Physical Engineering

Bachelor of Science

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Spectrometer - sometimes it still works without a computer
Light Sensor - measuring sensitive items
Infrared Camera - Prof. Eberhardt talking to a student
Industrial Robot - Prof. Wöllhaf demonstrates its function
3D Scan - threedimensional acquisition
Bionics - Robot design oriented on natural examples
Imaging - Prof. Baumgart demonstrates a lens


is the creative application of science [..] to the innovation, design, construction, operation and maintenance of structures, machines, materials and devices...! that’s what Wikipedia would like to tell you about this subject... Engineering be done close to a product, like mechanical and electrical engineers are doing it or it can be done close to science and research!

Your are
  • interested in science and technology
  • looking for a special kind of study
  • not afraid of mathematics and physics
  • looking forward to become an inventor
  • someone who can get the whole picture, handle complicated systems and find solutions?
We are
  • working with the latest and very latest scientific results and we’re the ones who apply them first of all
  • not going to optimize products but we realize prototypes and scientific instruments
  • tightly connected to research, closing the gap between science and technology
  • inventing tomorrows gadgets, devices and items – right now!

Introductory Studies

Physical Engineering starts with the basics - with an introductory study period which takes three semesters. You will get the opportunity to enhance your German language skills in a special course related training offer. A basic (survival!) level of German (A1), is required and indispensable in the beginning. A B2 level has to be reached during the introductory studies.

Analysis and Linear Algebra Refreshing and deepening the Basics
Analysis 2 Application of mathematical methods for the description of physical effects
Analysis 3 Efficient mathematical methodes for the description of waves and to handle lots of data
Mechanics Forces, masses, acceleration... and everything related to it
Elektrodynamics Elektrical and magnetic fields
Waves and Quantum Physics Modern Physics
Elektro Technics
Electro Technics Resistors, networks, condensors and coils
Electronics 1 Semiconductors, Diodes and Transistors
Electronics 2 Transistor Circuts and Operational Amplifiers
Computer Sciences
Computer Sciences How does a computer work?
Software Developement Programming in Python
Chemistry Fundamentals of Chemistry an Physical Chemistry, Organics, Reaction Kinetics.
Foreign Language German!
Materials Sciences Classic and modern engineering materials
Engineering Design
Engineering Design 1 Technical Mechanics and CAD
Engineering Design 2 How to design devices, parts and elements
Practical Work

Advanced Studies

After that, things will be different: you will join native German students for the advanced courses, being held in German. Lectures will be replaced more and more by laboratory and practical training. Contents will change from theoretical background to applications and technology.

Elective Module A More about it on the next side
Elective Module C More about it on the next side
Internship You can get in touch with industry and research
Bachelor Thesis Now you can use everything you have learned
Elective Module B More about it on the next side
Elective Module D More about it on the next side
Development 1 How to work scientifically and how to keep proper records
Development 2 Management of research and development projects, patents
Measuring and Evaluation
Physical Measurement Sensores and devices for several physical quantities
Simulation We do not always need a prototype
Elective Module Technology You can choose from any course at the university
Control Theory
Control Theory If you would like to automate things
Microcontrollers Small Computers
Elective Module Non-Tech. You can choose from any course at the university
Out of the Box
Digital Technology What became possible with a computer
Businenss Admin. How does an enterprise work
Project You realize a small project by yourself
Practical Work


Within your studies, you can choose from two specializations - each covering an interesting and modern field in current technology:


Mechatronics has been merged from Mechanics and Electronics. It describes the bridge between both technologies. Applications include miniature items like position and acceleration sensors (as you can find them in your smartphone) up to industrial robots.

Imaging Technology (Optics)

Optics is an "Enabling Technology". Only a few modern devices and products are purely optical, but almost all of them would not work without it. The display of a smartphone is an optical device of hightest complexitivity. Autonomous vehicles need optical sensors and cameras ...

Imaging Technology
Elective Module A
Robotics Industrial Robots, how they work and how to program them
Imaging and Spectroscopy Optical Design
Elective Module B
Mechatronics Components and Mechatronic Systems
3D Cameras and Image Processing Cameras that can get distance information
Elective Module C
Microsystems Optoelectronics Manufacturing technology from Electronics applied to mechanics and optics
Imaging Technologies Further Technologies, mainly from medical technology
Elective Module D
One Module from Imaging Technology You can choose
One Module from Mechatronics You can choose
Practical Work


"Rural Base- Global Face“, this is the slogan of the Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences. The proportion of international students coming from all over the world amounts to 10% which is a quite high rate compared to other universities of applied sciences.

  • Lectures and seminars in small groups ensure intensive support
  • Focusing is set on on project-oriented knowledge acquisition

Students can apply their knowledge by means of practice projects in industrial enterprises. They get further practical experience in laboratory tutorials, in an obligatory internship in the industry and an application-oriented final thesis. Due to the close contact to the global companies in Bodensee-Oberschwaben, our students are perfectly prepared to enter their professional lifes.


English ones are about to come...
Erwin Fuhrer, M. Sc.

Nach meinem Abi war ich noch nicht sicher, ob ich in meiner Karriere Richtung Forschung oder Insdustrie wollte. Daher entschied ich mich für den Studiengang der Physikalischen Technik an der HS Weingarten; ein Studiengang, der mir die Möglichkeit für beide Richtungen anbot.

Tatsächlich hat sich das als sehr gute Entscheidung erwiesen, da ich bis heute außer von den erlernten Grundlagen in meinem Bachelorstudium, auch extrem von meinem Praxissemester profitiere. Außerhalb der Hochschule gab es in Weingarten außerdem ein vielfältiges Studentenleben und mir wird meine Studienzeit dort immer in besonderer Erinnerung bleiben.

Nach dem Praxissemester am Fraunhofer Institut für Physikalische Messtechnik (IPM) habe ich mich endgültig entschieden in die Forschung zu gehen und den Master an der Uni Freiburg durchzuführen. Heute arbeite ich am KIT Karlsruhe an meiner Promotion zum Thema "Sicherheit von aktiven Implantaten in der Magnetresonanztomografie".

Tom Dietrich, M. Sc.

Tom Dietrich Absolvent des Studiengangs Physikalische Technik, studierte von 2008 bis 2012 an der Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten in den Spezialisierungsfächern Mechatronik und Optik. Nach einem weiteren Masterstudium an der Universität Stuttgart arbeitet dieser nun seit 2014 als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (ISFW), ebenfalls Universität Stuttgart.

Sein Hauptarbeitsgebiet liegt heute im Aufbau und der Weiterentwicklung von Hochleistungs-Festkörperlasern mit Resonator-interner Frequenzverdopplung und Polarisationsformung. Diese Laser können beispielsweise in der Materialbearbeitung oder in der Grundlagenforschung eingesetzt werden.

Markus Joos, Dipl. Ing.(FH)

Von 1988 bis 1992 habe ich an der FH Physikalische Technik mit dem Schwerpunkt Sensortechnik studiert und meinen Abschluss als Dipl. Ing. gemacht. Während des Studiums habe ich mich aus eigener Initiative in die Softwareentwicklung eingearbeitet und im zweiten Praxissemester bei Dornier ein Simulationsprogramm für die Wärmeverteilung in Elektronik-Modulen entwickelt. 1993 habe ich am CERN in Genf eine Stelle angetreten und arbeite dort noch heute. Das CERN ist auch für Ingenieure ein sehr interessanter Arbeitgeber. Als Mitglied einer Gruppe für die Entwicklung von Datenerfassungssystemen habe ich mich auf die Schnittstelle zwischen Hardware und Software spezialisiert und Treiber sowie Bibliotheken für industrielle Systeme (z.B. VMEbus) entwickelt. Diese Software wird von zwei der großen LHC Experimenten eingesetzt. Um mein Wissen in diesem Bereich weiterzugeben, organisiere ich seit 2010 die ISOTDAQ Schulen für Datenerfassung (z.B. Seit 2015 leite ich "Beamline for Schools" (, einen Wissenschaftswettbewerb mit dem das CERN Schüler für die Wissenschaft und Technologie gewinnen möchte.


Where does its German name "Technik-Entwicklung" come from

We asked some of our graduates, how they would describe their job. Most of them said, they were working as a developement engineer (Entwicklungs - Ingenieur) .

Where can I find a job?

Most of our graduates get a great, challenging and fascinating job in the region of Bodensee-Oberschwaben. This may look like a rural and boring place from a distance … but there are lots of small and medium sized companies around which are -nevertheless or even therefore- on the leading edge of technology! Swabian inventive genius has got its home right here! Just look for „Hidden Champion“. Unemployment rates are negligible. These companies are desperately seeking young, qualified and motivated people.

Women in Technology

There are already more women in physical engineering than in other engineering subjects. However, we would still like to increase that number! This kind of study requires a special combination of skills in creativitiy, technology and science. There is a good chance, that this may exactly match your talents. Give it a try!

I am currently studying physics, but it is too much theorie and mathematics

Then, physical engineering might be an alternative. You will also get a good education in sciences and mathematics, but this will be accompanied by technological and practical contents.

I am currently studying ... and I think about a change

Then, there is a good chance that some of your exams can be credited. Just ask for an appointment and we will have a look at it.

I would probably like to continue...

Some students decide to go on with their studies, heading for a masters degree. Either still in Weingarten (Mechatronics and TM&O Research and Development) or somewhere else in Germany. Since you will get an excellent education in physics and mathematics, even university based courses as well as (later on!) PhD programs are within reach.

What are credits

Credits are an approximate measure for the amount of time that you need for a certain subject.

Is it difficult?

Well, there might be other studies that are easier. But our students confirm, that there is also time left for a life beside the university.

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