Study overview

You want to work on cutting-edge technological challenges in practice, help design and manage interesting projects, and get involved in research and development?

We offer you the opportunity to become an application engineer who is specialized in one of five fields of study in seven semesters. You decide which field of study you want to pursue.

You make the final decision for your field of study at the end of the second semester. Thus, the first two semesters offer you enough time to get oriented and to discover the fields of study that interest you.



Short formAIW
Type of studyFull time
Standard period of study7 semesters
DegreeBachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Start of studiesWinter semester
Admission restrictionsnone
Lecture locationAnsbach
Language of instructionGerman
Course managementProf. Dr. Alexander Buchele &
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Walter
Student advisory serviceProf. Dr. Astrid von Blumenthal
Student Servicesstudierendenservice.aiw(at)

Fields of study

Energy Systems and Energy Economics (ESW)

In "Energy Systems and Energy Economics, you will deal with the generation, consumption and distribution of energy.

Plastics Engineering (KT)

In "Plastics Technology”, you will learn about the processes and technologies for plastics processing, plastics production and plastics recycling.

Sustainable building technology (NGT)

In "Sustainable Building Technology", you will find environmentally conscious and innovative solutions for building equipment. 


Production and Automation Technology  (PAT)

In "Production and Automation Technology", you will experience and study the most modern manufacturing processes in industrial production.

Physical Engineering  (PT)

In "Physical Engineering“, you will learn the fundamentals of measurement technology, physical modeling in engineering science and simulation of technical processes.

Study structure

Your bachelor's degree programme comprises seven semesters. In the first two semesters, you will learn important engineering fundamentals. At the beginning of the third semester, you decide on your field of study to specialize in. 

In the further course of your field of study, we also offer you the opportunity to select specific subjects and topics that you consider relevant to you. During the fifth semester, the practical study semester, you will gain your first practical experience as an application engineer in a company.

In the remaining two semesters, you will further deepen your specialized knowledge, possibly spend a semester at one of our international partner colleges and universities abroad, and finally begin your final thesis. With a successful bachelor thesis, you complete your studies to become an application engineer.

Application and Start of Studies

Are you interested? Then apply here for our Applied Engineering (AIW) degree programme.

During the online application, you can already specify a desired field of study - don't worry, your choice isn’t definitive. You will make your final decision for the area of study at the end of the second semester. Thus, the first two semesters offer you enough time to get oriented as well as to discover the fields of study that are interesting for you.

The application period is from May 2nd to September 30th. The studies start in the winter semester on October 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Services.


Note for Transfer Students

Transfer students can enter a higher subject semester. This is possible for the winter semester as well as for the summer semester. Previous achievements that have a subject related equivalent in the Applied Engineering Science Programme can be recognized. To do so, compare the module handbook of your previous degree programme with that of the Applied Engineering Sciences Programme. If you have subjects from higher semesters recognized, you will determine your field of study at the same time. Invest the time to read the module manuals, because it is your achievements that you can have recognized for your new degree programme! Please note the general information for transfer students.

Continuing with graduate studies

Ansbach University of Applied Sciences offers you various master's degree programmes that you can take following your bachelor's degree:



In addition to the main campus in Ansbach, Ansbach University of Applied Sciences has other locations where courses in Applied Engineering take place.


Campus Feuchtwangen

In the new Technology and Research Center Feuchtwangen of the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, the field of study "Sustainable Building Technology" is offered within the Applied Engineering Programme.

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Campus Weißenburg

At the kunststoffcampus bayern in Weißenburg at the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, the "Plastics Technology" field of study is offered within the Applied Engineering Programme.

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Further information

Isabel Grauf

NGT branch

"Studying Sustainable Building Technology allows me to pursue my interest in construction. At the same time, the environment is very close to my heart. The fact that these two subjects can be combined was a decisive point in my choice of studies."

Sebastian Maul

PAT branch

"In my project work, I disassembled the university's 3D printer, completely overhauled it and reassembled it. It's a great feeling when the printer works 'like new' again."

The diversity of the degree program is reflected in the career prospects. Employers particularly appreciate the broad basic knowledge and practical skills of our graduates. Combined with the specialization in the main course of study, many occupational fields open up in the engineering sector.

Occupational fields

The study of applied engineering optimally prepares you for your professional life. Depending on the orientation of your studies, you can work in a variety of companies and research institutions in a wide range of industries. Thus, you will find your challenges in the following industries:

  • Plant and Mechanical Engineering
  • Automation and Electrical Industry
  • Consulting
  • Energy Supply Companies
  • Engineering Offices
  • Chemical and Industrial Production Plants
  • Public Utilities
  • Technical services in public authorities, in companies in the biotechnology and environmental technology sectors and in information and communication technology

On the one hand, you will be able to apply a lot of skills learnt during the practical semester. On the other hand, you will discover how important it is to be able to familiarize yourself with new tasks independently.

According to the choice of your field of study, you will look for an internship on your own responsibility (you can find information on administrative details here). The fields of activity during the internship semester are as diverse as the professional possibilities.

Here you will quickly take on project responsibility and be directly involved in day-to-day business. For many, the internship semester also opens the door to a later job.



Jessica Ellinger

Application development of bioplastics

"Right from the start, I was assigned tasks that I could work on independently. It was a good feeling to be fully part of the team even as an intern and to be able to contribute something valuable ..."

In many large corporations, English is the official business language. Smaller companies are also often intensively networked with partners from all over the world. It is therefore not surprising that experience abroad is highly valued by many employers. Furthermore, students confirm that international encounters are an enriching personal experience.

Semester abroad

When planning and carrying out a semester abroad, you will receive individual support from our International Office – both organizationally and, in many cases, financially. To make the start easier, you can prepare your stay abroad in our Language Centrum.

Ansbach International Summer School

International encounters are also possible on the Ansbach campus. Students from all continents travel to the Ansbach International Summerschool. German-international teams work together in various specialist workshops. In addition to the technical learning content and the intercultural training, encounters and fun are not neglected. The relevant Summer School workshops are credited as a general science elective module in the AIW degree programme.