Core Semester @ UOL
The University of Oldenburg is one out of five Core Providers.
The Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy (PPRE) hosts the students of the EUREC programem during first semester. Students of the EUREC programme attend the same classes as PPRE students.
You will study together with international students from all over the world. The course language is English.
EUREC students will continue the second semester at the specialization university of their choice. All specializations are held in English language.
After completing the core semester, the students will
- have a solid theoretical foundation of the knowledge of in principle all renewable energy technologies, in particular the basic physical principles of energy conversion processes
- have a critical understanding of different technologies (wind energy, photovoltaics, solar energy, biomass, small-scale hydropower)
- have a good understanding of energy storage and energy meteorology
- will be able to critically assess global energy resources
- be able to carry out and evaluate scientific experiments (hands-on), and present and reflect on these in a suitable manner
- be able to participate in discourses regarding the introduction of Renewable Energy in a knowledgeable and self-reflective manner
- be able to reflect on acquired specialist knowledge and the practical experience of laboratory work in a team, in trans- and interdisciplinary contexts
Syllabus of the Core Semester 2017/18
|Fundamentals for Renewable Energy||12||Primers|
Introduction to Socio-economics
|Energy Resources and Systems||6||Energy Meteorology |
|Renewable Energy Technologies I||12|
Photovoltaics Solar Energy Basics of Wind Energy
Biomass Energy Solar Thermal Energy Hydro Power
Download Syllabus 2017/18 as PDF file.
Module Handbook Core Semester, University of Oldenburg
Teaching Formats of the Winter Term of the European Master in Renewable Energy
The winter term at the University of Oldenburg takes place together with the students of the Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy. All in all this forms a group of about 35 students from all over the world.
Students studying the two programmes are coming with the background of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics and in a lower number students from other science subjects like biology or environmental science.
We therefore appreciate the extensive exchange of experience and knowledge amongst all participants, hoping to form a group of colleagues supporting each other by their specific background in knowledge, culture and their ways of approaching challenges.
The programme during the winter term offers to you:
- Seminars with student presentations
- Extended lab session in working groups of 2 students.
- External guest lecturers
Optional German language courses can be booked (fee).
Regulations by the European Renewable Energy Centres (EUREC) Agency
The EUREC Regulations for the European Master in Renewable Energy can be found here.
Admission regulations University of Oldenburg
Admission regulations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science from 30.09.2016. German Language.
Admission regulations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science from 30.09.2016. English Language.
Only the German version of the admission regulations is legally binding. The translated version may serve as orientation.
Examination regulations University of Oldenburg
Examination regulations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science from 18.08.2017, last changes 19.09.2017. German language.
Examination regulations, subject specific part for the European Master in Renewable Energy from 18.08.2017. German language.
Examination regulations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science from 18.08.2017, last changes 06.10.2017. English language.
Examination regulations, subject specific part for the European Master in Renewable Energy from 18.08.2017. English language.
Only the German version of the examination regulations is legally binding. The translated version may serve as orientation.
The University of Oldenburg puts emphasis on the agreements for Good Scientific Practice as given by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The most recent prominent cases of plagiarism should remind students of the negociated agreement of the scientific community.
We expect students to read the following paper "Safegaurding Good Scientific Practice" by DFG given in German and English langauge (second part).
Please also see the official guidelines by the University of Oldenburg (30.09.2002)
"Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice"
Excerpt from the DFG memorandum
"Sicherung Guter Wissenschaftlicher Praxis",
Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft,–Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 1998
Citation (page 51):
Rules of good scientific practice shall include principles for the following matters (in general, and specified for individual disciplines as necessary):
- fundamentals of scientific work, such as
- observing professional standards,
- documenting results,
- consistently questioning one’s own findings,
- practising strict honesty with regard to the contributions of partners, competitors, and predecessors,
- cooperation and leadership responsibility in working groups (recommendation 3),
- mentorship for young scientists and scholars (recommendation 4),
- securing and storing primary data (recommendation 7),
- scientific publications (recommendation 11)."
To read the full paper please follow this link
Timeline / Details
The staff of University of Oldenburg tries to escort EUREC-Students right from their initial inquiry about and application to the EUREC - Master program, throughout their actual MSc-study program until their job-search after graduation and even far beyond. Fact is that over 90% of the EUREC-alumni (even those, who graduated almost 10 years ago) stay in contact to the staff of University of Oldenburg and are active members of the existing widespread RE alumni network.
Before actually applying to EUREC-Master directly, many students ask for further information about
- Entrance qualifications, chances of being accepted, etc.
- general items, like scholarships, other funding possibilities, student-jobs, German language classes, tuition fees, etc.
- the concrete content of the EUREC-Master program - Oldenburg core
- the specializations offered and most frequently
- future career perspectives available.
The staff of university of Oldenburg tries to answer the incoming inquiries on individual basis, which usually helps a future student to judge whether an application to the EUREC-master is the logical next step to take for his/her career or better not.
Although the actual application in done online via EUREC-office in Brussels, the staff of University of Oldenburg is accompanying some applicants during the process by accepting late reference letters, late English language competency tests or other documents / statements, which are sent directly.
Preparation for living in Oldenburg / Germany
After acceptance of the candidates through EUREC-Agency and payment of the 1st instalment fee, University of Oldenburg sends out detailed information packages to all future students containing:
- valuable contact-addresses at University of Oldenburg (Coordinator of the EUREC-program, International Students Office – ISO, German Language Centre, Housing Dept., etc.)
- useful web-links specially for international students about living in Oldenburg / Germany
- visa- & insurance requirements
- housing / accommodations in Oldenburg
- living & study expenses
- preparatory German language classes available
Assistance is provided on individual basis; experience shows that every future student faces different problems or has different questions before coming to Germany. At least all new students need an entry-visa for Germany and we try to fix an accommodation for everybody before arrival in Oldenburg. To comply all students needs University of Oldenburg established a tutor-program, where senior students are allocated to incoming students (ideally from the same country or region).
Preparation for Master Study programme in Oldenburg
Besides the general information package future student additionally receive guidelines to prepare for the academic content of the program. These guidelines provide incoming students with the EUREC Course prerequisites, mainly concerning mathematics and natural sciences, but language and scientific working as such.Additionally incoming students may ask for an individual academic advice concerning content of the EUREC Master program, the specialization chosen and if it fits to the personal background and envisaged professional career after the program.
Students Support during studies
New international MSc-students at University of Oldenburg experience comprehensive tutorial and academic supervision. During the Introductory Programme for International Students (first 2-3 weeks of EUREC Master programme) incoming students will be introduced to
- living in Germany (housing, insurance, bank, biking, travelling, waste separation, culture, language, etc.)
- the town of Oldenburg (foreigners office, city hall, banks, insurances, cultural sites, etc.)
- the University of Oldenburg (incl. all faculties, libraries, refectories, sports & computer facilities, ISO, Erasmus, German language Centre, etc.)
- the EUREC Master program itself (timetable, overall schedule, labs, etc.)
The staff of University of Oldenburg together with personal tutors will help incoming students to settle smoothly by managing daily (housing, shopping, etc.) & bureaucratic (bank account, insurance, enrolment into university, etc.) affairs.
Besides these general support activities, scientific tutors are assigned to assist students during intensive lab-work and special lectures.
Throughout the core-semester University of Oldenburg offers an individual Career Coaching, which usually helps students to
- position themselves during their MSc-studies
- find appropriate internship / thesis project
During the final project semester University of Oldenburg provides academic supervision of the Master thesis projects.
After graduation / Alumni Network
The individual Career Coaching will often be resumed even after graduation by guiding graduates while looking for professional employment. Thereby many graduates also take advantage of the existing PPRE (Postgraduate Programs Renewable Energy) - Alumni Network, which was initiated at University of Oldenburg over 27 years ago and nowadays counts over 600 active members in more than 85 different countries worldwide. The Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy at University of Oldenburg has many international co-operations and even more appropriate contacts in the field, from which its alumni may benefit even years/decades after graduation.
The EUREC Master in Renewable Energy is hosted at the Institute of Physics. Physics of Renewable Energy research is one of the core areas of the institute for more than 30 years. Theoretical Physics and Nano-Energy research complete the research profile.
Within the Energy and Semiconductor Research Laboratory the following research groups are active:
- Energy Meteorology
- Laboratory for Chalcogenide Photovoltaics
- Organic and Hybrid Photovoltaics
- Energy Storage
- Experimental Physics of Complex Systems
- Optoelectronic Organics
- Physics of Interfaces
The Institute of Physics and its Energy and Semiconductor Research Laboratory, the Wind Energy Research groups (Wind Turbulence and Wind Energy Sytems as members of ForWind) and the research groups of the affliated institute DLR together with the Department of Computer Science (affiliated institute OFFIS) and the Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law form the interdisciplinary research association ENERiO, Energy Research in Oldenburg. ENERiO addresses in an interdisciplinary approach challenges of the system integration of fluctuating renewable energy resources to future energy supply scenario in technical, societal and economical regard.