For prospective students (Energy Science)

The Faculty of Physics offers the study program Bachelor of Science (Energy Science) and Master of Science (Energy Science). The internationally oriented four-year Bachelor's program with an integrated year abroad is completed with the professionally qualifying certificate Bachelor of Science (Energy Science). The one-year Master's program requires a Bachelor of Science in Energy Science or a comparable degree to be recognized by the faculty and is completed with the Master of Science (Energy Science) certificate.


What is Energy Science?

Developing solid concepts for the energy supply of high-tech societies, but also of emerging economies, is one of the most important tasks of the natural sciences and engineering. Climate, quality of life, mobility and health depend on it. The Energy Science degree program has an emphasis on the natural sciences and thus fills a gap: The topic of energy is examined in great breadth from the physical fundamentals. In the course of study, a fundamental, scientific view is taken of important topics such as the handling of energy resources, energy management and energy & society.


The "Energy Science" degree program at the University of Duisburg-Essen aims to close this gap. It is an interdisciplinary degree program supported by the Faculty of Physics and includes substantial contributions from chemistry and engineering.


Bachelor study

4-year program, third year as study abroad, lecture language: German in the first two years, English in the last two years.

Master Study

Following the bachelor's degree, a one-year master's degree in Energy-Science is possible at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Special features of the Energy Science program

There are enormous cultural differences with regard to the handling of limited resources and the acceptance of energy technologies. Not infrequently, national and economic interests conflict with sustainable global development. For a viable assessment of energy issues, it is essential to understand the international viewpoints. To equip students with this competence, a one-year study abroad program is part of the bachelor's program "Energy-Science". For the study abroad program, which takes place in the third year of study, the courses have been coordinated with partner universities. Students from abroad who come to Duisburg-Essen on exchange are offered an attractive study program that complements that of their home university. In the third and fourth years of study, courses are taught in English.

What skills should you have for an Energy Science degree?

The study of Energy Science requires first of all a desire and interest in the interrelationships in nature and technology. After all, studying and working should also be fun. Clear, logical thinking and the ability to analyze extensive and exciting problems with perseverance are helpful qualities. In addition, you should have an interest in global contexts, as the challenges, e.g. in changing the energy market, do not only require "isolated solutions".

Occupational fields and job market for Energy Science

In our faculty you can obtain the degrees "Bachelor of Science in Energy Science" as well as the one-year "Master of Science in Energy Science". A special feature for the Energy Science program is the four-year Bachelor+ degree with an integrated year abroad, which will give you advantages when looking for a suitable employer.

Job description Energy Science

The career opportunities after your studies are wide-ranging. When looking for a job, the solution-oriented approach to challenges during your studies, the mathematical training and the sharpening of logical thinking will help you. The networks you will build during your studies are also very important.

In the professional world, graduates are expected to be scientifically independent, flexible and able to familiarize themselves with new fields of work on their own. Jobs can be found in general in the environment of energy-relevant fields of work and e.g.:

  • in research and development laboratories in industry and in sales,
  • in large-scale research institutions (e.g. Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes),
  • at state institutions such as environmental ministries
  • in institutes of environmental protection
  • in the environment of management consultancies and energy consulting firms,
  • in research on renewable energies.

Information and advice for prospective students on how to get started is also provided by the Academic Advising Center.

Academic Advising Center (in German)

Research topics of the Faculty of Physics

You can find out about current research topics at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen by clicking on the link below. As you can see, the research spectrum is very broad. In addition, the faculty is and has been active in a leading role in large collaborative research centers!

Research topics of the Faculty of Physics

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