University of Applied Sciences Munich

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University of Applied Sciences Munich
founding 1971
Sponsorship state
place Munich
state BavariaBavaria Bavaria
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Martin Leitner
Students 18,486 (WS 2019/20)
Employee approx. 1,200
including professors about 500
Networks DFH , UAS7, INUAS, GlobalE3, EUA

The Munich University of Applied Sciences ( HM for short , until 2007: Munich University of Applied Sciences ) is one of Munich’s 15  universities . With over 18,000 students, it is the largest university of applied sciences in Bavaria and one of the largest in Germany.


“Red Cube” in Lothstrasse 64

In the 2019/20 winter semester, 18,486 students were enrolled at Munich University of Applied Sciences (40.3% female, 59.7% male). There are around 500 professorships in its 14 faculties  .

With over 85 courses in the fields of natural sciences / engineering , economics , social affairs and design , the Munich University of Applied Sciences offers a wide range of subjects.

The Munich University of Applied Sciences is spread over several locations. In addition to the main complex on Lothstrasse / Dachauer Strasse, there are the Pasing and Karlstrasse locations .


Gustav Vorherr founded the Royal Building Trade School in Munich in 1823 . It was the first of its kind in the German-speaking area. In contrast to their role models, the Paris École polytechnique and the Berlin Bauakademie , a modern building industry was taught here, primarily oriented towards local needs, which also included the previously neglected rural area . 1909 took place the transition to the State Building School Munich, the later Staatsbauschule Munich . In 1924, the higher technical college of the city of Munich, later the Oskar von Miller Polytechnic, was opened.

The Munich University of Applied Sciences was founded on August 1, 1971 as a result of the newly introduced University of Applied Sciences Act as the successor to these engineering schools and some higher technical schools. As was customary at the time, the existing training facilities were combined to form a university of applied sciences:

  • the urban Oskar-von-Miller - Polytechnic
  • the Munich State Building School, Academy for Structural Engineering
  • the higher business school in Munich
  • the (until then private) engineering school Bohne
  • the higher technical school for youth and social work
  • the higher technical school for social pedagogy
  • the department for commercial graphics of the academy for the graphic trade

In 2003, the photography training of the State Academy for Photo Design in Munich was integrated into department 12 design and in 2004 the academy was finally dissolved.

The Munich University of Applied Sciences has been renamed several times since 2007:

  • In October 2007 it became the "University of Applied Sciences - Munich University of Applied Sciences", or "University of Munich" or "HM" for short.
  • In 2011 the addition “University of Applied Sciences” was deleted and the name “University of Applied Sciences Munich” was set. However, the legal status as a university of applied sciences was retained.



Martin Leitner was elected President of the Munich University of Applied Sciences in 2016 and re-elected for a second term from 2020. The President represents the university externally, specifies university policy goals and developments and exercises the duty of supervision towards the teachers.

The executive committee (university management) includes the three vice-presidents Klaus Kreulich (responsible for teaching), Sonja Munz (responsible for research) and Thomas Stumpp (responsible for economics) as well as Chancellor Kai Wülbern (responsible, among other things, for managing administration, legal matters and the budget and construction matters).

Together with the Presidium, the central organs (University Council, Senate, Extended University Management and Faculty Council) decide on university and government issues.

University Council

In addition to the representatives of the Senate, the University Council includes ten personalities from science, culture, business and professional practice. They complement the internal competence of the Senate members with their external expertise and support and accompany the development of the university. The university council assumes the function of a "supervisory board".


The Senate is the elected representative of the members of the university. As of 2018, it is composed of six representatives of the professors, one representative each of the scientific and non-scientific staff, two student representatives and a women's representative. Its main task is to decide on the legal provisions to be enacted by the university. As a result, and since the Senate provides half of the members of the University Council, it can play a decisive role in shaping university policy.

Extended university management

The extended university management consists of the members of the executive committee, the 14 deans and the university’s women's representative. It advises and supports the management of the university in fulfilling their tasks. In addition, the extended university management decides on the priorities of the university budget and draws up the university's development plan.

Student Parliament

In 1973 the student bodies were abolished by law in Bavaria . However, there was an independent student body in the form of the student convention and speaker council. The new student parliament (StuPa) replaced the old convent and came into force in the winter semester 2010/11. The Student Parliament is the elected representation of students at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. It consists of 28 directly elected representatives, 14 representatives from the student councils and the two student senators from Munich University of Applied Sciences. One of the tasks of the StuPa is to represent the technical, economic and social interests of students at the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

The student parliament elects four people to its board. By virtue of their office, the student representatives in the Senate are also members of the board.

Faculty Council

For each faculty there is a faculty. At the Munich University of Applied Sciences, this is made up of deans, vice deans, deans of studies, members of the group of university lecturers , academic, artistic or other employees, as well as representatives of the students and the women's representative (both male and female) in accordance with the Bavarian University Act . The faculty council elects the dean and, if necessary, other members of the collegiate body dean's office (vice dean, dean of studies) Tasks are decisions about the use of funds by the faculty (money and material resources, personnel) and about questions relating to research and teaching. Many decisions require the approval of the Senate or the university management.

Student councils

There is a student council at every faculty , with the exception of Faculty 13. The term “student council” must not be misunderstood, since a student council includes all students of a subject. Nevertheless, it is often used synonymously with "student representatives". This is formed by the representatives of the students in a faculty. The student council tries to represent the opinion of the students. The student representative is the representative of the students in the faculty council who received the most votes in the election. The other members of the student council are those students in the required number who (would) have additional seats in the election to the faculty councils. The student council representatives are responsible for the faculty-related matters of the students. The department spokesperson conducts current business and makes decisions. In addition, the student councils often offer script sales, organize parties, etc.


The term faculties has only been used since 2005, before that the term was department. As of 2018, the university is divided into 14 faculties:

Faculty 13 is a specialty of the Munich University of Applied Sciences: It offers general academic elective subjects , of which all students have to take a certain number during the course of their studies, and has only two courses of its own (B. A. International Project Management and M. A. Intercultural Communication and Cooperation).

University ranking

According to a joint ranking by Wirtschaftswoche and Universum, the Munich University of Applied Sciences took first place four times in 2016 in six subjects for which the universities of applied sciences were rated. It was among the top 5 in two subjects. This makes the Munich University of Applied Sciences the best of all German universities of applied sciences.

In the 2017 University Employability Ranking, the Munich University of Applied Sciences took first place in Germany (ahead of the University of Heidelberg and the Technical University of Munich ). The companies rate how well university graduates are prepared for the job market. The result is a ranking of the universities that produce the best graduates - not only based on their specialist knowledge, but also on their soft skills.

Since July 2011, the Munich University of Applied Sciences has been one of the top 3 EXIST start-up universities in Germany and thus has access to funding in the millions for supporting student business start-ups. The start-up funding is provided jointly with the affiliated institute “Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship”.

In the Gründungsradar 2016 study , Munich University of Applied Sciences achieved first place for start-up funding at German colleges and universities with more than 15,000 students with the SCE (Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship).


The Munich University of Applied Sciences has three locations: Campus Lothstrasse ( location ), Campus Pasing ( location ) and Campus Karlstrasse ( location ). The new building for the Faculty of Design in Lothstrasse and the Faculty of Tourism in Schachenmeierstrasse ( Lage ) are also part of the Lothstrasse campus .

Lothstrasse campus

  • approx. 11,800 students
  • University management
  • administration
  • Training center
  • Faculty of mechanical engineering, vehicle technology, aircraft technology
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of supply engineering, process engineering, printing and media technology
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences and Mechatronics
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Faculty of Industrial Engineering
  • Faculty of Design (Lothstrasse)
  • Faculty for General Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Tourism ( Schachenmeierstrasse 35 )

Pasing campus

  • approx. 4,200 students
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Applied Social Sciences

Campus Karlstrasse

  • approx. 1,900 students
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Geoinformation


The Munich University Library of the University of Applied Sciences Munich (HM) is spread over three locations, where the respective specialist books of the associated faculties can be found. The total inventory amounts to approx. 320,000 print media and 512 current print magazine titles, over 95% in open access. In addition, around 140,000 e-books and around 45,000  e-journals are available for university members  . The main task is to provide university members with printed or electronic media. The library is also open to all other people.


The university conducts applied research and development in close cooperation with partners from business, society and politics, thus ensuring optimal practical relevance. The guideline “Research that serves teaching” also guarantees high-quality training for students.

This is made possible by the diverse research landscape at the university, which includes the four areas of technology, economics, social affairs and design. The Munich University of Applied Sciences is represented with a large number of research projects on the state and federal level as well as on the European level.


As a university of applied sciences, the Munich University of Applied Sciences does not have its own right to award doctorates . However, it is possible to do a dissertation at a university via the cooperative doctorate - with a supervising professor from HM. The requirements are based on the university's doctoral regulations. Different doctoral programs are offered.

The Center for Research Promotion & Young Academics supports doctoral candidates in the initial phase and during their doctorate.

Known relatives

Former students

Lecturers (also former)


Violinists at the 2016 winter concert of the choir and orchestra of the Munich University of Applied Sciences

The university's racing team, municHMotorsport , was founded in 2005 and as of 2018 had around 120 members from different disciplines. The team takes part in several events every year, including the Formula Student .

The I-Club (International Club) has set itself the task of networking international students with German students. Every two weeks is a Stammtisch place, which is to contribute to the general understanding of culture as the intercultural exchange.

The university has its own music ensembles , which accompany the events in university life.

Mex - Marketing Exchange e. V. is a student initiative of the Munich University of Applied Sciences that deals with projects of market-oriented corporate management. The association is open to interested students. The aim of the association is to promote the exchange between companies and the university.

Web links

Commons : University of Applied Sciences Munich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Network - The network of member and partner universities of the Franco-German University. In: Franco-German University, accessed December 7, 2019 .
  2. ↑ Name change of the university. In: January 23, 2008, accessed April 19, 2019 .
  3. Imprint. In: Archived from the original on July 28, 2011 ; accessed on April 19, 2019 . See imprint. In: Archived from the original on December 17, 2011 ; accessed on April 19, 2019 .
  4. Art. 1, Paragraph 2 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act.
  5. Senate. In: Archived from the original on July 29, 2018 ; Retrieved on July 29, 2018 (The original page is continuously updated. The information in the article is based on the archived version.).
  6. Universum University Ranking 2016. In: Retrieved August 22, 2017 .
  7. Jakob Blume: University Ranking 2016: These are Germany's best universities. In: October 25, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2017 .
  8. The best universities in Germany: Munich University is in front of Heidelberg University. (PDF; 496 KB) Press release. (No longer available online.) In: November 21, 2017, formerly in the original ; accessed on January 5, 2018 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  9. Munich University of Applied Sciences: Versatile and practical. In: Accessed January 31, 2018 .
  10. ↑ Culture of innovation at the founding university in Munich. In: Retrieved February 11, 2018 .
  11. ↑ Start-up Radar 2016 - Munich University of Applied Sciences and SCE achieve first place in the ranking of start-up funding at German universities. In: February 21, 2017, accessed July 25, 2020 .
  12. Applied research and development. In: Retrieved April 5, 2018 .
  13. About us. In: Archived from the original on November 28, 2018 ; Retrieved on November 28, 2018 (The content of the linked page is not persistent. The information in the article is based on the archived version.).

Coordinates: 48 ° 9 ′ 18.1 ″  N , 11 ° 33 ′ 13.1 ″  E