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Renewable Resources

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The interdisciplinary master's program in Renewable Resources provides students with advanced knowledge of the entire value-added chain concerning renewable resources.

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An application for this program is no longer possible. The master’s program in Renewable Resources will be replaced by the master’s program in Technology of Biogenic Resources. Further information will be made available shortly. 

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • Bilingual (German and English)
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The interdisciplinary master's program in Renewable Resources expands upon and advances students’ existing knowledge of the natural, life, and engineering sciences. It covers the entire value-added chain as regards renewable resources, from plant breeding and cultivation, through harvesting and the use of crops for the purposes of energy and as raw materials, to marketing. Throughout, the central focus is on economic as well as ecological aspects.

Students can choose one of four available specialties. The specialties on offer are cultivation systems for renewable resources, the chemical and material use of renewable resources, the use of renewable resources for generating energy, and the economics of renewable resources. Students also have the opportunity to combine two of these areas. 

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The degree consists of required modules, adaptation modules, and required elective modules. This allows the individual a high degree of free choice when developing their specialization within the discipline.

Adaptation modules enable students with different academic backgrounds to attain a comparable level of knowledge.

The required modules provide students with fundamental knowledge of the discipline and its methods. The required elective modules are devoted to discipline-specific content in the chosen specialties. These are accompanied by project work.

The degree concludes with the master‘s thesis. 

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German 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 German 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 German or English. Depending on the focus area you choose, you can study in German, English or both languages. The language of instruction for each module is detailed in the module overview. To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program.    


Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you are familiar with all of the central aspects of the value creation process relating to renewable resources. You think in an interdisciplinary manner and use methods from various disciplines in order to meet the complex challenges in your discipline. Thanks to the strong practical orientation of your vocational education and training, you are able to apply your knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies efficiently and in a goal oriented manner.

Independently of your individual study profile, you possess sound discipline-specific knowledge of one or more of the four specialties: cultivation systems for renewable resources, the chemical and material use of renewable resources, the use of renewable resources for generating energy, and the economics of renewable resources.

Furthermore, you are able to take on responsibility in interdisciplinary projects. You will have expanded upon your skills in the area of communication, and are able to actively solve conflicts, as well as being familiar with different presentation techniques.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Upon completing the bachelor's program in Renewable Resources, opportunities arise in the energy sector, manufacturing, and mechanical and plant engineering, as well as at producers of renewable resources. Service and consultancy sectors, as well as public administrative bodies and research, offer further opportunities.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

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:

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

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.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

An application for this degree program is no longer possible. 

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

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 detail: 

Where can I find the online application portal?

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

Do I have to complete an internship?

A research internship is part of the degree program.

Additional Information

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 on doctoral studies at TUM here.