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Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in taking a holistic approach to engineering problems and solving them? Then the subject of mechanical engineering is exactly the right one for you! Here you will be given the right tools to master this task. You will understand how construction works, how to program a robot, how airplanes communicate with each other, how to ensure that materials last, how we can provide energy and why mathematics can be useful to us every day.

Fact sheet

Study program Mechanical Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Study length: 6 Semester
Credit points according to ECTS: 180
Language: German
  (individual modules in English)
Type of study: Full-time study
Start of study: Winter semester (October)
Application period: June 1st – July 15th
Admission requirements: University entrance qualification, MINTFIT test recommended
Admission restriction: Yes
Dual studies possible: Yes

What characterizes this study program?

The core objective of the Mechanical Engineering program is to teach you the mathematical and scientific fundamentals and methods of engineering. You can then apply these to theoretical and practical problems and develop solutions. At the same time, this course of study deliberately remains holistic in its core studies. After the choice of specializations, various application areas of mechanical engineering are dealt with in detail. What is special here is the breadth of elective options and the variety of core competencies taught:

  • Biomechanics: You can describe different implants and large-scale devices for diagnosis and therapy and explain how they work.
  • Energy Systems: You can explain technologies for power conversion, power distribution and power applications.
  • Aircraft Systems Engineering: You can explain systems engineering methods as they relate to aircraft design and construction.
  • Engineering Materials: You can explain characteristics of engineering materials, especially metals, ceramics, and structural materials.
  • Mechatronics: You can explain mechatronic systems and their function from a mechanical and electrical engineering perspective.
  • Product development and production: You can explain the product development process in all its steps.
  • Theoretical mechanical engineering: You can describe problems in mechanical engineering on a theoretical basis.

By studying at the TUHH, you also choose Hamburg, the metropolis on the Elbe, Germany's second largest city and certainly one of the most beautiful. Hamburg combines urbanity and maritime life and is also Germany's greenest city with over a million inhabitants. You will never get bored here: rowing on the canals during the day or jogging in the city park, sunset on the Elbe, a concert in the Elbphilharmonie or a pub night on the Schanze and the fish market at dawn. Here you will find everything for the enterprising, but also numerous quiet places to pause. You will explore Hamburg and its treasures and get to know your new favorite place.

Hamburg is home to numerous companies that operate within the mechanical engineering sector. Special mechanical engineering regional focuses are shipbuilding, aviation and logistics. Thus, a combination of study and practice is possible within a dual@TUHH study program. Further information can be found here:

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How is the program structured?

Basically, the Mechanical Engineering program is divided into two sections. The first comprises the main course of study (138 ECTS). This includes basic subjects such as mathematics, mechanics, production engineering, computer science, materials science, thermodynamics, design engineering, electrical engineering, fluid mechanics, measurement and control engineering, and business administration. These advance your core subject expertise to enable cross-industry engineering collaboration. In addition to these, the first semester includes the mechanical engineering team project, in which you can solve exciting design problems in an applied and practical way.

The second part consists of the specialization to be chosen (18 ECTS). You can choose between the following specializations and thus set a deliberate accent in your mechanical engineering studies:

  • Biomechanics
  • Energy technology
  • Aircraft Systems Engineering
  • Materials in engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Product development and production
  • Theoretical mechanical engineering

In addition to the specialization, there is also a choice of non-technical supplementary courses (6 ECTS), including language courses, and a choice within the technical subjects (6 ECTS).

The bachelor thesis (12 ECTS) in the sixth semester rounds off your studies. This can be done either in a university-internal research institute or within an external company or institute.

What Job can I take?

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, you can work in the wide-ranging fields of mechanical engineering. For example, you can plan and calculate machines and production plants, develop and test new products or materials, design production or work in quality assurance or sales. This allows you to work within the industry or to complete a master's degree at the TUHH. This usually depends on your chosen specialization.

What are the requirements?

You are interested in technology and engineering issues and want to solve existing deficits with your know-how? You can grasp problems holistically and solve them mathematically and scientifically? You want to learn the methods and tools with which you can plan plants, design airplanes, construct implants, enable robots or print elements three-dimensionally? Then this study program is the right place for you!

For the admission to Mechanical Engineering, a general university entrance qualification or comparable is required. The overall grade and the subject grades in mathematics are included in the evaluation of your application.

Basic internship

A 10-week work-related internship is required for the degree program. The best time for the basic internship is before the beginning of the study, even if a proof must follow only in the fourth semester. It is possible to divide the practical activity into several sections or different companies. The internship is considered tertiary education and is therefore eligible for BAföG funding. Please inform yourself about the basic internship regulations before starting the internship!


How do I apply?

You can apply annually for the winter semester in the period from June 1st to July 15th. For this you need a university entrance qualification (usually Abitur) and sufficiently good German language skills (level B2.2). We conduct an online application procedure.

Admission requirements also include a 10-week basic internship. Proof of the internship is not mandatory until the fourth semester. However, we recommend that it be completed before you begin your studies.

Get fit for your studies with MINTFIT. This free online test assesses your knowledge in the MINT subjects mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science. On the basis of completed test items, you will quickly receive individual feedback on your level of knowledge. You can easily catch up on missing knowledge on your own with the connected e-learning courses.


Further questions?

How to start?

To make it easier for you to start your studies at the TUHH, you will find various offers here:

  •     New@TUHH provides you with information on starting your studies, on preliminary courses, on the orientation week, StartING@TUHH, registration at the library and at the computer center.
  •     Bridge courses in computer science, mathematics, programming.
Can I include a semester abroad?

Hier einen kurzen Text zu Auslandsaufenthalten im Rahmen des Studiums verfassen. Wann sind diese möglich ggf. sogar eingeplant? Sind sie verpflichtend?

Kann man auch ein Praktikum im Ausland machen?

Can I study in the dual program?


Yes, you can! All Bachelor of Science degree programs at the TU Hamburg can be studied dual. Since 2003, the Technical University of Hamburg has also offered its Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in a dual study variant in cooperation with more than 50 cooperating companies.

The study concept combines complete university studies with professional practice in the engineering field. The students are employed by one of our cooperating companies and, as cohorts across study programs, represent the entire spectrum of engineering sciences.

The program is rounded off by seminars on the development of social skills, so that graduates can face the challenges of the working world in a responsible manner.

You can find more information about the dual study program at the TU Hamburg here:  


What master's degree programs are available?
How is campus life?

The TU Hamburg is one of the youngest universities in Germany. On the clearly arranged and cozy campus you will quickly get to know your new fellow students and in spring and summer numerous seating areas and green spaces invite you to linger together in the fresh air. In an almost familiar atmosphere, we celebrate our summer festival every year in June, where our TU's own beer brewing group "Campusperle" also offers its creations. Of course, you can also get involved in our numerous AGs, which also organize regular events, e.g. screenings by the cinema AG, concerts by SingING or SymphonING, or the participation of the HULKs in international robot soccer championships.

If you decide to study at the TUHH, you also decide for Hamburg, the metropolis on the Elbe, Germany's second largest city and certainly its most beautiful. Hamburg combines urbanity and maritime life and is also Germany's greenest city with over a million inhabitants. You will never get bored here: rowing on the canals during the day or jogging in the city park, sunset on the Elbe, a concert in the Elbphilharmonie or a pub night on the Schanze and the fish market at dawn. Here you will find everything for the adventurous, but also numerous quiet places to pause. Together with your fellow students, you will certainly explore Hamburg and its treasures quickly and get to know your new favorite place.

How do I start my career?

Career Center and Alumni Network TU&You

The TUHH Career Center supports students and graduates in the transition from university to work. The services offered include company contact fairs, the TUHH-PraxisPlus internship program for prospective TUHH master's students, case study workshops and job application training. The alumni network TU&YOU offers the opportunity to make contact with former TU members while still a student through a variety of events such as research afternoons, homecoming events and anniversaries.

Where can I find the relevant regulations?

All modalities for admission to the Bachelor's program are regulated in the Statutes on Studies.

The framework conditions for examinations at TUHH are defined by the General Study and Examination Regulations (ASPO) and the Subject-Specific Study and Examination Regulations (FSPO). The Module Handbook describes the concrete design of the modules provided for in the curriculum and their learning objectives. They also provide information on content, recommended prior knowledge and literature for preparation.

All regulations relevant to the study program, the module manual and study plans can be found here.

Whom can I contact?

If you have any questions about your studies, you can always contact the Central Student Advisory Service or the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Program and the Student Council!

In addition, the following advisors for the specializations are available to you:

  • Biomechanics: Prof. Michael Morlock
    room K3514
    040 42878 3053
  • Energy Systems: Prof. Arne Speerforck
    Room L0011
    040 42878 3144
  • Aircraft Systems Engineering: Prof. Frank Thielecke
    040 42878 8201
  • Materials in Engineering: Prof. Jörg Weißmüller
    Room M1503
    040 42878 3035
  • Mechatronics: Dr.-Ing. Martin Gomse
    Room L2011
    040 42878 3134
  • Product Development and Production: Prof. Dieter Krause
    Room L1001
    040 42878 3231
  • Theoretical Mechanical Engineering: Prof. Robert Seifried
    Room M0511
    040 42878 30 20

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This study program is accredited.