The Renewable Energy Systems master's program offers students with a solid educational background in energy engineering an advanced education focused on renewable energies. In this program you learn how to apply renewable energies together with classic energy technologies, how to integrate these into environmentally sustainable energy supply systems, and how to find and develop innovations in energy engineering. There is a particular focus on providing a thorough and detailed education in photovoltaics, wind energy engineering, and conversion methods for biogenic materials. Furthermore, the master's program allows you to develop your own profile: You can choose a more general comprehensive approach to the subject field, gaining a breadth of skills and knowledge or you can choose to pursue a more specialized profile by concentrating on and advancing certain techniques.
|Degree||Master of Science|
|Standard period of study||4 semesters|
|Program start||Summer and winter semester|
|Language of instruction||German|
As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants to the Renewable Energy Systems master’s program must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. Applicants to the consecutive master’s program must possess a first university degree in energy engineering and process engineering or a related field qualifying them for professional work. The responsible examination board will decide whether the content of the related bachelor’s degree qualifies the applicant for the master’s program.
The Renewable Energy Systems master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission.
Knowledge of English is useful as some courses/modules are offered in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.
It is imperative that candidates have background knowledge of energy and process engineering and sciences as well as thermodynamics. Additionally, they should possess skills in math and the natural sciences and understand the basic principles of mechanical engineering. It is desirable that candidates have an interest in developing their methodological skills, an appreciation for technical detail, as well as the ability to conduct scientific tasks autonomously and accurately.
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.
You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations of the study program. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.
The 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 modules in the master’s program is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the contents of modules, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, etc. The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations.
To module database
An internship is a compulsory component of the Regenerative Energy Systems master's program curriculum. The internship must last at least 6 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 internship you learn about work in industry and technology from an engineering perspective. It provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and method skills you have acquired in your studies to an industrial environment.
In the process you are to work in the following areas, particularly in research and development where possible:
• Planning, operations scheduling, project management,
• Design, construction, simulation,
• Preparation, execution, and evaluation of trials
• Plant operation, maintenance, optimization
Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.
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).
The Renewable Energy Systems study program also offers the opportunity for students to participate in a dual degree program. This is a component integrated into the curriculum through which students can earn two degrees. After successful participation, you can acquire not only a degree from TU Berlin but also from the respective partner university abroad. You must first be admitted to the TU Berlin study program before you can apply for the dual degree program.
As a graduate of the master’s program in Renewable Energy Systems you possess both the methods and the knowledge needed to solve technical tasks in the field of renewable energy engineering, particularly with regards to technical systems in the field. You are capable of planning and assessing the implementation of renewable energy technologies in combination with conventional technologies and design, construct, and optimize the corresponding systems. Additionally, you are familiar with the current state of technology, research, and development around the world and as a result are able to find and develop innovations in energy engineering.
The professional prospects for graduates of this program are excellent. Due to strong growth in the field of energy technologies, a high demand for specialists is expected. Work can be found not only in industry in the areas of wind energy power plants, photovoltaics, and biomass but also in general energy management, urban planning, and building engineering. Graduates may also find employment with public authorities. Additionally, your master’s degree in Renewable Energy Systems qualifies you to pursue a doctorate.
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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