The boom in the photovoltaic industry shows no signs of abating. Germany has been and will be one of the leading drivers of technology and development in this sector. To prosper and maintain a leading position in the renewable energy and photovoltaics markets of the future, companies will require superbly trained specialists who are capable of channeling their skills into research and development.
Dates: Start October 2016, application deadline: September 1st, 2016
Type of course: part-time online course of study plus voluntary campus phases
New certificate program "Solar Energy Engineering"
The University of Freiburg in scientific cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE offers a series of training modules in the field of Solar Energy Engineering with a focus on photovoltaic technology.
The certificate program lasts 6 months. Upon successful completion of a module, participants will receive a certificate granted by the University of Freiburg that is also creditable for the Master Online Photovoltaics.
4 – 6 semesters (depending on candidates’ academic background)
Start date: October 2016 Application deadline: September 1, 2016
Language of instruction
Topics include semiconductor devices and semiconductor technology, material and solar cell selection, thin-film solar cells, photovoltaic electronics, fatigue analysis of photovoltaic systems, production and economics of renewable energy
How the course is organized
Depending on the candidates' qualifications, a combination of preparatory courses, foundation courses and electives taken from a total of 25 subject areas
Candidates must have completed a university degree in a scientific or technical discipline and have one year of professional experience
€ 12,500 - 22,500 (depending on your level of experience)
The Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics offered by the University of Freiburg in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is an international distance learning program which focuses on photovoltaics research, development, production and marketing. It provides participants with the skills they need to develop, design and optimize photovoltaic systems.
Divided into 3 preparation modules, 5 mandatory modules, 3 elective modules and 3 research projects, the program explains the technological and physical foundations of photovoltaics and provides a comprehensive overview of the interrelated economic and ecological aspects of renewable energy.
The Global Energy Needs in a Nutshell
Fundamentals of Physics and Engineering
Fundamentals of Semiconductor
Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Systems
Photovoltaics and the Renewable Electricity Grid
Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics
Material- and Solar Cell Characterization and Modelling
Non-conventional Cell Concepts and Advanced Processing
Electives (select 2 out of 3)
Modeling and Characterization
Advanced Processing and New Cell Concepts
Course modules include semiconductor devices and semiconductor technology, material and solar cell selection, thin-film solar cells, photovoltaic electronics, fatigue analysis of photovoltaic systems, and the production and economics of renewable energy.
The Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics is aimed at people who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of photovoltaics and at companies who are looking to upskill their employees.
Candidates are required to have a university degree in a scientific or technical discipline (physics, chemistry, electronics, mechanical engineering, material sciences, computer engineering) plus one year of professional experience. Candidates with an economic background (e.g. industrial engineering) or a broad technical background (e.g. environmental sciences) are asked to contact the Program Coordinator early and talk about their possibilities.
Depending on each candidate’s qualifications, the duration of the Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics varies between 4 - 6 semesters.
Knowledge from previous course work or professional experience can be credited. Candidates with an academic degree in physics, microsystems engineering, electrical engineering, material science or equivalent may skip some or all of the Preperation Modules and complete the Master of Science in Photovoltaics in only 4 semesters.
Previously acquired qualifications such as university degrees and professional experience are converted into points based on the currently applicable European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). With the completion of the Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics the candidates reach a total of 300 ECTS points, which entitles them to embark on doctoral studies.
If you have any questions on calculating the points for your previous qualifications, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org