In­dus­trial En­gin­eer­ing / Lo­gist­ics (BEng)

Programme start
Winter and summer semesters
Language of instruction
German and English
Programme duration
7 full-time semesters, 210 ECTS
Bachelor of Engineering

Logistical customer demands are increasing in terms of delivery times and availability at low cost: “immediately, everything, everywhere.” Students in the Industrial Engineering / Logistics programme learn how to determine the best solutions for production, storage and transport processes in industry and commerce from the perspective of technical innovation and digital application while also taking economic considerations into account.

The programme is offered in cooperation with the Ulm University of Applied Sciences (opens in a new window). The business, legal and language subjects are taught at HNU and the technical subjects at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences (opens in a new window). An advantage to this programme is that students benefit from the equipment and services of both universities of applied sciences.

That extra bit of practice!
Practical phases including internship semesters take place in the company and have a minimum duration of seven months. Students also have the option of pursuing dual studies according to the Ulm Model.  With this model, students obtain two full-fledged qualifications: one vocational training qualification from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and one Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree.

Ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments

  • a minimum of an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (valid in Bavaria or Baden-Württemberg)
  • for international applicants: German C1
  • excellent English and math skills
  • interest in economic issues, basic understanding of technical concepts
  • preliminary internship (see programme and examination regulations, module handbooks and curriculum)
  • no restrictions on admission

What is meant by "no restrictions on admission"?

You will definitely get a place in a programme without restricted admission if you

  1. meet the admission requirements and
  2. register/apply “in due form and time.”

“In due form” means that you register using the designated means and forms (i.e. not via email, for instance) and that all of your supporting documents are complete by the registration deadline.

“In due time” means that all of your documents must have been received by HNU by the respective deadline for registration.

Your marks are not relevant for admission. There is no selection process, nor is there a numerus clausus.

Please note: receiving an admission notification following your registration does not mean that you are enrolled at HNU. In order to actually study at HNU, the next step is to enrol within the stipulated enrolment period.

Carsten Prenzler

Your con­tact per­son:  Pro­fessor Dr. Carsten Pren­z­ler

Professor for Business Administration in the area of Industrial Management

Phone: +49 731 /9762-1410

Location: Main Building A, A.2.27

To profile of Professor Dr. Carsten Prenzler

Pro­gramme con­tents:


  • Corporate Management
  • Project Management
  • Production Management
  • Investment and Cost Accounting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Law
  • Information Management


  • Basics of Engineering
  • Basics of Logistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technical Logistics
  • Logistics Simulations


  • During their fifth semester, students temporarily leave HNU to complete an internship at an external site. Based on the skills they have acquired up to that point, interns are generally entrusted with demanding responsibilities.

  • During your internship semester, you will be expected to take the concepts and methods you’ve learned in your studies and apply them in the company context. You will also be expected to take your experiences from the company and incorporate them into your final semesters of study, creating meaningful connections between theory and practice.


  • 1st – 2ndsemesters

    • Economics
    • Business Studies
    • Business Law
    • Basics of Logistics
    • Basics of Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Design
    • Data Processing
    • Basics of Physics
    • English
  • 3rd – 4thsemesters

    • Internal Accounting
    • Logistics Systems
    • Production Management
    • Investment Appraisal and Financial Planning
    • Business Studies Seminar
    • Quantitative Methods in Logistics
    • Information and Project Management
    • Technical Logistics
  • 5thsemester

    • Internship
  • 6th – 7thsemesters

    • Corporate Management
    • Human Resources Management
    • Quality and Logistics
    • Logistics Simulations
    • Electives
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Seminar International Production and Logistics
    • Project Work
    • Bachelor’s Thesis



You may customise your degree by registering to take various electives in your final two semesters in order to create an individual profile suited to your aspired career choice.


Economics elective module

Technical elective module

Foreign language elective module

Currently available electives and/or subject combinations (including descriptions of the respective content) will be announced prior to the start of the course via the LSF system, as will information about registration and enrolment. (Detailed information can be found in the module handbook Industrial Engineering / Logistics).


After completing their studies, industrial engineers for logistics find employment in strategic purchasing, logistics planning or production control in industrial or commercial companies or in warehouse, IT and transport planning for consulting and contract logistics service providers.

Engineers with a sound base of knowledge in the field of logistics are in high demand in the following areas:

Manufacturers and commercial enterprises

  • Automotive / automobile manufacturers, suppliers and dealers
  • Chemicals, oil and gas industry
  • Engine building industry/ mechanical engineering
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Medical technology and household appliances
  • Pharmaceuticals

Service providers

  • Logistics and engineering consulting
  • Contract logistics providers
  • Freight forwarders


The Industrial Engineering / Logistics programme is very cutting-edge. It covers not only the topic of logistics, but also production organisation, lean management and IT. The programme is rounded off with basics in business and engineering as well as a new language. I am currently working on my bachelor’s thesis and I can honestly say that now, after seven semesters, I would definitely choose logistics again.

Maximillian, Industrial Engineering / Logistics student (Source: Studycheck)

Pro­gramme-spe­cific reg­u­la­tions

Please note that the module handbooks were created at the time of the respective accreditation. Since then, they have been undergoing continual revision and adaptation. Nevertheless, it is possible that some parts are not completely up to date. Please refer to the subject descriptions on the intranet for the current semester in order to find the most up-to-date information. In particular, there may be changes in terms of which lecturer teaches which course, which can have an impact on the syllabus. Where there are discrepancies between the module handbook and the study and examination regulations, the respective study and examination regulations apply.

52.00 € Student union fee
35.00 € Contribution to administrative costs Ulm
29.50 € Solidarity fee semester ticket
   7.50 € semester fee of the constituted student body Ulm
124.00 € total


Pre­lim­in­ary in­tern­ship

What are the formal requirements?

For this programme, you are required to provide evidence of completed specialised practical training before you can begin studying. This practical training should correspond to your chosen field of specialisation.

The specialised practical training or equivalent training within the context of a school education can be replaced by practical experience with relevance for the programme (= preliminary internship).

  • Duration: a minimum of 6 weeks (fulltime). The six weeks do not need to be consecutive.
  • Deadline: the preliminary internship must be finished by the start of the lecture period. You can find out when a respective lecture period begins by looking in the academic calendar
  • Evidence: as evidence of the time period and type of activity, you may submit an internship certificate or (in the case of vocational training or practical experience within the context of a school education) a final transcript. If the internship has not been completed at the time of your enrolment, we require confirmation from the company as to the type of activity and the anticipated duration.

What are the requirements in terms of content?

The preliminary internship or the specialised practical training must be from one of the following areas:

  • technical
  • logistics

An activity is considered “technical” in this sense if it involves processing of metal or wood – i.e. sawing, sanding, filing, turning, milling, drilling …

In what cases do I not need to complete a preliminary internship?

The preliminary internship does not need to be completed if you already have specialised practical training or vocational training (or equivalent training) within the context of a school education. The following are considered adequate types of school education:

  • FOS/BOS with technical focus (German technical/vocation school)
  • technical grammar school with mechatronics profile (or comparable, technical profile). With the profile “Engineering and Management”, only three weeks of a preliminary internship are required.

The preliminary internship may also be replaced by voluntary service or an internship completed in another context (e.g. a probationary internship), if the type and duration of the activity are of an equivalent nature.

What happens if I don’t have my preliminary internship completed in time?

The preliminary internship must be completed by the time the lecture period begins – this is a prerequisite for enrolment.If you have valid reasons, you may apply to make up the preliminary internship by the start of the lecture period in the second semester. In this case, please contact us at an early stage and with supporting evidence at studium[at]hnu[dot]de.

How can I find companies for my preliminary internship?

You will need to arrange your preliminary internship yourself; we do not have a set list of companies to choose from. If you have no idea at all where to look, regional company portals such as (opens in a new window) can be a good place to start.