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Department of Engineering and Communication

Sustainable Engineering (BEng)

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Do you want to change and improve the world as an engineer? The bachelor's degree programme in Sustainable Engineering (BEng), which combines mechanical engineering and electrical engineering with aspects of sustainability, offers a particular emphasis on renewable energies, energy efficiency and environmental technology. As well as a solid foundation course, modules such as measurement and regulation technology and thermodynamics provide an engineering background.

The profile of the degree programme

Today, engineers are needed who, in addition to their technical expertise, can think ‘outside the box’ and evaluate technologies and their development. This is where our Sustainable Engineering (B.Eng.) degree programme comes in. Basic engineering and science subjects form the basis of the programme, supplemented by subjects such as renewable energies, energy efficiency, life cycle analyses and environmental science.

The content of the degree programme includes the question of how the specialist knowledge acquired can be applied to sustainable development. Sustainable technical solutions take into account their impact on the environment, society and the economic system and thus ensure that future generations have the same opportunities and possibilities as we do today.

The degree programme combines content from the traditional electrical engineering and mechanical engineering degree programmes and supplements these with topics relating to sustainable development. Future issues relating to the energy transition, resource conservation and mobility are at the centre of the course content. In addition to sound engineering expertise, social skills, interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies and design expertise are among the key training objectives. Graduates are qualified to work purposefully on solving important future tasks. They can take responsibility for technical solutions because they can assess and categorise their effects.

The three guiding principles of the degree programme are:

Sustainable engineering focuses on the impact of technical solutions on society, the economy and the environment, i.e. the programme content promotes sustainable thinking and action in engineering professions.

  • Sustainable engineering is an engineering degree programme, i.e. it lays all the foundations for a successful entry into engineering professions.
  • Sustainable Engineering Science combines sub-areas from electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, i.e. the programme covers a broad range of topics.

„In my opinion, the special thing about the degree programme is the practical application of the material in various practical courses. In the first semester, for example, we applied what we had learnt in the laboratory and investigated the properties of photovoltaic modules and wind turbines and how their performance changes under external influences.”

Jannis Jeworowski - Student of Sustainable Engineering

Jannis Jeworowski

Practical orientation

An essential part of the programme is to apply the knowledge acquired in a practical and solution-oriented manner: In laboratory practicals, for example, students test renewable energies and draw up life cycle assessments. Three project weeks take place each semester, alternating with four lecture weeks (our award-winning Four-One-Model) - they offer the opportunity to work on projects in small teams. Final theses can be written in co-operation with companies or research institutes.

Prospects and job prospects

Graduates of our Bachelor's degree programme in Sustainable Engineering (B.Eng.) are qualified for many industries. Careers for graduates can be found in the working environment of energy generation and distribution, in industrial companies and in engineering and consulting offices. In addition, the degree programme qualifies graduates to work in product development and product management in the manufacturing industry, both for the domestic market and in export-oriented companies. Further fields of work are available in the energy and mobility sector at public utilities, authorities and municipalities.

The Bachelor's degree qualifies students for direct admission to the Master's degree programme in Sustainable Engineering (M.Eng.) at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. Entry to the Master's degree programmes in Electrical Engineering (M.Eng.) or Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) is possible with additional coursework.

„On the one hand, I really like the Sustainable Engineering degree programme because the social relevance of the topics covered in the course could not be higher. On the other hand, I appreciate the broad range of subjects on the programme, which opens up many career opportunities.”

Bennett Schwanke - Student of Sustainable Engineering

Bennett Schwanke

Study content Sustainable Engineering (BEng)

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Study program

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Practical Semester

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Starter projects

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Bachelor's degree

Standard period of study

Seven semesters / 210 ECTS

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Start of course

Winter term

Semester contribution


Formal requirements for admission are either the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, a general higher education entrance qualification, a corresponding professional qualification or a previous qualification recognised as equivalent.


The degree programme is admission-free. You can enrol from 1 June to 1 October for the start of the winter semester.

Language skills

All courses are held in German.



Dates and plans


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The responsible contact persons for questions

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Questions about application and enrolment can be answered by the Registrar's Office


Information on course content and progression and (career) prospects can be obtained from the student advisory centres

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The General Student Advisory Service provides advice on choosing, starting and completing a degree programme

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Counselling for international students

Contact points

Departmental Office Engineering and Communication


Sankt Augustin


A 157


Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin


+49 2241 865 301

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 15:00 (core opening hours)

Friday: 09:00 - 14:00 Uhr (core opening hours)

Course Guidance Services Department of Engineering and Communication

Contact to the Registrar's Office


Campus Sankt Augustin: Grantham Allee 20, 53757 Sankt Augustin // Rooms E039 - E040 & E044 - E048

Campus Rheinbach: Egermanstr. 1, 53359 Rheinbach // Rooms 1.304 - 1.305

Opening hours

Telephone consultation hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 12:00, Monday - Thursday: 14:00 - 15:00

Personal consultation hours by appointment only

Student Council IWK


Sankt Augustin


A 041


Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin


+49 2241 865 331

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 12 - 13 Uhr



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Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin

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