Technology of Circular Economy (M.Eng.)

The course is expected to start in the winter semester 2024/25.

With this degree program, we train you to become a qualified specialist in the field of circular economy technologies. The course lasts three semesters and leads to a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Master of Engineering degrees in these fields are in high demand on the job market; they are internationally recognized, open up access to higher civil service and entitle you to a doctorate.

Based on the goals of Emden-Leer University of Applied Sciences as a "university of the future", you will acquire specialist knowledge of circular economy technologies on this course. You will learn to think and act in a resource-conserving way and to work in an interdisciplinary manner.


Due to its international orientation, this master´s course is taught entirely in English. It is therefore embedded in the university's goals of diversity and scientific and cultural exchange.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Full time

Standard period of study
3 semesters

The standard duration of this master's degree course is 3 semesters (for graduates of 7-semester bachelor degree courses comprising 210 ECTS CP) with the master's thesis in the third semester. Complementary modules courses ("complementary studies") are offered for graduates of 6 semester bachelor (180 ECTS CP) so that these students can also obtain their master's degree after a total of 10 semesters and 300 CP. There are also opportunities for recognition of modules for students from 8-semester (honors) Bachelor's degree programs.
Further details are regulated by the access and admission regulations (see Enrolment and Examination Office).

Start of studies
Summer and winter semester
We recommend starting your studies in the winter semester.

Study location


Admission requirements

Prerequisite is a first professionally qualifying degree (e.g. Bachelor) of 7 semesters or 210 ECTS-CP in the degree programs Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering/Environmental Engineering, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Process Technology or in another technical-scientific Bachelor degree program.

Admission Restrictions


Credit points

The accreditation procedure is accompanied by the "Central Evaluation & Accreditation Agency" ("ZEvA"). The accreditation by the German Accreditation Council ("Stiftung Akkreditierungsrat") is expected in 2024.

Faculty of Technology

As a graduate of the Technology of Circular Economy Master's degree program, many professional fields of activity open up to you, including

  • Development and production of recyclable products
  • Evaluation, optimization and monitoring of sustainable processes
  • Quality assurance and management
  • Waste prevention as well as analysis, evaluation and recycling of products
  • Soil protection, water protection and other areas of environmental protection
  • Evaluation and optimization of environmental protection processes
  • Waste prevention and recycling management

This also includes activities and management tasks as a development or production engineer as well as advisory functions at companies in the sector.

Potential future employers are companies from the entire field of process and environmental technology and recycling management, engineering and design offices, research institutions and the public sector.

After completing your Master's degree, you will be able to

  • develop sustainable processes as the basis of the circular economy,
  • apply and optimize these processes,
  • work interdisciplinary in the value chain,
  • analyze, evaluate and optimize processes of environmental protection and waste avoidance under the aspects of the circular economy.

The course includes two compulsory modules on the circular economy. Further modules are assigned to the compulsory elective area. Up to two compulsory elective modules can be extended from the usual module size (6 CP) to 12 CP. The compulsory elective area includes the modules:

  • Biodegradability and Environmental Impact
  • Biopolymers
  • Solid Waste and Recycling
  • Recovery of recyclable materials
  • Water Reuse
  • Site remediation
  • Energies and materials in biotechnology
  • Scientific computing

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If you would like to apply for our study program, please follow the link to our application portal.

Start of studies:

Winter semester and Summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Yes. The access and admission regulations provide further details.

Application deadlines:

Winter semester

Non-EU: 30.05

EU: 15.07

Summer semester

Non-EU: 30.11

EU: 15.01

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Course guidance:
Prof. Dr. Gottfried Walker
E-Mail: Gottfried.Walker(at)

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Student Union Oldenburg

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Registration Office

  • At the start of your studies

Introductory course for first semester students

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