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MSc. Sustainable Systems Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
University of Freiburg


Address University of Freiburg, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH), Georges-Köhler-Allee 103, 79110 Freiburg, Germany
Tel. No. +49 761 203 96786
E-mail address
Web address Programme website
Course Master of Science Sustainable Systems Engineering
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 2 years
Date of commencement / Application deadlines October
(application deadline for EU-citizens July 15, non EU-citizens May 31)
Class size 40
Cost/Fees 290 Euro per year
Accommodation Not for every student (assistance in finding a room is given)
Student grants / financial assistance Part funding offered to outstanding applicants
Admissions requirements Academic requirements:
All applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in engineering (e.g. electrical, mechanical, electronics or process engineering) with an excellent CGPA or final grade.

Language requirements:
Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79 (Internet-based) or Academic IELTS 6.0.
Contact person for application Carla Liermann
Course director Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wilde


About the Master of Science in Sustainable Systems Engineering

The Master´s Programme

Science and engineering are basic tools to achieve a sustainable development, also in domains like ecology, economics and society. The international Master's Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) provides an in-depth knowledge in fields like sustainable materials, energy systems (especially renewable energies), resilience, natural resources, sustainable economics, as well as technology and society. The successful completion of the Master's programme qualifies for a career in research, as well as head positions in industries of conventional and renewable energy, supply companies and infrastructure operators for mobility or energy.

The Master's programme in Sustainable Systems Engineering is designed for highly qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor‘s degree in engineering or science. As an SSE student, you will have the opportunity to:
    - be involved in cutting-edge research with internationally renowned professors
    - benefit from state-of-the-art equipment on a modern campus
    - live in one of Germany’s most appealing cities
The Currriculum

SSE is an interdisciplinary programme that builds on a basic knowledge in electrical and mechanical engineering and informatics. In the first year you will have compulsory courses in all areas which provide fundamental knowledge in sustainability engineering. From the second semester on you can specialise in two of three technical specialisation areas and select an interdisciplinary profile.

Semester 1
  • Energy Storage
  • Fundamentals of Resilience
  • Material Life Cycles
  • Control and Integration of Grids
  • Computational Materials' Engineering
  • Solar Energy
Semester 2
  • Power Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Design of Large Infrastructures
  • Security and Privacy in Resilient Systems
  • Technical Specialisation
  • Interdisciplinary Profile
Semester 3
  • Technical Specialisation in
    - Energy Systems
    - Information Processing Technologies
    - Sustainable Materials
    - Resilience Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Profile
Semester 4
  • Master Project
  • Master Module

About the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH)

In order to find solutions for future challenges in the development of sustainable technologies, engineering research is necessary in the fields of energy, materials and resilience. Such a platform for research is formed by the newly founded INATECH, the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering. This institute unites and focuses the scientific power of the university and five Freiburg-based Fraunhofer Research Institutes. In this way INATECH and its partners offer a research-oriented Master's programme at the leading edge of science and engineering in sustainability. 14 freshly appointed professors and several hundred highly qualified scientists will contribute to teaching and training in SSE.

About the University of Freiburg

Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of the most renowned universities in Germany. Its Faculty of Engineering focuses on higher education and research in key technologies, such as sustainable engineering, microsystems engineering, embedded systems and computer science. It does not only explore new ways in research, but it also has been awarded various prizes for striving to implement new methods and technologies in the teaching process.

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