Energy Systems Engineering (Master)

The shift to renewable energies in the power, heating, and transportation sectors poses major challenges to the energy system: Using new storage facilities and intelligent management systems, fluctuating supplies of renewable energies must be tethered to the increasing energy consumption caused by sector coupling in a way that makes effective use of the energy that is generated. The energy systems engineering degree program deals with this systems integration as well as the conceptualization and design of the requisite new technologies. The program deepens students’ knowledge of engineering while also providing electives through which they can either strengthen their understanding of the system as a whole or focus on specific areas of their own choosing.

Jobs and careers

The broad-based education that students acquire in this program opens up opportunities for graduates in a variety of areas within any company involved in the transformation of the energy system, especially in leadership and development roles. Such companies include not only the traditional energy suppliers but also manufacturers of generating and storage facilities or converter systems. The process of sector coupling means that, in the future, vehicle manufacturers and companies active in the area of building services will also be potential employers for power systems engineers. Other potential employers include consulting firms, associations, public bodies, and ministries that are managing and regulating energy reforms. Finally, graduates can also enter the field of research at universities or other research institutions. In short, studying power systems engineering opens up a broad range of fields of work throughout the energy system.

Possible fields
  • Plant operators
  • Manufacturers of, for example, wind turbines, photovoltaic systems, converter systems, battery systems, charging infrastructure, and electric vehicles
  • Design and engineering firms
  • Energy suppliers
  • Grid operators
  • Associations and public bodies
  • Energy consulting agencies
  • Universities and research institutions

Why Clausthal?

In TU Clausthal’s Sustainable Energy Systems research focus area, researchers from different working groups collaborate on an interdisciplinary basis on the future of our energy supply. In cooperation with private industry, they research new technologies, and they particularly focus on systems integration and new business models. Students in the power systems engineering master’s program are included in this endeavor through their essay projects and as research assistants. The proximity to industry that these research projects offer creates opportunities for future employment. On top of this, a mentoring program and close contact with staff create a highly supportive environment for students during the program.

Structure of the study

In addition to the in-depth study of engineering fundamentals, the Master Energy Systems Engineering offers two fields of study on the core topics of the energy system: The field of study Electrical Energy System focuses on the generation, distribution and use of renewable energy. The Thermal Energy System field of study, on the other hand, deals with the decarbonization of thermal processes in power plants and in industry. The fields of study are assigned to research groups of the TU Clausthal, so that current topics and questions are constantly dealt with and discussed. In a wide range of electives, the individual focus can be further deepened or extended by interdisciplinary competences. In the third semester, the contents of the fields of study are linked in a joint project by modeling and designing an energy system based on a real example. The program is completed with the master's thesis as an independent scientific paper, which can be written either at the university within the framework of research projects or in industry.

  • Engineering Mathematics 3
  • Control Engineering 2
  • Heat Transfer 2 & Thermodynamics 2
  • Sector coupling
  • Fields of study:
    • Electrical Energy System
    • Thermal Energy System
  • Project Energy System Modeling
  • Master thesis

Program advisors

Hannes Hanse, M.Sc.
Phone: +49 5323 72-2595
Fax: +49 5323 72-2104
Institute of Electrical Power Engineering and Energy Systems
Leibnizstraße 28, Room 801
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Program supervisor

Prof. Dr. Ines Hauer
Phone: +49 5323 72-2176
Fax: +49 5323 72-2104
Institute of Electrical Power Engineering and Energy Systems
Leibnizstraße 28
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Program outline

Type of program: Master
Duration: 4 Semester
Language of teaching: German
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Start date: Admission to the winter semester, but also to the summer semester possible.
Accreditation: Urkunde ASIIN

Starting your studies

Welcome Weeks (before the start of lectures)
The Clausthal University of Technology supports the start of studies with various event formats.

Pre-course in mathematics (before the start of lectures)
The Institute of Mathematics offers a pre-course in mathematics for Bachelor's degree programmes. Master's students who would like to refresh their mathematics knowledge are also welcome to attend this course.

Admission requirements

The Clausthal University of Technology offers a Bachelor's degree program in Energy Technologies . This forms a unit with the Master's program in Energy Systems Technology. The contents are optimally coordinated for a consecutive study program. Under certain conditions, it is also possible to transfer from the bachelor's programs in Energy and Raw Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Energy and Materials Physics to the master's program in Energy Systems Engineering.