The Master's programme in Power Engineering focuses on power plant technology and power generation. It comprises disciplines from both electrical and mechanical engineering. In the programme, both "traditional" energy technologies such as coal and oil and renewable energy technologies are covered. In the first and second semesters, core modules in electrical and mechanical engineering can be chosen, including thermodynamics, power transmission systems, and high voltage technology. The third semester comprises more elective courses including subjects such as energy storage, nanotechnology, and civil engineering. In addition, interdisciplinary subjects and a seminar are part of the programme. Students also carry out a nine-week research internship at one of the participating institutes in the second or third semester. The programme is concluded with the Master's thesis which is completed at one of the participating institutes during the fourth semester. Applicants should have profound knowledge in one discipline (electrical or mechanical engineering) and at least basic knowledge in the other one since the courses in the first semester do not start at beginner's level, which may be quite a challenge.
The MSPE programme is a two-year programme divided into four semesters. The first and second semesters comprise core modules. The third semester covers further elective modules, labs, a seminar, and the research internship. The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis.
A nine-week research internship is included in the MSPE programme. It can be carried out at one of the participating institutes; usually during the second or third semester.
Forms of assessment
There are both written and oral exams at the end of each semester (73 credits in total). In seminars (5 credits) and the research internship (12 credits), grades are based on experimental results, presentations and written reports done by the students. The Master's thesis (30 credits) is concluded with a written report and an oral presentation.
Graduates receive a Master's degree (MSc) in Power Engineering. The aim of the Master's programme is to educate students as power plant engineers with profound knowledge in power plant technology and power generation. Graduates can find job opportunities in the power plant and energy supply industry, a growing market of the future. On top of that, the Master's degree opens up the possibility to work towards a doctorate in an interesting research area. To increase their chances of getting a job in Germany, students are strongly advised to take German lessons parallel to their studies.
For non-native speakers, proof of proficiency in the English language has to be provided. If your complete education has been conducted in English, the language test can be replaced by an official certificate from your university confirming that the language of instruction was English.
TOEFL: the minimum score required for admission is 88 (internet-based), or 605 (paper-based) respectively. The TUM-wide institution code is 7806. More information can be found at http://www.toefl.org. IELTS: the minimum score required for admission is 6.5 (academic test). More information can be found at http://www.ielts.org. An examination of the Cambridge main suit of English (CAE or CPE) is also accepted. More information can be found at http://www.cambridge-efl.org. A GRE test (http://www.gre.org) is not mandatory.
Proficiency in the German language is not required for the programme but very helpful for everyday life. Students who are planning to get a job in Germany after graduation are strongly advised to take German lessons parallel to their studies.
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related discipline - preferably in the field of energy technology - is required. Outstanding performance during undergraduate studies is required. If you have not received your Bachelor's degree but expect to receive it prior to your enrolment, please enclose your latest transcript of records. All information on which documents to enclose in your application can be found on our website.
Approx. 115 EUR per semester, the fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in Munich.
Costs of living
Students need approx. 800 EUR per month including rent.
Students are allowed to work part-time at the university. In addition, depending on their work permit, they are allowed to work up to 120 days in other jobs not related to the Power Engineering Programme.
TUM's International Center offers a special programme tailored for international students, TUMinternational (TUMi). The TUMi programme provides help and advice for new students as well as a cultural programme with events scheduled both prior to and during the academic periods. The service desk of the Student Service Center is the first contact point for international students. We are here to help you with issues such as applications, enrolment, student cards etc. Furthermore, we offer various three- to six-week summer schools combining academics with a rich menu of educational and social activities as a foretaste of university life. For international students who have been admitted to a degree programme, the Student Service Center offers a four-week pre-study course designed to help you get started at the TUM. Students new to TUM are invited to the service fair "Fit for TUM" which takes place before the semester officially starts, to get an overview of the various offerings of support services at TUM. http://www.tum.de/en/studies/international-students/ Learning German: While the language of instruction for many of TUM's postgraduate programmes is English, learning German and thus being able to participate in daily German life at a deeper level enriches the experience of studying and living in Munich. As such, TUM's Language Centre offers language classes for students at all levels, both prior to and during the semester: http://www.sprachenzentrum.tum.de/en/startseite/
Services and support for international students
In addition to support services offered by TUM International Center and the Student Service Center (SSZ), the faculty also has its own adviser for international students.
It is not easy to find a place to live in Munich - but it is not impossible either! TUM supports students and employees in their search for accommodation, providing personal advice, in-house listings and useful information to ensure that you can quickly find a place to call your own: http://www.tum.de/en/university-life/accommodations/ With high rents and not enough rooms in halls of residence, the Munich rental market is one of the most competitive in Germany - especially for students. The city boasts over 1.4 million inhabitants, with more people moving to Munich every year - many of them attracted by the excellent study opportunities that Munich has to offer. Student halls of residence usually offer affordable accommodation for students. The Munich Student Union runs most of these halls of residence - more information at http://www.studentenwerk-muenchen.de/en/accommodation/