Bergische Universität Wuppertal


Founded in 1972, the University of Wuppertal (UW) is still young. Its twin goals are academic excellence in its individual disciplines and the consistent development of the interface between these disciplines and the world of practical experience – in a word, the transfer of knowledge and technological know-how. With a combination of disciplines that is somewhat unconventional for a German university, UW offers interesting possibilities – for example in subject combinations for teaching degrees, in interdisciplinary cooperations between the Faculties of Engineering and Economics, or in the field of Safety Engineering, where UW's degree program is unique in Germany. The university's reputation as a force in business and industry goes beyond its role in regional economics. Its business startup and marketing program provides young entrepreneurs with a first-class springboard that once again in 2007 – as in 2005 – won Wuppertal number one position in the German university rankings.


The University of Wuppertal is a modern, independent university in the Humboldtean tradition.

Teaching and research profiles

The establishment of specific research and teaching profiles serves the purpose of bundling existing strengths, developing new synergies, and enhancing the impact of the university across the whole range of its achievements and potentialities.

Policy Statement

The University of Wuppertal sees the fulfillment of its mission and the promotion of its academic profile as intimately connected with the following values and principles.

The three university campuses

UW has three campuses. The Main Grifflenberg Campus and the Freudenberg Campus & guesthouse are situated on the southern side of the Wupper valley. The Main Grifflenberg Campus is on Gauss Str. and the Freudenberg Campus is on Rainer-Gruenter-Str. The Haspel Campus is in Unterbarmen (Haspeler Str. / Pauluskirchstr.).

History of the University

The University of Wuppertal was established in 1972 as part of the North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) drive to create a practically oriented (or 'comprehensive') higher education sector. Already existing HE institutions in the region, like the Schools of Engineering, Industrial Art, and Education, were assimilated into the new format and expanded to incorporate new departments. A leading figure in this development was the locally born then NRW Minister of Science and Research, later Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and Federal German President, Johannes Rau. In 2003 the so-called 'Comprehensive University of Wuppertal' was re-styled simply 'University of Wuppertal'. The initial 3473 students by now numbered 20,000. A main focus of degree programs remained on the traditional Wuppertal subjects of engineering and science on the one hand and art and design on the other, with economics and the humanities given new prominence and state examinations for future school teachers offered in a wide variety of subjects. The roots of the UW Faculty of Engineering, as of the Faculty of Art and Design, go back well into the 19th century.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Master in Applied Economics and International Economic Policy

Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Germany Wuppertal

The master program at hand builds upon the former program “Internationalization and Economic Policy” which has been excellently evaluated in the CHE-ranking. [+]

The master program at hand builds upon the former program “Internationalization and Economic Policy” which has been excellently evaluated in the CHE-ranking.

The academic focus is on scientific research: theoretical and methodological knowledge form the basis of an internationally aligned and application-oriented approach. In the course of the program, different specializations can be chosen, e.g. in the field of international economic relations, the economics of the labor market, health economics and financial economics. Also, it is possible for students to gain practical experience through a research-oriented internship. The internationally-oriented knowledge transfer is complemented by study visits at international institutions (e.g. the ECB, the European Commission, OECD, WTO, the ITU, the IZA).... [-]

MSc Computer Simulation in Science

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Wuppertal

The MSc program Computer Simulation in Science (CSiS) is taught in English and focuses on the application of computer-oriented techniques and methods to modern research problems in natural sciences and engineering. [+]

Study among some of the world's greatest scientific minds in the Master of Science, Computer Simulation in Science (C.S.i.S.) program at Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

The MSc program Computer Simulation in Science (C.S.i.S.) focuses on the development, implementation, and application of computer-oriented simulation techniques and methods to modern research problems in natural sciences and engineering. All courses in this M.Sc. program are taught in the English language.

The MSc program lasts for 4 semesters (2 years) and has a total of 120 ECTS credits. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.).

Besides compulsory courses in Computer Simulation, Computer Science, and Numerical Methods, students will take elective courses in one of the following specializations of their choice:... [-]