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Climate-Neutral Energy Systems (Bachelor's)

Renewable energies, energy efficiency and the management of climate change are key issues facing us today. And it is precisely these topics which form the focal points for our students. We provide them with all the technical foundations for the related engineering subjects by not only looking in greater detail at solar, wind and bioenergy, but also focussing on energy efficiency and climate protection. Accompanied by economics modules, a practical semester and project experience, we train the dedicated and responsible energy experts of tomorrow.


Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.)

Duration of studies

7 semesters

Language of instruction

German (proof of proficiency is required)



Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restrictions


Information events

Information about events for potential students can be found on the German page for the degree programme.

Course content

Climate change, which will have a significant impact on the way that people live together, is a key issue for society and the environment. As well as the conventional measures for avoiding fossil fuels, we are already seeing an increase in the use of renewable energies in our economy. With a view to placing an even greater emphasis on protecting our climate, the 'Climate-Neutral Energy Systems' course focuses on protection and adaptation technologies in particular.

There is a growing demand for qualified engineers in industry, and on the 'Climate-Neutral Energy Systems' degree programme, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences educates the experts needed to meet this demand, providing well-founded support for the transformation processes required.

The course balances both theory and practical elements. In addition to the provision of basic theoretical knowledge and skills, application-oriented problems from professional practice in the field of climate change and energy systems are analysed and solutions to these problems are developed. Above all, however, the practical study semester ensures that the course has a particular practical focus. The bachelor’s thesis in the seventh semester completes the course.

The bachelor’s degree programme provides graduates with an application-based, academic and vocational qualification that will enable them to take on particularly challenging specialist and management tasks in the fields of energy supply and climate protection technologies.

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Students of Climate-Neutral Energy Systems in a solar park


Course structure

The first and second semesters cover the fundamentals of maths, science, and energy and climate protection technologies. This teaching is supplemented with information technology and required elective modules. The required elective modules enable students to acquire language skills, key qualifications or knowledge in selected technical subject areas, depending on their preferences.

The degree programme is tailored from the third and fourth semesters, with a focus on core engineering subject areas, which are supplemented with the fundamentals of economics and strategy and project development.

During the fifth semester, students complete a 20-week industrial placement. It is designed as a practical project to stimulate independent academic work.

In the sixth and seventh semesters, students undertake more in-depth and project-oriented studies in the project work, energy efficiency, business and energy law, system integration and energy storage modules, supplemented by required elective modules. Students also learn about the climate-neutral generation of energy using bioenergy, solar energy and wind energy during this part of the course. The bachelor’s thesis in the seventh semester completes the course.

Module overview 'Climate-Neutral Energy Systems' degree programme (Modulübersicht)

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  • Preparatory PDF documents

    The following PDF documents (in German) will help prepare you for your classes in the first academic year. They summarise the content covered in the relevant subjects at school, providing a good basis for your further studies.To open the documents, please use the following passwords:

    Chemie: pql_2/As

    Physik: F=m.a:$IN

    Natur&Technik: ruv+9?Co

  • 1st semester

    1. Ingenieurmathematik I
    2. Physik I
    3. Chemie I
    4. Informatik
    5. Grundlagen Klimaschutz und Klimawandel
    6. Required elective modules 1
          • 2nd semester

            1. Ingenieurmathematik II
            2. Physik II
            3. Strömungslehre I
            4. Elektrotechnik und Stromnetze
            5. Grundlagen Erneuerbare Energien
            6. Required elective modules 2
                1. 3rd semester

                  1. Werkstoffe
                  2. Technische Mechanik
                  3. Strömungslehre II
                  4. Thermodynamik und Wärmeübertragung
                  5. Klimaschutztechnologien
                  6. Wirtschaftliche Grundlagen
                  1. 4th semester

                    1. CAD und Grundlagen BIM
                    2. Konstruktionslehre
                    3. Wärmepumpen und Kälteanlagen
                    4. Mess- und Regelungstechnik
                    5. Ökobilanzierung
                    6. Strategie- und Projektentwicklung
                    1. 5th semester

                      1. Practical training semester including accompanying courses
                    2. 6th semester

                      1. Klimaneutrale Energieerzeugung durch Bioenergie
                      2. Klimaneutrale Energieerzeugung durch Sonne
                      3. Required elective modules 3
                      1. 7th semester

                        1. Thermische und elektrische Energieeffizienz
                        2. Systemintegration und Energiespeicher
                        1. Module handbooks

                          Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester. The applicable module handbooks for any given semester are the handbooks published at the beginning of that semester.

                          Climate-Neutral Enery Systems degree programme modules

                          1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2020/21

                          Triesdorf Language Centre modules

                          1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum

                          Required elective modules for all degree programmes in Triesdorf

                          1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule


                        Career options

                        In Germany, the transformation processes involved in climate-neutral energy supply are huge for both society and business. The number of people employed in this field is growing all the time. Career prospects for graduates are currently excellent.

                        Examples of fields of work include:

                        • energy supply and energy consulting companies
                        • climate protection technology companies and services
                        • coordination of energy and climate protection in companies and administration
                        • experts in service companies
                        • project planning engineers in planning and consultancy companies
                        • energy management officers in industrial associations and interest groups
                        • climate protection officers in the public and private sectors
                        • energy and climate protection experts in development departments of industrial enterprises
                        • public sector
                        • research institutes
                        • self-employed entrepreneurs
                        Students of Climate-Neutral Energy Systems with a solar module


                         As a dual student, you will spend significantly more time doing practical training. You will not only work for a company during the practical training semester, but also during the university holidays, and therefore gain valuable practical experience while you are still studying. Furthermore, the remuneration paid by the company will help to fund your studies. This means that, as a dual student, during lecture and examination periods you can focus fully on your studies.

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                        • Organisation and time schedule

                          The course with intensive practical work corresponds to the regular Climate-Neutral Energy Systems bachelor’s programme in terms of content and timing. Students begin studying on 1 October in the year of application. As a rule, interested students apply to a partner company during the second semester.

                          If an agreement is made with the company, practical placements take place during both the practical semester and during university holidays starting from the second semester. Students receive a monthly salary from the company for the duration of the work-study course. The amount of salary paid is agreed between the company and the individual student. The bachelor’s dissertation is prepared in cooperation with the company. It may be possible to enter into a working relationship with the relevant company once your studies end.

                        • Time schedule

                        • Admission requirements

                          A training/study agreement with a cooperating company is required in order to switch to the course with intensive practical work.

                        • Cooperation partner for the course with intensive practical work

                          Thanks to the collaboration agreements with the companies CitrinSolar GmbH (Moosburg) and Schmidbaur Unternehmensgruppe GmbH (Eching), students enrolled on the 'Climate Neutral Energy Systems' degree programme have the opportunity to gain extensive first-hand practical experience in these two industrial companies from the start of their course.

                          Both companies are available as dual partners for the new course. Schmidbauer are experts in building technology, specialising in particular in decentralised medium voltage systems and measurement and control engineering. CitrinSolar GmbH work primarily in the field of energy production using solar thermal energy and photovoltaics, with a focus on sustainable building construction through pioneering solar power-based community plans.

                        • Contact for the course with intensive practical work

                          Prof. Dr Andreas Hoffmann

                          T +49 9826 654 243

                          andreas.hoffmann [at]

                        • Downloadable documents

                          1. Sample cooperation agreement (Muster-Kooperationsvertrag)
                          1. Training/study agreement (Bildungs-/Studienvertrag)

                        What makes us the right choice for you

                        • As part of numerous collaborations and research projects, our energy experts thrive on real-life practical tasks.
                        • One of the many advantages of our location is even a biomass institute for the numerous research projects on this topic.
                        • The degree programme is offered as a dual (work-study) course with intensive practical work.


                        Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

                        … then please let us know

                        how we can help:

                        … please contact us

                        Prof. Dr Andreas Hoffmann, programme director, andreas.hoffmann [at]


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                        Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
                        Fakultät Umweltingenieurwesen
                        Markgrafenstraße 16
                        91746 Weidenbach

                        T +49 9826 654-130
                        F +49 9826 654-4130

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                        Information material

                        Climate-Neutral Energy Systems Leaflet
                        Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences leaflet