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M.Sc. Sustainable Systems Engineering

Science and engineering are basic tools to achieve sustainable development, also in domains like ecology, economics and society. The international Master's program Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE), offered by the newly established Department for Sustainable Systems INATECH, provides in-depth engineering skills in sustainable materials, sustainable energy systems, and resilience. Complementing interdisciplinary knowledge in natural resources, climate change, and sustainable economy, technology and society is also taught during the two-year-programme.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science (e.g. sustainable systems, microsystems, mechanical, process, electrical or electronics engineering) with a very good result
  • English language proficiency (B2)

Facts and Figures

Scope: 120 ECTS credit points
Standard program duration:  4 semesters = 2 years
Language of instruction: English


winter semester

Fees and Cost

German and EU nationals
  • 78 € to support the services offered by Studierendenwerk (SWFR)
  • 70 € administrative fee
  •   7 € to support the student council

Altogether 155 € per semester to be paid to the university.

Non-EU nationals
  • 1500 € tuition fees
  •     78 € to support the services offered by Studierendenwerk (SWFR)
  •     70 € administrative fee
  •       7 € to support the student council

Altogether 1655 € per semester to be paid to the university.

The living cost in Freiburg amounts to approximately 700 - 800 € per month.



First step: Enter your data into our online application portal
Second step: Print the application you created in the online portal and send it by post (the address is specified on the application form which you have created in our online application portal) along with the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your undergraduate diploma (if available)
  • A certified copy of your  transcript of marks (including your current or final average grade)
  • Proof of English proficiency*
  • APS certificate (only for applicants who have studied in China, Mongolia or Vietnam)


Additional documents that can be useful to submit:

  • Motivation letter (highly recommended)
  • GRE test (not compulsory, but recommended for applicants from abroad)
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé (optional)


* English proficiency:
The following English language certificates are accepted: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English. Only native speakers are exempted from submitting one of these English language certificates. A confirmation that the medium of instruction at your university was English is not sufficient. IELTS and TOEFL scores should be sent by the test center to the University of Freiburg (institutional code 7125 for ETS; the address for IELTS is the same as for your application). Alternatively, you may send a certified hard copy.

Please note: All documents must be submitted as hard copies. Soft copies or incomplete applications will not be considered. Certificates issued in a language other than German or English must be accompanied with a translation by an authorized translator. Application documents will not be returned to you (regardless of whether you are admitted or not).



The admission committee will verify whether you fulfill the special prerequisites outlined in the selection regulations. For further information please contact the program coordinator (see contact persons).

Please note: University admission requirements may be subject to change prior to the start of the application period.

Application deadlines:

15 May

Please note: This deadline does not refer to the date by which your online application must be completed, but to the last possible date by which all of your application documents must be received by us.

Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Engineering


Curriculum SSE

SSE is an interdisciplinary program that builds on fundamental knowledge in electrical and mechanical engineering as well as the natural and materials sciences. In the first semester, six compulsory modules will get everyone on the same technical level. From the second semester onwards, students will start to concentrate on their favorite research field and select a number of interdisciplinary modules to enhance their holistic societal and scientific understanding.

Semester 1

  • Solar Energy
  • Energy Storage
  • Control and Integration of Grids
  • Fundamentals of Resilience
  • Material Life Cycles
  • Computational Materials Engineering

Semester 2

  • Power Electronic Circuits and Devices
  • Design & Monitoring of Large Infrastructures
  • Security and Privacy in Resilient Systems
  • Concentration in

-   Energy Systems
-   Information Processing Technologies
-   Sustainable Materials
-   Resilience Engineering

  • Interdisciplinary Profile

Semester 3

  • Concentration in

-   Energy Systems
-   Information Processing Technologies
-   Sustainable Materials
-   Resilience Engineering

  • Interdisciplinary Profile

Semester 4

  • Master Project
  • Master Thesis


Job Prospectives

The successful completion of the program qualifies for a career in research, head positions in industries of conventional and renewable energy supply companies and infrastructure operators for mobility or energy.

Syllabus and Examination Regulations

Contact Person

Do you have any questions? Please contact the program coordinator:


Emmy-Noether-Strasse 2
2nd floor north, Room F 343
Phone: +49 761 203 54010

Ms. Eva Otto (M.A.)




Main Characteristics of the Program

A Mentor for each Student

Each professor is in charge of a number of students whom s/he mentors. These mentors help you to organize your studies and are ready to answer your questions about studying abroad, finding a job, and more. 

Cooperation between INATECH and Fraunhofer Institutes

The newly founded Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH) unites the scientific power of the University of Freiburg and five Freiburg-based Fraunhofer Research Institutes in these areas. In this way, the INATECH offers a research-oriented Master's program at the leading edge of science and engineering with regards to sustainability.

Smart, Micro, Green

Green - Freiburg is renowned worldwide as a Green City. Since 2015, the Faculty of Engineering has had its own Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering. The researchers of this department build systems that hardly need any energy, have a long life cycle, and adapt themselves easily to difficult environmental conditions.

Smart - stands for autonomously acting robots, computers that learn to interpret pictures, or algorithms that become more and more intelligent and fast. In summary: At the Faculty of Engineering, smart stands for computer science.

Micro - Our researchers design tiny technical systems that handle complex tasks needed in medicine or in production plants. Nowadays each of us uses such systems on a daily basis - often without even noticing. Developing microsystems is an exciting and challenging job - not only for students but also for companies. Our study programs are the best preparation for a career in this field.

Studying engineering in Freiburg means that you will benefit from these three research areas, no matter which study field you choose. Smart, micro and green ideas will increasingly be needed. We offer to teach you the skills needed for developing these kinds of systems.



Further Information

Website of the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering

Orientation manual for new students

PDF flyer of the study program