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Sports Engineering

Once again, the Olympic and Paralympic Games have demonstrated the importance of excellent equipment for top athletic achievement. The development and construction of such equipment requires well-founded engineering knowledge along with proficiency in anatomy, physiology, sports science, and practical issues. Sports engineers are able to use specific material properties in combination with measurement and diagnosis methods, tailoring them specifically for applications in competitive sports as well as recreational, preventative, and rehabilitative exercise.

Jobs and careers

An external analysis of the job market concluded that graduates of the sports engineering degree course have opportunities in a variety of areas due to their broad-based education – for example, in the development and manufacture of sports equipment and materials. The development of functional, sustainable materials is becoming increasingly important. The major sporting-goods manufacturers, for example, offer a broad array of research and development tasks, with the area of materials engineering playing a major role as a foundation for the development of new products. This applies to both sports and rehabilitation technology. Sports engineers are generally able to be certified as specialists after completing further training, and they can then work as inspectors or assessors of sports equipment and sports infrastructure. Interesting job opportunities may also be available at training centers for competitive sports or rehabilitative exercise.

Possible fields:

  • Development of sports equipment and materials, as well as rehabilitation technology
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Materials testing in sports and rehabilitation technology
  • Development of analytical methods in sports

Why Clausthal?

What’s special about this program at TU Clausthal is

  • its interdisciplinary nature, with areas of focus in materials science and engineering
  • its practical orientation – for example, in the use of sports equipment and materials
  • the supportive educational environment of a small university
  • collaboration with regional companies in sports and rehabilitation technology
  • excellent opportunities for athletic activity through university sports and in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Harz mountains, e.g. at the TU boathouse

Program structure

The 6-semester bachelor’s degree program in sports engineering combines engineering with sports-science disciplines. It is interdisciplinary in nature, and imparts extensive foundational knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, drafting, and applied mechanics in the first four semesters. An interdisciplinary project and an industrial placement in sports engineering are part of the 5th semester. Design, instrumentation, and sports and rehabilitation technology are additional focal areas, as is an introduction to sports science, biomechanics, sports equipment and materials, and their application in practice.

Focus

  • Foundations of engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Foundations of sports science
  • Sports equipment and materials and their application
  • Sports and rehabilitation technology
  • Electives and an elective industrial placement in sports engineering
  • Interdisciplinary project and bachelor’s thesis
  • Athletic practice for sports engineers

Industrial placement

The industrial placement is 20 weeks long and is divided into an eight-week pre-study internship and a 12-week industrial placement. Detailed information on the areas of activity is available in the industrial placement stipulations for the B.Sc. in sports engineering.

Program advisors

Studiengangsberater für den Bereich der Ingenieurwissenschaften

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Palkowski
Phone: +49 5323 72-2016
Fax: +49 5323 72-992016
E-Mail: heinz.palkowski@tu-clausthal.de
Institute of Metallurgy
Robert-Koch-Straße 42, Raum 167
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

 

Studiengangsberaterin für den Bereich der Sportwissenschaft/Sportpraxis

Prof. Dr. Regina Semmler-Ludwig
Telefon: +49 5323 72-7801
Fax: +49 5323 72-7899
E-Mail: bewegungswissenschaft@tu-clausthal.de
Sportinstitut
Julius-Albert-Straße 2, Raum 004
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

 

Sprechzeiten: in der Vorlesungszeit montags von 10:00 bis 12:00 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung

Program outline

Type of program: Bachelor
Duration: 6 Semester
Language of teaching: German
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Prerequisites: University admission requirements
Start date: Winter semester. If you wish to start studying in the summer semester, we recommend taking our program.
Accreditation: Urkunde ASIIN