Natural disasters, technical failures, chemical incidents, major fires – all these and other hazards pose a threat to people, property and the environment.
Successfully combating and preventing these dangers requires specialists with a high level of multidisciplinary expertise. This Bachelor’s degree course in Hazard Control provides a comprehensive education in issues of fire and accident prevention, the logistics of response to major incidents at home and abroad, chemical safety, and the assessment of environmental risks.
The broad-based engineering expertise and the practical skills students acquire during the course enable its graduates to assume specialist and leadership roles taking care of hazard control in civil protection and disaster and emergency response management, risk management and fire prevention in industry or elsewhere.
The multidisciplinary and application-centred nature of this degree course opens up a diverse range of careers to graduates. They include:
- Hazard prevention, disaster management or environmental risk management in state institutions
- Management roles in fire services
- Risk and occupational safety management in industry, transport or utilities or in hospitals/healthcare facilities
- Acting as assessors and providing expert opinions for insurers
- Providing services in the area of safety planning and consultancy (e.g. in architecture and engineering firms)
- Product development for manufacturers of firefighting equipment and safety technologies
- Specialist journalism and PR
- Management positions in international aid projects
The course’s first three semesters centre on fundamental principles in STEM subjects and a grounding in hazard control, relevant areas of psychology and sociology, measurement technology, business administration and logistics. In semester 4, students begin with more specific modules, including major incident and loss management, occupational safety, fire prevention, legal aspects of hazard control, building and energy engineering, risk assessment and prevention in relation to technical, chemical and physical hazards, and HR management.
We make sure our students get a real-world education by partnering with organisations such as Hamburg’s fire department, the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, the THW (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) and the fire protection engineering firm hhpberlin. In the course’s later stages, students can choose required elective modules to enhance their competencies in areas such as crisis intervention, operations abroad, or operational tactics.
You’ll spend your sixth semester doing an internship, and your seventh and (in accordance with the course’s standard duration) final semester writing your Bachelor thesis.
You’ll have a firm basis for doing well in this course if you enjoy STEM subjects such as physics, maths, biology and chemistry. We’re looking for candidates who are keen to solve technical problems and like working in teams. We welcome applicants with experience of volunteering in first aid or volunteer fire brigades.
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. Before applying, applicants must register with www.hochschulstart.de. During the application period (for the winter semester: 1 June–15 July you can find the online application and detailed information about the application process on the Applying for a Bachelor's degree course page.
You can find information about the selection process and the numerus clausus (NC) from the previous semester here: Applying for a Bachelor's degree course/Selection criteria.
International applicants are also required to apply during the application period.
To make the process easier for you, we have compiled a step-by-step checklist: 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
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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)
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T +49.40.428 75-9110
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T +49.40.428 75-7220
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