Linking higher education and in-company training
The dual Bachelor's degree course in Mechatronics combines the advantages of a company job or apprenticeship with those of a university degree. Students can choose between the practice-integrated (3.5 years) and the training-integrated degree courses (4.5 years). These two models differ in that in the training-integrated degree course, the first half of the IHK training as a mechatronics technician is first completed in one year before the actual degree course. The continuation then takes place in the semester breaks of the 1st and 3rd semesters and in the 4th semester, in which the IHK final examination takes place. As in the practice-integrated model, this semester takes place full-time in the company. This allows both companies and students to gain extensive practical experience together.
The 5th and 6th semesters again combine full-time education with company time during the semester breaks. During this time, one of the following specialisations must be selected: Smart Production, Smart Automation, Embedded Control Systems or Vehicle Systems Engineering. The final Bachelor's thesis in the 7th semester again takes place in the company. During the lecture-free periods, practical phases and projects take place in the cooperating company, which are accompanied by the university as coursework.