Power and Data Engineering (PDE)

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Supplying a world with a steadily growing population and wealth with sustainable energy is one of the biggest challenges of our time. It requires a fundamental transformation of the global energy sector – and it requires well-educated engineers to implement this transformation and manage future energy systems. You can become one of them by studying Power and Data Engineering at Offenburg University!

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The energy transition has started already, especially in Germany, but also in many other areas of the world. More and more, electrical and heating power is being generated by a multitude of smaller, decentralized renewable-energy systems. Both private and commercial consumers are increasingly installing local energy management systems with storage to optimize their energy supply. These systems are still connected to the local grids to balance their own power flows and to ensure supply. The local grids in turn are connected with larger transmission grids. All of this is organized by a growing number of stakeholders and based on old and new market structures.    

These new levels of complexity can only be managed on the basis of an efficient and secure IT infrastructure in combination with advanced methods of data engineering – combined with a deep understanding of the underlying energy systems.    

Offenburg’s “Power and Data Engineering” Master’s degree program prepares you exactly for this exciting challenge. You will gain expertise in power generation based on solar, wind, hydro, biomass and conventional fuels, on storage, transport and distribution of energy via grids, and on final energy usage and management by customers. Furthermore, you will acquire modern methods of data engineering and data analytics and how to model and simulate power systems. Many of our professors and lecturers have practical experience from working in global energy companies, engineering services or consulting firms. Through lectures and discussions, students learn all about the current hot topics of the energy sector.  
Studying Power and Data Engineering means, first of all, developing comprehensive expertise in energy systems and energy management, but also taking into consideration the relevant economic, social, and political environments. Graduates of our program with its international orientation will be well prepared for leadership positions around the globe. 

PDE at Offenburg University

Offenburg University enjoys an excellent reputation and consistently high ratings in nationwide rankings. Offenburg is a smaller university, and hence students benefit from the advantages of a manageable educational facility with personal attention from instructors. It also offers comprehensive services and close integration with the regional economy.


Program at a Glance

Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Language of instruction English (first semester) and German (second semester)
Duration of program 3 semesters
Beginning of study program Winter semester (October)
Application deadline July 15 / April 30 (for students requiring visa)
Tuition and fees Social contribution per semester: EUR 274
Tuition fees per semester: EUR 1500* (for exemptions, see below)
Application requirements Above-average Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering, Energy Engineering or related field, TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.0, German B1, APS (only for applicants from China and Vietnam)
Internship Not required
Selection procedure Yes
Accreditation Yes
ECTS 90 credits

* You are exempted from the tuition fees (EUR 1500) if:

  • You have received your qualification of university entrance from the state of Germany
  • You are a citizen of the EU and/or the EEA
  • You participate in an ERASMUS program
  • You are officially recognized as a refugee in Germany
  • You are an exchange student from one of Offenburg University's partner universities, or
  • You were already enrolled at Offenburg University before the 2017/2018 winter semester

This information is supplied without liability.
The jurisdiction on the exemption from tuition lies with the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.