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Innovative Textiles B.Eng.

The know-how of this study program lays the foundation for mastering materials engineering requirements such as optimizing processes regarding the manufacturing and finishing of textiles, while considering technical, economic and ecological aspects.


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Today the term “textiles” is not just considered a synonym for clothing and home furnishing textiles. Due to the vast progress in development, the field of textiles has advanced to become one of the hi-tech sectors of global industry during recent years. Their versatile functionality has rendered these innovative materials indispensable for technical applications, ranging from automotive to aerospace industries.

Our Bachelor‘s program in Innovative Textiles provides students with a profound foundation in innovative materials science (fibers, yarns, knitted, woven and non-woven fabrics, finishing chemicals) and modern processing technology (surface engineering, finishing). This know-how lays the foundation for mastering materials engineering requirements such as optimizing processes regarding the manufacturing and finishing of textiles, while considering technical, economic and ecological aspects.

With this Bachelor’s program, you

  • are prepared for complex engineering tasks in textile and related industries,
  • have gained valuable work experience during the internship semester,
  • have excellent career perspectives in research, development, production, and management.

In addition, you benefit from

  • an innovative mix of teaching methods - lectures, practical courses in labs and companies, simulations and case studies,
  • development of your intercultural competence,
  • an excellently equipped campus including an on-site research institute.

Internship / Research project
Our B.Eng. students spend the seventh semester doing a practical internship in industry or a research project.
The Bachelor thesis is also project-based and written during this time. Thus, you can immediately apply your knowledge and gain profound professional experience. 

Teaching concept
The Bachelor’s program is based on a hands-on, interdisciplinary concept. Current topics like circular economy, materials made from renewable sources, and resource efficient processes are interconnected with classic technologies applied in textile production and textile chemistry.

Theory and practical training are closely connected. Our campus Münchberg is excellently equipped: on an area of over 5,500 sqm, weaving, braiding, nonwovens and knitting pilot plants as well as laboratories for pre treatment, dyeing, chemical finishing and testing of textiles are available.

The study program provides practice-oriented theory (case studies, working in labs, excursions, expert talks, etc.) in combination with small class sizes and individual support from faculty. Thus, students can develop a unique qualification profile which allows them to pursue undergraduate research, internship experiences, and design projects.

The standard duration of this Bachelor‘s program is 7 semesters.

Semester 1 and 2: Orientation Phase

  • basic textile and engineering subjects
  • for international students, the basic studies usually take place at the student‘s home university in their local language

Semester 3 to 6: Core Phase

  • Taught at Hof University completely in English language
  • Modules provide a broad base of fundamendal engineering courses
  • Includes extensive laboratory exercises
  • Modules cover mainly the following areas: Textile Chemistry, Textile Finishing and Technical Textiles

Semester 7: student research project/internship and final thesis

  • After successful completion of the program, Hof University awards the academic degree Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.).

Semester 1 and 2:

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Basics of Construction
  • Applied Programming for Engineers
  • Textile Production Processes
  • Textile Raw Materials
  • Business Adminstration for Engineers
  • Basics of Textile Finishing
  • Testing of Textile Materials
  • Chemistry I
  • Basics of Materials for Engineers
  • Statistics
  • Basics of Project Management

Semester 3 and 4:

  • Subject-Specific Mandatory Elective*
  • Quality Management
  • Project „Textile“
  • Spinning Technology
  • Knitting Technology
  • Chemistry II
  • Technical Studies for Knitted and Woven Structures
  • Weaving Technology
  • Technology of Nonwovens
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Textile Composite Materials
  • Circular Economy and Sustainable Polymer Engineering

Semester 5 and 6:

  • Subject-Specific Mandatory Elective*
  • Technical Textiles - Knitted Fabrics
  • Advanced Coloration
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Future in Textile Printing
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Technical Textiles - Woven Fabrics
  • Textile Coating and Industrial Fibres
  • Textile Finishing
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Material and Surface Characterisation

Semester 7:

  • Internship with Student Research Project and Bachelor Thesis

* Subject-Specific Mandatory Elective: choose from a list of current topics

As a graduate, you...

  • are in high demand by industry and government, for a variety of careers in research, development, production, and management, both nationally and internationally
  • demonstrate productive engineering practices, entrepreneurial behavior, research and leadership competences
  • possess the technical, ethical and societal knowledge and skills required for success in the complex modern world.

Typical entry positions

  • Functions in the following areas: production, development, purchasing, sales, management in mostly globally oriented companies in the textile and clothing industry.
  • Professional focus also on technical textiles (e.g. fibre composites) & smart textiles
  • Sales & customer service (key account management), application technology in textile machine construction or chemical fibre production
  • Purchasing & sales in related industries e.g. the automotive industry

Academic requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification or subject-linked university entrance qualification, University of Applied Sciences entrance qualification or professional qualification
  • If you are not sure about your university entrance qualification, please check the websites of and
  • successful completion of relevant basic studies at home university

Language requirements
International applicants ususally start in the third semester (when the teaching language switches to English). In this case, you need to fulfill the following language requirements:

You need to prove your proficiency in English. This can be done with either of the following:

  • TOEFL minimum 90
  • IELTS 6.5 or above

In addition: Basic language skills in German, minimum level A1, proven by official test score documents.

All applications must be done via our online application portal Primuss.

If you acquired your university entrance certificate abroad, uni-assist must assess the certificate before you can send it to Hof University. We advise you to send your documents to uni-assist at least 4 weeks before our application deadline.

Intensive support

Hof University offers a safe, friendly and open-minded study environment. Find out more about our intensive personal  support for international students!

International Office and Welcome Center

Innovative Textiles

Degree awarded
7 semesters
Winter semester
Application period

May 1 - July 15

Tuition fees
Approx. EUR 1,500 per semester (only for non-EU citizens)
Language of instruction

Campus Münchberg

The campus Münchberg is located about 20 km south of our main campus. Here you will find a library, high-tech laboratories and our textile technical center.

More about Campus Münchberg

Perfect connections for your future

Hof University is part of several textile-related networks (e.g. TEGEWA e.V. or the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles). This is a unique opportunity for our students to establish business contacts with potential employees at an early stage, e.g. for internships and research topics for the Bachelor‘s thesis. Study excursions to innvative textile tech companies and discussions with experts from research and industry form a vital part of the Bachelor‘s program.

In addition, our campus locations Hof and Münchberg are important centers for textile and materials research.

Our campus locations Hof and Münchberg are important centers for textile and materials research. Our Institute for Materials Science (ifm) develops innovative and sustainable products and processes by using the core competencies of mechanical engineering, system materials, textile technology, composites, textile design, industrial and environmental engineering. This interdisciplinary approach enables the creation of composites with improved qualities and special functionalities.

The Fraunhofer Application Center for Textile Fiber Ceramics is located on our campus Münchberg and dedicated to processing carbon and ceramic yarns. The approx. 1,000 sqm technical center is equipped with stateof- the-art textile technology facilities for the production of 3D fabrics.

What our students say

Isabell from Germany on campus Münchberg

Isabell from Germany

How was your start at Hof University?
„When taking up my studies at Hof and Münchberg, I was cordially welcomed as a new member of the university and textile family right away. The university teachers impart their knowledge particularly with regard to practical applications and are always here to offer their help and support.“

What do you like about the program?
„The first year provides us with basic engineering and textile knowledge which is extended further in the following semesters, from then on in English. The combination of theoretical and practical knowledge along with various possibilities to establish a personal network makes me feel well prepared for my future workplace. Additional Master study programs such as Composite Materials or Sustainable Textiles are also offered at Hof University.

What about the spirit among students?
„Innovative Textiles is well known for its general spirit of co-working and support among its students who see themselves as team members, not rivals. The friendly atmosphere, low living expenses and having all local facilities nearby are definitely the main ace up the sleeve of the university location.“

Anything you want to shout out to future students?
„You are interested in finding solutions for current issues like sustainability or want to plunge deeply into the manyfacetted world of technical textiles? Your new family is already waiting for you!“


 Kathrin Schötz
Kathrin Schötz +49 9281 409 - 3222

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