Energy Science and Technology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Apr 30, 2025
StudyQA ranking:4702 Duration:2 years
The Master of Science in Energy Science and Technology provides you with
  • a comprehensive education in the scientific and technological aspects of modern techniques for energy conversion and energy storage, such as fuel cells and batteries
  • hands-on experience in chemistry, materials and energy science and technology labs

You will get deep insights in an active research and development environment, composed of basic research at our university, applied research at adjacent institutes, and industrial development at the following nearby companies:

  • Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW)
  • Helmholtz Institute for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU)
  • Daimler Research Centre

Reflecting the interdisciplinary programme character, courses will be taught by lectures from our natural science and engineering departments as well as from the participating research institutes and companies.

Educational organisation

We offer an orientation week starting in October each year, including an intercultural introduction to life in Germany and in Ulm.

In a three-semester period, lecture courses, seminars and labs are offered in the fields of Physical Chemistry, Organic and Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, Energy Science and Technology, Surfaces/Interfaces/Heterogeneous and Electrocatalysis and Simulation and Modelling.

The final semester is reserved for the Master's thesis, which is research-oriented and has a duration of six months (full-time).

Study abroad unit(s)

German students may participate in programmes at partner universities.

Forms of assessment

Each lecture course concludes with a written exam. In some seminars and labs, students are required to give an oral presentation and provide a handout.
The Master's thesis is evaluated based on performance during the research period, the written thesis, and an oral presentation.
Altogether, the programme consists of 90 credit points for the coursework and 30 credit points for the Master's thesis (according to ECTS).

Course objectives

The programme offers thorough scientific and technical training in an active research and development environment, composed of basic research at the university and applied research and development at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Storage (ZSW) and Helmholtz institute. The programme also features intensive language training and intercultural exchange.

Language requirements

An internationally recognised certification of English language proficiency is required for all students who are not native speakers of English.
Minimum requirement:
TOEFL (Internet-based): 88
IELTS: 6.5

Academic requirements

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, physics, or a related programme. Duration of Bachelor's programme: at least three years.

German students can also apply with a Fachhochschul- or Berufsakademiediplom in one of the above-mentioned subjects.

At least twelve courses (each three hours per week and semester) in the major subject of the Bachelor's programme
At least two courses (each three hours per week and semester) in physics
At least two courses (each three hours per week and semester) in mathematics
Good proficiency in English
Proof of English skills has to be submitted in the form of either a TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language), Internet-based (IBT), institution code 8407, minimum score: 88
or an IELTS test (International English Language Testing System), minimum score: 6.5
Exemption: native speakers.

Enrolment fees

158.50 EUR

Costs of living

Approx. 700 EUR including accommodation, local transport, health insurance, and food

Job opportunities

After the first semester, some student research assistantships are available. They are awarded according to personal qualifications, mostly in connection with research projects.
There are also some student jobs available in the companies surrounding the university campus in the "Science City".
However, work opportunities must be arranged by the students themselves.

Funding opportunities within the university

Excellent students can apply for a scholarship in the last semester while working on their Master's theses.

Arrival support

A pick-up service at the railway station is provided by student assistants.

Services and support for international students

Assistance is provided during the visa application phase, with accommodation arrangements and in administrative matters (bank account, enrolment, health insurance, registration, and residence permit). Additionally, there are joint social activities, a "Cultural Crossroads" seminar for intercultural learning, intensive "German for Foreigners" courses, and intensive study guidance counselling.


Accommodation is arranged for students by the Energy Science and Technology Office. Most students stay in the university's student halls of residence, which have single rooms with shared kitchen, bathroom/WC, and modern facilities.
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