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What is SSE about?

This websites gives information on the master's Program SSE. Information on the German bachelor's program is available on our German websites.

The Master's Program SSE

Science and engineering are basic tools to achieve sustainable development, also in domains like ecology, economics and society.

The international Master's program Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) provides in-depth engineering skills in sustainable materials, energy systems, and resilience engineering. Complementing interdisciplinary knowledge in natural resources and climate change, as well as technology and society is also taught during the two-year-program. The flyer about the Master Program can be found here.

SSE students will have the opportunity to:

  • be involved in cutting-edge research with internationally renowned professors
  • benefit from state-of-the-art equipment on a modern campus and pioneering laboratories at partner institutes
  • benefit from the European campus
  • live in one of Germany’s most appealing and green cities





The Curriculum

SSE is an interdisciplinary program that builds on fundamental knowledge in electrical and mechanical engineering as well as natural and materials sciences. In the first semester six compulsory modules will get everyone on the same technical level. From the second semester on students start concentrating on their favourite research field and select a number of interdisciplinary modules to enhance their holistic societal and scientific understanding.

Find out more about the master's program SSE and see the recommended study plan. 

The content of the modules/courses is described in detail in the module handbook.

For more information see the Examination Regulations (the English version is not binding and for convenience only!) for the program, they set the legal framework for the studies


The Department

In order to find solutions for societal and environmental challenges, engineering research is urgent in the fields of energy, materials and resilience. The newly founded Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH) unites the scientific power of the University of Freiburg and five Freiburg-based Fraunhofer Research Institutes in these areas. In this way, the INATECH offers a research-oriented Master's programme at the leading edge of science and engineering in sustainability.


The University

Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of the most renowned Universities in Germany. Its Faculty of Engineering focuses on higher education and research in key technologies such as sustainable engineering, microsystems engineering, embedded systems and computer science.

Find out more about the University and the Faculty.



Technical / content-related questions regarding the M.Sc. SSE can be addressed to:

Dr. Georg Ganzenmüller
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
2. OG Nord
79110 Freiburg
Tel. +49 761 203 96784


Technical questions regarding the specialization area "energy systems" of the M.Sc. SSE can be addressed to:

Beatrice Rodenbücher
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
2. OG Nord
79110 Freiburg
Tel. +49 761 203 54193


Technical questions regarding the field of power electronics of the M.Sc. SSE can be addressed to:

Björn Christian
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
2. OG Nord
79110 Freiburg
Tel. +49 761 203 54094


General questions regarding the M.Sc. SSE including admission requirements and selection procedure can be addressed to:

Eva Otto
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
2. OG Nord
79110 Freiburg
Tel. +49 761 203 54010