Sustainable Energy Supply M.Sc.

Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester, Summer Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • 1st university degree, required qualifications according to P.O. Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Dates and Deadlines

Germany’s declared goal to transition towards sustainable energy inspires many universities to offer new courses of study specifically geared to fulfill the particular needs that arise in this process. A great number of these academic offers focus on singular aspects of the problem, such as for instance the utilization of biomass.

In contrast, this RWTH Master's course of study is aiming for a much more comprehensive skills profile. It is characterized in particular by two unique factors:

  • Interdisciplinarity – In comparison to the typical „Energy-Subjects,“ Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, this degree course in Sustainable Energy Supply considers matters from all different angles and accross subjects
  • Individualized specialization due to being able to chose electives from a wide variety of subjects – Students may create their own highly individualized schedule, chosing from three different areas – Raw Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

By working together with the faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, this course of study offers students the opportunity to chose individual specializations on one hand while at the same time providing them with a sound subject-specific foundation, which all students acquire in compulsory classes.

Great importance is attached to understanding the complexity of the energy supply field, which is influenced by many factors, including the extraction of raw materials to be used as energy carriers, their processing and distribution as well as other economic aspects. All of these separate areas are treated in combination in a special compulsory class, the planning seminar. Here, all future engineers have to come together in groups to plan and evaluate an entire energy-generating facility. To do this, they take on the role of staff in an engineering office, who have to deliver results while working against a deadline. What could better prepare these future professionals if not a program held under realistic conditions?

Characteristics of the RWTH course of studies

In the Sustainable Energy Supply Master's course of study, students are given the opportunity to plan for their own personal energy transition. By having a great selection of subjects at their disposal and also the freedom to create highly individual schedules, every graduate will have gained a distinct pool of competencies at the end of their studies. Nevertheless, always utmost in their minds is the one goal: to bring success to Germany's energy transition!

Degree Content

The Master’s program in Sustainable Energy Supply is comprised of four different sections: the core requirements on one hand and the electives in raw materials, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering on the other. There are no specific guidelines on the order in which these modules have to be taken.

The core requirements consist of the Master’s Thesis, an optional internship, as well as the following two compulsory courses:

  • Planing seminar
  • Assessment of technological impact

Raw Materials Engineering Electives

In this elective module, courses are offered in several diverse topic areas. Within a course, compulsory subjects are combined with those that can be individually selected. The courses span the following themes:

  • Characterization of raw materials
  • Fossil fuels
  • Renewable fuel resources
  • Geothermal energy
  • Energy industry
  • Raw materials extraction
  • Energy law
  • Secondary raw materials/renewable resources

Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Electives

Here, a multitude of subjects are on offer. The students are free to decide whether or not to gain an individualized skills profile through subject specializations. The courses are concerned mostly with the following topics:

  • Power plant technology
  • Alternative energy technologies: Sun, wind
  • Components of energy production
  • Traditional combustion processes
  • Power grids
  • Energy storage
  • Energy trade
  • Electricity supply

Exchange Programs

The ERASMUS+ program enables students to study at different universities abroad so that they may gain the best possible qualifications for their future careers. Not only in Germany is the topic of energy of great importance. Whether it be Scandinavian countries such as Finland or Norway, or our immediate European neighbors – the department maintains good partnerships with many different European universities.

These stays abroad are sponsored in part by RWTH-specific funding programs. All RWTH partnership programs are introduced on the Student exchange website.


Proof of having completed an internship is a prerequisite for beginning the Sustainable Energy Supply Master's program. Another internship may be completed during the Master's studies on a voluntary basis. Furthermore, in some university courses students will have the opportunity to gain practical experiences in laboratories or technical schools. Excursions also offer insights into future working environments. If students should chose to prepare a final thesis in a company setting, a university laboratory or during an internship, they can already learn to work on a complex problem in a self-reliant manner.


A prerequisite for starting studies is a first qualifying university degree, with which the necessary background education can be proven as determined in the exam regulations. The exam board determines whether the entrance requirements are fulfilled.

In order to be successful in the Master course of study in Sustainable Energy Supply, applicants' previous education should ideally have included training in how to deal with complex problems. Interested individuals need to be able to find solutions to these types of questions by applying fundamental engineering principles.

Career Prospects

Leaving university as well-trained engineers in the field of sustainable energy supply, the graduates will play an important role in achieving a successful transition toward sustainable energy. It doesn't really matter where exactly in this complex system they start their careers. It is the interaction of all the different players together that will lead to success. Due to their multi-disciplinary education and training, the graduates can either function as intermediaries between the different professional groups or they can focus on a distinct subject area.

In addition to the big energy producers and network providers, smaller companies are also looking for qualified staff. More and more it is the interconnections between decentralized facilities that matter; and this is exactly what the well-trained engineers bring to the table with their individualized specializations.

Due to the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels and the rising energy needs of the ever-growing world population, professionals who have received interdisciplinary education and training and therefore have an ability to see the big picture are in high demand.

Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

Departments and Faculties

The inter-faculty Master course of study in Sustainable Energy Supply is offered by the Division of Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing , and Recycling in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering . The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology are also involved.