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Sustainable Systems Engineering (Bachelor of Science)

Combine technology with sustainability and change the world for the better as an engineer!

The Sustainable Systems Engineering degree programme offers a new engineering discipline with excellent development opportunities: Elements of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering and materials science form the basis for a fundamental understanding of technical systems.

Building on this, you will acquire the skills to develop and implement innovative systems that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN).


Good to know

Is this degree programme right for me?

You are exactly right in this degree programme if you agree with most of the following statements:

  • I enjoy technology
  • I know that the challenges of the future must be solved through technology
  • I am curious and like solving tricky problems
  • I enjoy working in a team
  • I enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment


With our Online Study Choice Assistant OSA Engineering Sciences you can learn more about the study program from teachers and students and match your expectations of the course:



Why should I choose the bachelor's degree programme in sustainable systems engineering?

  • Renowned university
  • Special feature: Einstiegssemester
    • The first semester in the engineering programs is the same
    • Study Microsystems Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering or Sustainable Systems Engineering and switch easily after the first semester
  • Interdisciplinary degree programme with excellent teaching
  • First-class lecturers, small study groups and personal support
  • Practical experience in state-of-the-art laboratories: clean room, electronics - perfect for your career entry
  • Participation in cutting-edge research at the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering
  • Enjoy faculty-wide activities such as the System Design Project
  • Mentoring program for female students by female students
  • Professorial mentoring program for all students
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • Very good basis for subsequent master's studies
  • Benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities and a modern European campus,


Here are further benefits of studying at our faculty.


What are possible fields in industry?

You will acquire specialist knowledge in the field of sustainability and will be able to work towards a better future in order to solve environmental problems and implement sustainable practices in companies and organisations. The interdisciplinary approach of the programme opens up a wide range of opportunities.

Engineers are highly sought after and well paid because they develop intelligent solutions in many fields and play a decisive role in the technology of today and tomorrow.

The interdisciplinary approach of the Sustainable Systems Engineering degree programme opens up a wide range of career prospects. Those who opt for this degree programme have excellent career prospects in areas such as

  • traditional engineering professions,
  • environmental authorities and public institutions
  • materials and technology development
  • in all areas in which sustainable systems are developed and used.


Study course bachelor Sustainable Systems Engineering (B.Sc.)


  • University entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma or Abitur)
  • Very good German language skills (level C1 of the European reference framework required for application already)
  • To enjoy technology and solving modern, complex challenges as well as being unafraid of mathematics and physics are also important requirements for successful studies in Sustainable Systems Engineering.

Basic information

Total credits:

180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits

Standard course length:

6 semester resp. 3 years

Language of instruction:

German, options in English

Course start:

Winter semester (October)


Tuition and fees

German and EU nationals

  • 103 € fee for Student Services (Studierendenwerk, SWFR)
  • 70 € administrative fee
  • 7 € fee for student union


The amount of 180 € is charged by the University per semester.

Non-EU nationals

  • 1500 € tuition
  • 103 € fee for Student Services (Studierendenwerk, SWFR)
  • 70 € administrative fee
  • 7 € fee for student union


The amount of 1680 € is charged by the University per semester.

Application and admission

The course starts in winter semester 2018/19 for the first time.



without specific admission requirements (unrestricted admission)

Application deadline:


July 15th (international applicants)

Note: Holders of a German university entrance qualification can enroll directly by October 5th. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Student Service Center, which coordinates applications. You will also find information on how to apply or enroll there.

Curriculum / study plan

The bachelor’s degree program SSE conveys all the fundamentals and methodologies of engineering in the first four semesters:

  • Physics and Materials Technology
  • Mathematics and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology
  • Chemistry and Process Engineering
  • Society and Technology

Building on these foundations, the course offers an in-depth study of methodology and expertise in topics of sustainable development from an engineering perspective in the following semesters:

  • Energy systems including renewable energy
  • Resilience (Resistance and adaptability of systems, e.g. after accidents or an environmental disaster)
  • Sustainable materials

In addition to expertise, other key engineering skills will be acquired such as simulation techniques, lifetime analysis and programming languages as well as, according to your interests, various soft skills such as presentation techniques and project planning. All of these are important skills for your career.

Find out more about the bachelor'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.

Module handbook and exam regulations

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

  • Module handbook online version in HISinONE (expected in August 2018)
  • Module handbook pdf version (German only!)
  • Exam regulations (see § Satzungen, German only!)
    The web pages of the legal department now contain the new examination regulations.


Check out our dates and deadlines for course registration or exam registration.

And afterwards – Master degree program

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.



If you have questions related to the application and admission process, please contact the Student services (Student Service Center).

For technical / content-related questions related to the B.Sc. SSE please contact:

Mirko Schäfer

Dr. Mirko Schäfer – Academic Adviser

Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
Solar Info Center, 4. Stock (Aufgang "West"), Raum 04.002
Telefon: +49 761 203-54202




Rodenbuecher_Beatrice_16x9Beatrice Rodenbücher –  Academic Adviser

Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
2nd floor northern part
Phone: +49 761 203 54193


For general/organizational questions related to the B.Sc. SSE please contact:

EsterEster Gnandt - Programme Coordinator

Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
2. Level, Northern entrance
79110 Freiburg
+49 761 203 54010

Appointments upon request.


Further information