Study Overview

As an application engineer in physical technology (PT), you will understand technical processes based on physical laws and be able to design novel processes and products. As a fundamental science, physics exerts its influence everywhere in engineering, with applications taking place at three levels. First, physical modelling-, which involves the analytical calculation of physical state variables. Second, the measurement of physical processes, and third, the simulation of physical phenomena. For the engineer, the goal is to develop a complete and reliable technical model of a system by matching all three levels and to apply this model in different plants.


Short profile

The Physical Engineering (PT) major is an offering from the AIW programme. In the first two semesters, students complete the basic studies together. Specialization in PT occurs at the beginning of the third semester. After seven semesters of standard study time, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Physical Measurement Engineering


Physical Measurement Engineering

„Physical Measurement Engineering deals on the one hand with the type of measurement method and on the other hand with the design of the measuring device. It is very important for the engineer to know which measuring device can be used in a particular situation and how accurately it then measures the target variable. Measurement technology covers wide areas, such as measuring devices on mechanical, electrical or thermodynamic quantities."

Physical Modelling


Physical Modelling

"Physical modelling is the foundation of any discipline of physical engineering. Here it is a matter of finding suitable models which come as close as possible to real situations and then also reproduce them quite well quantitatively. The physical model here is expressed, for example, by an effect diagram or in the language of mathematics."

Physical Simulation


Physical Simulation

"With the modern methods of numerical simulation, it is possible to realize an intermediate step between the physical modelling and the measurement, and thus to verify the correctness of the model and the measurement. Programmes such as Comsol, Maple, and Matlab are available for simulation, which bring various ready-made libraries for specific applications."

Study Structure

In the Applied Engineering programme, you will study in a common foundation course with all students. If you have decided to major in "Physical Engineering" at the beginning of the third semester, your major studies are structured as follows:


Study Content PT

In the course of your major studies in Physical Engineering you will deepen your knowledge in technical fields such as electrical engineering, control engineering and thermodynamics. Here, you can apply your theoretically acquired knowledge to real technical systems in a practical course. From the fourth semester onwards, you can then specialize in selectable subjects and thus develop according to your ideas. During the practical semester and the bachelor thesis, you can then demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a company and gain experience in practical application. In addition, further modules on advanced topics are offered.


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.


Notes 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.

Further Information


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."


With your Bachelor's degree in hand, the doors of our industry's development departments will open to you. The production of top-quality products is one of the most important pillars of the German economy and offers you the best conditions for a successful career start.


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 machine construction, automation and electrical industry, consulting, energy supply companies, engineering offices, production companies in the chemical and industrial sectors, public utilities, technical service in public authorities, in companies in the biotechnology and environmental technology sector and furthermore in information and communication technology.

With the bachelor's degree in your hands, the doors of the development departments of our industry will open to you. The production of top-quality products is one of the most important pillars of the German economy and offers you the best conditions for a successful career start.

Companies are already looking forward to you as a development engineer in the automotive industry, as a design engineer in mechanical engineering, as a specialist for automation in medical technology or as a production expert in electronics and semiconductor manufacturing - to name just a few fields of activity. As you can see, as an engineer in production and automation technology, your possibilities are almost limitless.


Research Projects

At the campus of the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences at the Faculty of Technology, various projects are continuously running - among others, on the topics of energy efficiency, modern energy storage and regenerative energies. Students of the Physical Engineering concentration are invited to participate in these projects and contribute their own ideas.



Teaching Projects

There are several projects in the area of physics didactics, which aim to make physics education more efficient, more descriptive and thus ultimately more interesting. These include the establishment of a dedicated optics laboratory with various spectroscopic experiments. In addition, one project aims to provide multimedia support for the experiments in the physics practical course with video instructions, simulations and modern software. Here, too, all students are invited to actively support these projects, e.g. within the framework of a project work or bachelor thesis.

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 Centre.


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.

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 ..."