Master of Engineering Energy and Environmental Management - Industrial Countries

Overview & Profile

General Information

Degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Duration 3 semesters
Type of program Full-time study
Program start Every spring and fall semester
Language(s) of instruction Normally English; some courses are offered in German.
Tuition fees None, but a semester fee is due every semester.

About this degree program:

Profile

The master's degree program 'Energy and Environmental Management - Industrial Countries' provides the necessary knowledge and skills to design the energy system required for the future. To cope with the biggest challenge of the 21st century, man-made climate change, we must convert 100% of the world's energy supply to renewable energy sources over the next few decades and to optimize the supply and use of energy.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Management (EUM) is being lead by Professor Pao-Yu Oei and Junior Professor Frauke Wiese. They have succeeded the previous director of the master program, Prof. Dr. Olav Hohmeyer, who moved to a senior professorship in March 2021. The EUM Master program is comprized of a 30-member team of professors, post-docs, PhD students, and student assistants, who work together on various interdisciplinary research projects on the energy transition in Germany and globally.

Both the teaching and research work within the master program focuses on the transformation from fossil energy systems to 100% renewable energy systems in order to achieve the goal of having a maximum increase of the global average temperature of 1.5°C by the year 2050. In order to achieve this, energy system models are built, and measures are developed to allow for the implementation of renewable energy systems. Additionally, political economy studies help to identify barriers of the transformation and to develop appropriate local solutions. In doing so, we do not lose sight of the socially just and environmentally compatible perspectives in addition to the technical and economic perspectives. The possibilities of energy sufficiency and sustainability as well as the investigation of justice and gender aspects also play special role within the team’s research.

Two BMBF junior research groups, CoalExit and EnSu, are an important part of the department.

CoalExit strengthens the research on the implementation of 100% renewable energy systems through the research of the global coal phase-out. Additionally, since 2020, research has also been conducted on the global gas phase-out, also known as the end of the fossil fuel era. The team also works intensively with colleagues at the TU Berlin and DIW Berlin.

The junior research group EnSu investigates the role of energy sufficiency in the energy transition and society. This BMBF junior research group conducts its research on interdisciplinary cooperation between energy modeling in the engineering sciences, political science, and socio-ecological transformation research. The underlining goal is to make the effect of sufficiency measures measurable, and thus, presentable for energy system modeling. This is done in close cooperation with team members at the Norber Elias Center, the Öko-Institut, and the Wuppertal Institute.

Open Science, i.e. the public accessibility and provision of data, models and results, is the basis of all our research work. We develop open source energy system models and publish our results in open access journals whenever possible. Open science is an important prerequisite for being able to understand the quality of statements that are intended to inform policy and society. In addition, we also specifically try to bring our findings closer to people outside the research community through other formats in order to increase understanding and thus acceptance of the energy transition and the changes it entails.

Integration into the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (ZNES)

The Department of Energy and Environmental Management is part of the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (ZNES). The Center for Sustainable Energy Systems aims to research, develop, and implement energy systems and energy technologies that are permanently compatible with the environment and climate. The research and development work of the center ranges from the details of individual technologies to the development of consistent target scenarios for 100% renewable energy supply systems or the elaboration of strategies to ensure fully climate compatible local or regional development.

The center is jointly supported by various professors from both the Europa University and the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. It sees itself as an interdisciplinary research and development center that networks and bundles the special research and development experience of the participating professors and scientists in order to provide answers to the urgent questions of the necessary further development of our energy supply, especially against the background of man-made climate change.

The center is closely linked to the teaching of the Master's program in Energy and Environmental Management, as well as the Bachelor's program in Energy Sciences (HS), and current research content makes up a large part of the teaching content.

Research

All information about the research can be found directly on the program’s website:

Go to Energy and Environmental Program Website

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Program Structure & Content

Program structure & content

The Industrial Engineering program - Energy and Environmental Management (EUM) was founded in 1997 as a diploma program at Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF, then known as Universität Flensburg). In 2006, through the Bologna Process, the diploma program was separated into a bachelor's degree in Energy Science with a specialization in Energy and Environmental Management (coordinated by Flensburg University of Applied Sciences) and a Master's program in Energy and Environmental Management (coordinated by EUF). Prof. Dr. Pao-Yu Oei coordinates the specialization for students with the focus on "industrialized countries" (for more info). For more information on the Master of Energy and Environmental Management with the specialization in "developing countries", click here.

More information about the Master Energy and Environmental Management with the specialization in developing countries can be found on the corresponding websites.

Check out the M.Eng. Program for Developing Countries

The program teaching is directly related to a variety of both research and practical projects. External lectures are often given by EUM alumni, who thus pass on their knowledge and experience to current students. Students come from different regions of the world and bring different areas of expertise to the program, contributing to the diversification and internationality of course content.

The three-semester program consists of two semesters of courses and the third semester devoted to a master's thesis, which is usually written in cooperation with a company or research institution.

The compulsory courses include one compulsary course in engineering, one complusary course in engineering informatics and two compulsary courses in economics. In addition, the electives should be comprised of four courses from the engineering science elective area and three courses from the economics and law elective area. The basic course of study is shown in the following study plan.

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1. Semester (30 CP) Sustainable Energy Systems Energiemangement Ingenieursinformatik (z.B. Energieautomation, Power Grid Modelling) Technik I (z.B. Green Engineering I, Windparkprojektierung) Wirtschaft I (z.B. Energie-Suffizienz, Projektfinanzierung)
2. Semester (30 CP) Environmental Economics Technik II (z.B. Green Engineering II, Energiespeichertechnik) Technik III (z.B. Advanced Power Plant Engineering) Technik IV (z.B. Klimaschutz und Klimaschutzkonzepte) Wirtschaft II (z.B. Energierecht, Energy and Environmental Policy) Wirtschaft III (z.B. Sustainability and Energy Lectures, Green Entrepreneurship)
3. Semester (30 CP) Master Thesis
Pflichtmodule
Wahlmodule

Below is a list of all courses offered (complusary and elective), including the semester in which the course normally takes place. Normally, all courses take place only once a year, occuring either in the spring or fall semester.

Engineering (compulsory courses) Semester
Energiemanagement Fall Semester
Economics (compulsory courses)
Environmental Economics Spring Semester
Sustainable Energy Systems Spring Semester
Engineering Informatics (compulsory elective courses)
Energieautomation Spring Semester
Introduction to Energy System Modelling and Optimization Spring Semester
Engineering (elective courses)
Advanced Power Plant Technology Fall Semester
Applied Environmental Science Spring Semester
Certification, load assumptions and simulations* Spring Semester
Energiespeichertechnik Fall Semester
Energiesuffizienz versorgungstechnischer Systeme Fall Semester
Entwicklung und Bewertung energietechnischer Systeme Fall Semester
Green Engineering I Spring Semester
Green Engineering II Fall Semester
Grid Integration* Fall Semester
Introduction to Wind turbine Aerodynamics* Spring Semester
Offshore Wind Energy – operation and maintenance* Fall Semester
Tower and rotor structures* Spring Semester
Economics and Law (elective courses)
Energy and Environmental Policy Spring Semester
Energy Research Lab / Colloquium Fall Semester & Spring Semester
Energierecht Fall Semester
Geographical Information in Sustainable Energy Systems Spring Semester
Green Entrepreneurship Fall Semester
Investment Analysis and Financing of Energy Projects Spring Semester
Klimaschutz und Klimaschutzkonzepte Fall Semester
Sufficiency Spring Semester
Sustainability and Energy Lectures Fall Semester
Windparkprojektierung Spring Semester

* these courses are part of the Master's Program Wind Engineering at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences 

 Short-term changes in the schedule are possible. The respective language of the title gives an indication in which language the course will be held.

Program start date

Incoming students may begin their studies in the spring and fall semesters.

Standard period of study

The standard period of study is three semesters. As a consecutive course of study, it requires the completion of a seven-semester "Bachelor of Engineering" degree (or equivalent). The program builds directly on the bachelor's degree program "Energy Science with a focus on Energy and Environmental Management" at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. Since the admission requirements also include at least one semester of successful study abroad, a semester abroad can be placed before the start of the Master's program in the case of a six-semester Bachelor's program.

Language of instruction

Courses in the degree program 'Industrialized Countries' are mainly taught in English. Only individual elective modules are in German. This enables students without German language skills to complete the master's degree program in Energy and Environmental Management.

Imparted qualifications

  • Content: in-depth knowledge of sustainable energy supply and possibilities
  • Independent work
  • Problem analysis and solution
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Project development and planning
  • Communicative skills
  • Quick familiarization with new technical contexts
  • Practical experience

The program is ideally suited for students who have a very strong interest in both economic and scientific-technical topics and who want use broad  technical knowledge and understanding to develop solutions for today’s most urgent problems in the energy and environmental sector. Having previous knowledge of mathematics as well as a good command of English facilitate students to participate in the study program, as well as the obligatory study abroad in the Bachelor's program. The Master's program builds directly on the Bachelor's program. Foreign students who have completed a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a semester abroad can also be admitted to the master's program in energy and environmental management, with a focus on 'industrialized countries'. The admission regulations of the program specify these requirements.

Admission requirements (according to §4 of the examination regulations for the Master's program in Energy and Environmental Management)

1. the admission requirements for the master's program in energy and environmental management and the focus 'industrialized countries' are:

  • an above-average degree from the bachelor's program "Energy and Environmental Management" at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences including one semester abroad, or
  • an above-average degree from a seven-semester comparable European bachelor's degree program in industrial engineering including one semester abroad, or
  • an above-average degree from a six-semester comparable European bachelor's degree program in industrial engineering and an additional semester abroad with 30 ECTS credit points or a proven comparable achievement, or
  • a far above-average degree from a seven-semester European bachelor's degree program in engineering, including one semester abroad and proof of successful completion of the economic bridge courses for the program, or
  • a far above-average degree from a six-semester European bachelor's degree program in engineering and an additional semester abroad with 30 ECTS credtit points or a proven comparable achievement and proof of successful completion of the economic bridge courses for the degree program, or
  • a far above-average degree from a bachelor's degree program of at least four years' duration in a developing or emerging country to become an industrial engineer and at least two years of subsequent relevant professional experience, or
  • a well above-average degree from a bachelor's program of at least four years' duration in a developing or emerging country to become an engineer and at least two years of subsequent relevant professional experience and proof of successful completion of the economic bridge courses for the degree program, and
  • proof of good to very good English language skills (e.g. proven by achievements in the general university entrance qualification or by recognized international tests such as the American TOEFL test),
  • proof of good German language skills (for foreign applicants with a focus on industrialized countries) (evidenced by appropriate language certificates such as language certificates from a Goethe Institute),
  • the submission of a meaningful letter of motivation for the choice of study program and, if maximum admission numbers are set by the Ministry for the study program,
  • participation in a selection interview in accordance with § 6 para. 1 no. 3 letter e HZG.

2. an 'above-average' degree according to these examination regulations is a degree in the range of the best 50% of the respective graduating class of the university awarding the degree. A 'far above average' degree refers to a degree in the range of the best 25% of the respective graduating class of the university of origin.

3. bridge courses to be taken for graduates with pure engineering degrees comprise three modules:

  • Business Administration (4 SWS / 5 ECTS) (written exam).
  • Business Economics (4 SWS / 5 ECTS) (written exam) and
  • Foundations of Energy Economics and Energy Management (4 SWS / 5 ECTS) (written exam)

4. The examination board decides on the recognition of courses completed at other universities as bridge courses. § 23 shall apply accordingly.

5. Applicants may be admitted to the course of study with the condition that they have to make up for individual courses from the catalog of subjects in energy and environmental management specified in Annex C. The subjects are specified by the examination board. The subjects are specified by a board of examiners appointed by the chairman of the board of examiners in the Energy and Environmental Management degree program. Proof of successful participation in these additional subjects is a prerequisite for admission to the examinations of the second semester. In the sense of § 13 (3) of these examination regulations, these performances are preliminary examination performances.

6. If maximum admission numbers are set by the Ministry for the study program, a selection interview will take place in accordance with § 6 para. 1 no. 3 letter e HZG. Applicants who reside outside of Europe will be interviewed by telephone.

Due to the high demand for the available 50 study places, the Master's program is subject to limited admission. Criteria for admission are the average grade of the qualifying degree, the waiting period and the result of a selection interview. Selection criteria are both the professional qualification and the personal suitability and motivation of the applicants.

Career prospects

Career prospects

Due to the particular changes within the energy markets and the central importance of curbing the anthropogenic greenhouse effect, there is a continuing increase in demand for industrial engineers with a special focus on problems of energy and environmental management. On the one hand, the climate change problem and its solutions present new tasks to all stakeholders, including companies, governments and society in gerneral. On the other hand, the liberalization and restructuring of the markets for grid-based energy sources is leading to completely new demands being placed on companies in the energy industry and the creationg of new opportunities for large companies in energy procurement.

Graduates of energy and environmental management programs work for:

  • Utility companies of all sizes in the areas of strategic planning, power plant and grid planning, dispatch, deployment of renewable energy sources, forecasting of intermittent energy sources, load forecasting, power trading, risk management, energy services and contracting, emission allowance trading, environmental management, environmental policies
  • Manufacturers of energy technologies in the fields of strategic planning, development and marketing of new products, project management, technical-economic market analyses, environmental management
  • Service companies and engineering offices in the energy and environmental sector in the areas of project development, contracting, electricity trading, emission certificate trading, environmental management
  • Large companies in the manufacturing sector in the areas of energy management, electricity trading and purchase of energy sources, risk management in the energy sector, emission certificate trading, environmental management, environmental policy
  • Energy and environmental systems research institutions in the areas of development of sustainable energy systems, use of renewable energy sources, possibilities for increasing efficiency in energy supply and demand, possibilities of carbon capture and storage, development of new energy systems based on hydrogen
  • Authorities and ministries in the areas of regulation of liberalized energy markets, development of new more efficient energy and environmental policy measures, monitoring of the implementation of energy and environmental policy measures
  • Associations of the energy and environmental sector especially in the development and enforcement of energy and environmental strategies and policies.

Experience to date shows that our graduates have very good career prospects. As a rule, the first employment contract is already signed before the last exam.

Advice & Contact Information

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Academic Advisor:

Please contact Ms. Blohm if you have subject-specific questions about the degree program.

Phone
+49 461 805 3028
E-mail
marina.blohm-PleaseRemoveIncludingDashes-@uni-flensburg.de
Building
Gebäude Vilnius 1
Room
VIL 112
Street
Auf dem Campus 1c
Post code / City
24943 Flensburg
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