Bachelor of Engineering

Business Administration and Engineering – Product Engineering

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Let there be product!

Do you enjoy tinkering, developing and experimenting? In our Product Engineering (PEB) degree programme, you can work intensively on the development and optimisation of products! We teach you how to design, produce and improve a product in order to bring it to market. It's not just about the technical side of development, but also about taking customer needs, market trends and sustainability aspects into account. If you're enthusiastic about technology and innovation and would like to create something, our "PEB" degree programme is just right for you!

  • ECTS: 210 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 7 semesters
  • Campus: Furtwangen
  • Faculty: Business Administration and Engineering
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March), winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 July (winter semester), 15 January (summer semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification, pre-study internship (proof by the beginning of 3rd semester at latest)
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • From A to Z In the PEB degree programme, you'll learn about the important processes and methods of the product development process. We'lll make you an expert in optimising products and processes.
  • The best of two worlds We don't just teach you technical skills - the business aspect is just as important, so that you learn how to manage projects, present ideas and moderate events.
  • Hands on in the internship We want you to get a good idea of what to expect in product development. That's why you should complete a six-week internship before starting your studies if possible.
  • Labs galore In our WING faculty, we have excellently equipped laboratories where you can work on your product ideas. Whether robotics or innovation labs, case studies or usability - we not only teach theory, we apply it straight away.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

Interdisciplinary approach

We teach you the technical skills of mechanics, electronics, sensor technology and IT. You'll also learn everything about the entire product development process so that you can manufacture and market products in the best possible way. Basic business knowledge in the areas of marketing, sales and controlling is also included.

Main focuses

  • 45% Engineering
  • 25% Practical work
  • 20% Business
  • 6% Electives
  • 4% Languages

Foundation courses

No matter which WING bachelor's degree course you choose, all WING students complete the foundation courses together. We lay the foundation for your specialist knowledge in the fields of technology, business administration, communication and foreign languages. After the foundation courses, you can specialise further – if you wish, you can also switch to another WING degree programme.

Advanced courses

Now we are really getting into product engineering. In the third and fifth semesters, you will be involved in two projects – team tasks supervised by experienced professors. This allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge to specific business assignments! You'll spend your entire fourth semester in a company of your choice.

Completing your degree

In the seventh semester, it's time to complete your degree by writing your thesis. You choose the topic yourself – usually a very specific task from a company. With a Bachelor of Engineering degree, you can launch your career straight away – or continue with a master's.

Entry qualifications

Before you start the Product Engineering programme, you must complete a six-week pre-study internship. You must submit proof of this by the start of the advanced courses at the latest. During the internship, you should get to know the basics of mechanical manufacturing processes. To do this, you must spend 15 attendance days in a training workshop or similar facility, and the rest of the time you should gain experience in production or a production-related area.

What's covered

Special features

The solution - our Trainee degree programme

Many companies set up their own training programmes. If it is important for you to gain even more insight into professional practice right from the start - and to finance your studies with a steady income, then a Internal link opens in the same window:trainee programme in combination with a degree is a great option. Your permanent job is regulated with a contract (which can be concluded before or during your studies). This gives you maximum security.

Ranked top by CHE

Every year, the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE) compiles a ranking of the best colleges and universities in Germany, based on information and assessments from students and professors.
In the current ranking, our Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering was rated as particularly good for the general study situation, the support provided by lecturers, the programme organisation, the practical orientation of the degree programmes and the lab equipment.

The Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering is rated one of the five best in Germany in these areas.

Good evaluations on Studycheck

The PEB degree programme is rated "good" on Studycheck, with a positive recommendation rate. The reviews particularly praise the interesting, practice-oriented course content, the helpful teaching staff, the good facilities and, last but not least, the generally relaxed atmosphere at HFU.

Details of the evaluations can be found on External link opens in a new window:Studycheck.

Your career prospects

This degree is worth your while

Of course, it is important to know what opportunities and salaries graduates of our WING degree programmes can expect. If you look at the relevant portals, a very encouraging picture emerges - according to, product engineers receive the fourth highest starting salary of all fields of study in Germany at €55,367 gross per year. According to the career portal, you can expect an average of around €4500  per month. Prospects are particularly rosy in the chemical and oil industry as well as the automotive sector. Industrial engineers earn most in the fields of consulting & lean management and project management.

Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering

When you study at the Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering (WING), you combine engineering with your interest in business! Our graduates are all-rounders who are therefore sought-after specialists and managers on the job market. Whether advertising or marketing, innovative design or process optimisation – our courses are all about developing and creating the products of tomorrow! With our master's degree programmes, we offer in-depth areas of specialisation that build on the bachelor's degree and qualify our students for management positions.

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HFU is one of the strongest research universities in the country. Production technology and smart systems are among our main areas of research. Our students are involved in many research projects in these areas!

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