Renewable Energy Systems (M.Eng.)

One of the great challenges of the 21st century is to ensure a safe and environmentally sound energy supply in the context of an increasing global energy demand with dwindling fossil resources and accelerated climate change.

The fully English-taught Master's degree programme Renewable Energy Systems is intended to contribute to the training of specialists for the necessary global restructuring of energy systems and thus contribute to the transfer of knowledge and experience. The degree program thus follows the global challenges of the future in rapidly changing energy markets.

Are you interested in taking part in designing our renewable energy future? Then join the master‘s degree course on Renewable Energy Systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Nordhausen.
In three/four semesters, all important aspects related to renewable energies will be addressed i.e.:

  • What are existing and emerging technologies to harness renewable resources?
  • How can they fulfill the demands for power, heat and fuels?
  • How can we integrate renewable energies into existing energy systems?
  • What benefits with respect to climate change, abatement of greenhouse gases and other environmental problems may be expected by strengthening renewable energies?

Why should I study Renewable Energy Systems?

Climate change, depleting fossil resources, increasing costs for energy carrier -  these key words illustrate one of the main challenges of the 21st century: fulfilling the increasing global energy demand and securing a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy supply, as energy is one of the backbones to economic growth and social welfare.
The ongoing discussion on the consequences of an increasing demand for fossil fuels and the necessity of abating greenhouse gas emissions indicates that our exposure to energy reached a crossroad: either continuing as usual or postpone the (already known) consequences to succeeding generations or acting now. Acting now means: accelerated dissemination of renewable energies, as renewables, like wind and solar energy, hydropower, geothermal energy and biomass are abundant resources.  Additionally, as they are locally available, they open the road for fulfilling the existing and growing regional or local energy demand in an environmental friendly, sustainable and economical way.
However, disseminating renewable energies often demand for a new way of thinking. Constructing and operating renewable energy systems as well as integrating them into existing energy systems, be it power, heat or fuels, is a complex task, demanding for highly skilled and trained experts.

Excellent Career and future prospects!

Due to the expected dynamic growth of the international renewable energy sector, markets for appropriate technologies will expand rapidly. Consequently the global demand for highly qualified engineers in renewable
energies is increasing constantly, thus offering excellent career prospects for graduates of the Master’s degree course Renewable Energy Systems both nationally and internationally.
Typical examples of employment opportunities can be found in research and development (R&D) in industry and research institutions, as well as in the design, construction, operation or management of renewable energy systems, e.g. as

  • research and development engineer
  • project engineer
  • project manager
  • production engineer
  • technical employee in private utility companies or public administrations
  • expert
  • research assistant in research institutions.

The close contacts that the teaching staff possesses with companies and research institutes ensure that the training is practically oriented and the course contents are up-to-date.
Our Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Systems also qualifies its holder to pursue a PhD after succesful graduation.

Course structure

The standard period of study is three or four semesters (see blow). In the first two semesters, courses take place at the university; the third semester is planned for the preparation and writing of the master thesis.

(The attendance in the qualification semester is required for students with a Bachelor’s degree equivalent to 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)).

Qualification Semester (Winter Semester; mandatory for students with a Bachelor degree equivalent to 180 ECTS):

  • Basics in Electrical Engineering
  • Basics in Thermal Engineering
  • Introduction in Renewable Energy Systems
  • Scientific Practice
  • Cultural Studies and Scientific Writing
  • German as a foreign language

1st semester (Summer Semester)
lectures and exercises:

  • Bioenergy I: Solid Biomass
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Wind Power Plants
  • Project Management
  • Non-technical module: German as Foreign Langugage
  • Elective course No. 1 (check below)

2nd semester (Winter Semester)
lectures and exercises:

  • Bioenergy Systems II: Biogas and Liquid Biofuels
  • Solar Thermal Lab
  • Scientific project
  • Life Cycle Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems
  •  Elective course No. 2 (check below)

3rd semester (Summer Semester)

  • Master thesis und Master colloquium (Presentation and Defense)

Selection of possible Elective courses

  • Ocean energy
  • Bioengineering
  • Fuel Cell Technology
  • Numerical Methods in Heat and Mass Transfer
  • and more... (subject of availability and change)

How to apply with Uni-Assist? (pdf)

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