Know-how for the development of intelligent IT solutions for the revolution of our energy systems (Smart Grids, Smart City)
Energy is the underlying heartbeat of the global economy – a critical factor in the production of nearly all goods and services in the modern world. Clearly, given the critical role of energy, the driving imperatives in any economy are ensuring security of supply, maintaining competitiveness and overseeing the transition to a low-carbon future.
Key requirements in this respect are the strategic management of supply and improving its overall generation and distribution. Impacting on these challenging goals will be a variety of factors, including advances in renewables, e-mobility and green technologies, to name only a few. Managing this changing environment is no easy task. That will require intelligent IT solutions and therefore well-educated IT experts able to design and/or operate future smart grids, smart city infrastructures and enhanced energy supply systems.
Energy Informatics is the application of information technologies to this highly demanding field and the focus of this English-taught Master's degree programme.
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Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
4 semesters (120 ECTS)
Language of tuition
EU/EEA citizens: 363.36 EUR per semester (plus EUR 20,20 Austrian Student Union fee).
Citizens from non-EU/EEA countries: 726.72 EUR per semester (plus EUR 20,20 Austrian Student Union fee). Scholarships available.
Apply by 30 June at the latest (www.fh-ooe.at/application) Admission subject to study place availability. Apply early to secure your place!
The Energy & Climate Package and the Energy Efficiency Directives released by the European Commission in 2007 and 2012, respectively, clearly state that the main tools for building a progressively lower carbon economy are energy efficiency, investment in renewables and new technologies, as well as better interconnectivity between energy markets. These strategic goals will all require a large pool of IT expertise.
In-depth technical knowledge in Energy Informatics equips our students with the proactive qualities that underpin management positions, and can lead to high-flying careers. Our graduates will not only work at energy suppliers and network operators, but also in associated sectors. Even energy-intensive industries such as the automotive industry and metal processing companies can benefit from their expertise. Other fields include the conception, planning and implementation of IT systems for smart grids, smart cities, e-mobility and industrial plants.
Potential employers are:
- Regional and supranational energy suppliers
- Energy traders
- Automotive industry
- Manufacturers and operators of renewable energy systems
- Building automation and control systems manufacturers
- Metal processing companies
- Testing and research institutes
- Engineering consulting firms
The study program is very practice-oriented. Work on specific projects can start as early as the 2nd semester, but must begin in the 3rd semester at the latest. The topics can originate from industry or from research projects. Of course, own ideas can also be realized. Software must be developed for all projects.
It is also possible to work on research projects at the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences during the course of studies.
... the transformation of energy systems cannot be mastered with new technology alone. The legal and economic framework conditions must also be adapted accordingly. For this reason, Energy Informatics also deals with the development and implementation of sustainable business models or with the evaluation of new legal requirements.
... the course is designed in such a way that on the one hand you get a very good insight into the terminology and functionality of energy systems, but the focus is always on the relevant IT aspects.
... personal interests can be deepened within the framework of electives.
... that the mix between theory and practice is very important to us. This means that not only professors from the university teach, but a lot of content is taught by experts from business and research institutions.
We have answered the most important questions for you:
In order to be able to study Energy Informatics, you need a completed IT bachelor's degree. Good programming skills in at least one of the programming languages Python, Java, C++ or C# must be available.
This means that all courses, including examinations, are conducted purely online.
You do not need to present a certificate for the application, but your knowledge of English will be checked during the interview. The lessons are held entirely in English. The final master's thesis must also be written in English.
Yes, this is possible and is decided by the course instructors for each course individually. Appropriate evidence must be submitted.