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Sustainable Systems Engineering

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

restrictive admissions (University) (65 places)
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to selection regulations

Application period: First semester: 1 March - 15 May
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 1 June - 30 September, Summer Semester: 15 December - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Please check out the programme website before you apply.
Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Engineering

Science and engineering are vital tools in developing sustainable solutions to today’s problems, not only in technology, but also in domains like ecology, economics and society.

The Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH) consists of a partnership between the University of Freiburg and the five local Fraunhofer Institutes. This offers you unique opportunities to combine fundamental academic learning with the latest research and practical experience.

This international Master’s programme provides in-depth engineering skills in:

  • Sustainable Materials and Energy Systems
  • Networks and Resilience
  • Circularity Engineering

While mandatory elective modules ensure that you gain knowledge in all three of these areas,

you are free to focus on one of them and delve deeply into your favourite research fields.

In addition, you can also gain interdisciplinary knowledge in natural resources and climate

change, as well as sustainable economics, technologies and societies thus acquiring a holistic

understanding of sustainability.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Program Coordination / Program Coordinator SSE
Ester Gnandt
Institut für Nachhaltige Technische Systeme - INATECH
2. OG Nord, Raum F 343 / 2. Floor North entrance
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
79108 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-54010
Dr. Mirko Schäfer
Institut für nachhaltige technische Systeme - INATECH
4. OG West
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
79110 Freiburg
Tel.:  +49 761 203 54202

Examination Office

Georges-Köhler-Allee 101, 79110 Freiburg
Fax: +49(0) 761-203-8082

Anne-Julchen Müller, Telefon: 0761 203-8083
Susanne Stork, Telefon: 0761 203-8087
Montag 14.00 Uhr bis 16.00 Uhr
Dienstag und Donnerstag 10.00 Uhr bis 12.00 Uhr
Mittwoch und Freitag: nur telefonisch