Power Engineering

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program in Power Engineering deals with power plant engineering and electricity generation. Electricity generation originates principally in large thermal and hydraulic power plants and is increasingly complemented by decentralized generation technologies providing renewable energies.

TUM School of Engineering and Design

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Standard Duration of Studies
  • 4 Semesters (Full Time)
Credits Main Locations
Application Period

Winter semester: 01.01. – 31.05.

Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Costs Required Language Proficiency

Information on Degree Program

The master's program in Power Engineering deepens students' previous knowledge of energy technologies. Students are able to understand innovative methods, technologies and structures in the area of centralized and decentralized power generation. The aim is to develop and apply strategies for ecological, inexpensive and sustainable energy systems.  

In addition to furthering core competencies in the areas of mechanical and electrical engineering, the master's program in Power Engineering offers students considerable freedom of choice. Modules are complemented by practical research. 

  • In the first semester, students' previous knowledge of various disciplines is deepened through core modules in the area of electrical and mechanical engineering. 
  • The second and third semesters are devoted to the deepening of specialist knowledge and to an individual focus in the context of elective modules. This phase also includes practical research, where students collaborate on current projects conducted at a teaching or research institute. A seminar deepens the knowledge acquired from the modules and offers a further opportunity to focus on a special topic of research.Students can also supplement their management competencies and self-development through modules from outside the discipline.
  • The fourth semester is devoted to the master's thesis, where the accrued knowledge of the discipline and its methods converge in the handling of a major task.

In detail:

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

As a graduate you are able to deal independently with complex projects in the area of power generation and supply. You are familiar with power plant construction and technologies and are able to interface with all associated disciplines. You know the most important processes and methods relating to power generation, energy storage and transmission and can classify and assess these. Your expertise allows you to recognize innovations in the area of electrical power supply and to evaluate their potential.

When at work you are always conscious of the technical, ecological and economic dimensions of energy systems. You understand the competitive energy market and are able to apply economic assessment methods. Working in project teams, you assume responsibility and coordinate interdisciplinary cooperation between various specialized areas.

The completion of the master's program opens up opportunities in the energy and power plant sectors. You are able to take up positions in the manufacture of both power plants and components, as well as at energy suppliers. Further opportunities arise in the form of research positions.

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. – 31.05.

Information about applying for a higher subject semester

Applicants from outside the EU are advised to submit their application by March 15th in order to avoid time issues with regard to securing visa.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview. In the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering, students will be invited to take a written test.

In detail:

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

A 9-week research internship at one of the contributing institutes is mandatory. An industrial internship is not part of the Master programme.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies,  you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.