Course Information

Energy Science and Technology - Master of Science (MSc)

The MSc program “Energy Science and Technology” deals with modern technologies for energy conversion and storage and with the scientific principles underlying these technologies. The program is strongly research-oriented and focusses on electrochemical energy conversion and storage in fuel cells and batteries. Taught entirely in English, the international and interdisciplinary program “is designed for both international and German students, who have earned a Bachelor of Science (preferably chemistry or physics) or a Bachelor of Engineering (preferably chemical or electrical engineering).

Key data

Type of programme

Master of Science (MSc)

Type of study
  • full-time
Study curriculum

Information on the study curriculum


Information for applicants

Start of programme
  • next winter semester: 01.10.2017
Orientation offer Language of instruction
  • English
  • no restriction
ECTS credit points


Standard period of study (semester)


More about the course

Students will acquire competent knowledge in the following areas:

  • Broad basis in relevant topics from chemistry, materials science and energy technology
  • Hands-on experience in chemistry, materials science and energy science and technology labs
  • Scientific working methods and current research in the area of energy science and technology
  • Professional  skills as well as scientific competency in the area of energy science and technology and applications


  • Objectives

    • The programme aims to bring together students, teachers and researchers from different disciplines in natural sciences and engineering science.
    • It introduces students to scientific principles of energy conversion and storage and their technological transfer to machines, power plants, batteries and fuel cells.
    • Solid background in either chemistry, materials science or electrical engineering is required, fundamental knowledge in the other disciplines is helpful.
    • Introductory courses in general chemistry or electrical engineering are offered for students with little background.
    • Advanced training in electrical engineering, materials science, physical and materials chemistry, electrochemistry and energy science and technology follows.
    • Special emphasis is on practical training in lab courses. The programme comprises a chemistry lab and two labs dealing with energy science and technology.
    • During the second year the program focusses on fuel cells and batteries.
  • Aims and Syllabus

    Course descriptions
    Students have to prove study progress. The following criteria have to be met:
    Students who did their bachelor programme in engineering take the examination in   “Introductory Chemistry”, those who did their bachelor programme in natural sciences or chemical engineering, take the examination in “Introductory Electrical Engineering”
    120 credit points (master program completed) earned at the end of the fourth semester.
    Students have to obtain a minimum of 75 credit points to apply for (register for) the module "Master´s Thesis"

  • For students

    For more information  please check here

    e.g. Time tables; exam dates ...

  • More Information

    “Energy Science and Technology” is an interdisciplinary programme. Instructors from Ulm University institutes, research institutions and companies are contributing to it, including:

    •     Faculty of Natural Sciences, Chemistry Department, Ulm University:
    •     Institute of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
    •     Institute of Inorganic Chemistry II
    •     Institute of Organic Chemistry II and Advanced Materials
    •     Institute of Organic Chemistry III, Polymers and Biopolymers
    •     Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Ulm University:
    •     Institute of Energy Conversion and Storage
    •     Institute of Micro- and Nanomaterials
    •     Institute of Optoelectronics
    •     ZSW: Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg
    •     HIU: Helmholtz Institute Ulm – Electrochemical Energy Storage
    •     A variety of companies including Daimler AG and EnBW AG

    These contributors also offer master`s thesis projects.

  • Pre-Master Course - Faculty of Natural Sciences

    Pre-master Course for Master programmes – Faculty of Natural Sciences

    The Ulm University focuses on life sciences, bio- and nanotechnologies as well as on energy conversion and storage. It has constantly obtained a high ranking for its academic research and quality of teaching. To improve the academic formation of its future graduates, our university offers a preparatory course for international students seeking admission in one the following English-taught master programmes: Advanced Materials, Biology, Biophysics, Chemical Engineering and Energy Science & Technology.

    Each year we bring together very motivated and talented international students from different areas of Natural Sciences and Engineering. We want to ensure that all students start our programmes at the same level and will complete their master programme successfully. The pre-master course is for exceptional students wishing to get admission to one of our programmes, but appearing to have insufficient knowledge or skills in some particular areas. You would like to join an interdisciplinary master and have a deep knowledge in a particular subject but you are still missing the basics of another one? This preparatory course is designed to give you confidence and enough academic skills to ensure that you will hit the ground running and make the most of your master.

    Purpose and Objectives

    During the premaster course you enhance your knowledge in physics, biology, chemistry and/or mathematics depending on the programme you applied for. Your practical training starts in physics, chemistry or biology in a state-of-the-art lab environment. Moreover, you will have enough time to get used to the life in a foreign country, before starting the full-time master programme. Parallel to the pre-master course there will be some intercultural activities intended to help you with the new environment and integration.

    Start of pre-master course: August 21st, 2017

    Duration: 6 weeks

    Language of instruction: English

    Application: included in your application for degree programme

Professional Prospects

  • Positions in industry

    • Research and development, production, service, sales and distribution of functional nano- and biomaterials
    • Technological areas, nanomaterials: Optoelectronics and laser technology, semiconductor technology, energy technology (fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics), sensor technology
    • Technological areas, biomaterials: Medical engineering, pharmaceutical technology, food industry
    • Specialized applications
  • Career in Academia

    • PhD in Germany and all over the world
    • Teaching
    • Research

Campus life

  • Financial Issues

    Tuition Fees are only applicable for second degree and international students. Further Infomation can be found here. Additionally the university and the students union (Studierendenwerk Ulm) currently charge administrative fees approximately amounting to 165 € each semester. Students admitted to the "Energy Science and Technology" program will be asked to pay these fees for the following winter term immediately after they accepted admission.

    Living expenses
    A student at Ulm University will face the following living expenses :
    •    University/students union administrative fee: ~ 165 € each semester
    •    Health insurance: 80 € each month
    •    Rent: approximately 300 € each month
    •    Public transportation (semester ticket): 115 € each semester
    •    General cost of living (depending on the lifestyle): approx. 300 € each month
    Expenses per year: approx. 8700 €
    Expenses for the regular duration of the programme (2 years): approx. 17 400 €

    Financial Assistance
    Information on scholarship programs can be found at the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD). Typically, students will have to apply for a scholarship one year ahead of time. Ulm University does not offer any additional scholarships for incoming students.

    Proof of Financial Resources

    Typically, proof of financial resources of at least 700 € per month will be necessary to obtain a student visa. Additionally, many German embassies require students to prove that they dispose of a specific amount of money (approx. 8000 €) on a German bank account before a visa will be issued. Please inquire at the German embassy in your country for specific requirements.

  • Housing

    Students admitted to the programme are advised to book a room in a student dormitory. This request is a part of our Acceptance letter.

    There are four dorms downtown (25 min bus drive to the campus) and one near the campus (walking distance). All rooms are one person rooms and fully furnished. You share kitchen (with all cooking facilities) and bathroom with a few persons; according to the type of dorm this can be 2 to 12 persons. There are no dorms exclusively for men or women, however some appartments may be women only.

    Student Dormitories in Ulm

    • The main dormitories are the dormitory complexes "Heilmeyersteige" and "Manfred-Börner-Straße" at walking distance from the University and the dormitory "Gutenbergstraße" downtown.
    • overview of student dormitories run by the Studierendenwerk Ulm (students housing office)

    Monthly rent: between 240 Euro and 400 Euro .

  • Helpful Links - Student`s life

  • Working as a student

    • We recommend that students do not work during 1st semester.
    • There is a limited number of student assistant positions (HiWi) available at the institutes participating in the MSc programme "Energy Science and Technology”.
    • There is no financial compensation for master´s thesis work done at University of Ulm.
    • Info Work Regulations for Students (International Office, University of Ulm)

How to apply

  • Deadlines

    Start of applicaion period:
    January 15
    End of application period :
    March 15
    Start of the programme: August 2017
    * Documents (hard copies) will be accepted
       until March 31.
  • Admission requirements

    Academic Requirements MSc programme "Energy Science and Technology":


    1.    Bachelor degree

    a.    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Electrical Engineering or in other programmes relating to Energy Science.

    b.    Duration of Bachelor program: at least 3 years.

    2.    Bachelor course work in Mathematics and Physics each basically 2 courses of 3 hours per week and semester or comparable course work to be evidenced by course information on official transcript of records.

    3.    Fundamental skills in natural sciences, materials science and/ or engineering sciences*

    4.    Good English proficiency

    e.g.  TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language), internet based (IBT), institution code 8407, minimal score: 88;IELTS test (International English Language Testing System), minimal score: 6.5

    No test needed by native speakers.

    * These essential skills may be gained by passing the pre master course offered by Ulm University.


     Prospective students are expected to ...

    •        be willing to acquire a basic knowledge of German. German courses are part of the curriculum.

    •        be willing to study/live in a challenging, multi-cultural environment.


    Applicants have to provide:

    •        Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)

    •        Statement of objectives/motivation (maximum 1 page)

    •        Two letters of reference by university lecturers from Bachelor University

    •        Transcript of records of all semesters/terms studied in the bachelor programme

    •        Information on the grading system at Bachelor University

    •        Bachelor degree certificate

    •        English test score report


    Evaluation of applications is based on:

    •        Bachelor programme, courses attended, internships and work experience

    •        Bachelor grade or CPGA and grades of relevant courses

    •        Motivation letter provided by the applicant

    •        Evaluation of applicant by university lecturers (reference letters)

  • Application process

    The link to “Online Registration” (Admission Department, Ulm University) is available during the annual application period (January, 15 to March, 15) that precedes the start of the program in winter semester each year. Application documents (hard copies) will be accepted until March 31.
    Data you will be asked to enter:

    •        Personal data: Family name, first (given) name, gender, nationality, date and place of birth (city, official name of the country), place of residence, e-mail address

    •        Information on your bachelor degree and the university where you earned it: University and country of university, title of your bachelor (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering), subject of your bachelor programme (e.g. Physics or Materials Science), number of academic years the programme comprises

    •        Information on your current academic status:
    Bachelor degree finished yes/no. If yes: Finishing date

    Data sheet

    •        A data sheet for your records, showing the data you entered, will be created.

    •        Save it on your computer, print it for your records

    Cover sheet

    •        A cover sheet for the application package to be sent to “Energy Science and Technology” by regular mail will be created. It shows your application number.

    •        Save it on your computer, print it.

    •        Sign in the designated space.

    Submit the data online

    •        You will receive an automatic e-mail reply confirming your registration. 

    Please note ...

    •    Online registration alone does not represent a valid application. It needs to be complemented by sending application documents via regular mail.

  • Application form

    •        Access: The application form is provided by the “Energy Science and Technology” office. You may access to it during the application period here and in the course of the online registration procedure.

    •        File: The application form is available as excel file (.xlsx) and as open office file (.ods). Save the file you want to use on your computer.

    Application form .xlsx

    Application form .ods

    If you need assistance to complete the form please check here

    •        Finish online registration first by submitting your data online before starting to complete the application form.

    •        Completing the form will take some time. Use either Microsoft Excel or an open office spreadsheet program. Forms completed in handwriting are not accepted.

    Data you will be asked to enter in the application form:

    •        Application number you received during online registration (cover sheet).

    •        Information on the grading system at your university: Does a credit point or credit hour system exist? Maximum grade attainable and minimum passing grade for bachelor courses and for final bachelor grade respectively.

    •        Final grade of your bachelor degree or cumulative grade point average (CGPA)/current average grade of all courses you attended in the bachelor programme so far if you haven´t finished the bachelor programme yet.

    •        Courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Energy Science, Materials Science, Engineering Science (comprising  Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering etc.): Course title, number of credit points/credit hours earned, grade achieved.

    •        Complete contact data of the two university professors who will write/have written reference letters for you.

    Submission of application form

    •        Save the form on your computer.

    •        Send it as attachment by e-mail to "Energy Science and Technology": .

    •        Send a hard copy version of the form along with the other documents to “Energy Science and Technology” by regular mail:

              "Energy Science and Technology"

              Faculty of Natural Sciences
              Ulm University
              89069 Ulm



  • Application documents

    Documents you have to submit via regular mail: 

    a)      Cover sheet of online registration with date and your signature in handwriting.
    Important: Your application is not valid without your signature on all documents that are asked to be signed: (a), b), e), f); see below)!

    b)      Application form: Hardcopy of completed form, signed on bottom of page 5.

    c)      Transcripts of records for all semesters/terms of the bachelor programme. Information entered in the application form has to be retrievable on the transcripts. Please highlight information on the grading system stated on the transcript.

    d)      Two reference letters by university professors (bachelor university). Referees have to use the template “Reference Letters for Energy Science and Technology”. Data and text have to be entered in the form by computer writing. The completed form has to be printed, signed by the referee and has to carry an original, official institution seal. Reference letters can be submitted only by regular mail (in separate, sealed envelopes, carrying the institution seal on the outside) by either the referee himself or the applicant (along with other documents). Recommendation from company staff and other persons not affiliated with a university are not accepted.

    e)      Curriculum vitae: Your CV has to be complete (no gaps, has to cover time since bachelor graduation). It mustn´t be longer than two pages (important!) and has to carry your name and application number on top, your signature on the bottom.

    f)       Statement of objectives: Please state in your own words why you choose to apply for the "Energy Science and Technology" programme at Ulm University and how you hope to benefit from it. Be specific about your personal interests in the field and your future plans. Your statement must not be longer than one page (important!). It has to carry your name and application number on top, your signature on the bottom.

       Design for curriculum vitae and “Statements of Objectives”
       Our suggestion: font size 11 pt, line spacing 1.0, right and left margins 2 cm

    g)      Bachelor degree certificate with final bachelor grade.

    h)      Score report of English test (IELTS of TOEFL, copy) meeting our standards (for details check “Admission Requirements”

    i)    APS-certificate (original): Has to be provided by students from PR China/
          Vietnam/Mongolia only. Further information: APS China, APS Vietnam,
          APS Mongolia

    We send a confirmation  once we received all necessary documents.

    Applications will be reviewed by the admission committee if ...

    •        ... the online registration is completed correctly.

    •        ... we receive documents a) to f) (students from PR China/Vietnam/Mongolia: a) to f) plus i) in time.

    Please note: …

     •       All documents have to reach Ulm University by the end of the application period on March, 31.

    •        It is sufficient to send untestified copies of all documents. Don´t send any originals.

    •        In case documents are not written in English or German testified translations to English have to be submitted in addition to documents in original language.

    •        All envelopes sent have to contain a copy of the cover sheet carrying your name and application number to ensure that the documents can be allocated correctly.

    •        Application documents without a valid application number are not accepted.

    •        Do not send any certificates not related to your academic or professional qualifications.

    •        All copies must be easily readable, standard size and paper.

    •        We cannot return any documents.

  • After Admission

    Most foreign students have to apply for a student visa at the German Embassy in their home country. German Immigration Law does not allow to change the Immigration status whilst in Germany; don`t enter with a tourist visa !

    As soon as you know about your admission make an appoinment at the nearest embassy or consulate. Go there immediately after receiving the admission letter. Be aware that the visa procedure will take several weeks (up to 3 months). The embassy will inform you about the details of your visa application. Usually you have to present the following at the Embassy:

    1. our letter of admission (Zulassung)
    2. our Information for the Embassy
    3. a proof of your financial means (700 Euro/month at the least). Be prepared to show a bank statement covering the full expenses of the first year
    4. in addition to the above the respective embassy may require you to submit additional material - check with your nearest German embassy

    The excellent frequently asked questions pool at the DAAD website is a good resource (select from drop-down menu at the top of the page).

    Services and assistance

    Together with the admission letter you will receive detailed information on services we provide. We will assist you in finding housing, i.e. we will make reservations in the students' dormitories.
    Upon arrival a senior student will meet and assist you during your first hours on foreign terrain. You will soon meet your new classmates and become familiar with your new surroundings.


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Dr. Maria-Verena Kohnle
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University Ulm
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Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Room: N25 3104
Telephone: +49 731 50-22290

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Sibel Looser
Non-academic Staff
University Ulm
Dekanatsbüro der Fakultät für Naturwissenschaften
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Room: N25 3104
Telephone: +49 731 50-23008