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Wind Energy Engineering

Wind Energy Engineering
(Master of Science)

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Course type
postgraduate studies (master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semester
Part-time option

Part-time study is optional.

Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German
Admission
Restricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

This programme is expiring. You can no longer apply. From the winter semester of 2019/20 on, Leibniz University Hannover offers the subsequent Master programme Civil Engineering with the option Wind Energy Engineering for specialisation.

To the Master Civil Engineering

The Master’s degree programme in Wind Energy Engineering takes on the vision of achieving a sustainable energy supply. The degree programme focuses on providing thorough, broadly based and practice-oriented training. This is achieved, among other things, by involving numerous lecturers from industry and by maintaining close links to the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (Fraunhofer IWES). The wind energy industry has evolved into an internationally operating, professional economic sector. As such, there is a large demand for qualified experts. Specialist knowledge and skills from all areas of engineering are required, in addition to an understanding of the systems involved, creativity and interdisciplinary thinking. The Master’s degree programme in Wind Energy Engineering combines all of these aspects and requirements in an interesting, varied course portfolio. In this Master’s programme, students acquire a wide range of knowledge, ranging from aerodynamics, dynamics of structures, electrical engineering and steel construction to the application of numerical simulation methods. Students also have the option of choosing an area of specialisation and numerous optional modules. In the process, students make use of cutting-edge scientific methods, highly practice-based teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration with other fields of science and engineering.

Areas of Focus

  • Dimensioning of support structures
  • Electrical energy conversion and grid connection
  • Project planning, production, construction and operation
  • Wind and mechanical energy conversion
Course Content

During the first three semesters, the interdisciplinary part of the programme allows for a variety of combinations of compulsory and compulsory elective subjects, depending on the students’ backgrounds. The specialist content is divided into four areas: 1. Wind and Mechanical Energy Conversion, 2. Dimensioning of Support Structures, 3. Electrical Energy Conversion and Grid Connection, and 4. Project Planning, Production, Construction and Operation. Students also have the possibility to acquire a wide range of software knowledge, enabling them to put into practice the theory they have learnt. No previous knowledge of software is required. The Master’s thesis, completed in the fourth semester, may be written in Germany or abroad and in cooperation with an industrial enterprise or one of the many partner universities and research institutions. Since the degree programme has close links to the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (Fraunhofer IWES), students may also be able to explore the biggest research wind turbine in the world – Adwen’s AD 8.4-180 at Fraunhofer IWES – in their seminar papers and Master’s theses.

Basic competence (acquired in Bachelor programme ) 1. Semester2. Semester3. Semester4. Semester
Civil Engineering


Comprehensive studies (mandatory modules: 32 CP, elective modules 8 +/- 2 CP):

  • Wind Energy Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Studium Generale

Professional specialisation (mandatory modules: 22 +/- 2 CP, elective modules 22 +/- 4 CP):

  • Individual specialisation “Dimensioning of support structures” or
  • Individual specialisation “Project development, manufacturing, construction and operation”
Scientific work: 
  • Project work (10 CP)
  • Master thesis (30 CP)
Electrical Engineering


Comprehensive studies (mandatory modules: 32 CP, elective modules 8 +/- 2 CP):

  • Wind Energy Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Studium Generale

Professional specialisation (mandatory modules: 22 +/- 2 CP, elective modules 22 +/- 4 CP):

  • Individual specialisation “Electrical energy conversion and grid connection”
Scientific work: 
  • Project work (10 CP)
  • Master thesis (30 CP)
 
Mechanical Engineering


Comprehensive studies (mandatory modules: 32 CP, elective modules 8 +/- 2 CP):

  • Wind Energy Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Studium Generale
 

Professional specialisation (mandatory modules: 22 +/- 2 CP, elective modules 22 +/- 4 CP):

  • Individual specialisation “Wind and mechanical energy conversion” or
  • Individual specialisation “Project development, manufacturing, construction and operation”
Scientific work: 
  • Project work (10 CP)
  • Master thesis (30 CP)
 
Recommended Abilities
  • Enjoyment of mathematical and scientific issues
  • A keen sense of responsibility
  • Assertiveness and eagerness to take decisions
  • Creativity
  • English language skills (recommended)
Career Opportunities

Graduates with a Master’s degree in Wind Energy Engineering can either embark on traditional branches of engineering or fields of work in related disciplines. Potential employers include:

  • Wind turbine manufacturers
  • Utility companies
  • Project developers
  • Banks and insurance companies
  • Engineering companies or certification bodies
  • Municipal building authorities, agencies and administrative bodies
  • Suppliers from the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or construction industry
  • Research institutes (universities, non-university institutions, etc.)
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