1. Is it really necessary to hold an academic degree?

In principle, a university degree is an admission requirement for a postgraduate program. Additionally it is our concern to give people, who do not fulfil this formal requirement, the opportunity to participate in the program. Therefore it is also possible to apply if you have an equivalent occupation to an academic (e.g. entrepreneur) or if you have adequate corresponding work experience. The decision on the admission will be will be made by the Dean of Studies for Continuing Education in each individual case.

2. Which level of English do I have to have and how is this going to be checked upon?

To be able to follow the lectures, at least good passive English knowledge is essential. For discussions and presentations you should naturally also be able to speak English.

We assume every applicant knows best for himself/herself his/her language abilities. Therefore we do not check your English knowledge via tests, but trust your self assessment. If you have already completed certificates as GMAT or TOEFL e.g., you are welcome to enclose these in your application.

3. According to which criteria will I be admitted?

Besides the formal criteria (completed higher education or alternatively equal acceptability) your motivation is crucial. In your motivation letter and during your interview with the Academic Director you should be able to give plausible reasons for choosing this MSc program. If there are many applicants with similar qualifications, we will also consider the date of your application as a criterion.

4. What is the exact course of the admission process?

Just in case you have not found all answers to your questions on our website, we invite you to make an appointment for a personal information session:
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If you have decided to participate in the MSc Program, we kindly ask you to start the Online Application and to send all required documents.

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After the application deadline all applicants are invited to a personal interview with the academic director. During this interview we will assess if all admission requirements are met, if you are qualified for the Master Program and if the program is able to fulfil your expectations.

Based on a thorough analysis of all applications the will be made by the Dean of Studies for Continuing Education and the Academic Director will decide on the admission. Finally we will send you a participation agreement returning with your signature.

5. In which language do I have to send in my CV and letter of motivation?

Due to the language of the program, being English, we kindly ask you to prepare your application portfolio in English. We will then also get a first impression of your English skills.

6. Is a filled-out application form already binding?

Once you send in your application documents, you are not yet financially liable. We then just received all information necessary for the admission process and we are therefore able to keep you updated on the further steps. You are not legally bound until you sign the participation agreement after you have been successfully admitted to the program.

7. Which specific circumstances do I have to take into account as a foreign applicant?

If you have successfully completed your higher education abroad or gained your work experience there, we need a German or English translation of your certificates. Furthermore you have to organize a visa yourself, if you need one for Austria and/or the countries where the country modules take place.
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8. What makes a postgraduate Master Program special?

In contrast to a doctorate, which has the objective to verify the student's ability to work scientifically, a Master Program offers you a broad and practically orientated postgraduate further education. Besides a highly qualified and well organized professional education the program will also give you access to an extensive network of experts. The academic degree "Master of Science" granted by TU Wien is internationally recognized.

9. What makes this MSc Program unique?

This MSc Program is unique throughout Europe's postgraduate education landscape. You will acquire comprehensive knowledge of renewable energy regarding technical, economical and legal aspects. Furthermore we emphasize a very practical approach and the training of soft skills.

The Master Program is designed cross-border in view of the growing markets in European countries and the expected investments of enterprises in these countries. The internationality is also underlined by cooperation with universities and organizations of other countries in the scope of the country modules.

10. How practice-orientated is the MSc Program?

We are convinced that one should not only learn in the class room but also in the working environment through putting into practice the theoretical knowledge immediately. For this reason, your master's thesis should, as far as possible, describe a problem of your working environment. During the fourth semester you have the opportunity to thoroughly deepen a topic of your choice supported by an expert of the faculty.

Moreover you are also able to benefit from the long standing experience of the others: The course has been developed in cooperation with working-experts and also numerous lecturers have working experience. During field trips you will also visit different energy production facilities and benefit from the first hand experience of the operators.

11. What career prospects are there, after completing the program?

The sector of renewable energy is, without any doubt, a booming future segment – also and above all in  Europe. Because there has not been a postgraduate further education program in this sector yet, the graduates of this unique program will be sought after in the labor market.

The comprehensive education will provide you with the knowledge to work in different areas such as planning and operation of constructions, financing, legal licensing and evaluation of projects or advisory service. Participants, who have already worked in companies which operate in these sectors, may have a quicker promotion due to the internationally recognized academic degree.

Furthermore because of the international network of experts new and interesting career prospects may arise.

12. Is there a maximum number of participants?

In our opinion a sensible and quality-orientated work is only guaranteed till a group of max. 30 participants. This ensures an extremely good relationship between teachers and students.

13. Where will the lectures take place?

On weekends lectures are mainly held in the rooms of the TU Wien. The blocked week-modules will take place in Bruck/Leitha (Lower Austria).

14. How much time will I have to allocate for the whole program?

The first three semesters comprise about 450 academic hours of compact and focussed teaching. In addition you will receive scripts (as PDFs) and/or handouts for every module for your individual preparation and repetition of the contents. Furthermore you will need to spend time on your written homeworks.

During the writing of the master's thesis in the fourth semester you will make individual appointments with your personal supervisor as you may need them.

15. Is there an obligation for attendance during the lectures?

Generally the attendance of the participants is required at all modules. We assume that you have chosen the program because of your interest in the topic and therefore you would want to use a great part of the lectures offered. Furthermore we assume that your participation in this MSc Program is well considered and your attendance will then be in your own interest.

The hours of lecture will be blocked, so that they are ideally compatible with your job. Moreover we have already fixed the dates for the lectures of the complete program, to facilitate your personal planning.

16. Are there scholarships available?

We put an effort into giving as many potentials as possible the opportunity to take part in the program by offering scholarships. Therefore we are always trying to find sponsors.

For further details concerning scholarships please click here.

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