HFT’s Master program Sustainable ENergy CompetenCE (SENCE) is offered in cooperation with the Universities of Applied Sciences Rottenburg and Ulm. A combination of these three institutions’ teaching and research skills enables us to offer a unique curriculum covering renewable energy technologies, energy economics, and related subjects in both theory and practice.

Application deadline

15 July
15 April (for non-EU citizens)

Study time

4 Semester

Study title

Master of Science (M. Sc.)

Content

The first semester of SENCE is dedicated to course work, mainly in Rottenburg and Stuttgart, with a focus on sustainable energy technologies (namely wind, solar, hydro, biomass), energy economics, and basic management courses. Over the course of the second semester, students work on two projects, which can be completed either in research groups at one of the three SENCE universities, international partner universities, or with energy suppliers, engineering offices, or public authorities.

The third semester is structured along a series of block seminars, in which students are introduced in-depth to scientific work methods and for example work on “real” research proposals, while the fourth semester concludes with the Master thesis, which can be completed in cooperation with a company as well as in a research group, either at one of the three SENCE universities or any other research institution.

Semester 1 lays solid foundation in energy technology and energy economics.

Semester
1
Ein Fachwerkhaus und ein Steinturm der Hochschule Rosenheim

Each student works on two projects.

Semester
2
Eine Gruppe junger Frauen sitzt in der Natur und lernt

Courses focus on improving students’ abilities to work in a scientific environment or higher-level position in the private sector.

Semester
3

This semester is reserved for writing the Master's thesis. This can be done either at one of the participating universities or in cooperation with external partners.

Semester
4

Key aspects

Project work

The SENCE program is project and research oriented. Students learn on the job, e.g., by completing two projects in semester 2, by contributing to research proposals and writing business plans in semester 3, or by writing a Master thesis in a resarch group or the private sector for a full semester.

Research

SENCE graduates are able to contribute to current research questions in the fields of sustainability, renewable energies, or energy systems design, by, to give only two examples, having learned to write proposals and having gained insights into advanced modelling techniques.

Economics and interdisciplinary skills

A particular challenge of today’s sustainable energy technologies, energy economics and energy systems design is the relevance of interdisciplinary work in almost all sub-fields. In addition to a sound specialist knowledge and related analytical skills, SENCE courses therefore strengthen students’ abilities to manage teams or perform basic tasks in business development.

Practical relevance

SENCE students work on highly relevant projects. Examples of recently completed projects in semester 2 include the following:

  • Conception of an operator-oriented guideline for micro smart grids in residential areas
  • Development of a model for noise levels of heat pumps
  • Development of a yield calculator for PV systems up to 750 kWp
  • Typology of neighbourhoods for sustainable energy supply
  • Effects of climate change on the building sector in Stuttgart at the example of the district of Stöckach
  • Anaerobic utilisation of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW)
  • Analysis and evaluation of energy concept variants with regard to international sustainability principles and local Chinese practices
  • Catalogue of requirements for heating and sanitation in apartment buildings
  • Concept for employee-based financing of renewable energy plant

 

Requirements

Above-average Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a scientific or technology-oriented program. After filing their application, promising candidates are invited for an interview (by email and mail), which will typically be held between 10 June and 15 July either in Stuttgart, Rottenburg or Ulm. These interviews are a mandatory part of the admission process.

For International applicants: Please note that most courses will be held in German. Thus, sufficient German language skills are a precondition for your successful application (at least DSH-2 or TestDAF -TDN 4,0).
Before submitting your application, please contact the Studienkolleg – Center for International Students at Hochschule Konstanz. Studienkolleg will validate your paperwork to make sure that you meet all necessary conditions. Please find further information under:

https://www.htwg-konstanz.de/en/studying/center-for-international-students/start-page/

After a successful completion of this process, you are invited to apply for the SENCE program online. An internal examination board will review all incoming applications and draw up a shortlist of candidates to be invited for interviews.

 

Prospects

SENCE graduates are experts in the planning and implementation of modern energy concepts/systems and thus highly seeked for positions in business, science, and public administration. Employers of SENCE alumni include manufacturers of energy-related equipment, companies with energy-intensive production processes, utilities, engineering offices, larger municipalities, county, state or federal government. Furthermore, SENCE offers ideal preconditions for an academic career – about 20% of a class remain in academia after having completed their degree and pursue a Ph.D thesis.

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Partner universities

SENCE Competence Center Solar Energy and Modeling

Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences Schellingstr. 24 70174 Stuttgart Phone +49 (0)711 8926 2676 Fax +49 (0)711 8926 2761 sence@hft-stuttgart.de

HFT Stuttgart

SENCE Competence Centre Biomass

University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg Schadenweilerhof 72108 Rottenburg a.N. Phone +49 (0)7472 951 280 or 283 Fax +49 (0)7472 951 200 sence@fh-rottenburg.de

HF Rottenburg

SENCE Competence Center Solar Thermal

Ulm University of Technology P.O. Box 3860 89028 Ulm Phone +49 (0)731 50 28353 Fax +49 (0)731 50 28363 sence@fh-ulm.de

TH Ulm