Core courses (Acceptance guaranteed)

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Biomass and Waste Utilization

ECTS 5:                                             

Biomass and biogenious wastes are important sources for a sustainable (green) energy production. The module contents „Biomass and Waste Utilization“ will focus on biological, thermochemical and as well as chemical and physical processes to transform, utilize and treat biomass and waste for energy purposes.

Learning outcomes and competences:

Objective of the module is to provide knowledge to the students about conventional and advanced technologies for bioenergy utilization and the basic concepts of sustainability. The major (Bio-) energy systems will be introduced and the specifics in their applications explained.


ECTS 5:                                                     

  • Passive building elements: (discrete and integrated building elements), ohmic resistance, coil and capacity
  • Semiconductor technologies: terms and principles of IC design and production, pn junction, semiconductor technologies
  • Active building elements: bipolar transistor, CMOS transistor
  • Principles of analogue technology: basic circuits, biasing, static and dynamic behaviour, 2-port network theory, simulation techniques

Project Laboratory in Sciences and Technology

ECTS 2:                                              

Learning outcomes and competences:

Under the supervision of the lecturer and potentially under the instruction of a tutor, students work in small groups on a scientific or engineering project chosen from the areas of physics, electrical engineering or software engineering that can be implemented with the available resources (time frame, facilities and equipment).


As the final outcome, the students develop a functioning circuit, build a device or conduct an experiment. Students are responsible for theoretical preparation, practical implementation and documentation of circuits/protocols and evaluations of experiments. Students will acquire any missing knowledge by studying relevant literature during the semester or from the lecturer if necessary. The results of the project must be presented. Different presentation forms can be chosen following discussion with the lecturer.

Research and Development Laboratory

ECTS 2:                                                            

The students carry out subsequent research and development work. On the basis of the previously developed device or experiment, students apply scientific methods to systematically look for new findings or practically implement the first concrete application. The available resources (time frame, facilities and equipment) must be taken into account.

First, the project groups have to devise a theoretical or applied research question. On this basis, a concept must be developed and documented in a requirements specification. The requirements specification is then submitted to the supervisor and discussed. On the basis of the devised concept, the students conduct experiments or further develop the implementations, analysing their findings with a theoretical or applied research approach. The results must be presented as a research poster or research paper or as a documented system or acceptance test to provide functional verification. In addition, the students must give a final presentation.

Scientific Writing with LaTeX

ECTS 2:                                                      

Learning outcomes and competences:

This module provides students with a basic knowledge of LaTeX. A key focus is the application of LaTeX to create texts with mathematical formulas and implement algorithmic methods of numeric mathematics. They also use the Scientific Notebook tool. Students learn how to independently create texts with LaTeX.

Sustainable Building Technology


Learning outcomes and competences:

The students use, calculate, describe and define the fundamentals of sustainable building technology. They evaluate a building designed by architects with regard to the energy required for conditioning and the energy used for construction and plan a sustainable building technology concept.

Hydrogen Technology for Sector Coupling


The aim of the course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of hydrogen-based technologies and their contribution in providing flexibility and sector-coupling to energy systems as well as chemical industries. The course will be based on both theoretical and practical works including technology demonstrations. The theoretical part will cover the electrochemical production, conversion, storage and transmission of green hydrogen as well as its energetic and non-energetic applications. The practical part is intended to give insight in the characterization of different water electrolysis and fuel cell technologies and in the determination of efficiencies of power-to-gas process chains.

German as a Foreign Language


At the beginning of the Welcome Weeks, two weeks prior to the start of the lecture period, we will offer a language test that determines the level for the ensuing two-week German intensive course.

Based on their level in the intensive course, students will then be able to enroll for one or more German language classes during the semester, lasting between 16 and 18 weeks.

Our language department offers a wide range of courses - from General German classes, focusing on the basics of grammar and conversation, to more advanced German courses with specializations in the fields of Design, Business and Technology.

More information on the German language course offering can be found here.

General Courses (AWEs)

ECTS 2:                                        

Every Semester students are able to choose from a list of general courses in order to complement their regular curriculum courses. As the specific topics of these courses are not determined before the Welcome Weeks (March for Summer Term and September for Winter Term) it is not possible to publish a reliable list here.

Some examples of General Courses taught in English from previous semesters are:

  • International Standardization
  • Design Thinking and Human Values
  • Becoming a Global Graduate
  • International Entrepreneurship

Additionally around 70-80 varying General Courses are offered in German (B2 German recommended) every semester, such as:

  • Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und Präsentationstechniken
  • Rhetorik
  • Karrieremanagement für Frauen
  • Film Workshop / Von der Idee zum fertigen Film
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign

As the specific topics are not published yet at the time of the application, students can simply select "AWE - General Course" on their learning agreement and then apply for their specific General Course(s)  after their arrival.

Please note that some General Courses might have a limited places and therefore the acceptance is subject to the respective capacity and cannot be guaranteed.

If students cannot find a suitable course from the list after their arrival, it is of course possible to amend their learning agreement and to remove/replace one or more courses.