Study Program

Program Overview

Students in the Laboratory

In three semesters the master's degree program Process Engineering (MPE) equips students with an advanced knowledge in chemical and thermal process engineering and biotechnology.  Additionally, they receive important training in the intercultural competencies that are essential qualifications in process engineering's increasingly multicultural environment. 

The MPE program is operated jointly by Offenburg University in Germany and the University of Warmia and Mazury (UWM) in Olsztyn in Poland. The curriculum provides for three semesters comprised of two semesters of theoretical study and one semester for writing a master's thesis. 

Winter semesters take place in Germany and summer semesters in Poland. The master's thesis can be written at either university, another institution, a research institute, or industrial enterprise at a location of your choice. 

Organization of the Program

The individual courses in the program are grouped into thematically related modules. A student will require three semesters to complete all the required modules (90 ECTS). The successful completion of all modules results in the granting of the degree "Master of Science in Process Engineering". 

The table below shows the modules, the subjects covered, and is arranged chronologically.  For a more detailed explanation of the study program structure and requirements please consult the Special Part of the Study Regulations relevant to MPE. 

Modules and Courses offered at Offenburg University

The modules and courses listed in the following table are generally offered at Offenburg University during the winter semester.

Please note that from the winter term 2019/20 the focus Biotechnical Processes (Module MPE-12) will no longer be offered due to the inauguration of the new master's programme Biotechnology.

Module Nr.
Module Name
Biotechnical Processes
Biotechnical Processes
Biotechnical Processes
Renewable Energy Conversion

Thermochemical Conversion Processes I
Thermochemical Conversion Processes II
Technical School Renewable Energy Conversion I
Technical School Renewable Energy Conversion II

Advanced Process Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Technical School Process Engineering
Water Processing
Plant Safety and Control
Safety Engineering
Process Control Engineering
Non-Technical Competences
Public Relations

Modules offered at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

The modules listed in the following table are generally offered at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn during the summer semester. Students can choose between two modules:

Module Nr.
Module Name
Environmental Science and Biotechnology
Food Engineering

Master's Thesis

The Master's thesis can be prepared at UWM or Offenburg University, or at any other suitable university, research institute or industrial company of the student's choice.

Module Nr.
Module Name
Master's Thesis

Master's Thesis
Presentation and Defence

In the past master's theses have been written in the following institutions and companies:


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik – IMTEK

Topic:Contact Replication of DNA Microarrays, (2012)

Atotech Deutschland GmbH, Feucht

Topic:Investigations for the Application of Megasonic, (2011)

Badische Stahl-Engineering GmbH, Kehl

Topic:Development of a Holistic Concept from the OFF Gas of an Electric Arc Furnance by Means of Evaporation Cooling, (2012)

BAG Budissa Agroservice GmbH, Malschwitz

Topic:Determination of Substrate Composition for Biogas Production Applying Screening Test, (2013)

Bosch Rexroth AG, Würzburg

Topic:Determination of Design for Environment Legal Requirements for DC Products, (2013)

Buchen Umweltservice, Karlsruhe

Topic:Design and Implementation of a Laboratory Gas Scrubber, (2015)

DLR Airospace of Germany, Stuttgart

Topic:Calculation of Thermodynamic Properties for Alternative Energy Resources and Processes of Production of Organic Carbonates Based on CO2 as a Feedstock, (2013)

Dürr Ecoclean GmbH, Filderstadt

Topic:Präzisionsreinigung mit flüssigem und überkritischem CO2, (2011)

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), Außenstelle Basel

Topic:Improving the Productivity of Simulated Moving Bed (SMB) Enantioseparation of Amino Acids, (2012)

Eisenmann Anlagenbau GmbH & C. KG, Holzgerlingen

Topic:Further Investigation for the Optimisation of the Eisenmann Fentox-Process, (2010)

Elopak AS, Spikkestad

Topic:Development and Validation of the Sterilization System of Aseptic Filling Machines, (2011)

Fraunhofer Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB, Stuttgart

  • Anaerobe Behandlung von Reststoffen aus der Olivenölproduktion in einem Gaslift-Schlaufenreaktor, (2010)
  • In vitro Evaluierung des Zelladhäsionsverhaltens auf diamantbeschichteten Implantatmaterialien, (2010)
  • Prozessentwicklung zur Produktion von C5- und C6-Zuckern als biobasierte Plattformchemikalien aus Lignocellulose, (2010)
  • Inkjet Printing of Silver Nanoparticle Ink on Glass Substrates to Produce Miniaturized Plasma Electrodes, (2012)
  • Construction and Evaluation of an Ice Storage System with Anti-Ice Surfaces, (2012)
  • Development of a Silicone-based Block Copolymer Membrane Support for Carbon Dioxide Separation, (2013)
  • Entwicklung polymener Membranen für die Abtrennung von CO2, (2013)

Fraunhofer Institut ISE, Freiburg

  • Design of a Continuous Drying Unit for the Optimazation of a Novel Pyrolysis Process of Freshly Harvested Biomass, (2013)
  • Development and Implementation of a Liquid-Entry-Pressure Test Facility for Assessment of the Wettability of Hydrophobic Membranes, (2014)

Fraunhofer Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV, Freising

Topic: Investigation of potential factors influencing enzymatic
          degumming of Jatropha crude oil envisaged to undergo
          biodiesel production, (2013)

Fraunhofer Institut UMSICHT, Oberhausen

  • Deep Eutectic Solvents for Pulping Lignocellulose, (2014)
  • Regeneration of CIP (Cleaning-in-Place) Solutions of a Dairy Industry via Membrane Technology, (2014)

FUMA-Tech Gesellschaft für funktionelle Membranen und Anlagentechnologie GmbH, Vaihingen an der Enz

Topic: Development and economic efficiency of diffusion dialysis
           system for hydrochloric pickling bath recycling with special
           attention to feed conditioning, (2013)

Großmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH, Konstanz

Topic: Biogas production from sugar beet pulp in sugar factory in
           Poland, (2013)

Herrenknecht AG, Schwanau

Topic:Analysis and Detection of Possible Improvements of a Foa, Device which is used for Ground Conditioning on Tunnel Boring Machines, (2013)

Hochschule Offenburg

  • Investigations on Synthesis Gas in the Gasification of Biogenic Residues and their Mixture, (2012)
  • Optimization of Substrate Composition for Efficient Production of Cellulase by Trichoderma reesei to Improve the Biogas Production, (2012)
  • Development of a Bioreactor for Cellulase Production: Design and Characterization, (2012)
  • Screening of Different Cellulase Producing Microorganisms to Optimize the Biogas Yield, (2012)
  • Gasification Properties of a Downdraft Gasifier Using Different Biomass from Grounds Maintenance, (2013)
  • Continuous Enzymatic Pretreatment of Cellulottic Substrates to Increase the Biogas Yield in Biogas Processes, (2013)
  • Analysing and creation of a balancing model for optimizing of a downdraft gasifier in respect to efficiency and handling in dependance of waste biomass, (2013)
  • Introduction to Computer Tomography for Undergraduate Students, (2013)
  • Methanation of Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide as a Means for Direct Methane Productivity Enhancement in a Biogas Digester, (2014)
  • Theoretical Review on the Catalytic Conversion of Glycerol to Lactic Acid, (2014)

Hochschule Offenburg INES

Topic:Direct CO2 capture from ambient air as part of a carbon cycle: Literature analysis and simulation, (2015)

Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel

Topic:Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel, (2014)

Hosokawa Alpine, Augsburg

Topic:Influence of Grinding Aids on a Combined Milling and Air Classifying Loop, (2011)

HSG-IMJT Außenstelle Freiburg

Topic:Immunoassay-Development on an Innovative Lab-on-aChip System, (2012)

Huber SE, Berching

Topic:Analysis of Different Needle Felt Meshes for Obtaining an Effective Purification of Wastewater, Using RoDisc Micro Screen, (2014)

Institut für Prozess- und Anlagetechnik, Hamburg

  • Automation of the Initialization and the start-up phase of the Divided Wall Distillation Column, (2012)
  • Dynamic Process Simulation on a Dividing Wall Column, (2012)

Institut für Umweltmedizin und Krankenhaushygiene, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg

  • Coupling of the Closed Bottle Biodegradability Test with GC-MS, (2010)
  • Establishment of an Aerobic Water Sediment Test, (2010)
  • Emissionsprofile und erste Untersuchungen zur Toxizität von handelsüblichen Laserdruckern, (2011)
  • The influence of chemical and physical properties of surfaces on cell behavior, (2011)
  • Studies on the suitability of the FADU-Assay (Fluorometric Analysis of DNA Unwinding Assay) as a method for identifying the potential genotoxicity of environmental pollutants in human A549 lung cells, (2012)
  • Establishment and Application of 3D Speroid Culture of Human Primary Epithelial Lung Cell for Investigation of Potential Toxic Effects of Nanoparticles, (2013)
  • Use of human lung cell monocultures (A549 and BEAS-2B) and an organotypical 3-D air-liquid model of human lung to assess the biological effects after silica and silver nanoparticle exposure, (2013)

KIT, Karlsruhe



  • Experimental Investigations for NIR-in-line-Monitoring in CO2-based Processes, (2010)
  • Online-Monitoring for High Salinity Ground Waters, (2011)
  • Simulation of fluid dynamics and light distribution in photobioreactors : evaluation of open-pored transparent sponges as light conducting structures, (2011)
  • Product Recovery Options for Fast Pyrolysis of Lignocellulose, (2012)
  • SHM-Technique: Homogenization Efficiency of a SHM-Valve and the Influence on Product Properties, (2012)
  • Use of natural zeolites as an ion exchanger to remove heavy metals from industrial wastewater, (2013)
  • Investigation of Wastewater Treatment and Biogas Production under Varying Operational Parameters Using Anaerobic RBC, (2013)
  • Extrusion Processing of Sustainable Protein-Rich Cereals: Influence of Protein Content on System Parameters and Final Product Characteristics, (2014)


KIT, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

  • Conditioning film monitoring with surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors, (2013)
  • The Transportation and Heat Transfer Mechanism in a Screw Pyrolysis Reactor, (2014)
  • Investigations to Entrained Flow Sorption and HTHP Sampling System, (2014)

Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V., Universität Rostock

Topic:Studies on Heterogeneous Catalysis of Methyl Oleate, (2012)

MBE Coal & Minerals Technology GmbH, Köln

Topic:Development of a Beneficiation Process of Low-Grade Iron Ore Slurries, (2013)

Mercedes Benz Werk, Rastatt

Topic:Methods for the Evaluation of Environmental Impacts at an Automotive Manufacturing Site, (2014)

Procter & Gamble, Darmstadt

Topic:Potential Spectral Methods for the In-line Analysis and Specification of Complex Colloidal Structures, (2013)

ProMaqua GmbH, Heidelberg

Topic:Einsatz der Elektrolyseanlage DULCOLYSE R bei der Permanentbedüsung eines Getränkefüllers, (2011)

RWE Innogy GmbH, Essen

Topic:Reduction of Hydrogen Sulfide Amount in the Biogas Plant Neurath with Calcium Nitrate Additive, (2013)

RWTH Aachen / AVT-Mechan. Verfahrenstechnik, Aachen

Topic:CFD Modeling of a Rotary Kiln, (2013)

Rytec GmbH, Baden-Baden

  • Application of Additives for Improving the Production in Biogas Plants, (2013)
  • Improving the Performance in the Biogas Production with Additives, (2013)

Siemens VAI Metals Technologies GmbH, Willstätt

Topic:Konzeption und Entwicklung eines Messsystems zur Erfassung der Stahlbadzusammensetzung in einem Elektrolichtbogenofen, (2011)

Stadtentwässerung Frankfurt a. M.

Topic:Research of Nitrite Formation in the Downstream Denitrification, (2014)

Südzucker AG, Tienen

Topic:Rheological and Technical Characterization of Natural Texturising Systems in Model Systems and Food Applications, (2011)

Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg

Topic:Treatment of Process Waters from Hydro Thermal Carbonization (HTC), (2013)

TTZ Bremerhaven

Topic:Evaluation of the Overall "Treat & Use" System Performance, (2014)

UGA Biopharma GmbH, Hennigsdorf

Topic:A Downstream Processing Platform for Monoclonal Antibodies: Design Considerations on Affinity, Ultrafiltration and Polishing Operations, (2014)

Umicore AG & Co. KG, Rheinfelden

Topic:Moisture Sorption and Moisture Measurement at Oxide Powder, (2012)

Universität Bern

Topic:Development of an LC-MS/MS Method for the Detection of the Alcohol Biomarker Phosphatidyl-Ethanol (PEth) in Blood, (2012)

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Polen

  • Production of PHA by fed-batch fermentation of pseudomonas sp. GI01 using rapeseed oil as carbon source, (2011)
  • Differential Gene Expression in Hepatopancreatic Gland of Pond Snail (Lymnaea Stagnalis) after Exposure to Benzo(a)pyrene, (2013)
  • Evaluation of Selected mRNA Expression Changes in Hepatopancreatic Gland of Pond Snail (Lymnaea Stagnalis) as Novel Biomarkers of Exposure to Benzo(a)pyrene, (2013)
  • Structure and Expression of the c-myc Gene in Liver of Whitefish Coregonus lavaretus, (2014)

Weleda AG, Arlesheim

Topic:Implementierung einer OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) im Bereich einer Bulkherstellung von Naturkosmetikprodukten, (2011)

Zentis GmbH & Co.KG, Aachen

Topic:Simulation of Different Fruit Preparation Processes to Establish the Optimization Potential, (2010)

Study Regulations

Every study program at the Offenburg University is defined and regulated as described in:

"Regulations concerning Study and Examinations (RSE) of the Offenburg University".

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Regular periods of study and structure of study
  • Modular Structure of Studies
  • Loss of Admission to the Degree Program, loss of the right to take
  • Examinations, Deadlines
  • General Rules of Admission
  • Examination Requirements
  • Oral Examinations
  • Seminar Papers and other written Assignments
  • Evaluation of Examination Results
  • Omission, Withdrawal, Deception, Irregularities
  • Passing and Failing an Examination

These study regulations consist of a general part and a special part.  The general part of the study regulations covers the topics common to all the masters programs. Each individual masters program has a special part that explains the regulations specific to its program. For legal purposes, only the German version of the "General Part of the Study Regulations" is binding. Links to both the general and the MPE specific parts of the study regulations are provided below: 


1) German version of the General part of the Regulations concering Study and Examinations (RSE)

1a) English translation of the General part of the Regulation concerning Study and Examinations (RSE)

2) MPE-specific part of the Regulations concering Study and Examinations (RSE) (mainly in English

3) German abbreviations used in the Regulations concering Study and Examinations (RSE)