In this internationally oriented degree program, you will receive an education that will make you a specialist in the field of renewable energies, energy storage and energy efficiency.
The energy transition, the expansion of renewable energy, the adaption of energy efficiency measures to reduce CO2 emissions and the sustainable use of natural resources are topics of high social and ecological importance and experts in these fields are in great demand on the job market.
The study program is praxis-oriented and has an international focus. Through our cooperation with the Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland you even have the possibility to graduate with a double degree (B.Eng. Sustainable Energy Systems from the Hochschule Emden/Leer + B.Eng. Energy and Enviromental Technology from Turku University of Applied Sciences).
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Your studies will lead you to a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree over 7 semesters. You will first receive the mathematical, scientific and technical fundamentals in 3 semesters. From the 4th semester onwards, you will gain specialized knowledge in the field of renewable energy technology, energy storage and energy efficiency. In addition, from the 4th semester on, some courses are held in English, so that you are well prepared for the internationally oriented job market.
You can choose to complete the 6th semester at one of our numerous partner universities within and outside of Europe. There is even the possibility of graduating with a double degree in cooperation with Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
In the 7th semester you will complete an internship and write your Bachelor's thesis, which you will usually do at a company or research institution.
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Standard period of study
Start of studies
Emden (+ optional semester abroad at a European partner university)
German and English
You need the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) or general university entrance qualification (allgemeine Hochschulreife) or subject-related university entrance qualification (fachgebundene Hochschulreife) or a practical training with special qualification corresponding to the chosen course of studies.
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Faculty of Technology
The program prepares the students for a professional career in different fields related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage as well as environmental technology. Most often, our graduates pursue a professional career in interdisciplinary tasks at the intersection between mechanical engineering, energy management, renewable energy and sustainability.
Some examples of common tasks for which you will be prepared after studying Sustainable Energy Systems include the design of renewable energy plants, the energetic optimization of buildings or industrial processes, the sustainability evaluation of different technologies, the simulation and analysis of energy systems, etc.
Although most of our graduates pursue a professional career in the industry (for example in engineering consultancies or energy enterprises), some of them prefer to work in the public sector, research institutions or in non-governamental organizations (NGOs).
After graduation, there is also the possibility to start a master's degree, in Emden or at another university.
The contents of your studies can be divided into three areas:
- - Engineering fundamentals
- - Energy
- - Sustainability
The engineering fundamentals include subjects such as mathematics, technical mechanics, chemistry and thermodynamics. The courses in the field of energy are mainly related to the renewable energies (biomass, solar energy, wind energy), as well as energy storage and energy efficiency. The courses on sustainability give you an overview of the environmental impact of different technologies and an in-depth understanding of the interrelationships between energy systems and the environment.
In the first half of the study program, German prevails as the teaching language. However, in the second half of your studies, you can take many courses in English language.
Our university has cooperations with other universities throughout Europe. In the 6th semester, you have the opportunity to spend the complete term in one of our partner European universities (this is optional). Additionally, you can also spend the 7th semester (consisting on an internship and the bachelor thesis) abroad. Both the internship and the bachelor thesis are usually performed at a company or research institution. In this way, you can apply the theoretical knowledge that you gained during the study program directly to a real work environment and gain initial professional experience.
The university has numerous contacts with other universities throughout Europe. In the 6th semester, you therefore have the opportunity to take a semester abroad (this is optional). You will then visit a university abroad for one semester and complete the corresponding courses there. These will then be automatically recognized at the Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences, so the length of your studies is not affected. Through our cooperation with Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland, you even have the possibility to obtain a double degree (B.Eng. Sustainable Energy Systems of the Hochschule Emden/Leer + B.Eng. Energy and Environmental Technology from Turku University of Applied Sciences).
The study programme is very hands-on and project-oriented, so you can directly apply the theory that you learn in the lectures. An example of a students' project is presented in the following video:
- The project "WindChallenge" (Youtube Video)
- About the study program:
Prof. Dr. Iván Herráez
Phone-number: (04921) 807-1598
Room: T 1022
- About studying at the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer:
- About the application procedure:
- About the study-start:
Everyone should think about their future and that of others!
And everyone should do what they can to create a better future. Now or never! So why not to start with a sustainable career?
I am a student at the Hochschule Emden / Leer and I study "Sustainable Energy Systems". I decided to study this bachelor program because, over time, I found out that sustainability is not only a matter of great interest to me, but also the most important issue for everyone in the future. But also the bilingual or the international orientiation of the program was a reason for my choice.
And I am very happy with my decision!. Some lectures are sometimes a bit challenging, but the motivation for this topic is always there and helps to keep going.
Studying at the Campus Emden is very pleasant and familiar, which contributes to a positive learning climate.
I hope that more and more people will be interested in this program and come to study it! It is worth it! Come to Emden!
Valentin (2nd semester)
This degree is exactly the right one for anyone who is interested in a practical, future-oriented study program in a familial atmosphere!
Of course, choosing a degree that has never been offered before is always a risk, but I have not regretted my choice: this course focuses on renewable energy, and is internationally-oriented (some lectures are in English and good opportunities are offered to spend one or two semesters abroad). The forward-looking orientation of the program was indeed one of my main motivations to enroll at the Hochschule Emden / Leer.
What awaited me here were interesting study projects and lectures with a practical orientation, as well as professors who work for and with us so that we are succesful in our studies. Especially after my aborted studies at a large university, where the contact to teachers was very impersonal, I was pleasantly surprised that at the Hochschule Emden/Leer one always finds a contact person for any kind of problems. I also appreciate a lot the fact that already in the first semester we worked in practical-oriented projects.
The university itself is rather small, and you quickly get to know people, also through the first weekend on the island of Borkum. This makes you feel at home very soon at the university and in Emden itself.
In addition to studying, there are also a wide range of activities and projects for students, such as the solar boat team, the sustainability team, the Gambia project and much more. Since sustainability is also one of the leitmotifs of the university, a lot is on offer in this area. Therefore, you can try and gain experience with many things, which may become important later in your studies or in your professional life.
I am very happy with my choice of stuying Sustainable Energy Systems at the Hochschule Emden/Leer and I hope you will do that too :)
Lotte (2nd semester)