We support the diverse research projects of our students and employees. Thus, our students have many opportunities to conduct research and dedicate themselves to interesting topics in their theses. They find fields of research in business through intensive internships and in challenging topics for dissertations.

In addition, we maintain a modern infrastructure such as laboratories and machine test benches, so that students and employees can devote themselves to topics about which little was previously known.

Institutes and Competence Centers Laboratories and Projects

Research topics currently include:

Engineering Department

• Production and Manufacturing Technology
• Product Development
• Product Improvement
• Communications Technology
• Robotics
• Sensor Technology
• Material Characterization
• Laser Processing
• Laser Characterization
• Fluid Mechanics + Thermodynamics

Media Department

• Consumer Research
• Utilization Development
• Media Impact
• Interface Design
• Digital Transformation Processes
• eLearning
• Media Psychology
• Ethics and Media Management
• Digital Business Management

Medical Economics & Health Department

• Pharmacodynamics
• Pharmacokinetics
• Hospital Management
• Care Research
• Health Technology Assessment
• Molecular Medicine
• Pharmaceutical Marketing
• Investigation of possible health effects resulting from the use of electronic media in childhood and adolescence

Economics and Law Department

• Compliance
• Corporate Governance
• Logistics
• Business Management
• Business Automatization
• Supply Chain Management
• Value-oriented Business Management
• Consumer Behaviour
• Business Information Systems
• Enterprise Resource Planning

The RFH has defined two main research areas from the existing department topics, which it intends to develop further. These are:

• Production and manufacturing for society’s technological change
• Social and economic challenges of demographic change
Scientific work is based on the basic principles of methodical, systematic and verifiable procedures, which are the same in all disciplines, internationally and interculturally. The first and foremost principle is honesty towards oneself and others. In accordance with the German Research Association’s (DFG) recommendations, the University of Applied Sciences Cologne has established research regulations to ensure good scientific practices and a procedure for scientific misconduct. This is based on the "Proposals for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice" published by the DFG in 1998.

Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis

The University of Applied Sciences Cologne has an Ombudsperson who can be consulted by the parties concerned in cases of conflict.

Download Rules (2.4 MB)

Rules for the safeguarding of good scientific practice and for the procedure in case of scientific misconduct suspicion at the RFH Cologne.