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Process Engineering (M.Sc.)

Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Faculty/department Life Sciences /Verfahrenstechnik
No. of semesters 3
Applications accepted For winter semester: 1 June – 15 July; for summer semester: 1 December – 15 January
Language of instruction English
Fees/charges Semester contribution 335,60 €
Full-/part time Fulltime
Location Bergedorf campus, Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg

This Master's degree course has a strong emphasis on digitalisation/industry 4.0 along the various phases of the process plant life cycle. Automation, digital plant design, data handling, computational simulation techniques, and process and plant safety are just a few topics you will study in this innovative and future-focused Master’s programme. You’ll acquire key scientific and practical skills for work in R&D, plant planning and design, plant operation, maintenance and service and project management in industry and for academic research. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be qualified to go on to doctoral study if you so choose.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Good reasons to study Process Engineering at HAW Hamburg

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 a top position in recently published university rankings.  
Graduates of this Master’s degree course will be 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.

Antwort auf/zuklappen The right course for you?

This Master’s degree course in Process Engineering builds consecutively 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 to B2 level (see below) is essential.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Course content and structure

You study the course on a full-time basis over three semesters amounting to a total of 90 credit points (CP). The first two semesters (60 CP 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, multi-physics 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 helps you advance your competencies in a small-group setting. Lectures and seminars improve your interpersonal and communication skills via close discussion of scientific topics, mini-projects, presentations, posters and papers.
The third semester (worth 30 CP) is a research semester during which you’ll complete your Master thesis either at HAW Hamburg or in industry.

For further details, please click on the PDF link below.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Entry requirements

Entry requirements are:

  • 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 (s. Auswahlordnung) 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 to level B2 or above in 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) (further information at

Additional papers to be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of particular professional work experience or scientific achievements (papers, awards etc

Knowledge of German is recommended.

Students who completed their schooling outside Germany must have their qualifications checked by uni-assist ( 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 checking 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 diploma consists of 180 credit points (ECTS) must acquire another 30 credit points during the first semester of their studies. The specific department decides which examinations and tuition 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 administration centre and the examination office whether the missing credit points have been acquired and the student may continue his studies.

For further details, please click on the PDF link below.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Application and admissions procedure

An online application is available on the university website during the application periods only. The application periods are as follows:
1 June - 15 July for the following winter semester
1 December - 15 January for the following summer semester

Applicants from non EU Countries: Please get your certificates checked by uni-assist first and get a VPD("Vorprüfungsdokumentation") for your application.
Please print out the HAW Hamburg online application and send it with the necessary documents
to:HAW Hamburg, Admissions Office (see below)
You can find more information under

Antwort auf/zuklappen Contact

Applications and admissions
HAW Master Admissions Office
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9898
Find opening hours here:

Specifically subject-related queries
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Falk Beyer
Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg, Germany

For general queries on HAW Hamburg degree courses and course choice
Student Counselling Team (Zentrale Studienberatung)
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110
Drop-in hours: Mon/Tues 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thurs 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Advice and information by phone: Mon/Tues 10:00 – 11:00 am, Thurs 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Contact for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions
Meike Butenob
Alexanderstrasse 1, 20099 Hamburg, room 4.10
Tel.: +49.40.428 75-7220
Current contact hours:

Letzte Änderung: 26.02.20

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