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Clean Energy Processes (MSc)

Bitte beachte, dass dieser Studiengang nur in englischer Sprache angeboten wird.
What is the degree programme about?

At a glance

Today engineers are required to be able to work on questions of energy change and to find the neccessary solutions for a sustainable future for the planet.

The research oriented Master’s degree programme CEP is designed to prepare graduates just for those tasks. Graduates are able to work as an engineer on the highest scientific level in industry or academia with regards to clean energy processes while focussing on energy technology and energy systems. Students are enabled to become experts in their chosen specialisation.

Course outline

The innovative MSc. Programme Clean Energy Processes is enabling students to increase their knowledge in chemical engineering, process engineering and electrical engieering while allowing students to choose a specialisation in energy systems or energy technology.

FAU's closeness to the leading research hub in renewable engergies and close ties to industry enable students to perfectly prepare for demanding and meaningful taks in either research or industry.

Students will have the possibility to develop and obtain knowledge on cutting-edge research in energy processes done by the Helmholtz Institute for Renewable Energies and other relevant institutes situated at or in close proximity to FAU (e.g. Energy Campus Nürnberg, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research e.V.).

Course content

The Master’s degree programme offers two branches of study:

  • energy technologies
  • energy systems

The study plan includes:

  • laboratory courses
  • specialisation modules for the two branches energy technologies and energy systems
  • compulsory and elective modules (f.ex. energy technology, process engineering, chemical engineering, plant and equipment engineering, material sciences and business)
  • mandatory internship
  • Master’s thesis
Semester abroad
There is a wide range of possibilities for students who want to spend some time studying abroad. The most common option is to spend a semester studying at a university abroad. Students can make use of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering's partnerships and exchange programmes or find a university in another country themselves (as a free mover). Additionally internships in industry or research centres abroad are encouraged.
Key and additional qualification
Students can choose from FAU’s catalogue of elective modules.
Why should you choose CEP?

The paradigm shift in the way we produce and consume energy due to the climate crisis is reshaping the industrial landscape beginning with the preferred sources of energy and their processing as well as the established manufacturing practices in the biotechnological and chemical industry.

A society and industry based on renewable energy requires new processes, new process chains, and apparatuses. The CEP course of study specifically addresses the challenges we face today with a specifically designed curriculum. It offers a profound engineering degree programme with a customizable cocktail of lectures, tutorials and laboratory courses, equipped with modular specialization options to be tailored to individual interests (e.g. life cycle assessment, economics of climate change, microfluidics). A specific attention is given to all aspects of climate change and related business transformations by exposing the students to the impacts and functionalities of the energy market, correlated socio-economic aspects, as well as ethical implications of technology upheavals.

A stimulating study environment and close interaction with the professors and esteemed researchers (especially the prestigious Helmholtz Centre for Renewable Energies) provide ideal conditions for a productive phase of life.

What are possible career paths?

Graduates of the programme stand out due to an extensive knowledge of innovative technologies for renewable new energy systems and energy production. They can significantly participate in the successful introduction of new sustainable energy systems and energy processes and adequately evaluate sustainability on a global scale. As they have more experience with international and research-related topics than other graduates, they are especially suited for tasks on the highest level of engineering to pursue a career in academia. They will be the ones creating the change we need for tomorrow.

Job possibilities:

  • Energy production and logistics
  • Process optimization and intensification
  • Consulting and auditing
  • Energy companies/providers
  • Sustainable chemical industry
  • Sustainable bio-industry
  • Policy and decision making
  • Ph.D. in (sustainable) chemical and process engineering
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • An above average Bachelor's degree in a similar study programme (Chemical/Biological Engineering, Energy Technology) or a related subject from a university in Germany or abroad
  • International applicants coming from different grading systems need a mark equivalent to “good” in their undergraduate degree.
  • A profound education in process engineering, higher mathematics and chemistry is mandatory for a successful entry to the consecutive Master’s programme.
  • A strong aptitude for renewable energy technology and sustainable industrial processes are a good fit for next class of CEP.
  • As all courses are taught in English, an advanced proficiency in English (B2/C1 level) is required.
  • The students should furthermore bring an outstanding interest in complex scientific problems and underlying mechanisms, as well a curiosity towards social and economic correlations of climate change and the energy market.
  • The capability to organize yourself and work highly independently are strictly necessary. However, this course of studies requires a good amount of team and communication skills, as your peers will become your work, study, and leisure family with joint lab courses, research projects, course assignments and extracurricular activities.
  • All prospective students should be united in the incentive to reshape industrial processes with clean energy technologies.
Reasons for studying at FAU

Scientific Environment

  • The CEP programme is embedded in the Faculty of Engineering of FAU and is working in close proximity to local research centres such as the Helmholtz Institute for Renewable Energies, the Energy Campus Nürnberg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits and the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research e.V. thus creating a unique environment for research and innovation.
  • Mandatory laboratory courses, the possibility to work side-by-side with internationally renown scientists who are leading experts in their field, a mandatory internship as well as the possibility to do the final thesis in a research center are one of the hallmarks of the CEP programme.

Broad prospects for a future career

  • Based in Erlangen and its sorroundings are many well-known stock companies, medium-sized enterprises including so-called “hidden champions” and start-ups. The programme has developed contacts with internationally renown companies, partners in the industry and institutes in the region to do joint research. It thus offers an ideal sorrounding for innovation and future career planning in research, industry or other fields like consulting.

An international programme

  • The MSc. programme is entirely taught in English and therefore prepares students not only to communicate on work-related topics in English but serves as a melting pot for a truly international experience right here at FAU. Thus preparing graduates for a future job in a leading position in an international environment.

Interdisciplinary approach

  • A holistic approach to the topic is taken with specific attention being given to all aspects of climate change and related business transformations by exposing the students to the impacts and functionalities of the energy market, correlated socio-economic aspects, as well as ethical implications of technology upheavals.

Potential challenges

  • As all courses are taught in English, an advanced proficiency in English (B2/C1 level) is required.
  • A solid education in chemistry and process engineering is neccessary to follow the course as it places great importance on process engineering.
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Abschluss: Master of Science (MSc)
Studienart: Master
Standort: Erlangen
Regelstudienzeit: 4 Semester
Studienbeginn: Sommersemester, Wintersemester
Sprache: Englisch
Frühstudium: nein
Teilzeitstudium: ja
Fakultät: Technische Fakultät

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