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Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Environmental engineering

Deal with questions surrounding environmental and energy technology. Develop, plan, and operate technical environmental protection systems – as an environmental engineer, you will have a wide-ranging skill set. Depending on your focal area, you will take advanced courses on waterway conservation, drinking water processing, waste water processing / use, or decentralized energy systems and efficient building energy management.

Your heart beats for...

[Translate to Englisch:] ... Umwelt, Energie, Wasser, Planen, Analysieren, Praxis, Fremdsprache: Englisch

A Degree Program with a Future

Type of Study

Our degree program is also recommended as a complement building on professional training in environmental technology.


You will bring one of the following educational backgrounds:

  • General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Specialized university entrance qualification
  • Advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Vocational qualification
Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1. Semester

  • Renewable energies I + climate protection
  • Natural sciences
  • Soil science
  • Mechanical system
  • Mathematics I

2. Semester

  • Hydromechanics
  • Structural design and building physics
  • Representation technology/CAD
  • Beginning business administration
  • Physics

3. Semester

  • Environmental process engineering
  • Applied geostatics
  • Geoinformation systems
  • Thermodynamics
  • Phys. internship

4. Semester

  • Renewable energies II
  • Hydrology/Hydraulic engineering
  • Waterway conservation and management
  • Waste water purification
  • Compulsory elective subject

5. Semester

  • Water technology or energy technology
  • Urban hydrology
  • English
  • Compulsory elective subject
  • Compulsory elective subject

6. Semester

  • Engineering project
  • Contract, environmental and planning law
  • Internship semester

7. Semester

  • Internship semester
  • Bachelor thesis

Focus area

  • Water
  • Energy
Acquired Knowledge and Skills

As an environmental engineer, you will handle duties related to the environmental media of water, soil, air and in the energy area
with an understanding of interdisciplinary ecological contexts

  • in collaboration with other departments
  • using technical methods in environmental supply, production-integrated environmental protection
  • in planning, construction and operation of environmental and energy technology systems

Focus on water:

  • Addressing water management issues
  • Identifying and planning measures in the circular economy area

Focus on energy:

  • Understanding of the special features of decentralized energy systems

  • Understanding of energy-saving construction measures and efficient building energy management

Job Profiles
  • Work as a planning engineer in engineering firms
  • Work as an expert assessor
  • Manufacturing environmental technology products
  • Public and private supply and disposal companies (focus on water)
  • Property sector companies (focus on energy)
  • Construction companies
  • Operators of environmental technology systems
Cooperation With Companies
  • Waste water disposal and purification (Paderborn municipal waterworks)
  • Institute for Automation and Communication (ifak)
  • Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband
  • TIA Technologies for industrial waste water treatment
  • Emscher Lippe water engineering
Research in the Department

Cooperative projects in the framework of various Erasmus programs in the areas of:

  • Digitalization of water industry by innovative graduate water education
  • Climate change adapted water management
  • Curricula innovation in climate-smart urban development based on green and energy efficiency with the nonacademic
  • sector
  • Vocational Training Diploma on Electrical and Hybrid Vehicles
  • Phosphorous elimination and recovery
  • Pollution load simulation of AFS63 in rainwater
  • wasserplus OWL cooperative platform

Our fields of research

As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to no poverty
  • directly to zero hunger
  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to clean water and sanitation
  • directly to affordable and clean energy
  • directly to decent work and economic growth
  • directly to industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • directly to sustainable cities and communities
  • directly to responsible consumption and production
  • directly to climate action
  • directly to life below water
  • directly to life on land
  • directly to partnerships for the goals

Studying at Sustainable Campus Höxter

Our Sustainable Campus in Höxter

The Höxter campus is home to our environment-related degree programs. They are combined in the departments of Environmental Engineering and Applied Computer Science as well as Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The participation with several projects in the "Landesgartenschau 2023" in Höxter illustrates how presentable and exciting sustainability can be. Modern teaching and laboratory facilities guarantee practical work, as does the university's own botanical garden. Sustainability is tangible everywhere on the campus, for example when fertilizers and pesticides can be reduced with the help of digitalization in agriculture as part of the "Precision Farming" degree program. Here, as in the environmental engineering degree programs, the campus cooperates with municipalities and companies, for example when it comes to water purification or landfill remediation. The beautiful location on the curve of the Weser River and the proximity to the city center make the campus a perfect match.

Campus Life


Degree Course:
Environmental engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Study model:
Standard period of study:
7 semester
Winter semester
Course language:
Sustainable Campus Höxter
Tuition Fees:
Preparatory courses:
Chemistry, Mathematics
Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.10.
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.10.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 15.04. – 15.07.
Currently no application possible