Bachelor’s Degree Study

Industrial Engineering


Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Study model: full-time study
Cost: semester contribution
Admission restricted: yes
Duration of study: 7 semesters
Start of study: winter semester
Study location: Gütersloh
Faculty: Engineering and Mathematics

The lecture period for the winter semester 2024/25 will start on 30 September 2024. Before the semester begins, HSBI offers the Welcome Weeks for future students, which will take place from 9 September to 27 September 2024. During these weeks, you’ll have the chance to get to know our campuses, take care of administrative matters, explore Bielefeld, Gütersloh and the region and take part in the online German course. The participation in our Welcome Weeks is obligatory in order to ensure a smooth start of your studies.

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Admission requirements

Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or an equivalent school leaving certificate or educational background that qualifies you for higher education is required.

B2 level in English is required; the following language certificates are recognised:

  • IELTS: score of at least 5.5,
  • TOEFL (IBT): score of at least 72,
  • TOEFL (PBT): score of at least 543,
  • TOEFL (ITP): score of at least 543,
  • Telc B2 certificate,
  • UNIcert II,
  • Cambridge English Qualification: score of at least 160.

Applicants with a German university entrance qualification (Abitur) can provide proof of their English language skills through their certificate (Zeugnis). The minimum grade in English as a foreign language is “sufficient” (ausreichend).

English natives and applicants with a high-school degree or an equivalent university entrance qualification obtained in an English-speaking country can provide proof of their English language skills with a document provided by their school or university stating that the language of instruction was English.

Language certificates not listed above are subject to individual examination.
Applying to HSBI

Applicants with a German university entrance qualification can find step-by-step instructions here.

If you would like to apply with certificates issued abroad, please find detailed information at:

Programme objectives

The English-taught study programme Industrial Engineering addresses students of all nationalities offering an ideal opportunity to get to know “technology made in Germany.”

Interdisciplinary and business-related courses complement the technical aspects of the programme. Therefore, graduates are particularly suitable for interdisciplinary activities in a company, as they are able to evaluate, organise and optimise processes economically and technically.
Programme organisation

Students enrolled in the full-time study programme Industrial Engineering (not work-integrated), are members of the same group as the the students enrolled in the work-integrated programme. Since they are not permanently employed by a company, they are able to use the lecture-free periods to complete internships, work or take additional courses (e.g. German language courses). During the lecture-free periods of the 4th and 5th semester, they prepare term papers on topics assigned by the teaching staff. Alternatively, the term papers may be based on work-oriented projects at the university or in companies. During the lecture-free period of the 6th semester, an internship in a company is compulsory. Switching to the work-integrated version is possible, as the courses of study are largely identical.

Programme content
All courses are taught in English.

1st semester
  • Principles of Economics
  • Future Technologies & Sustainability
  • Introduction to German Culture & Language (for international students)/Intercultural Communication (for German-speaking students)
  • Basics of Programming
  • Mathematics I

2nd semester
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Procurement, Production & Logistics
  • Physics
  • Innovation & Project Management
  • Mathematics II

3rd semester
  • Basics of Mechanical Design
  • Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics – Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Databases
  • Statistics


4th semester

  • Cost and Investment Accounting
  • Lean Production & Industrial Engineering
  • Business Process Modelling and IT Systems
  • Operations Research
  • Work-Related Project 1/Term Paper 1


5th semester

  • Controlling
  • Industrial Automation Technology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Production Planning and Control
  • Work-Related Project 2/Term Paper 2


6th semester

  • Marketing and Technical Sales
  • Control Technology
  • Microcontroller Programming
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Work-Related Project/Company Internship (compulsory)


7th semester

  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial Communication
  • Quality Management
  • Bachelor Thesis
Professional fields

Industrial engineers can put the skills and competencies they have acquired into practice in a wide range of areas. In addition to the aforementioned interdisciplinary approach balancing technology and business-related courses, topics such as sustainability and diversity also enhance the graduates’ profiles.

Based on their broad education, graduates will be able to assess company processes not only technically, but also economically, and thereby start and control optimisation processes. Career options after graduation are manifold. Industrial engineers work in purchasing, production planning, product management, quality and project management or technical sales. Later on, they often also fill positions in marketing, finance and controlling.