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Sustainable Systems Engineering (Master of Science)

The English-taught master’s degree program Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) with its international focus is addressed in particular to graduates with a bachelor's degree in engineering or natural sciences.

In-depth knowledge will be taught in the following areas:

  • Sustainable Materials;
  • Energy Systems (in particular Solar Energy);
  • Resilience Engineering; and
  • Technology and Society.


Depending on the individual interests and focus, students can acquire and deepen their knowledge in these areas. Central objective of this master's program is to guide students to independent scientific work in these fields.

Requirements

  • University degree/bachelor’s degree (at least average of 2.5 on a German scale) in the field of engineering or natural sciences. Previous knowledge in math, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, computer science etc. (for details see course homepage).
  • English language proficiency (German higher education entrance qualification or other proof of CEFR level B2).

Basics information 

Total credits: 

120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits

Standard course length:

4 semesters resp. 2 years

Language of instruction:                   

English, options in German

Course start:

winter semester (October)

Tuitions and fees

German and EU citizens

  • 78€ fee for Student Services (Studierendenwerk, SWFR)
  • 70€ administrative fee
  • 7€ fee for the student union

 

The amount of 155 € is charged by the University per semester.

Non-EU citizens

  • 1500 € tuition
  • 78€ fee for Student Services (Studierendenwerk, SWFR)
  • 70€ administrative fee
  • 7€ fee for the student union

 

The amount of 1655 € is charged by the University per semester.

Application and admission

Application:

The application process and admission requirements are described in detail on the SSE course homepage.

Admission:

The SSE admission committee will check whether you fulfill the special admission requirements specified in the admission statute. You will find this statute in the overview of all study programs under the category Sustainable Systems Engineering, Master of Science, Satzungen. Further information can be obtained from the program coordinator Eva Otto.

Please note: Admissions requirements may change before the application period.

Application deadline:

May 15th for the following winter semester. It is not possible to apply for summer semester. 

Detailed and up-to-date information on application and admission can be found on the course homepage or the application FAQs

Note for bachelor’s degree candidates at the University of Freiburg: In order to enable a timely enrollment in the master's program, it is strongly recommended to submit the bachelor thesis by September 1st (for programs beginning in winter semester).

Curriculum / study plan

SSE is an interdisciplinary program that builds on fundamental knowledge in electrical and mechanical engineering as well as natural and materials sciences. The six compulsory modules in the first semester will get everyone on the same technical level. From the second semester on students start concentrating on their preferred research fields and select a number of interdisciplinary modules to enhance their holistic societal and scientific understanding.

Find out more about the master's program SSE and see the recommended study plan

The individual modules with learning objectives, content, responsible teachers, scope of work, types of examination and literature etc. are described in detail in the module handbook.

The exact structure of the course including an explanation of the compulsory and elective modules and elective options are outlined in the examination regulations.

Modul handbook and exam regulations

Please note: Only the latest version is listed here. Older versions can be found in Module Handbooks and Exam Regulations under Studies and Teaching.

Career prospects

A master’s degree qualifies you for:

  • a scientific career in research;
  • senior positions in companies;
  • conventional and renewable energies;
  • as infrastructure operators for supply, mobility and energy;
  • at planning offices for networks, urban planning and infrastructure planning; and
  • with state authorities.

Contact

If you have questions about the admissions process or want to learn more about the benefits of the program, please contact us directly:

General questions regarding the course including application and admission process:

Eva Otto
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
2. OG Nord
79110 Freiburg
Tel. +49 761 203 54010

Academic adviser:

Dr. Georg Ganzenmüller
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2, 2. OG Nord
79110 Freiburg
Phone. +49 761 203 96784

Student adviser:

Beatrice Rodenbücher
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2, 2. OG Nord
79110 Freiburg
Phone +49 761 203 54193

Testimonials

Puneeth

"SSE has been an exciting journey for me, and this excitement keeps me motivated to learn more. I am proud to be in the first batch of SSE. I like that all the professors are very good at what they do; it seems like a trivial thing to say, but I’ve learned more effectively from these courses than I ever have in the past."

Puneeth Jakkula (First year of SSE)

Deepak Rupa

"I would like to tell that the course is really amazing and interesting right now. From the 2nd semester, we get to choose our own specializations and subjects which is quite interesting and it feels like we are customizing our own Master's study. Furthermore, there are many interesting subjects to choose from. I am really loving the course and I also recommended to my friends to apply for this course."

Deepak Rupakula (Second year of SSE)

 

"Full of possibilities to explore and practice sustainability, inspires students with decent cutting-edge knowledge and perspectives."

Kuo-I Chang (Second year of SSE)

Highlights of the course

As an SSE master student, you have the opportunity:

  • to work in cutting-edge research projects with internationally renowned professors,
  • to benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities of a modern and European campus,
  • to work through the uniquely close connection to the five Fraunhofer Institutes in Freiburg in renowned and innovative laboratories of these research institutes,
  • to design your curriculum flexibly and according to individual interests,
  • to live in one of the most popular and greenest student cities in Germany.

 

Smart, Micro, Green - Engineering in Freiburg

Smart – stands for robots that act independently, for computers that learn to interpret images or algorithms that become faster and smarter. Simply put, smart stands for computer science.

Micro – is meant literally here. The tiniest technical systems emerge that inconspicuously take on complex tasks in everyday life, medicine and industry. Without even knowing it, you are constantly dealing with microsystems. They make our lives healthier, safer, more comfortable, more versatile and, to say the least, easier.

Green – Freiburg is known worldwide for being the Green City. Since 2015, the Faculty of Engineering has been active from an engineering perspective with its own department for sustainability research. How can renewable energy be generated, fed into the grid and stored? How do we develop materials and systems that are produced and used in an energy- and resource-efficient way and that can adapt optimally to difficult environmental conditions or disasters?

Studying engineering in Freiburg always means that you benefit from all three areas of research, no matter which area you choose. Smart, micro and green technologies are becoming more and more in demand - acquire the necessary competencies to solve the social and technical questions of the future as engineers and computer scientists!

Further information

  • Homepage of the course
  • Homepage of the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH)
  • Leaflet with information about the Master of Science program in Sustainable Systems Engineering