Quality, Environment, Safety and Hygiene*

Interdisciplinary Expertise for Sustainable and Socially-Responsible Enterprises

The dynamics of the global market, competition and high expectations of customers translate to strict demands for companies, which are expected to not only deliver quality products, but do so while treating employees fairly and reducing the environmental impact of operations as much as possible. This multidimensional challenge requires trained specialists who know their way around the basic tenets, statutory regulations and norms of these areas. These specialists can, for example, actively ensure that companies remain compliant with regulations and quality standards, generate valuable environmental indicators, conduct internal and external inspections and audits, and act as in-house quality improvement advisors.

Quality, Environment, Safety and Hygiene, B.Sc. combines a solid foundation in the natural sciences with in-depth specialization in both applied topics and legal standards in quality management, environmental protection, work safety and public hygiene. Beyond that, students acquire additional skills and training in leadership and effective communication. The interdisciplinary curriculum was conceived to produce graduates who can quickly and effectively acclimate to the regulations and challenges inherent to specific industries. Flexible modes of study and a wide range of electives and additional qualification opportunities allow students to specialize in specific areas and expand their growing array of qualifications. The degree can be studied on a full-time basis, or a part-time basis with a valid vocational work contract through a German company.

Career Paths

Graduates are highly qualified for a number of different industries and, depending on their specialties and interests, will embark on a wide range of career paths. Common careers after graduation include hygiene officer in health and food services, or quality manager or environmental officer in commercial businesses, public authorities or research institutions.

Admission requirements

  • Secondary school qualifications sufficient for admission to a German institute of higher education (university entrance qualification)
  • German level B2 (with internationally recognised certificate)
  • Completion of an 8-week internship. Note: this is not required for initial admission, but must be completed by the 4th semester in order to continue the second half of your studies.

Detailed study information can be found in this degree programme’s examination regulations and under Admission Requirements.

Application process and deadlines

Please visit Application and Admission for information about the application process. Applications are only accepted online. The annual application deadline for the winter semester is usually 15 July.


* The degree programmes offered are suitable for part-time study in accordance with §62a HG NRW.


Place of study

Campus Kleve

Start date

Winter semester



Duration of study

7 semesters of full-time study

Study model

Full-time or part-time degree programme

Degree awarded

Bachelor of Science


Mandatory 8-week preparatory internship/work placement. This must be completed no later than the 4th semester enrolment deadline.

Restricted admission


Student Advisory Service

Phone: +49 (0)2821-80673-360

Academic Advising for this Degree

head of study programme

Professor Dr.-Ing.
Rudolf Schumachers

Phone: +49 (0)2821-80673-215
or by email: Rudolf Schumachers