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Science and engineering are basic tools to achieve a sustainable development, also in domains like ecology, economics and society. The English-taught master's program Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) with its international focus is addressed in particular to graduates with a bachelor's degree in engineering or natural sciences. It provides in-depth engineering skills in Energy Systems Engineering, Resilience Engineering and Sustainable Materials Engineering. Complementing interdisciplinary knowledge in natural resources and climate change, as well as technology and society is also taught during the two-year-program.



Sustainable Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary program that builds on fundamental knowledge in electrical and mechanical engineering as well as natural and materials sciences.

From the first semester on, students start selecting a variety of Elective Modules within the 3 Technical Concentration Areas and thus enabling them to specialize on their favorite research field(s) form the beginning.

In addition to engineering’s point of view to sustainability, interdisciplinary modules enhance the holistic understanding of sustainability.

The following areas build the framework for the study program:

  • Technical Concentration Areas: Energy Systems Engineering, Resilience Engineering, Sustainable Materials Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Profile
  • Master's Section



Find out more about the master's program SSE and see the recommended Study Plan.

The individual modules with learning objectives, content, responsible teachers, scope of work, types of examination and literature etc. are described in detail in the Module Handbook.

For the exact structure of the course including an explanation of the compulsory and elective modules and elective options see the Examination Regulations for the program, they set the legal framework for the studies.


Benefits as an SSE student

  • Pioneering spirit: You can expect a highly motivated team of young newcomers, experienced professors and scientific staff at the newly founded Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH).
  • Application-oriented approach: The integration of the five Freiburg-based Fraunhofer Institutes into research and teaching creates an unique proximity to the field of application and potential employers.
  • Personal support: Through the planned fourteen professorships at INATECH and many lectures and seminars in small groups, you will be ideally supported during your studies.
  • Interdisciplinarity: You can expect a study program with a balanced mix of theory and practice as well as a wide selection of optional subjects or specialization options.

Smart, Micro, Green - Engineering in Freiburg

Smart – stands for robots that act independently, for computers that learn to interpret images or algorithms that become faster and smarter. Simply put, smart stands for computer science.

Micro – is meant literally here. The tiniest technical systems emerge that inconspicuously take on complex tasks in everyday life, medicine and industry. Without even knowing it, you are constantly dealing with microsystems. They make our lives healthier, safer, more comfortable, more versatile and, to say the least, easier.

Green – Freiburg is known worldwide for being the Green City. Since 2015, the Faculty of Engineering has been active from an engineering perspective with its own department for sustainability research. How can renewable energy be generated, fed into the grid and stored? How do we develop materials and systems that are produced and used in an energy- and resource-efficient way and that can adapt optimally to difficult environmental conditions or disasters?

Studying engineering in Freiburg always means that you benefit from all three areas of research, no matter which area you choose. Smart, micro and green technologies are becoming more and more in demand - acquire the necessary competencies to solve the social and technical questions of the future as engineers and computer scientists!