Technology of Renewable Raw Materials (TNR)

Is sustainability not merely a buzzword for you?

In the Technology of Renewable Raw Materials degree course, you will gain the necessary practical and scientific know-how to use renewable resources sensibly. Equipped with scientific, process engineering, and economic basics, you will look at the entire value chain from plant production, harvesting technology, processing, and analytics to the manufacture of finished products. With the degree course, you are broadly positioned for a subsequent career. You will deal with botany and plant ingredients, with microbiological and biotechnological processes, with the material and energetic use of renewable raw materials as well as the ecological and economic evaluation of the processes.

Brief overview
Degree Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Start of study Winter and summer semester
Subject group STEM, computer science
Type of study Full-time
Field of interest Engineering, biology, chemistry, technology, economics, environment
Standard period of study 2+7 semesters
Application deadline Any time via intoTECHNOLOGY

And what do you do with it?

After completing your course, a wide range of careers is open to you. Our graduates work in the following areas and take up positions such as developers, project engineers, group and department heads:

In the bio raw material producing or extracting industry:
· Plant cultivation
· Agricultural machinery manufacturers
· Plant preparation

In the bio raw material processing industry:
· Chemical industry
· Paint and varnish industry
· Paper and packaging industry
· Automotive industry
· Plastics industry
· Cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry
· Materials research and development
· Biotechnology
· Biomass conversion for energy use

In apparatus and system engineering:
· Planning and construction of production system
· New development of machines and processing methods
· Development and validation of system components or processes
· Sales

Authorities, associations, standardisation committees, etc.

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Objectives and contents

The degree course imparts skills in the fields of processing and use of renewable raw materials, natural sciences (mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, microbiology), technology (process engineering, system planning, project management, etc.) as well as economics (business administration, personnel management, etc.).The students are thereby prepared for their professional activity and are taught the knowledge, skills, and methods required for this in such a way that they can methodically and independently develop further knowledge at any time on a scientific basis and use this knowledge in an application-oriented manner. In the degree course, the methods and specialist knowledge required for operational practice are taught in an application-oriented manner.

Projects integrated into the study programme and the practical phase aim to promote interdisciplinary thinking and social competence. The degree course enables students to independently expand already acquired knowledge and to put it into practice in a problem-oriented manner. Students are able to transfer their knowledge to problems from business practice and find solutions for these problems.

Course progression

An entry phase for international students for approximately two semesters consists of basic scientific subjects necessary in technology of renewable raw materials, e.g., English lectures in mathematics, computer science, and statistics plus German language classes. As soon as the international students reach the German B2 level, they switch to the courses conducted in German. During the entry phase international students have a guest status at the Hochschule Hannover. After they reached German C1/TestDaF level they enrol regularly to the bachelor’s degree programmes.

The bachelor’s degree programme is divided into two study sections. In the 1st study section, which covers the 1st and 2nd semester, students will learn the fundamentals of science, engineering and business administration. In the following study phase, which covers the 3rd to 4th semester, students will be taught in subject-specific, theoretical and practical knowledge. A practical phase and a project work in the 5th semester are integrated into the study programme. Optionally, students can complete a semester of study abroad. An additional practical phase and the subsequent bachelor thesis make up the final semester. Students can complete practical phases in national or international companies. Therefore, a stay abroad can be easily integrated into the degree programme.


  • Is there a suitable Master's course afterwards?

    You can follow up your Bachelor's degree with a Master's course at various universities and specialise in your chosen field.

    The Hochschule Hannover - University of Applied Sciences and Arts in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Göttingen, offers the Master's degree course "Green Engineering - Nachhaltige Energie- und Verfahrenstechnik für die Bioökonomie". For this Master's degree course, you fully meet the admission requirements with your Bachelor's degree.

  • What does the degree course cost?

    No tuition fees are charged. However, you must pay a semester fee of approximately €415 per semester. The semester fee includes contributions to the Studentenwerk (halls of residence, university sports), student body, administrative costs, and public transport. You will automatically receive a semester ticket for the use of public transport in Hanover (GVH) as well as regional transport in Lower Saxony. In addition to the semester fee, you will then have to pay the general cost of living.

  • Do I have to do an internship or apprenticeship before I study?

    If you have a general university entrance qualification or a subject-related university entrance qualification, you do not need to do a pre-course internship or training to be admitted to the Bachelor's course. You gain practical experience during your studies on the one hand in the internships in the university's laboratories and pilot plant facilities, and, on the other hand, in the practical phases that you complete in the 5th and 7th semesters outside the university in companies or research institutes.

    Nevertheless, 40 - 50% of our students have completed an apprenticeship before their course and thus already have a concrete idea of their future career field. The practical experience and skills from the training are valuable for the course and facilitate the transfer of the specialist knowledge acquired in the course into practice.

  • Is there an NC?

    Currently there is no NC. In the last two years, all applicants who met the admission requirements were admitted to the course. This will probably also be the case in the next application round, but the situation in the future depends on the number of applications received.

  • Am I studying in a smaller group or in a large crowd?

    The study atmosphere in our department is characterised by small study groups and personal contact between students and teachers. In the 1st Part of course (1st and 2nd semesters), you will study together with the degree courses Food Packaging Technology and Dairy Food Technology, the group will then consist of approximately 70 - 80 students. The subject-specific lectures from the 3rd semester onwards take place in groups of 25 - 30 students and thus allow intensive study support.



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