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Responsible Production and Consumption (RPC)

Study concept

As a student on the Responsible Production and Consumption (RPC) sub-degree program of the innovative Bachelor's degree in Engineering, you will become a European expert in sustainability.

You will gain a critical awareness of the responsible use of resources and goods. Based on engineering fundamentals, you will develop the ability to recognise the technical, economic, social and legal aspects of sustainable production.

The degree program is interdisciplinary and international. Compulsory elective modules totalling at least 30 credit points are completed at one or more European, non-German partner universities. These may include modules from other disciplines, e.g. to deepen your knowledge of business administration and business law.

You organise and design your studies with a high degree of autonomy and flexibility. To this end, you will conclude an individual learning agreement with the examination board about the modules that you will complete at the partner universities.

The first four semesters of the Bachelor's degree program RPC are designed in such a way that you can quickly familiarise yourself with new tasks with varying requirements based on a very comprehensive basic education (in science and engineering). You will not only familiarise yourself with these scientific and engineering fundamentals, but also learn to understand them. This small but subtle difference is crucial for you to be able to transfer and apply your knowledge to new challenges later on and to assess your ideas and the ideas of others in terms of their usefulness and feasibility.

From the fifth semester onwards, you will start your partial degree program and acquire important specialist knowledge and skills that will qualify you for your job profile. After graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) and the Responsible Production and Consumption (RPC) sub-degree program will be indicated on your certificate.

Please note that the RPC Bachelor's degree program is not a separate degree program, but a sub-degree programme within our Bachelor's degree program in Engineering. It is therefore essential that you take a look at the corresponding profile.

So if you decide on the Bachelor's degree program RPC, you are actually opting for the Bachelor's degree program "Engineering", in which you then decide on the sub-degree programme that suits you at the end of the third semester, which may be RPC.

What else needs to be said:

When we developed the Bachelor's degree program in Engineering together with committed students at our faculty in 2020, the following was very important to us in terms of studyability:

  • relatively few exams per examination period: You don't have to rush from exam to exam, but have the time and opportunity to actually get through the material and learn it for long-term memory
  • early contact (from the second semester) with modules with engineering applications and reference to current research work: This keeps your motivation for engineering studies at a high level even during the otherwise long "dry spell" of basic science and engineering training (the first four semesters)
  • individual choices through compulsory elective modules from a predetermined module catalogue and by choosing free modules: You can develop flexibly according to your engineering interests and have the opportunity to think outside the box
  • You will gain practical and research experience in the basic internship, during two specialist excursions, a student research project, a 14-week specialist internship and a Bachelor's thesis
  • An education, which also includes English as a technical language, an introduction to business administration, European values and modules on responsible production and consumption, also provides you with the basis for success in an international environment

We will be happy to support you. If you have any questions about the programme, please give us a call.


Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (Faculty 4)
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Standard period of study
7 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Abitur or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or an entrance qualification recognised as equivalent

Course language
Professional advice
Dr. Andrea Dög
Leipziger Str. 30
09599 Freiberg
Andrea.Doeg [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
studienberatung [at]
Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 4 (Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering)
Leipziger Str. 28
fsr4 [at]
Job opportunities

Tasks of graduates include:

Development of sustainable production processes and energy technologies, development of recycling technologies and circular economy concepts, development and dissemination of electromobility and zero-emission products, development of environmental technology concepts and solutions, promotion of sustainable procurement systems, project management

They are deployed in the following sectors and areas:

  • All industrial sectors, especially the energy industry, environmental technology, agricultural machinery, the automotive industry, rail transport and aviation and shipping, measurement processes, mechanical engineering, but also trade and services and even banks, the financial sector and insurance companies
  • Design offices and product developers
  • Engineering offices
  • Teaching and research: e.g. universities, the Frauenhofer Society, the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Science and Technology
  • Education and research.e.g. universities, Frauenhofer Society, Max Planck Institutes
  • Public service: e.g. authorities, local authorities, utilities and waste disposal companies, public utilities
  • Economic and professional associations, consultancy
  • Professional activity: e.g. appraiser, industrial consultant, patent attorney

Internationality and flexibility

The RPC sub-degree program of the Bachelor of Engineering was established as part of the European University Alliance EURECA-PRO (future European University for Responsible Production and Consumption). In addition to TU Bergakademie Freiberg, this alliance comprises eight other universities in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain and Romania. You have the opportunity to complete at least 30 credit points at one or more of these partner universities. This gives you the unique opportunity to experience one or even several stays abroad during your Bachelor's degree program. This requires appropriate preparation with a personal learning agreement, but the effort is worth it and you will receive expert advice and support.

The international orientation of the degree program therefore gives you a decisive advantage: thanks to the wide range of opportunities offered by all partner universities, you can organise your study plan to a large extent according to your individual wishes and ideas. This puts you at the centre of your studies!

In Freiberg, the language of instruction is mainly German and occasionally English. At the partner universities, courses are offered in the respective national language or in English. If students achieve a total of between 70 and 105 credit points in English, the bilingual degree program is certified.

Why study Responsible Production and Consumption at TUBAF?

  • Because the needs of the students were strongly taken into account when creating the degree program (manageable number of examinations, stringent study options, elective options, application and research relevance at an early stage of the degree program)
  • Because you value short distances and personal contact with the lecturers
  • Because you would like to benefit from the lecturers' international contacts and be supported in organising a semester abroad or your Bachelor's thesis at an international research institution (we are happy to arrange this)
  • . (we will be happy to put you in touch)
  • Because you may want to work as a paid research assistant on current research projects and thus gain insights into current research (we need your support for our research projects)
  • Because TUBAF has excellent contacts with funding organisations that support our students in the form of grants:inside that support our students in the form of scholarships (scholarship chances are quite high!)
  • Because we prioritise our students, precisely because we are a small but very research-intensive university. Our graduates are also our doctoral students of tomorrow, with whom we like to research the challenges of the future together!
  • Because life (including housing) in Freiberg is not as overpriced as in some other university towns
  • ...

Suitable further study program

Master Responsible Production and Consumption

This degree program is a joint Master's degree program (Joint Programme) of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria) and the University of Leon (Spain). Information on the program content and application can be found under the link provided. Enrolment is possible for the first time for the winter semester 2023/24, the enrolment deadline ends on 5 September 2023.

Interests and skills you should bring with you

  • Basic understanding of maths and science subjects. No advanced level required. Much more important are an interest in engineering and RPC, enthusiasm for new things, perseverance and some self-discipline and ambition
  • A 6-week basic internship is required for this degree program (30 working days). Completion or partial completion before the degree program (after the Abitur) is recommended. The internship can also be completed during the degree program. Requirements for the basic internship can be found in the adjacent download. Dr Dög will be happy to answer any questions you may have (see the box on the right "Specialist advice").

Introduction to the degree program

The Bachelor's degree program in Engineering with six sub-degree programs

Fascination with technology - study engineering in Freiberg