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Solar Energy Engineering (Master)

The Solar Energy Engineering program is a blended learning program designed to be studied next to a full-time job in any desired location in the world. It is suitable for graduates of physics, engineering, or similar fields with at least one year of work experience. The comprehensive curriculum trains highly qualified engineers with professional competence in theory, research, and applications. Full track and Expert track versions of the curriculum are designed to tailor this program for students’ needs. The final semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis. A unique option is the chance to spend the last semester in Freiburg and become part of the research environment in our cooperating institutes.

  • M.Sc.SEE is accredited according to the high standards of German public universities
  • Study online at your pace wherever and whenever you want
  • Obtain hands-on experience from our cooperation partner Fraunhofer ISE
  • Join our multinational solar community where world-renowned research combines with your studies

Termine / Veranstaltungsort / Kosten

TerminVeranstaltungsort Kosten
15.04.2024 - 06.02.2027
Artikel-Nr.: UFR-SEE-MA-202404
Online 18.000,00 

Veranstalter und Veranstaltungsort


University of Freiburg
Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering – INATECH



Zielgruppe und Voraussetzungen


Highly qualified students who already have an academic background in one of the STEM subjects such as physics, chemistry, electronics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, material sciences, computer engineering, etc.


  • First academic degree in engineering or natural sciences (physics, chemistry, electronics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, material sciences, computer engineering, etc.).
  • One year of work experience
  • Proof of English proficiency; minimum equal to B2 according to CEFR.


  • Notarized copies of degree transcripts and certificates;
  • Proof of work experience; 
  • Notarized copies of your IELTS result or similar;
  • Notarized university entrance qualification.

Inhalte und Lernziele


Fully taught in English and online, this duly accredited German Master of Science program caters to professionals, who want to study online at their own pace without disrupting work or family life. Whether you are looking for a new career or already have a busy professional schedule; our master’s program shapes around you. We offer a part-time, flexible and online learning environment that gives you the freedom to study wherever and whenever you want. Examinations do not require traveling abroad since they are also done online with tailored procedures.

The program provides subject-relevant skills ranging from:

  • understanding the physical principles of solar cells, solar modules, and solar thermal collectors to
  • developing and designing photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, assembling complex plants, power stations, energy networks, and more.

Students can specialise in one or more topics in solar energy, such as:

  • Solar cell technologies
  • Photovoltaic systems and power plants
  • Solar thermal energy
  • Grid integration
  • Electricity networks


We offer a flexible and online learning environment that gives students the freedom to study wherever and whenever they want next to their family and a full-time job.
The teaching components of the SEE are:

  • Regular online meetings and tutor-led live sessions
  • Recorded video lectures
  • Engagement in discussions in online forums
  • Reading and exercise material specified for each course
  • Exercise sheets and quizzes
  • Scientific projects that are conducted with close supervision
  • Student presentations
  • Modelling and simulation tasks


After successful completion of the program, students can (depending on their specialization):

  • Achieve a qualitative and global understanding of today’s and tomorrow’s energy needs.
  • Understand the physic of solar cells, integration of renewable energies into the power grid, and the fundamentals of storage applications.
  • Understand physics, design, and engineering of solar thermal systems.
  • Develop and design solar cells, photovoltaic modules, off-grid and grid-connected photovoltaic systems, solar thermal collectors, and heat storages.
  • Optimise and analyse photovoltaic systems, components, and photovoltaic powerplants by taking innovation, efficiency, cost, and durability into account.
  • Evaluate new and emerging solar cell and solar collector technologies.
  • Apply the standards of scientific writing and presentation.
  • Create their scientific work in the form of a master’s thesis.
  • Collaborate with international students from all over the world online, in digital teams

Format, Abschluss, Qualitätssicherung

Lehr- / Lernformat



Master of Science (M.Sc.)


3600 hours/2700 hours (Full Track/Expert Track)

Creditpoints (ECTS)





120 ECTS/ 90 ECTS (Full Track/Expert Track)

Termine und Fristen


For the students, the program is flexible in terms of time and location so that they can organize their studies individually. The fixed dates for online sessions are set by group poll (e.g., dfn-Terminplaner), taking into account the time zones of the participants.


Apply by 31st of March for April intake
and by 30th September for October intake



Expert track: 18.000 €
Full track: 25.000 €


Prof. Dr. Anke Weidlich
University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Stefan Glunz
University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Werner Platzer
University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Rüther
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis-Brazil

Prof. Dr. Christof Wittwer
University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Powalla
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Prof. Dr. Margit Zacharias
University of Freiburg

Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Wille-Haussmann
Fraunhofer ISE

Dr. Uli Würfel
Freiburg Universities Materials Research Center FMF and  Fraunhofer ISE

Dr. Martin Schubert
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Dr. Ralf Preu
University of Freiburg

Dr. Harry Wirt
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Dr. Holger Neuhaus
Head of Department Module Technology at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Dr. Tilman Kuhn
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Dr. Gerald Siefer
Fraunhofer ISE

And many others

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Was sagen die anderen?

Receiving a degree from an all-time leading country in Solar Energy Technology is a privilege - that anyone who knows the field- would be looking forward to. The expertise of our professors from Uni Freiburg and Fraunhofer is palpable and reassuring.
Gustavo Cedeño
This program offers access to state-of-the-art technology at the Fraunhofer Institute, knowledge from top experts in the field, combined with a great supporting team! An experience you wouldn’t find somewhere else.
Hassan Merhi
I do believe it is the responsibility of those like us who have access to this technology, access to research facilities and to scientific knowledge, to use all these resources in order to improve the quality life for all those around us. What we are doing, what we will do from now on, will definitely have a major impact in our planet and society.
José Kemerer