperation agreements with European institutions which cover the recognition of courses and classes you take there.
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Appropriate environmental management in engineering calls for a high level of expertise across scientific disciplines, which is crucial if environmental engineers are to identify, assess, tackle and avoid the wide range of environmental problems that occur in industrial and emerging economies alike. Accordingly, this degree course has a distinctly interdisciplinary character, making it one of the few courses in Germany which teach key scientific principles, including biology, alongside technical and engineering content. This broad-based early-stage curriculum forms ideal foundations for specialisation in one of the course’s two focal areas, environmental assessment and renewable energies.
The course provides students with the skills they will need to assess, predict and estimate the inevitable environmental impact of major industrial projects. You’ll learn how to develop the technical and planning sides of environmental solutions in a business-aware and cost-conscious manner while complying with environmental legislation.
Environmental engineers work in a diverse range of fields, often in areas which call for an overarching view of environmental impacts and the application of techniques for reducing pollution of water, air or soil. Some of them plan, develop and help run energy and environmental plants.
Environmental engineers may:
- act as environmental officers in large corporates
- advise businesses on the current state of the art in environmental engineering and technology
- plan wind farms, biogas plants or major solar arrays
- work as sales engineers for measurement and analysis technology
- measure water and air quality on behalf of large companies or monitoring authorities
- draw up life cycle assessments relating to energy and materials for manufacturing businesses and public institutions
The degree course commences with classes on general scientific and engineering principles, in areas such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and heat and material transfer. As the course progresses, students acquire knowledge of process engineering and environmental measurement techniques. On the basis of these key principles, students proceed to specialise in one of the course’s two focal areas:
- Renewable energies
- Environmental assessment
Semester 6 of the course is reserved for an internship in a business, a public authority or institution, or an independent engineering firm. Protecting our environment is a cross-border task, and so we use our network of contacts to give students the opportunity to complete their internship semester abroad; further, the cooperation agreements we have concluded with higher education institutions in other European countries mean that each institution recognises courses taken at the other. The seven-semester degree course ends with your Bachelor thesis.
To succeed in this degree course, you should be interested in environmental issues, science, engineering and technology in general, and in solving scientific and engineering issues in particular, and you’ll find the course easier if you have a sound knowledge of maths, physics, chemistry and biology. Ideally, you’ll be a strong communicator and enjoy connecting with specialists from other disciplines.
Interested – but not quite sure yet whether this is the right course for you? Our self-assessment test can help you make up your mind. Take it here: HAW Navigator.
Higher education entrance qualification
You can apply directly for this course if you hold one of the following qualifications:
- Allgemeine Hochschulreife
- Fachgebundene Hochschulreife (subject-specific HE entrance qualification)
- Meister*in (vocational qualification – master tradesperson)
- Fachwirt*in (certified specialist)
Applicants who do not hold a higher education entrance qualification but have completed vocational training (Berufsausbildung) and at least three years of subsequent work experience can apply under Section 38 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act, which sets out special provisions for these applicants (Besonderer Hochschulzugang für Berufstätige).
Find out more at Applying for a Bachelor's degree course / Selection criteria.
Students on this course are required to complete 13 weeks of pre-course experience. You don’t need to have completed it before you enrol, but you must have done so by the time you complete your second year of study. We strongly recommend that you fulfil this requirement before you begin the degree course.
If you completed your schooling outside Germany and want to study here for a Bachelor’s degree, you need to hold an academic school-leaving qualification which entitles you to admission to higher education; that is, it needs to be comparable to a German Abitur or Fachhochschulreife. The organisation uni assist will check your certificates from school and any degree-level studies to establish comparability.
You can find more information about HAW Hamburg’s application criteria at International applicants.
We only accept online applications. Applications can be submitted between 1 June and 15 July for the following winter semester and between 1 December and 15 January for the following summer semester. Before applying, applicants must register with www.hochschulstart.de.
You can find the online application system (available only during the application periods specified above) and details about the procedure at Applying for a Bachelor's degree course.
More information (in German) about the numerus clausus process and the minimum grades accepted for admission in recent semesters is provided at Applying for a Bachelor's degree course / Selection criteria.
International applicants should also submit their applications online during the relevant application period.
We’ve prepared a step-by-step checklist to guide you through the process: International applicants
Applications and admissions
Student Admissions and Registration Office (Studierendensekretariat)
Stiftstraße 69, 20099 Hamburg (ground floor)
T +49.40.428 75-9898
Contact us with your questions about applications and admissions
Drop-in hours: Monday/Tuesday: 11:00 am–1:00 pm; Thursday: 2:00–5:00 pm
Infothek opening hours: Monday–Thursday: 10:00 am–4:00 pm; Friday: 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Advice and information by phone: Monday/Tuesday: 9:00–10:00 am; Thursday: 9:00–11:00 am
Due to the restrictions resulting from the corona pandemic, drop-in office hours are not being offered at the moment. You can reach us by telephone during these times. The Infothek is closed until further notice.
For general queries on HAW Hamburg degree courses and course choice
Student Counselling Team (Zentrale Studienberatung)
Stiftstraße 69, 20099 Hamburg, rooms 121/122
T +49.40.428 75-9110
Advice and information by phone: Monday/Tuesday: 10:00 am–1:00 pm; Thursday: 1:00–5:00 pm
Contact person for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions
Alexanderstraße 1, 20099 Hamburg, room 4.10
T +49.40.428 75-7220
Current office hours
Specifically subject-related queries
Student advisory service
Prof. Dr. Carsten Frank
Ulmenliet 20, Raum CO 09, 21033 Hamburg
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-6509
carsten.frank( (@) )haw-hamburg.de
Advice on pre-course experience:
Prof. Dr. Holger Mühlberger
Ulmenliet 20, room N 5.05, 21033 Hamburg
Tel.: +49.40.428 75-6071
Advice on the in-course internship:
Prof. Dr. Olaf Elsholz
Ulmenliet 20, Raum S 2.08 oder S 2.16, 21033 Hamburg
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-6411
olaf.elsholz( (@) )haw-hamburg.de