Energy Science and Engineering (Master of Science)
(Energy Science and Engineering, M.Sc.)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German and English|
Requirements for Admission: |
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester (recommended) or summer semester (programme schedule not guaranteed)|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: —|
In the course of the interdisciplinary Master of Science programme Energy Science and Engineering, complementary fields of engineering and natural sciences are linked towards the topics of energy research and energy technology.
Apart from examining regenerative energies and the more efficient utilisation of conventional energy sources, the social framework will also be included in the studies. The programme can be adjusted to the students’ individual interests by choosing from an extensive optional compulsory subject area as well as by focusing on two selected key topics. A mentor system will provide guidance and support. During the programme, it is possible to study abroad.
1. Students are required to choose six of the following seven fundamental modules as assigned to them by the examination board from the Mandatory Subject Area; modules that were not part of the Bachelor’s degree programme.
- Renewable Energies, Energy Scenarios and Climate Protection
- Energy Technologies in Civil Engineering and Architecture
- Energy Technologies in Mechanical Engineering
- Material Science for Renewable Energy Systems
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Chemistry for Energy Scientists and Engineers
- Fundamental Law, Economics and Social Science Aspects of Energy Supply and Energy Consumption
The mandatory modules furthermore contain an Interdisciplinary Energy Project, which comprises the realisation of a planning and research project with as practical a relevance as possible in a project team.
2. At first, two key topics of the following seven are to be selected.
- Energy-Efficient Construction
- Infrastructure, Traffic and Transport
- Regenerative Energy
- Electrical Energy
- Power Plant Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Energy Materials
Within each of these two key topics, the students are required to choose and attend modules from the corresponding subject catalogues. One of these key topics must be completed with 24 CPs and the other with 18 CPs. The Master’s Thesis is to be written in the field of the larger key topic.
3. The Optional Subject Area allows the students to enroll in any of the modules (for a total of 12 CPs) offered by the TU Darmstadt including the courses offered by the Language Resource Center. A minimum of 5 CPs of elective modules are to be acquired in the fields of law and economics, history and social sciences, or human sciences.
4. The Master’s Thesis concludes the program and is to be written with a department that is part of the field of study. Here, the larger key topic previously selected from the elective modules serves as a reference area. This independent research project takes an entire semester, thereby forming a major part of the Master’s degree programme.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing more breadth and depth scientifically and a more complete insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Master of Science in Energy Science and Engineering graduates can find their occupation at the interface of technical understanding, engineering-oriented application and social responsibility of energy-relevant projects. These graduates address the aspects of renewable and conventional energy technologies covered throughout the course of study, the processes of energy conversion, storage and utilisation; the interaction of technological, ecological, economic and social factors; as well as the availability of resources and the climate development. Moreover, they develop solutions and initiate key processes.
Having acquired extensive expertise in the field of energy, energy scientists are able to approach the respective issues in university research as well as in administrative positions in governmental and non-governmental organisations. As the energy industry plays a significant role in the 21st century, job opportunities in industry or industry-oriented research and development as well as in consulting and assessment are increasing.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Gesellschaft für Energiewissenschaft und Energiepolitik e.V. (GEE) (Energy Science and Energy Policy Society)
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ) (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research)
Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg GmbH (ifeu) (Heidelberg Institute for Energy and Environmental Research)
Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung (ISOE) (Institute for Social-Ecological Research)
Öko-Institut e.V. (Institute for Applied Ecology)