Master Online Photovoltaics

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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.

Course facts

Dates: Start October 2016, application deadline: September 1st, 2016

Type of course: part-time online course of study plus voluntary campus phases

Course fee: € 12,500 - 22,500

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. 

Course details

Type of course Online course of study
Qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Photovoltaics
Course duration 4 – 6 semesters (depending on candidates’ academic background)

Course dates

Start date: October 2016
Application deadline: September 1, 2016                                         

Language of instruction English
Course contents 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
Admission requirements Candidates must have completed a university degree in a scientific or technical discipline and have one year of professional experience
Course fee € 12,500 - 22,500 (depending on your level of experience)
Additional information ACQUIN-accreditation

Course content

Master Online Photovoltaics

© Fraunhofer ISE

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.

Preparation Modules Credit Points
The Global Energy Needs in a Nutshell 5 ECTS
Fundamentals of Physics and Engineering 10 ECTS
Fundamentals of Semiconductor 15 ECTS
Mandatory Modules
 
Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Systems 9 ECTS
Photovoltaics and the Renewable Electricity Grid 5 ECTS
Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics 6 ECTS
Material- and Solar Cell Characterization and Modelling 10 ECTS
Non-conventional Cell Concepts and Advanced Processing 7 ECTS
Electives (select 2 out of 3)  
Energy Systems 4 ECTS
Modeling and Characterization 4 ECTS
Advanced Processing and New Cell Concepts 4 ECTS
Research Projects  

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.

For the program overview please click here.

Admission requirements

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.

 

Flexible course structure

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:
info@pv-master.com

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