Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Fachbereich Maschinenbau & Verfahrenstechnik
Faculty of Mechanical and Process Engineering


What are simulation and experimental engineering?

Simulation engineering describes technical processes using mathematical equations and predicts them with computer calculations – almost like in a weather forecast. The advantage: fast technical development at reasonable effort and analysis of many possible scenarios in their entire complexity. This applies to single parts of processes – e.g. nozzle flow – as well as the simulation of an entire power plant process.

Experimental engineering refers to: planning, conducting and evaluating experiments on devices or sub-components of test benches or entire plants in practice; using suitable, calibrated measurement instruments; processing the results of the experiments and illustrating them graphically using state-of-the-art information technology. Experiments confirm calculations, prove safety and improve simulation models.


Why simulation and experimental engineering?

Experiments provide realistic results, e.g. as a basis to design simulation models. Simulations save time and money compared to experiments. The results of an experiment can back up a simulation model. Combining the two methods greatly benefits research and development.


Specialisation: Energy and Environmental Technology

Contents include: advanced energy and environmental technology, detailed heat and mass transfer, combustion processes, renewable energies in heating and cooling, efficient ways to produce, store and distribute electrical power, (reduction of) the impact of power engineering systems on the environment, e.g. air pollution and noise.


Specialisation: Environmental and Process Technology

Contents include: advanced environmental and process technology, state-of-the-art software tools to simulate industrial processes and plan chemical plants, strategies to save energy and minimise emissions in industrial processes, (reduction of) the impact on the environment, e.g. air pollution and noise.


Please note: The language of instruction is mainly German.

​Key Facts

Language of instructionMainly German
​Degree​Master of Science (MSc)
​Normal programme length​3 semesters
​Study programme begins​Summer and winter semester

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Degree seeking students

Exchange students

​Allocation of places​Unrestricted admission
​General admission requirementshs-duesseldorf.de/requirements
​Special admission requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor’s or ‘Diplom’ programme in process, energy and/or environmental technology – with an overall grade of ‘good’ (2.5) (according to the German grading system) or better.

English language proficiency of at least B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Period abroad​Possible
​Summary of key informationEnglish Flyer [PDF]