Sustainable Energy Systems (Nachhaltige Energiesysteme)

In this internationally oriented course of study you will receive an education that prepares you to become a specialist in the field of sustainable energy supply and the associated technology.

Sustainability, climate, and environmental protection are of great social and ecological importance and are of concern to politicians worldwide; experts in these fields are in great demand on the job market.

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Vorstellung des Studiengangs

The course prepares you for current and future-oriented professions in the fields of energy and sustainability. Fields of activity are, for example: climate protection and sustainability, renewable energies, energy efficiency and energy management.

You will work in an interdisciplinary technical degree program with an international orientation, in which an understanding of technology is just as important as knowledge of energy systems and questions about the sustainable use of technologies.

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Full time

Standard period of study
7 semesters

Start of studies
Winter semester

Study location
Emden (+ optional travel semester at a European partner university)

German and English

Access requirement
You need a general or subject-related higher education entrance qualification, or practical training with special qualifications corresponding to the chosen course of study.

Admission Restrictions

Credit points
210 ECTS

Accredited by ZEvA

Faculty of Technology

The program prepares the students for a professional career in diff erent fields related to the sustainable energy use and production as well as environmental technology. Most often, our graduates pursue a professional career in interdisciplinary tasks at the intersection between mechanical engineering, energy management 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, the development of environmental protection strategies, etc.

Although many of our graduates pursue a professional career in the industry (for example in engineering consultancies or energy enterprises), some of our graduates 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 courses of the curriculum can be subdivided into to three main 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 related to sustainability provide a broader view of the environmental impact of diff erent technologies and allow to gain a good overview on the interrelations between energy systems and the environment. In the fi rst half of the study program, German prevails as the teaching language. However, in the second half of your studies, you can take most of the 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.  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 application process takes place on-line. Please follow the following link to the application portal.

Admission restriction: No

Study begin: Fall semester (end of September)

Application deadline: 30 September

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  • About the study program:

Prof. Dr. Iván Herráez
E-Mail: ivan.herraez|at|
Phone-number: (04921) 807-1598
Room: T 1022
Constantiaplatz 4
26723 Emden

  • About studying at the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer:

Student Advisory Service

  • About the application procedure:

Matriculation office

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Information for new students

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)