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Lightweight Engineering & Composites
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

This engineering science study programme in Lightweight Engineering & Composites, which is unique in the whole of Europe, is intended for people with a university or other higher education entrance qualification who are inspired by technology. It trains students to become high-tech specialists in carbon materials and other composites.


Carbon, whose scientifically correct name is carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), is regarded as the "black gold" of materials. This is because components made of CFRP are much lighter than steel, but extremely robust and resilient. Composites play a central role not only in the construction of jumbo jets like the A 380, but also in many other industries like automotive engineering, machine construction, shipbuilding, and wind turbine construction, which makes our graduates highly sought-after.

Your Benefits

  • Study programme unique in the whole of Europe
  • Best possible career prospects in aircraft construction, automotive engineering, machine construction, wind turbine construction and many other industries
  • Integrated skilled worker training (optional)
  • Up-to-date content provided by professors with practical experience
  • Collaborative partners like Airbus, DLR and Fraunhofer Institute in the immediate neighbourhood of the campus
  • Management basics and soft skills training in the study programme
  • Individual supervision in small learning groups

Study Carbon Technology in the Metropolitan Area of Hamburg

The University offers the eight-semester study programme in Lightweight Engineering & Composites, leading to a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), at PFH Hansecampus Stade near Hamburg. It is worth 210 ECTS, is accredited by the Accreditation Agency ASIIN and state-recognised.

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Study Content

The study programme imparts material and construction knowledge with regard not only to carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP), but also to glass fibre-reinforced plastics (GFRP) and other composites. It first lays the relevant engineering, as well as natural science and mathematical, foundations. Based on this, the study programme then provides knowledge in respect of the calculation, construction and manufacture of fibre composites. Practical laboratory work and projects will enable you to consolidate the theoretically acquired knowledge. Furthermore, the sixth semester is designed as a professional experience-oriented semester. Modules dealing with topics like project management, Business Administration basics, Business & Technical English and soft skills complete your profile.



Integrated Skilled Worker Training

You can complete the integrated skilled worker training as a Process Technician in Plastics and Rubber Engineering (CIC) in the third semester and in the lecture-free periods up to and including the fifth semester. Airbus Operations GmbH, a member of PFH's Board of Trustees, makes its training centre available for this. Depending on your target industry and activity, you can, however, also choose a different training programme or integrate an additional practical semester or a semester abroad into your study programme. In addition, students who have already completed a training scheme can complete the Bachelor's degree in just seven semesters. This study variant is also worth 210 ECTS.



Career Prospects

Excellent career prospects in many different branches of industry await you as a graduate of the Bachelor's degree in "Lightweight Engineering & Composites". These include, for example, aircraft construction, automotive engineering, machine construction, ship und yacht building, railway vehicle and wind turbine construction. You will find possible areas of deployment in product development and in the areas of design, manufacture, application technology, technical customer advice or sales. The CFRP branch of the economy is currently forecast to experience overall growth of around 10 percent a year. The already high demand, from business and research, for engineers with expertise in composites will therefore increase even further in future.

Stay Abroad

The structure of the study programme also allows you to include practically oriented stays abroad, depending on your personal plans. For example, you can spend the whole of the professional experience-oriented sixth semester in a company abroad. Students who are not completing the skilled worker training can also use the third semester for a stay abroad.


Practical Orientation

The CFK Valley e. V. network of excellence provides a suitable environment for a practically oriented study programme. The network includes companies that use or develop CFRP technology, as well as the PFH. Stade is already the largest European manufacturing location for CFRP lightweight structures, with Airbus, for example, producing the tail fin of the A 380. This proximity provides you with many advantages: For instance, you can complete the professional experience-oriented part of your skilled worker training in one of the member companies of the CFK Valley. Equally, there are many other companies from a wide variety of industries in Germany and Europe that are available as partners for the practical elements in study programme and training.