Master Energy and Process Engineering

Energy for the third millennium

You wish to actively engage in creating future energy supply concepts and producing electricity or fuels from wind power or algae? You are keen to explore current technologies of the power, chemical or oil and gas processing industries with a view to optimizing their energy consumption and CO2 emissions? You have a passion for thermodynamics? Then the TUM Energy and Process Technology program is just for you!

What experience or characteristics do I need?

The formal requirements for acceptance on this Master degree course are:

  • a Master's degree qualification (see TUM glossary of documents),
  • specialised knowledge of fundamental subject areas relating to mechanical engineering:
    • higher mathematics,
    • technical mechanics,
    • machine elements,
    • material science,
    • thermodynamics,
    • fluid mechanics,
    • heat transmission phenomena,
  • knowledge of German.

Why study with us?

You will benefit in many ways, experiencing top-ranking teaching and research in the field of energy and process technology and taking advantage of outstanding interdisciplinary offerings of other TUM departments – quite apart from cooperations of TUM and its Mechanical Engineering Department with companies, partners from industry and distinguished research institutes.

  • The Master degree program Energy and Process Technology of TUM is characterized by close links between energy and process technological contents. This interrelation - unique in Germany - is absolutely indispensable in view of today's challenges by the energy turnaround and raw material shift.
  • Graduates of the Master's degree program Energy and Process Technology have not only acquired expertise in their specialty field, but also a raised awareness of the societal relevance of their future activities.
  • Take your chance of directly experiencing interdisciplinary research! This future-oriented subject is researched by energy and process technology professors AND by professors of other TUM departments including, e.g., electrical engineering and chemistry. Research projects are often undertaken in close collaboration with industry. It goes without saying that the latest cutting-edge research findings are disseminated in the course programs.
  • We would like to encourage you to cooperate under research projects as a scientific assistant, as a practical researcher or as prospective Master's graduate. Unique insights are guaranteed!
  • Our engineers set national and international benchmarks in research and teaching, as evidenced by numerous Rankings.
  • In our modern and light-flooded building there is all to be found under one roof: the majority of lecture halls for Master's courses, all professorships of the department plus associated workshops, laboratories and pilot plants, consulting and service facilities for students such as study counselling, the Students' Council Mechanical Engineering, the Language Center or the library. Take advantage of the short distances and get in touch with our lecturers, students and consultants! We will be pleased to assist you.

As a graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, many excellent prospects for the future will be open to you!

Structure and content of the Master degree course

Structure of the degree course

To successfully complete the Master degree course in Energy and Process Engineering, you will require a total of 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. The following diagram shows the number of credits allotted to the different areas.

You will choose your MSc modules (each usually worth 5 credits) from six subject areas related to the degree course. Detailed information can be found in the Examination and Study Regulations relating to this degree course.


Four semesters are normally required to complete the Master degree course in Energy and Process Engineering. You will put together an individual curriculum, taking modules from the catalogue of modules approved for the degree course.

The following diagram shows a suggested arrangement of individual modules over the four semesters allowed.

Content of the degree course

You will find the list of modules at the degree course documentation site. The degree course comprises modules covering

  • Methodological foundations (e.g. heat and mass transfer, combustion, fundamentals of multiple-phase flows, modelling of process technology processes, fundamentals of reaction thermodynamics of energy systems, optimization and model analysis, Thermodynamics 2)
  • Technical energy systems (e.g. solar power stations, energetic utilization of biomass and residuals with accompanying seminar, process technology and environmental protection in state-of-the-art power plants, radiation and radiation protection)
  • Energy machinery and components (e.g. turbomachinery, methods of motor application, thermal power plants, fundamentals of thermal hydraulics in nuclear systems)
  • Process engineering (e.g. Thermal Process Engineering 2, chemical reactor technology, bioprocesses, modelling of cellular systems)

What skills will you acquire?

Graduates of the application and research-focused Master's program Energy and Process Technology will be able to apply in practice their engineering expertise and methods acquired in the areas of conventional and regenerative energy technologies, motor technology, turbomachinery and process and systems engineering, thermal process technology, chemical process technology and bioprocess technology. Additionally, our graduates master the skill of analyzing complex issues.

  • Being familiar with process-typical boundary conditions, graduates are not only capable of independently deriving energetic and process engineering requirements, but also of devising key development goals.
  • They have gained a holistic understanding of systems and are thus able to analyze and evaluate the impact of parameter and process variations on overall processes. They have acquired a keen mathematical-physical understanding which qualifies them to map complex systems and processes and to model and assess their behavior based on stationary and dynamic simulations.
  • They are capable of selecting, rating and dimensioning in a targeted manner process technological processes, energy technological systems and energy machinery and components with a view to meeting specific objectives and demands while taking existing technical, economic, energetic and ecological boundary conditions into account.
  • Based on the know-how and understanding gained, our graduates are in a position to solve application-focused and scientific problems in the areas of energy and process technology.

Our graduates have extensive knowledge of methodological fundamentals, such as heat and mass transfer and of specialized fields, including energy systems, energy machinery and components, chemical process technology or bioprocess engineering.

Study and internships abroad during your degree course

Studying abroad

Would you like to study abroad for part of your degree? If so, why not apply for an exchange student place at one of TUM's many partner universities, see diagram above. Would you like to do an internship in another country? Here too there are many assistance schemes offered by TUM.

Application, admission and enrolment

From your application to beginning your studies


  • Detailed information on application and enrolment
  • Department-specific information:
    • In addition, please also send in the university qualification curriculum from which the modules you studied and the competences learnt emanate (eg. module handbook, module descriptions).
    • Teaching will be held in German. International applicants therefore require a German language certificate.
    • Before a student is awarded a place, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will carry out an aptitude assessment.

Beginning of degree course

Information on the beginning of the degree course can be found on the beginning your studies site for current students.

Details on aptitude assessment at the Department of Mechanical Engineering

A condition of acceptance to study is the successful completion of the aptitude assessment, based on a complete application submission. All students, who can prove their suitability during this process, will be awarded a place.

Details on the assessment can be found in Appendix 2 of the Examination and Study Regulations (FPSO).

In the first stage of the assessment an evaluation will be made based on:

  • your covering motivation letter (max. 20 points),
  • your average marks in relevant modules at the time of application (max. 20 points) and
  • your specialist knowledge (max. 60 points).

In the diagram below you can see the assessment time flow. If you achieve 70 points or more, you be accepted directly. If you achieve less than 50 points, you will be rejected. If you have between 50-69 points, you will be invited to a written test.

If you achieve a total of 110 points or more, after you have done the written test, you will be accepted. Apart from the marks for the written test, the points for your specialist knowledge and the average marks in stage 1 will be taken into consideration.

Further information on the aptitude assessment

Proof of a university qualification giving eligibility to study for a Master degree

If you do now have a degree graduation certificate at the time of application, you may only apply if you have proof of having achieved at least 140 credits in a six-semester BSc degree course, at least 170 credits in the case of a seven-semester course and at least 200 credits from an eight-semester degree. (The number of semesters relates to the time usually required to complete the course.)

Proof of having achieved the required number of credits should take the form of a stamped, signed grade transcript from your examination board/degree course office. Please submit your BSc certificate to the enrolment office as soon as possible after receipt, at the latest one year after commencing the Master degree course.

The module handbook

Universities often provide a so-called module handbook, in which all modules relating to the degree course are described. Other universities refer to a curriculum. It must be clear from the descriptions of individual degree courses, what modules are included in the course in question and what competences are taught. This information is of great significance when checking qualifications during the aptitude assessment. The study plan itself is not sufficient. Should your university not provide a module handbook, please obtain written confirmation of the modules and content you studied. Please note: In this case it is your responsibility to collate information on the curriculum of the module subjects.

The covering motivation letter

An essential cornerstone of the aptitude assessment – apart from university qualification certificates – is a covering letter giving your reasons for choosing the degree course in question and wishing to study at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Together with any additional, existing qualifications (please enclose proof of these qualifications), this part of the assessment can be awarded up to 20 points in the first stage of the assessment.

The covering motivation letter (max. two pages) should be written by you without help. Please outline, based on your degree studies to date, which competences, specific talents, interests and career wishes you have that make you particularly suitable for your desired degree course at TUM. Should you have any additional qualifications (eg. vocational training), please include them in your letter and enclose a copy of any records you may have relating to the qualifications.

The written test

The test:

  • is a written test,
  • lasts 80 minutes and is held at the Department of Mechanical Engineering building, Boltzmannstraße 15, 85748 Garching,
  • is divided into four blocks of assignments, each of which can be given up to 20 points,
  • includes questions on higher mathematics, technical mechanics, machine elements and material science,
  • takes place only once per application period for all Master degree courses in mechanical engineering. It is not possible to do the test at a later date.
  • might take this form:

Conditional admission

If during the aptitude assessment, it has been determined that only individual prerequisites from a first degree are lacking, you may be accepted on the condition that you take basic examinations from our B.A. Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering (= conditional admission). The conditional admission measures are therefore the written examinations from the compulsory basic level of the B.A. degree course, which then have to be passed in the first year of the M.A. degree course. As the tuition language of the B.A. Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering is German, the examinations are only offered in German. You may only sit the examinations twice. If you have not passed them by the end of the first year of the M.A. course, they are considered to have been failed for good. Acceptance on the M.A. degree course will then be withdrawn and the student in question will have to leave the university.

Information for Bachelor's students at the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering

Information about progressing to the Master's programme

Dates and deadlines

  • The application portal is activated at least one month before the application deadline.
  • Deadline for degree courses starting in the winter semester: 31 May
  • Deadline for degree courses starting in the summer semester: 31 December
  • Date of written test:
    • Probably Wednesday, 10 March 2021 (application for summer semester 2021)
    • Probably Wednesday, 18 August 2021 (application for winter semester 2021/2022)
  • Start of degree course and lecture period

Summary: Facts on the degree course

  • The degree course may be commenced either in the summer or winter semester
  • Final degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Tuition language: German
  • Main location: Garching near Munich
  • No. of semesters usually required to complete course: 4 semesters
  • Fees and financial aid
  • Full-time degree course
  • Study abroad is possible

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