This Master's degree course focuses on digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in the various phases of the processing-plant life cycle.
Automation, digital plant design, data handling, computational simulation techniques, and process and plant safety are just a few of the topics you will study in this innovative and future-focused programme.
You’ll acquire key scientific and practical skills for work in R&D, plant planning and design, plant operation, plant maintenance and service, and project management, both in industry and academic research. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be qualified to go on to doctoral study if you so choose.
The Department of Process Engineering has an outstanding reputation in its field and undertakes extensive research activities. We receive first-class feedback from our students and industry and hold top positions in recently published university rankings.
Graduates of this Master’s degree course are optimally prepared to meet the current and future requirements of the process industry and related sectors. The course is broad-based and produces high-performing all-rounders with excellent employment prospects in a range of fields and strong English language skills for the global economy.
This Master’s degree course in Process Engineering builds on a previous Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in process engineering, or an undergraduate programme in a field of engineering related to the course. The language of instruction is English, and knowledge of English at the B2 level (see below) is essential.
You study the course on a full-time basis over three semesters amounting to a total of 90 credit points (CPs). The first two semesters (60 CPs in total) encompass modules such as numerical mathematics, digital plant design, advanced instrumentation and automation, process optimisation and simulation, advanced thermodynamics and separation processes, advanced solids processing and chemical reaction engineering, plant engineering, process and plant safety, multiphysics simulation, materials and corrosion, environmental technologies, bioenergy and plant operation. Non-technical modules focus on project and asset management and on project financing.
For most lectures and seminars, you’ll take an accompanying practical course, where you’ll work with state-of-the-art software tools and experiments in our on-site laboratories. A scientific project will help you develop your competencies in a small-group setting. Lectures and seminars will improve your interpersonal and communication skills through in-depth discussion of scientific topics, mini-projects, presentations, posters and papers.
The third semester (worth 30 CPs) is a research semester during which you’ll complete your Master thesis, either at HAW Hamburg or at a company in the industry.
- A Bachelor's (or equivalent) degree in process engineering or in a field of engineering related to the course
- Proof of proficiency in English if it is not your first language:
Abitur- or Fachhochschulzeugnis (please see the Admissions Policy) or accepted certificates:
TOEFL: min. score of 87 (Internet-based)
IELTS: min. score band 5.5
FCE (Cambridge First Certificate): min. score C
Any other certificate demonstrating proficiency in English at level B2 or above in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
- Applicants who do not have a Bachelor's degree qualification from an EU country will need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- International applicants with fewer than 210 ECTS credit points must provide a German language certificate of at least B2 level from a recognised institution accredited by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Additional documents to be submitted:
- Proof of relevant professional work experience or scientific achievements (papers, awards, etc.)
Students who completed their schooling outside Germany must have their qualifications checked by uni assist (http://www.uni-assist.de) before applying to HAW Hamburg. When you apply to us, you must submit your ‘preliminary review documentation’ (VPD) from uni assist along with your other documentation. Please be aware that the uni assist assessment process can take six to eight weeks, so you will need to take care of this well before applications close.
Important note for applicants with 180 CPs (ECTS) for courses which require 210 CPs (ECTS) from the first degree: Applicants whose Bachelor's degree consists of 180 credit points (ECTS) must acquire another 30 credit points during the first semester of their studies. The individual department decides which courses and examinations must be completed. Applicants will then be temporarily admitted and enrolled for one term in order to complete the missing 30 credit points. After the end of the first semester, the department will inform the Student Admissions and Registration Office and the Faculty Service Office (Fakultätsservicebüro) whether the missing credit points have been acquired and the student may continue with his or her studies.
Applications for this Master's degree course are submitted online. The online process is activated during the application periods only and it is not possible to apply outside of these periods:
For winter semester 2021/22: 1 April–15 May
For summer semester 2022: 1 October–15 November
Applicants from non-EU countries: Please have your certificates checked in advance by uni assist and request a VPD (preliminary review documentation) for your application. You must complete the application form at myHAW and upload all the necessary documents there to submit your application.
You can find more information under Applying for a Master's degree course or send an email to master-application( (@) )haw-hamburg.de
Applications and admissions:
HAW Master's Degree Course Admissions Office
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor Campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9898
Drop-in office 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
Telephone office hours: Moday/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 about degree courses:
Student Counselling Team (Studienberatung)
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor Campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110
Advice and information by phone: Monday–Tuesday: 10 am–1 pm; Thursday: 1 pm–5 pm
Contact person for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions:
Alexanderstrasse 1, 20099 Hamburg, room 4.10
Tel. +49.40.428 75-7220
Current office hours:www.haw-hamburg.de/inklusion
For questions about degree course content:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Falk Beyer
Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg, Germany
At a glance
Faculty / Department
No. of semesters
Language of instruction
Dates and deadlines
Winter semester 2020/21: 1 September 2020–28 February 2021
Due to the corona crisis, the lecture periods have been changed.
- Bachelor's students in their second semester and higher / Master's students
Lecture period: 12 October 2020–27 February 2021
First day of lectures: 12 October 2020
Last day of lectures: 28 February 2021
- Bachelor's students in their first semester (15 weeks and three additional weeks of digital courses) and students in the Industrial Engineering course * (Bachelor and Master)
Lecture period: 2 November 2020–27 February 2021
First day of lectures: 2 November 2020
Last day of lectures: 27 February 2021
Christmas holidays (no lectures): 21 December 2020–1 January 2021
Summer semester 2021: 1 March 2021–31 August 2021
Lecture period: 22 March 2021–16 July 2021
First day of lectures: 22 March 2021
Last day of lectures: 16 July 2021
Departments: Bt, Mt, Ut and Vt
Semester period 2021: 1 March 2021–31 August 2021
Lecture period: 22 March 2021–26 June 2021
1st half of the semester (E): 22 March 2021–8 May 2021
2nd half of the semester (Z): 10 May 2021–26 June 2021
Examination period: 28 June 2021–16 July 2021
Semester period 2021: 1 March 2021–31 August 2021
Lecture period: 22 March 2021 – 2 July 2021
1st half of the semester (E): 22 March 2021–7 May 2021
2nd half of the semester (Z): 10 May 2021–2 July 2021
Examination period: 5 July 2021–16 July 2021
Semester period 2021: 1 March 2021 - 31 August 2021
Master HS 22 March 2021 - 2 July 2021
Examination period: 5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
Variations from the above schedules are listed in the plans of the individual courses. The times from the Department of HWI (see below) apply to teacher training.
Department of HWI
Semester period 2020: 1 April 2021–30 September 2021
Lecture period: 5 April 2021–10 July 2021
Pentecost holidays (no lectures): was cancelled
1st quarter: 8:30 am–10:00 am
2nd quarter: 10:15 am–11:45 am
3rd quarter: 12:30 pm–2:00 pm
4th quarter: 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
5th quarter: 4:15 pm–5:45 pm
6th quarter: 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
7th quarter: 7:45 pm–9:15 pm
To re-register for the new semester, please pay the semester contribution by bank transfer within the re-registration period. Please do not pay before the start of the re-registration period as the final amount will not be determined before this period begins.
Winter semester: 1 June–15 August
Summer semester: 1 December–15 February
The semester contribution must be in the HAW Hamburg account by the last day of the re-registration period at the latest!
Important: Late re-registration can result in involuntary deregistration from the university. Subsequent re-registration is only possible within the appeals period. Regardless of whether or not deregistration takes place, an additional administrative fee will be charged for late re-registration.
If you are financially unable to pay the semester contribution, you may contact the Students' Union (AStA). In warranted cases it can provide you with a loan.
As soon as the semester contribution is credited to the HAW Hamburg account you can update your chip card, and with it your semester ticket for the public transport system. To do so, you must insert the chip card in a validation station.
Ulmenliet 20, Room N5.03
T +49 40 428 75-6258
z.Zt. nur nach vorheriger Vereinbarung per E-Mail. / Consultation hours currently on written request only.