Green Engineering

About the program

With a degree in Green Engineering, you'll be well prepared for a career in sustainable development and environmental technologies. You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of green engineering principles and technologies, enabling you to map the unique interface of chemical and mechanical engineering and develop innovative, environmentally friendly solutions to real-world problems.

Through the combination of process engineering (40%), mechanical engineering (40%) and environmental engineering (20%), you will learn everything that is necessary for a successful circular economy. In order to develop a holistic approach to the life cycle of products and the associated processes, you will deal with central methods in the technical field as well as with current trends.

During your studies, you will apply your knowledge through practical work and learn skills that you can then use in the company during your internship semester or as part of KIAdirekt. You can specialize in areas that particularly fascinate you through elective modules. The interdisciplinary structure of the program makes you indispensable for compliance with the EU Green Deal after successful completion.

In this video, Prof. Bellair talks about what makes the Green Engineering program so exciting and forward-thinking. Learn more about the unique opportunities the program can offer you and how it prepares you for a career in sustainable technologies and the circular economy. Discover what makes studying at our university so special and get to know one of your future professors.

Our promise to you

This is what you can look forward to

Career opportunities

Occupational areas in which you can get started

Research and development

As a graduate in research and development, you will work on innovative technologies and processes to develop sustainable solutions for industry and thus play a key role in shaping the future of the circular economy.

Project planning and design

In project planning and design, you will plan and develop sustainable plants, systems and processes, applying your expertise in process engineering, mechanical engineering and environmental technology to create environmentally friendly and efficient solutions.

Product Development

As a product development expert, you will design and optimize innovative and environmentally friendly products that meet the requirements of a sustainable circular economy and leave a positive ecological footprint.

Quality and environmental management

As a quality and environmental management expert, you will develop and monitor strategies for compliance with environmental and quality standards to help companies meet their environmental responsibilities.

Product Life Cycle Management

In this career field, you will analyze and optimize the entire life cycle of products, from design to production to disposal, to minimize environmental impacts and support the circular economy.

Recycling and Environmental Engineering

In the recycling and environmental engineering industry, you'll handle the planning, development, and implementation of resource recovery and waste reduction systems and processes to promote closed-loop recycling in industry.

Faculty: Mechanical Engineering
Location: Zittau
Degree: Bachelor of Engineering
Standard period of study: 7 semesters
ECTS points: 210
Enrollment for: Winter semester
Admission restriction: none

Study contents

Detailed study plan


You may be wondering...

  • What NC do I need to study green engineering?

    You do not need a specific numerus clausus (NC) to study Green Engineering. There is also no strenuous selection process or waiting semester. Instead, we are happy to get to know you personally. At the Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences, we maintain a family-like atmosphere and accompany you through your studies. Our professors and teaching staff will support you personally in achieving your individual goals.

  • How long does it take to study Green Engineering?

    The Green Engineering Bachelor usually takes 3.5 years (7 semesters). If you need more time and semesters for your studies, it is possible.

    • 1st to 3rd semester: basic studies
    • 4th to 7th semester: specialized studies
    • 5th semester: practical semester
    • 7th semester: Bachelor thesis and defense
  • In which city do I study Green Engineering?

    You study Green Engineering at the Zittau location.

    Mountains, lakes, two cities rich in culture and diversity, and in the middle of it all, a forward-looking, research-intensive university of applied sciences. The Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences is as diverse as the region of Upper Lusatia. Embedded in a unique landscape, the HSZG offers you space to think, let off steam and experiment. Whether it's student life, your first steps in research or a direct collaboration with companies in the region - there are numerous opportunities to develop and grow. Not to forget the direct neighborhood to Poland and the Czech Republic - here we are in the heart of Europe! You will be amazed by the short distances between campus, home, recreational facilities and into our neighboring countries.

    Further information about our locations can be found here: Zittau and Görlitz - This is the right place for you!

  • Can I study Green Engineering without a high school diploma?

    For the Green Engineering program, you need a general university entrance qualification, a technical college entrance qualification or an equivalent qualification.

  • How does the KIAdirekt study program work?

    KIAdirekt is a practice-oriented course of study in which you have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the partner company during the lecture-free period, the practical semester and during the time of the bachelor thesis.

  • How is the Green Engineering degree program structured?

    The study plan of Green Engineering is designed so that the modules build on each other and thus the best possible knowledge transfer is guaranteed. This has the additional advantage that you do not have to take care of guiding yourself through your studies in a meaningful and successful way.

  • What will green engineering do for my future?

    The modern study program Green Engineering prepares you perfectly for the modern working world. Jobs that barely existed just a few years ago have now gained relevance and necessity - partly due to resolutions such as the EU's Green Deal. Workers who combine technical and sustainable disciplines are more in demand than ever. As a graduate, you will not only make a great contribution to the planet, but also enter a professional life that is fun, challenging and reflects your values.

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Podcast episode about the study program

Your contact persons

Foto: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Bellair
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Bernd Bellair
Fakultät Maschinenwesen
02763 Zittau
Schwenninger Weg 1
Building Z VII, Room 137
1. Obergeschoss
+49 3583 612-4852