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).

Conventional lithium-ion batteries as they are currently used in smartphones and laptops have more or less reached their maximum storage capacity. This is why specialists in basic research and practical application in the Science City of Ulm are searching for the batteries of the future. CELEST, Germany's largest platform for electrochemical energy research, is a joint venture of Ulm University, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung; short: ZSW). With its sections 'lithium ion technology', 'energy storage beyond lithium' and 'alternative technologies for electrochemical energy storage', CELEST covers all current research topics of electrochemical energy storage. The platform has already celebrated its first outstanding success: As part of the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments, the researchers have received approval for their Cluster of Excellence 'Post Lithium Storage' (POLiS), which is being funded with around seven million euros annually for an initial seven years. Main focus of POLiS is the development of battery systems that eliminate the need for the finite materials lithium and cobalt.

Alongside of the ongoing research, the graduate school of electrochemical energy storage (GS-EES) will support up to 60 PhD students doing their research within the POLiS. 

For further information: Cluster of Excellence - Post Lithium Storage

Further information: CELEST - Graduate School Electrochemical Ernergy Storage

Key data

Type of programme

Master of Science (MSc)

Type of study
  • full-time
Study curriculum

Information on the study curriculum

Application

Information for applicants

Start of programme
  • next winter semester: 01.10.2022
Language of instruction
  • English
Admission
  • no restriction
ECTS credit points

120

Standard period of study (semester)

4

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

Study

  • 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 programme focusses on fuel cells and batteries.


Conventional lithium-ion batteries as they are currently used in smartphones and laptops have more or less reached their maximum storage capacity. This is why specialists in basic research and practical application in the Science City of Ulm are searching for the batteries of the future. CELEST, Germany's largest platform for electrochemical energy research, is a joint venture of Ulm University, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung; short: ZSW). With its sections 'lithium ion technology', 'energy storage beyond lithium' and 'alternative technologies for electrochemical energy storage', CELEST covers all current research topics of electrochemical energy storage. The platform has already celebrated its first outstanding success: As part of the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments, the researchers have received approval for their Cluster of Excellence 'Post Lithium Storage' (POLiS), which is being funded with around seven million euros annually for an initial seven years. Main focus of POLiS is the development of battery systems that eliminate the need for the finite materials lithium and cobalt.

Alongside of the ongoing research, the graduate school of electrochemical energy storage (GS-EES) will support up to 60 PhD students doing their research within the POLiS.  

For further information: Cluster of Excellence - Post Lithium Storage

Further information: CELEST - Graduate School Electrocehmical Ernergy Storage

 

Curriculum
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 more information  please check here

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

Specific information for students seeking to do an external Master's thesis

“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.

Professional Perspective

  •  R&D positions in areas related to electrochemical engergy technology (fuel cells and batteries)
  •  professional careers in a broad spectrum of industrial applications, ranging from car industry, chemical or electronic industry to numerous specialized applications

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

Campus life

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.
 

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 .

  • 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)

Contact

Sibel Looser

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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