1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  3. Degree courses
  4. Bachelor’s degrees
  5. Industrial Engineering for Technology and Sustainability

Are you interested in innovations being sustainable and fit for the future? Do you want to know how digitalisation is changing the way we work? Do you wonder how carbon-neutral factories might look in the future? Then the degree programme in Industrial Engineering for Technology and Sustainability is just right for you! We will be answering the following questions (amongst others):

How does sustainability go together with business success? How does digitalised society work? How can support innovative technologies?

Industrial Engineering for Technology and Sustainability boosts your motivation to learn through working on projects and in teams. Our project-based teaching concept provides the framework for you to create sustainable solutions for future-focused products and systems, including the following interdisciplinary projects combining technology and business administration:

  • Sorting machines for recycling
  • Energy- and resource-efficient autonomous driving robots
  • Electric motors and generators
  • Sustainable production concepts
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At a glance

  • Award

    Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.)

  • Study mode

    full-time, dual

  • Standard duration

    7 semesters

  • ECTS credits


  • Starts

    winter semester

  • Restricted admission


  • Taught in


  • Faculty

    Electrical Engineering

  • Study abroad


  • Accreditation


Details about this course

During the foundation course  (semesters 1 and 2), besides learning the fundamental mathematical, scientific, technical and business principles, you will also gain practical experience in project management and team-building.

The advanced course (from semester 3 on) teaches you the key subjects in information technology, mechanics, electrical engineering, business administration and organisation.

Sustainability-related topics are examined in greater depth in further compulsory and compulsory elective modules and projects. The module on sustainability of technical systems teaches methodological skills. We place particular emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice through project-based learning.

After completing the practical semester , you can decide which subject areas you wish to examine in greater detail and choose from a wide range of elective modules to specialise in, to suit your particular interests and career aspirations.

There’s even language training in the module on “International Communications” to prepare you for international projects and managerial tasks

To round off your degree, you then write your bachelor’s thesis. Upon successfully completing the programme, the university of applied sciences will award you the academic degree of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) .

The broadly based training that industrial engineers have completed prepares them ideally for performing interface tasks in companies. The key skillset in understanding both technical and business essentials is highly sought after by companies and poises you perfectly to assume managerial roles in the future.

Popular fields of work include product and project management, sales, procurement, marketing, controlling, production planning and logistics.

Besides private industry, there are also career openings for industrial engineers in public administration and authorities, institutions, associations and research institutes.

However, it’s also highly worthwhile considering setting up your own business in a service-provision or manufacturing trade, for which the business element of your degree sets you in very good stead.

Further information

You can find more details about career pathways, fields of employment and the labour market situation on the website of the VWI (Association of German Industrial Engineers).

Application process:

We have pooled all the information and details you might need about applying and the admission requirements

Admission requirements:

Entry to this degree programme is unrestricted. The basic admission requirement for this bachelor’s degree programme is general eligibility for university. This includes:

  • General university entrance certificate
  • Subject-specific university entrance certificate
  • Advanced technical college certificate
  • A recognised equivalent form of eligibility for admission

Are you not sure how to proceed, or do you have any questions about applying? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch .
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We ascribe to the values of openness, tolerance and acceptance. Our aim is to teach everyone involved at Kempten University of Applied Sciences about education in an international context. As part of this, we support university-wide, inter-faculty measures to promote international projects and cross-cultural interaction.

Are you interested in learning more about our international aspirations and the options for you to study abroad? Take a look at the information posted in our portal.

We compile all study programme and examination regulations centrally for you. There you will find all versions and changes. continue

Programme with extended practice

Would you like to combine study and practice? With pleasure! The Kempten University of Applied Sciences offers you the following opportunity to study with more practice:

  1. Studies with in-depth practice practical and flexible!
    In the study programme with in-depth practice, a regular Bachelor's programme at the university is combined with intensive practical phases at a practice partner, based on the study content. Students can enter this study option up to the 4th semester.
  2. Combined studies a practical combination of study and work!
    With a combined study programme, you can acquire a fully recognised vocational qualification within your Bachelor's degree. This double qualification is particularly attractive for many companies!

You can find more information about the offers here.

Master's degree programmes

Once you have gained your bachelor’s degree, you can embark upon various post-graduate programmes to earn a master’s degree:


Long-term success secured by project-based learning

Efficient teamwork despite corona, social distancing and other difficulties? These obstacles proved no match for the impressive teams of students in their second semester on the new degree programme in Industrial Engineering for Technology and Sustainability.

“Do good and spread the word” is a German saying that also applies very much to product development. And that’s just what students did about the vehicles that they had developed on their degree programme during a simulated customer pitch. They talked about technical features, cost calculations, market and margin volumes, and marketing and sales strategy – all issues that call for the interdisciplinary skills honed by industrial engineers. After all, besides technical know-how, you also need a solid understanding of business to turn a good idea into a success.

Background to the projects: One of the main characteristics of the degree programme in Industrial Engineering for Technology and Sustainability is project-based learning and teaching. In a networked world, working in teams and on projects is more important than ever before, so it makes perfect sense to augment the subject matter taught in specialist modules with projects relevant to each semester. This gives students the chance to apply and deepen their knowledge by completing the projects in question, while acquiring additional skills at the same time. Systematic teamwork, project and quality management are just a couple of the vital enhancements to general problem-solving abilities.

The projects conducted during the first four semesters address topics that are relevant tight now to the sustainability of technical systems and are designed to encourage students to answer the following questions:

  • How can sorting machines support the circular economy and above all recycling?
  • How can objects and goods be transported in energy- and resource-efficient ways?
  • How do electric motors and generators function as core elements of the energy and mobility revolution?
  • How can highly variant small batches of products be manufactured efficiently and effectively using sustainable production lines?

Students have notched up these experiences before embarking upon their fifth semester, spent working in companies. This practical semester provides yet more opportunities to apply and intensify what students have already learned, as well as surely addressing many new challenges – poising them perfectly for working on specialising in their chosen line of expertise on the advanced course. There’s another project to complete during the sixth semester, working on a specific topic in teams, also in liaison with companies throughout the region. This all goes towards preparing students optimally for their most important project to date – their bachelor’s thesis – which, in turn, stands them in good stead for kick-starting their career.

Details about the degree programme


We know how exciting the prospect of going to university can be. So we want you to know whom you can get in touch with if you have any questions about studying with us.

Contact for prospective students

For general questions about studying and applications, please contact the University Student Advisory Service.

Questions about course content

If you have any questions about course content, the structure of the programme or problems with your studies, please contact the Academic Advisor.

Professor Bernhard Weich

Email: bernhard.weich(at)hs-kempten.de


Do you have any questions about examinations? Decisions about matters such as counting your performance in studies and examinations towards your programme, missed deadlines, ascertaining examination performance, etc., are made by the examinations boards.

Chair of Examinations Board: Professor Thomas Nägele, Dr.-Ing..

If you have any questions about recognition of performance, deadlines, ascertaining examination performance, etc., please contact Academic Registry.