What are the course prerequisites?

There are no special prerequisities. You should have an interest in the natural sciences, engineering and biology. Every semester a mathematics bridging course is offered for first semester students, but whether or not it takes place depends on class numbers. If there is enough interest, a chemistry bridging course can also be offered.

What are my job prospects?

The job prospects especially in process engineering in the engineering sector are very good as there is a lack of specialists in this area. You will receive a broad, basic education that will open career pathways in many sectors, e.g. the pharmaceutical industry, the environmental sector, plant and equipment assembly, research institutes, etc.

The following are some of the career areas that our Bio and Process Engineering graduates are working in:

(Source: Information given by alumni on XING concerning their current employment.)



medical technology companies

product development engineer, development engineer, research engineer

chemical industry

department manager

process Engineering Factory

sales engineer, process engineer

biotech companies

application specialists, lab manager, researchers

pharmaceutical industry

process engineer, outside sales staff, sales coordinator

research institutes (biomedical, medical technology fields)

doctoral candidates, researchers

foodstuffs industry


quality assurance (in various fields)

marketing, product development

Can I take a master's degree at HFU after I graduate?

The following master's degree programmes offered on the Schwenningen Campus allow you to specialize: Sustainable Bioprocess Technology (M.Sc.), Medical Diagnostic Technologies (M.Sc.) or Technical Physician (M.Sc.).

More information about other master's programmes offered at our university can be found here.

When can I start my degree?

We have both a summer and a winter semester intake for the course.

Application deadline for the following summer semester is: 15 January.

Application deadline for the following winter semester: 15 July.

Are there any admission restrictions?

If there are more applicants than study places, there may be admission restrictions. Furtwangen University allocates study places according to its own selection process.

How many students are there in Schwenningen?

Schwenningen has developed into a vibrant university town in the last few years. Besides HFU (2,300 students), there are two other universities: the Police Academy (1,600 students) and the Cooperative State University of Baden Württemberg (3,000 students).

What sort of support and counselling is available for me while I am at HFU?

From students for students: in summer semester 2017, we introduced a mentor programme in which first semester students are mentored by students in higher semesters who can answer questions and give tips.

Programme coordinator for Bio and Process Technology programme

Tanja Paatsch B. Sc.

  • Academic Counselling for Bio and Process Engineering programme
  • Appointments by arrangement
  • Room: A 3.07

General Academic Counselling

Viktoria Reineck

  • BEST trainer (Career and academic study orientation)
  • Room: A 2.11, Furtwangen

Bafög Counselling

Prof. Ulrike Salat

  • Bafög coordinator on Schwenningen Campus
  • Internship semester coordinator for Bio and Process Engineering programme
  • Room: C 2.08
  • Office hours: Tuesday 10.00 – 12.00