International master degree course: Renewable Energy Systems

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 international, English-language master's degree course 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.
During three 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 benefit with respect to climate change, abatement of greenhouse gases and other environmental problems may be expected by strengthening renewable energies?

Academic degree
Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of study/Credits
3 semester/90 ECTS-Credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)

Start date
Summer semester (or winter semester, in case you have a Bachelor's degree with 180 ECTS)

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, process engineering, physics, electrical engineering, mechatronics or related field
  • US-GPA above 2.5 (is equal to german grading system 2.5 or less)
  • English proficiency (TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6.0 or completed Bachelor's programme in English)
  • APS (students from China and Vietnam)

 

Application period
until March 15th for the summer semester and until September 30th for the winter semester

Tution fees
No

Teaching language
English

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Why 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.

 

Career 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 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 the industrial firms and research institutes ensure that the training is practically oriented and is up-to-date with the course contents.
The Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Systems also qualifies its holder to pursue a PhD.

Course structure

The standard period of study is three semesters. In the first two semesters, courses take place at the university; the third semester is planned for the preparation of the master thesis.

1st semester
lectures and exercises:

  • Bioenergy: solid biomass and biogas
  • Photovoltaic
  • Fuel cell technology
  • Non-technical module: German
  • Life cycle analysis of renewable energy
  • Elective course 1
  • 1st project work

2nd semester
lectures and exercises:

  • Wind energy
  • Solar thermal lab
  • Bioenergy: liqiud biofuels
  • Elective course 2
  • 2nd project work

3th semester

  • Master thesis und Master colloquium (Presentation and Defense)

Elective courses (Selection)

  • Economical aspects of renewable energies
  • Bio-process engineering
  • Hydro power
  • Renewable energies in rural areas
  • Ocean energy
  • Numerical methods in heat and mass transfer
  • CFD
  • Modeling of electrical systems
  • climate change

 

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