Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
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Mechanical Engineering

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Structure of the study program

The standard period of study for the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering is seven semesters. The study program is divided into two semesters of basic studies and 5 semesters of advanced studies. Each semester 30 ECTS credit points are awarded.

In the fourth semester, you will choose one of the following specializations to follow during your studies:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Environmental Technology
  • Construction
  • Production

In the fifth semester, you will carry out an internship semester in a company of your choice. Our advisors in the Internship Board will assist you in finding and carrying out the internship. 

In the Advanced Studies, it is possible, in addition to the compulsory lectures, to take elective courses from the General Studies according to your own interests.

The final Bachelor's thesis in the seventh semester can be written either at the university or in cooperation with a company - even abroad. 

Students who have successfully completed their bachelor's degree can go on to study for a master's degree and specialize further professionally, e.g. with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc.).


Office of Faculty MMT
Moltkestr. 30
76133 Karlsruhe
Lolita Lengenfelder
Stefanie Tolmie
Phone: +49 (0)721 925-1914
Email: sekretariat.mmtspam prevention@h-ka.de

Guide to your studies

In the following you will find a list of all modules to be taken in the subsequent semesters. A module is composed of several courses. For details about the curriculum, courses, exams, literature, and ECTS credits conferred you will need to consult the German-language module handbook.

First semester
Higher mathematics 1
Production engineering
Technical Mechanics- Statics
CAD applications
Materials science


Second semester
Higher mathematics 2
Electrical engineering
Technical Mechanics- Strength of Materials
Machine design
Computer science


Third semester
Product development 1
Technical Mechanics- Dynamics


Fourth semester
Fluid dynamics
Production management
Product development 2
Elective module 1
Specialization 1


Fifth semester
Preparation for the internship semester
Internship semester at a company
Follow-up of the internship semester


Sixth semester
Power engineering
Control and automation engineering
Development project
Elective module 2
Specialization 2


Seventh semester
Plastics technology
Methodological competence
Preparation of the Bachelor’s thesis

Bachelor's thesis

Final exam



When starting on the advanced studies, students can choose between five specializations. Each has two special modules. A module is composed of several courses, in most cases a lecture and an applicatory lab course.

Specialization Content
Aeronautical Engineering

“Aeronautical Engineering" teaches specific skills in aeronautical and space technology, especially in the field of aircraft structures and construction methods. The courses include thermodynamics, principles of flight, avionics & flight instruments, strength of flight design, and various electives such as air traffic control or aircraft engines.

In one or two further semesters, the commercial pilot license for fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters can additionally be acquired (on a voluntary basis / at your own expense).

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Environmental Technology In this specialization, engineers are specially trained to be familiar with refrigeration and air conditioning solutions. The course content includes thermodynamics and fluid mechanics as well as refrigeration and air conditioning technology. Electives can be taken, for example, in vehicle air conditioning, compressor technology, mass transfer, alternative refrigeration and heat pumps or ice slurry technology. 
Automotive Engineering

From internal combustion to hybrid to electric: In addition to teaching basics of physics, the specialization "Automotive Engineering" also provides an introduction to the various technologies of drive components. Subjects include vehicle transmissions, automotive powertrains, automotive technology vehicle technology and internal combustion engines. 


Students of the “Construction” specialization are primarily prepared for work in development and design offices for general mechanical engineering. This involves future-oriented technologies of digitization in the context of product development processes (digital twin, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, finite element applications as well as turbo machines).


The specialization in "Production" teaches the basics of design, work preparation, and production. Keywords being machine tools, additive manufacturing machines and their mechatronic aspects (e.g. optoelectronics, 3D image processing, control and regulation), production line, hall or plant layout, value stream management, robotics, supply chain management as well as Industry 4.0 in the specific context of assembly.



For the most part, the courses are held in German. Some courses are held in English. Teaching material and reading matter may be written in English, especially in the higher semesters. Therefore, we support you during your studies with language courses such as Technical English or Business English.

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