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Graduate engineer: Which universities offer the title?

Despite the switch to the Bachelor's and Master's degrees, the graduate engineer enjoys a very good reputation. Several universities in Germany offer the Dipl.-Ing. therefore still or again on.

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Content of this article about the graduate engineer:

  1. The current situation in Germany
  2. The start of the Bologna Process
  3. Which degree should you choose?
  4. List of all diploma courses

There is a lot to consider for prospective engineers when choosing a course of study. The situation used to be relatively simple. School leavers have decided on a subject - for example electrical engineering or mechanical engineering - and in the end the graduate engineer was on their diploma. In the meantime, these relatively manageable paths have turned into a complicated network of streets and junctions in a figurative sense. Because the focus is now on the bachelor's degrees, on which a master's can be saddled. Only this is the equivalent of a graduate engineer. Until then, however, numerous combinations are possible, so that many students find it difficult to decide on the content of the exact subject.

It is made even more complicated by the option of continuing to work as a graduate engineer, i.e. a graduate engineer. instead of an M.Sc. or an M.Eng. to become. Some universities offer diploma courses as an alternative to the bachelor’s degree programs followed by a master’s degree. At other universities, students can add a few more semesters to a Bachelor's degree in order to acquire the title of qualified engineer. Young engineering candidates can also become qualified engineers in distance learning and part-time. That poses difficult questions for budding engineers. You not only have to decide on a subject and a focus area, but also weigh up whether the academic title Bachelor, Master or Diploma most closely matches your professional goals.

European higher education reform: Bachelor's and Master's degrees instead of a graduate engineer

The reason for the different offer of degrees is the Bologna process, which 29 European education ministers started in 1999 in the Italian city of Bologna. Its aim was to harmonize the European university degrees, on the one hand to ensure better comparability and to make it easier to switch between universities internationally. On the other hand, the uniform system for performance evaluation - the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) - should serve quality assurance. The change immediately called on critics who criticized the school-based system of study programs, which left little room for personal initiative and was too heavily burdened with exams. In the engineering sciences, another fear also came to fruition: the industry would lose the graduate engineer, whose title was almost a trademark abroad.

A number of universities have therefore decided to continue to offer the graduate engineer - parallel to the internationally required bachelor's or master's degrees. Others reintroduced it after a transitional period. Incidentally, the universities are not free to make their own decisions. In Germany, the so-called cultural sovereignty of the countries prevails. The possibility of becoming a graduate engineer must therefore be anchored in the higher education law of the respective federal state.

What degree should prospective engineers aim for?

However, the question of which path the prospective student should choose cannot be answered with all this information. Because there are no statistics available that would provide information on whether a qualified engineer has better career opportunities than an engineer with a bachelor's or master's degree. After all, many factors decide about the allocation of attractive positions, including the exact professional orientation, any additional qualifications, soft skills, practical experience, possibly previous stages in the career and, last but not least, the appearance and personality of the applicant. The job market for engineers also looks very good. Accordingly, you can also apply for positions abroad, regardless of whether you have a Dipl.-Ing. on their business card or an alternative qualification.

A Decision support however, it can be the structure of the course itself. Because the diploma degree is comparable to the master’s degree, but it is a single continuous course of study. In plain language this means: After completing their bachelor's degree, students have to decide which master's degree they want to take at which university. In some cases, however, it is not possible to continue studying immediately after completing a bachelor's degree because, for example, there is no free place in the desired master’s degree, so that some students have to wait a semester before they can start their master’s. This time gap is eliminated from the start with a diploma course - and can be an advantage for students who do not want to be satisfied with a bachelor's degree.

Another argument could be the structure or the evaluation system within the courses. Because with a diploma course - unlike with a bachelor's or later master's - the grades or credit points are not included in the later final grade from the first semester. So there is a kind of orientation phase in which a slip does not affect the conclusion. On the other hand, there are proponents of bachelor's and master's degrees who consider the designation graduate engineer to be obsolete and incompatible with a modern study structure

There are also good arguments for the strict, school-based seminar system of a Bachelor's degree. It gives young people in particular an orientation early on, requires a lot of discipline and ends earlier. B.Eng graduates can invest the time gained in practical experience. Exactly the path that the Bologna Process once envisaged. The bottom line is that school leavers have to decide individually whether they want to choose a bachelor's degree followed by a master’s degree or whether they want to become a graduate engineer.

List of courses leading to a Dipl.-Ing. or graduate engineer (FH)

The university landscape is constantly changing. Ingenieur.de therefore does not accept any liability for the following list. Please inquire in detail at the respective university about the diploma courses offered.

At the Technical University of Chemnitz A degree in engineering is offered in which students can obtain a degree in engineering:

  1. mechanical engineering

Also at the Technical University of Dresden the university degree can be the diploma. The range of courses for which both a bachelor's and master's degree as well as a diploma is possible is very extensive:

  1. architecture
  2. Civil engineering
  3. Electrical engineering
  4. Information systems technology
  5. mechanical engineering
  6. Mechatronics
  7. Regenerative energy systems
  8. Process engineering and natural materials technology
  9. Traffic engineering
  10. Materials science
  11. industrial engineering

At the Dresden University of Technology and Economics the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) can be obtained. Similar to the TU Dresden, the HTW Dresden also offers a wide range of diploma courses for prospective engineers. Two of them can be completed by distance learning:

  1. Civil engineering
  2. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  3. Electrical engineering / information technology (distance learning)
  4. Vehicle technology
  5. Building system technology
  6. mechanical engineering
  7. Production engineering
  8. industrial engineering
  9. Surveying (distance learning)

If you want to become a graduate engineer, you can also apply for the Technological University Bergakademie Freiburg decide. The university management pursues the concept of offering variants for a large number of the corresponding courses:

  1. Vehicle construction: materials and components
  2. Geotechnical engineering and mining
  3. Ceramic, glass and building material technology
  4. Mine Surveys and Applied Geodesy
  5. mechanical engineering
  6. nanotechnology
  7. process technology
  8. Materials science and technology
  9. industrial engineering

At the Technical University of Ilmenau the opportunity to graduate Dipl.-Ing. deliberately reintroduced. Currently, the offer relates to two courses:

  1. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  2. mechanical engineering

The Mittweida University of Applied Sciences does not have a continuous diploma course in its portfolio. You can still obtain a degree in engineering. The first variant is a postgraduate course, the alternative is a part-time distance learning course:

  1. Electrical engineering (distance learning)
  2. Mechanical engineering (postgraduate course)
  3. Mechatronics (postgraduate course)
  4. Technical informatics (part-time distance learning)
  5. Industrial engineering (distance learning)

Who is for the Technical University of Kaiserslautern decides, can also become a graduate engineer. However, this degree is only offered for a single degree program:

  1. Mechanical engineering and process engineering

At the Stralsund University the graduate engineer (FH) is offered as a supplementary course:

  1. Industrial engineering (supplementary course)

At the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) can be chosen for a part-time study:

  1. Vocationally integrated degree in electrical engineering

At the University of Wismarhas held a diploma course for computer scientists, which can be completed with the academic degree Dipl.-Wirt.-Inf./in (FH):

  1. Business informatics (part-time distance learning)

For the West Saxon University of Zwickau The graduate engineer (FH) has a high priority, as can be seen from the extensive range of relevant courses:

  1. Automobile production
  2. Electrical engineering
  3. Building, energy and air conditioning technology
  4. Industrial Management and Engineering
  5. Information and communication technology
  6. Automotive electronics
  7. Automotive engineering
  8. mechanical engineering
  9. Environmental technology and recycling (part-time)
  10. Traffic system technology
  11. Industrial engineering (also part-time)
  12. Business informatics (part-time)

At the University of Zittau / Görlitz Students can choose between five different courses if they have a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) aim to:

  1. Automation and mechatronics
  2. Electrical power systems
  3. Energy Technology
  4. mechanical engineering
  5. industrial engineering

If we have forgotten your university or course of study in our list, please contact us by email.

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