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Process Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering, M.Sc.

Program overview

The Process Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering master's degree is an international study program bringing together students from a wide variety of bachelor’s programs and countries. During your studies you learn the individual steps of planning and operating energy, environmental, and process engineering processes as well as how to understand these as a whole. You will learn how to systematically investigate and classify these processes as well as work out the potential for optimization. You also specialize your technical skills by choosing one of the following profile areas: energy engineering, environmental engineering, and process engineering. Management skills and soft skills, as well as language and intercultural training also form integral components of the program.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a first university degree qualifying them for professional work from a study program in one of the following fields: chemical engineering, energy engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, material science/engineering, or a related study program. The responsible examination board will decide whether the content of the related bachelor’s degree qualifies the applicant for the master’s program.

The Process Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering master’s program is taught in both German and English. Applicants are therefore required to provide proof of English skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The responsible examination board is responsible for determining the equivalence of the study program as well as recognizing English skills. Applicants with very little or no German language skills are strongly recommended to achieve a level of B2 in German by the end of the second semester at the latest. However, this is not a condition for admission to studies.

Teamwork, communication skills, and intercultural skills are highly advantageous in this study program. You should also be analytical, autonomous, and a self-starter as you will conduct a great deal of interdisciplinary work independently throughout the program.

Program structure

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies. The curriculum is taught through a mix of integrated courses, seminars, and labs. By completing the master's thesis independently, you demonstrate your ability to conduct scientific work.

The proposed course schedule can be found in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants. You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations.

Content and modules

The Process Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering master’s degree program is modular in design. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. Modules often include a variety of different study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all compulsory and freely elective modules of the master’s program can be found in the course catalogue in TU Berlin’s module database, the module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also include detailed module descriptions providing information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, type of assessment, and much more. The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations.

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An industry internship is a mandatory component of this study program. The internship must last at least 10 weeks. Students are to submit proof of having completed the internship before registering for their final exam in the program.

The internship is intended to provide you with professional orientation, offering you insight into how you might wish to specialize and advance your knowledge. During the industry internship you learn about work in industry and technology from an engineering perspective. It provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and methods skills you have acquired in your studies to an industrial environment. In the process you are to work in several of the following areas:

•   Planning, project management

•   Design, construction

•   Research, development

•   Preparation, execution, and evaluation of trials

•   Plant operation, maintenance, optimization

•   Disposal, work scheduling, operational logistics

•   Modeling, simulation, automation engineering

•   Application technology

•   Quality assurance

•   Analysis of operational processes

Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.

Stays abroad

The Process Energy and Environmental Systems study program is internationally oriented. You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

As a graduate of the Process Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering study program, you

•   are familiar with the individual steps of planning and operating energy, environmental, and process engineering processes and are well-versed in methods used to master these steps

•   can identify potential for energy and cost savings early on and adapt processes accordingly

•   have learned how to use commercial simulation tools and can assess their strengths and weaknesses

•   possess the ability to systematically represent stationary and dynamic processes as mathematical models and solve these with appropriate computer-based methods

•   recognize and remove problems in numerical solutions

•   are skilled in the basic principles of optimization

•   are able to recognize limitations and problems during the optimization process and select the right tools for each task.

After your studies

Graduates of this study program work in a diverse range of fields:

•   in process engineering, for instance in the development and optimization of processes and work flows, in control engineering, or the re-engineering of plants

•   in energy engineering, for instance in the control of regional and national energy supply systems or in the design, analysis, and optimization of plants used in energy conversion

•   in industry production in environmental protection and management, for instance in disposal technology or air pollution control

•   in bioprocess engineering, for instance in the operation of plants in biotechnological and biopharmaceutical production

•   in materials science, for instance in the development and manufacture of materials, components, and systems

•   in research and development

Additionally, your master’s degree in Process Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering qualifies you to pursue a doctorate.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Specific contact points for the degree program