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 Renewable Energy Systems - Environmental and Process Engineering (Master)

 Fakultät Life Sciences

In which career fields will I work?

An increasing global demand for energy and the effect of global warming require new concepts for a sustainable energy supply. Renewable energy technologies will play a key role in meeting these challenges. The engineering of and dealing with renewable energy systems have already generated a booming branch and a hundred billion Euro market worldwide.
As more and more countries are going to enforce the use of renewable energy there is an increasing demand for experts and engineers worldwide. In Germany the number of employees in the renewable energy branch increased by about 131% from 160,500 in 2004 to 371,400 jobs in 2013. Market experts expect a strong further growth, worldwide.

The well-established postgraduate degree program Renewable Energy Systems - Environmental and Process Engineering provides in-depth training for engineers working in industry, planning offices, organizations and research.
The typical scope of work for graduates is:

  • Engineering (development, planning, design, execution) of solar thermal systems, photovoltaic systems, biogas, biomass to liquid and wind energy systems as well as downstream systems for energy transformation and distribution
  • Research and development of certain components and systems for renewable energy plants
  • Engineering of hybrid systems for autonomous energy supply
  • Integration of renewable energy systems into utility grids
  • Operation and service of renewable energy plants
  • Assessment and management of renewable energy projects
What is the content of the degree programme?

The Master's programme comprises of advanced courses in technology and engineering of:

  • Bio energy systems
  • Solar energy systems
  • Wind energy systems
  • Downstream systems for energy transformation and distribution.

The focus is on systems engineering. In addition, mathematical and IT skills are deepened and techniques for process simulation are implemented. Business and management skills are also trained. All course contents have an applied approach. In addition to lectures, working in projects and in labs is an essential aspect of the programme. Students can involve themselves in local and international cooperations the Faculty of Life Sciences maintains in various ways.
Programme organization:
The first two semesters are made up of lectures in small groups, seminars and lab work. Students will complete individual projects on different topics. Set research topics will be completed in the labs.
The Master's thesis is written in the third semester; in most cases in industry, with renewable energy related companies. Each semester is awarded a total of 30 credit points. For details see course programme.

What is particular to the degree programme?
 The program and exams are in English; the Master's thesis can be written in English or German.
A good command of English and some knowledge of German have to be proven by international acknowledged tests (see requirements).
The degree qualification “Master of Engineering” is approved internationally and qualifies to enter PhD programs.
The master program was certified by ASIIN.
Are there special requirements for foreign students applicants?
 Foreign applicants should clarify admission requirements, courses of studies, and acceptance of foreign reports and certificates well in advance of coming to Germany, ideally as early as eight months to one year before the intended start of the degree program. Information can be found online: and
How do I apply?

Applications for all Master programs are made online. The online process is only activated during the application period. It is not possible to apply outside of the application periods. You can find more information under

online-application.html  or send an email to

When can I apply?

The degree program admits students only for the winter semester (Semester 2 in the Academic year). Application period: 1st April - 15th July.

What are the entry requirements?
  1. First degree as Bachelor (in related disciplines) qualifying for a professional career or a comparable course of studies of at least three years or a Diploma of a university (minimum grade 2,5).
  2. Knowledge of English language proven by Abitur - oder Fachhochschulzeugnis (s. Auswahlordnung) or accepted certificates: TOEFL-test (at least 87 points internet-based), IELTS (minimum Band 5.5) or CAE, CPE, FCE (minimum C) or certificates about good performance in foreign countries.
  3. Applicants holding a first academic degree (bachelor, diploma etc.) from non-EU-countries: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); further information at
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. Statement of motivation.
  6. Letter of recommendation from a university professor (optional)

In case the final grade is worse than 2.5 it might be compensated by a proof of exceptional professional work.

Important note for applicants with 180 CPs (ECTS) for courses which require 210 CPs (ECTS) from the first degree: Applicants who possess 180 credit points (ECTS) from their bachelor degree must acquire a further 30 credit points. Applicants can find out from the department concerned which examinations and tuition must be completed. They will then be temporarily admitted and enrolled for one term in order to complete the missing 30 credit points. After the end of the first semester, the department will inform the student administration centre and the examination office which of the students who had been provisionally admitted gained the missing 30 credit points and which did not.

Important for applicants who have not done 20 weeks of industrial internship during or after their first degree studies: These applicants can be temporarily admitted and enrolled under the requirement of catching-up missing weeks of practice within the master program. This will probably prolong the total time of study. Details will be defined by the department.

When do lectures start?

Lectures start as follows:  Summersemester 2016: March 7th 2016, Wintersemester 2016/17: September 12th 2016.
Further information is available on our homepage

How long is the degree programme?
 3 semesters
Do I have to pay fees?

All students have to pay a semester contribution of 317,90 EUR .
This includes 75,- EUR for the service of the Students' Organisation Hamburg (Studentenwerk Hamburg),  18,50 EUR for the work done by the self-governing Student Administration (AStA), 4,50 EUR for the Semsterticket-Härtefond and 169,90 EUR for the semester ticket allowing unlimited travel on Hamburg's public transport system. It also includes an administrative fee of 50,- EUR.

Besides of the semester contribution there are no further tuition fees.

Which degree qualification will I be awarded?

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Who can help me with questions regarding Application and Admission

HAW Master Admissions Office
20099 Hamburg (Campus Berliner Tor)
Stiftstraße 69, 20099 Hamburg

T +49.40.428 75-9155/-9156/-9157
Open office hours: Mo-Tu 11-1 am, Thur 2-5 am
Info Center: Mo-Thur 10-4 am, Fr 10-13 am
Telephone hours: Mo + Tu 9-10 am, Thurs 9-11 am

Hotline +49.40.42875-9898
Mo- Thur 8 - 5 am, Fr 8 - 5 am

... specific questions about the contents of degree programme

Questions regarding course content only
Prof. Dr. Timon Kampschulte
Ulmenliet 20, Room N 5.06
21033 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-6071 (consulting hours only)

... general questions about degree programmes

General Student Advisory Team
Stiftstraße 69
D-20099 Hamburg (Campus Berliner Tor)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110 
Office hours: Mon + Tue 11am - 1pm, Thur 2pm - 5pm
Telephone advisory service: Mon + Tue 10am - 11am, Thur 1pm - 2p

... questions about studying being handicapped/suffering from a chronic desease

Disabilities Representative
Meike Butenob
Alexanderstraße 1, 20099 Hamburg, Room 4.10
Tel. +49.40.428 75-7220
Counselling hours

Additional information can find on our website 

Fakultät Life Sciences

Department Umwelttechnik und Department Verfahrenstechnik

Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg

Letzte Änderung: 05.01.15

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