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Management of Renewable Energies (Bachelor's)

Stopping climate change is a challenge that will be an intense focus for us over the next few decades. A central, unavoidable factor will be switching fully to renewable energies for our energy supply. Renewable energies are the essential key to success in the energy revolution. To accomplish this task, there will be huge demand for well-trained energy specialists.

If you are sustainably minded and are looking for a practical degree programme with a holistic approach, the Management of Renewable Energies degree is perfect for you.

At a glance

Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Duration of studies

7 semesters

Language of instruction

German (proof of proficiency is required)

Location

Weihenstephan

Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restrictions

No

Information events

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

Course content

Holistic degree programme focussing on management

Holistic means the economic, legal and political frameworks for the development of renewable energies are taught alongside the technical aspects. The focus is on management skills (economic, legal and political elements) in particular, which account for around two-thirds of the course. The remaining third covers the technical and scientific principles required for working in the energy sector. We are one of the few providers of degree programmes in the field of renewable energies with this economic/technical focus.

Coverage of all renewable energies

For us, holistic also means that we look at all renewable energies: starting with solar energy (photovoltaics, solar thermal energy), then on to wind energy, hydropower and biogenic energy sources, through to geothermal energy. All renewable energies will have their place in the energy mix of the future. That makes it all the more important to cover the diversity and entirety of the ‘energy world of the future’ during the degree programme.

We not only look at the electricity market, but also at the heating, industrial and mobility sectors. Questions we consider include, for example: How will residential buildings be heated in the future? What will industrial companies’ sustainable energy plans be like? Where will charging pillars for electric cars be needed in future?

Highly relevant to real-life practice

The course has been designed to be very practical, with companies involved in many different ways. Throughout the fifth semester, all students work at a company of their choosing in the energy sector.

International approach

During the degree programme, students have the opportunity to choose different modules that qualify them specially for work in an international environment.

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Course structure

The bachelor’s degree programme is a fully modular course and is based on the 6+1 model (six study semesters and one practical training semester) used by Bavarian universities of applied sciences. The course always starts in the winter semester on 1 October of each year. The module overview for the Management of Renewable Energies programme (Modulübersicht) provides information about the content in the individual semesters.

Module: Seminar-based tuition of 4–5 hours per week with different proportions of exercises, seminars, internships and project work – see module descriptions. There are 5 EC (European Credits) per module.

Exceptions: Required elective modules (3 EC), Bachelor’s thesis (12 + 2 EC) and internship (30 EC)

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  • 1st semester

    1. Grundlagen Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Buchführung
    2. Mathematik und Statistik
    3. Biologie (nachwachsender Rohstoffe)
    4. Physikalisch-technische Grundlagen
    5. Grundlagen Volkswirtschaftslehre
    6. Required elective module
    7. Required elective module
    • 2nd semester

      1. Kostenrechnung und Controlling
      2. Chemie
      3. Grundlagen Produktion nachwachsender Rohstoffe
      4. Grundlagen Verfahrenstechnik
      5. Grundlagen Datenverarbeitung
      6. Required elective module (languages)
      7. Required elective module
      • 3rd semester

        1. Grundlagen Investition und Finanzierung
        2. RE Business English & Presentation Skills
        3. Grundlagen Marketing und Vertrieb
        4. Energie-, Umwelttechnik I
        5. Wirtschaftsrecht
        6. Required elective module
        7. Required elective module
        • 4th emester

          • Core subject I
          • Economics: Marktforschung
          • Production: Produktion von Energiepflanzen
          • International: International Marketing Project
          1. Verfahrenstechnik und Logistik erneuerbarer Energien
          2. Projektmanagement
          3. Energie-, Umwelttechnik II
          4. Recht der erneuerbaren Energien
          5. Required elective module
          6. Required elective module
          • 5th semester

            Internship in companies/institutions typical of the industry (22 weeks)

          • 6th semester

            • Core subject II
            • Economics: Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften und ökon.-ökol. Planung
            • Production: Holzenergie
            • International: International Challenges of RE
            1. Personalmanagement
            2. Märkte erneuerbare Energien
            3. EDV -Anwendung
            4. Unternehmensführung und Finanzmanagement
            5. Required elective module
            6. Required elective module
          • 7th semester

            • Core subject III
            • Economics: Regionale Energiewirtschaft
            • Production: Effiziente Energienutzung
            • International: Climate Protection Law & RE Business Communication
            1. Qualitätsmanagement: Umwelt und Energie
            2. Umweltpolitik, Energiepolitik und –recht
            3. Bachelor's Thesis
          • Required elective modules

            Six required elective modules (FWPM), each worth 3 EC, are to be completed by the end of the seventh semester of study to deepen students’ understanding.
            Examples of required elective modules:

            1. Solarenergie
            2. Windkraft I und II
            3. Wasserkraft
            4. E-Mobilität
            5. Klimawandel
            6. Geothermie
            7. Bio-Energie
            8. Umweltrecht
          • 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.

            Management of Renewable Energies programme modules

            1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2018/19

            Weihenstephan Language Centre modules

            1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum 98 (Bachelor)

            Required elective modules for all degree programmes in Weihenstephan

            1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule

          Career

          As experts in renewable energy projects, our graduates work for local authorities, companies and energy suppliers. They understand, plan and support the mix of energies of the future. The energy revolution that has already begun will intensify the existing shortage of energy experts, so future career opportunities are very promising.

          Potential employers are:

          • Producers/project developers of renewable energy systems
          • Energy suppliers and public utilities (approx. 1000 companies in Germany)
          • Cities & communities (Climate protection management, creation of energy concepts)
          • Companies (energy management)
          • Consulting companies: Energy consulting, management consulting
          • Investors & investment companies in the area of environmental project financing
          • Ministries, licensing authorities

          Climate change is humanity’s greatest challenge! Project Management, Energy Engineering, Wind Power, Environmental Law, Electric Mobility, Communication, Energy Storing Devices, Negotiating are only a few courses taught in this degree programme.

          "Especially the mix of economics, law and engineering is very much sought after in the sector."

          Michael Reck, Master's student at Lund University, Sweden

          Why not become the next great climate warrior! Our graduates will be the ones to design our future and keep our world liveable, working in senior-level positions in the economic, political and social sectors

          "This degree programme provides graduates with a good foundation to make their own contribution to the success of the energy revolution."

          Veronika Brandmeier, Project manager at The Mobility House

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          Examples of potential employers and cooperation partners

          logo swm
          logo Freisinger Stadtwerke
          logo eta Energieberatung
          https://www.bayerngas.de/
          Logo Polarstern
          Logo Energieagentur Ebersberg München

          Masters and doctorate

          Following the Bachelor's degree, you can also take one of the Master's degree programmes at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. The master's degree programme in Business Management and Renewable Energ Entrepreneurship is specially designed for graduates of the Management of Renewable Energies Bachelor's degree programme.

          And those who would like to delve deeper into the science also have the opportunity do a doctorate at the Weihenstephan campus.

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          Admission

          There are no admission restrictions in terms of NC (numerus clausus).

          Key requirements for the Management of Renewable Energies course are a willingness to learn and work, an interest in scientific relationships as well as curiosity and motivation. A good foundational knowledge of mathematics, physics and biology is helpful, as is an interest in climate change related topics.

          Information on the general admission requirements is available here.

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          Contact

          Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

          … then please let us know

          how we can help: beratung.me@hswt.de

          … please contact us

          Uta Hunsicker, degree programme assistant, T +49 8161 71-6455

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          Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
          Fakultät Nachhaltige Agrar- und Energiesysteme
          Am Staudengarten 1
          85354 Freising

          T +49 8161-71-6402
          F +49 8161-71-4496
          ae[at]hswt.de

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