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Renewable Energy Systems - Environmental and Process Engineering (M.Sc.)

Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Faculty/department Life Sciences /Umwelttechnik & Verfahrenstechnik
No. of semesters 3
Applications accepted April 1st - July 15th
Language of instruction English
Fees/charges Semester contribution 335,60 €
Full-/part time Fulltime
Location Campus Bergedorf, Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg

Germany is at the forefront of renewable energy technologies and Hamburg is a leading centre for renewable energy industries and research institutions. The HAW Hamburg is a key player in the city’s energy cluster and renewable energy engineering is a major discipline supported by teaching and research at the university’s energy campus.

The international Master's programme in Renewable Energy Systems looks at the technology and engineering of wind, solar and bio-energy systems as well as downstream systems for energy transformation and distribution. The programme’s focus is on systems engineering. In addition, graduates learn the techniques of process simulation and can also develop their business and management skills. The programme is made up of two semesters of theory and practical lab work and a six-month Master’s thesis in industry.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Good reasons to study Renewable Energy Systems at HAW Hamburg

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences has strong roots in teaching and research in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. We cover various aspects of renewable energy system engineering from solar power to bio energy, wind turbines, fuels cells and smart grids etc. Many research projects on energy technology are related to the university’s Competence Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) and our new Energy Technology Center. Students will profit from state-of-the-art expertise.

Furthermore, Hamburg holds a cluster agency on renewable energy, hosts frequently international conferences and trade fairs on solar and wind power and is hub for the European wind power industry.

The master programme “Renewable Energy Systems – Environmental and Process Engineering” was established in 2009 and is well recognized by our industrial partners. Students usually do their master thesis in industry. Graduates are very likely to find good jobs in Germany which is the most powerful economy in Europe..

Antwort auf/zuklappen The right course for you?

The master programme Renewable Energy Systems is a postgraduate programme with stringent focus on system engineering (not science in general). It is open to bachelors of environmental engineering, process engineering and engineers from similar fields, e.g. electrical engineering, mechanical engineering.

Well-grounded knowledge in mathematics, physics, IT, electrical engineering, thermodynamics, (environmental) process engineering and CAD are required as entry criteria. Furthermore, candidates must show evident knowledge in specialised engineering subjects which are advantageous with respect of the master course programme.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Course content and structure

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.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Entry requirements

Entry requirements are:

  • First degree as Bachelor (in related disciplines) qualifying for a professional career or a comparable course of studies or a Diploma of a university with 210 CP.
  • Knowledge of English language proven by Abitur - or 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.
  • German language certificate level A2 by acknowledged institutions like Goethe-Institut
  • Applicants holding a first academic degree (bachelor, diploma etc.) from non-EU-countries: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); further information at

Additional papers to be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of particular professional work experience or scientific achievements (papers, awards etc)

Documents you may submit (optional):

  • none

Important note for applicants with 180 CPs (ECTS) for courses which require 210 CPs (ECTS) from the first degree: Applicants whose bachelor diploma consists of 180 credit points (ECTS) must acquire another 30 credit points during the first semester of their studies. The specific department decides which examinations and tuition must be completed. Applicants 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 whether the missing credit points have been acquired and the student may continue his studies.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Application and admissions procedure

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

Applications for all Master programmes 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  or send an email to master-application(@)

Antwort auf/zuklappen Contact

Applications and admissions
HAW Master Admissions Office
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9898
Find opening hours here:

Specifically subject-related queries
Prof. Dr. Timon Kampschulte
Ulmenliet 20, Room N 5.06, 21033 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-6071 (consulting hours only)

For general queries on HAW Hamburg degree courses and course choice
Student Counselling Team (Zentrale Studienberatung)
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110
Drop-in hours: Mon/Tues 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thurs 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Advice and information by phone: Mon/Tues 10:00 – 11:00 am, Thurs 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Contact for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions
Meike Butenob
Alexanderstrasse 1, 20099 Hamburg, room 4.10
Tel.: +49.40.428 75-7220
Current contact hours:

Letzte Änderung: 25.09.19

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