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As a process engineer, you’ll enjoy a varied career in a field such as R&D, planning, construction, production and operations, or plant design and implementation. You’ll be in demand in sectors including:
- Food and beverages
- Cosmetics and pharmaceutical products
- The chemical and petrochemical industries
- Environmental engineering
- Biomedical engineering
- Equipment and plant engineering
- Energy and power plant engineering
The course commences with a grounding in key aspects of science and engineering in theory and application, alongside modules in business and law. In the further course of the programme, students specialise in one of the following focal areas:
- Process plant engineering and construction
- Numerical simulation and process control
- Food technology
This part of the course includes a practical phase.
The seven-semester course concludes with the writing of a Bachelor thesis.
Aspiring process engineers should enjoy being creative with technology and tackling scientific and technical challenges. You’ll need to be interested in STEM subjects such as physics, maths and chemistry.
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. Martin Geweke
Ulmenliet 20, room S 2.07, 21033 Hamburg
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-6217
Advice on practical experience
Prof. Dr. Rainer Stank
Ulmenliet 20, room N 5.05, 21033 Hamburg
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-6275
Enquiries on cooperative degree programme
Coordinator for cooperative degree programmes in engineering:
Berliner Tor 21, room 127, 20099 Hamburg
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-8610