Leather- and Textile Engineering

Leather and Textile Engineering - A Germany-wide unique degree programme

“Textile Engineering” and “Leather Processing and Shoe Technology”, the two specializations within the degree programme “Leather- and Textile Engineering” have a long tradition at Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences.

Furthermore, an engineering degree in the field of “Leather Processing and Shoe Technology” is unique in Germany as it can only be acquired at Pirmasens Campus of Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences.

By combining the two specializations “Textile Engineering” and “Leather Processing and Shoe Technology” into one degree programme, the university has responded to the changing market requirements. Sneakers and casual shoes made of knitted or weaved high performance fibers and textiles are combined with leather in various fields, such as the apparel and automotive industries. This degree offers students in-depth knowledge about the value chain of textiles of the shoe/leather industry. The synergy effect achieved by the combination of these two areas promotes the development of novel and innovative product ideas and raises experts with interdisciplinary competencies, including the areas of materials science, manufacturing and production processes, as well as quality management.


A familiar atmosphere, small groups and intensive applied training: This is how you can imagine studying in the “Leather and Textile Engineering” programme. Graduates are awarded the academic degree “Bachelor of Engineering”.

Upon enrolment, students already decide for one of the two specializations. However, a change is possible until the end of the fourth semester.

The first two semesters are the same for both specializations. The students are taught in basic sciences and specific subjects. Accordingly, students from both disciplines learn the basics of the respective other specialization. The following semesters are more focused on the chosen specialization, although overarching modules continue to be taught together.

Well-equipped laboratories enable students to apply and advance their theoretical knowledge. Personal interests can be considered in the choice of topics for specific project works in advanced semesters.

Throughout the whole study period, a large number of subject-specific and interdisciplinary elective modules allow an individual adaptation of the study programme to one's own interests.

Another advantage is the large network of companies in the textile and shoe industry which are located in the region. Its maintenance is secured by a regular exchange, for example in the form of excursions and supervision of student works. This allows students to choose the best suited company for their practical work phase or bachelor thesis, according to their own preferences. Of course, there is also the possibility to gain this hands-on experience in national and world-leading companies, both in Germany and abroad.

If you have any questions about the degree programme, its content or need more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

An on-sight visit, the attendance of a lecture or getting in touch with students does not pose any problem and helps to clarify questions.

Career perspectives

The graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities. Both in the classic areas of the textile industry and in shoe companies as well as in other related branches such as the chemical, aviation or automotive industries.

Due to the broad basic knowledge and the intensive practical training, many graduates aim for positions in quality management, technical product or material development, or they find their place in the field of research and development.

Innovative products are needed in the textile, shoe and leather industries as well as in the automotive and aviation industries. Examples include functional clothing, sport shoes, sport equipment and interior parts in the automotive and aircraft industries.

In addition to in-depth technical knowledge, students acquire social skills that they can already use during the practical phase in a company. As regional and over-regional companies are constantly looking for qualified specialists, this practical phase often results in employment.

A semester abroad

During their studies, students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad. This sharpens the professional profile, promotes intercultural competence, improves foreign language skills and establishes global contacts on friendly and professional terms.

Students can choose from a variety of partner universities and countries. For the specialization "Textile Engineering", the "Integrated Semester Abroad" at the "Swedish School of Textiles" (University of Borås in Sweden) or the Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic) are particularly suitable, as they enable to complete the studies within the standard period of time.

The International Office is happy to advise interested students on the various options.