International Programmes 2018/2019

Electrical Power Systems (Management and Engineering) Electrical Power Systems (Management and Engineering)

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Master of Science (RWTH Aachen University)
Teaching language
  • English

The course is entirely taught in English. 

You will have a compulsory A1 German course in your first semester.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

1 March for the following winter semester
German and EU citizens may apply until 15 July. However, we strongly recommend that German / EU citizens also apply before 1 March.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 5,500 EUR per semester (22,000 EUR in total, four-semester regular study period)

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Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The Master's degree programme "Electrical Power Systems (Management and Engineering)" (MME-EPS) is an interdisciplinary programme run by RWTH Aachen University. The university's Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology runs the engineering part of the programme. In addition, the RWTH School of Business and Economics contributes several of the management modules.

The main objectives of the course of study are to offer an education that is methodological and oriented in problem solving and that is related to research as well as to practice. In this course, you will particularly focus on high voltage engineering, electrical machines, and battery storage systems used to automate and manage complex power systems. You will be taught how to solve faults and stability problems in power systems and be exposed to topics such as the physical problems of energy storage and power electronics. Moreover, you will learn to use computational engineering tools to automate and manage complex power systems.

Course organisation

RWTH Aachen's Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology runs the engineering part of the programme. The faculty sees its foremost mission in training highly qualified and responsible engineers in the broad fields of electrical engineering, information technology and computer engineering for future leading positions in industry and society. The faculty is well reputed for its teaching and research in these fields; nationally as well as internationally. The faculty's excellence is reinforced by close links between teaching and research within its courses. Close cooperation within the RWTH Aachen University and the Jülich-Aachen-Research Alliance (JARA) as well as with associated institutes and external research partners round the faculty's inspiring profile.

Training in strategy and innovation management will be conducted by highly acclaimed professors from RWTH's School of Business and Economics. Professor Brettel and Professor Piller will teach the courses at this AACSB-accredited faculty. Prof Dr rer pol Brettel is a Professor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen and has extensive practical experience as a consultant, both for his start-up firms and for established companies like Porsche AG and Deutsche Post AG. Prof Dr rer pol Piller is head of the Technology and Innovation Management Group at RWTH Aachen University. He has worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management and as a consultant, he has run executive workshops for many international companies, including several DAX30 and Fortune 500 corporations.

Throughout the programme, you will be challenged to explore feasible innovations that balance business and development perspectives.

International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated internships

In your third semester, you will pursue a compulsory 15-week internship.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

All courses are linked to a virtual classroom on the L2P online learning platform.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 5,500 EUR per semester (22,000 EUR in total, four-semester regular study period)

More information:

Semester contribution
All students at RWTH Aachen University are subject to the current semester fee of approx. 260 EUR per semester. The semester fee includes, among other benefits, a semester ticket covering public transport in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Costs of living
The average cost of living and studying, including food, accommodation, personal and social expenses, and study-related costs is estimated to be a minimum of 800-900 EUR per month.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
A limited number of scholarships from various organisations are available to help students finance their studies. Please see the following website for a list of exchange programmes, scholarships, and grants as well as specific application requirements and conditions. Alternatively, students can contact the International Office directly for advice and assistance.
Academic Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Bachelor's degree in Science awarded by an internationally recognised, university-level institution
  • Basic knowledge in business administration is required. Students with no previous knowledge in management must participate in preparatory online courses conducted by the School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen University before the beginning of the course (July-September).
  • In addition, you should have gained a minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience during or following your Bachelor's degree programme.
  • GRE score card is required for non-EU applicants by the enrolment in case of a successful admission. There is no minimum GRE score requirement.
Language requirements

Certified proof of your competence in the English language through completion of one of the accepted examinations listed below:

  • TOEFL Internet-based: minimum 90 points/paper-based: minimum 577 points
  • IELTS test minimum overall band 5.5 points
  • Cambridge Test: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE): completed with B
  • placement test of RWTH Aachen University's Language Centre: B2 - only available for students already enrolled at the RWTH Aachen University

Score reports must not be older than two years by 1 August of the year in which the degree course you are applying for will start.

Exemptions for the language requirements are only applicable for first degree holders from the USA, UK, Canada (English-speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.

Application deadline

1 March for the following winter semester
German and EU citizens may apply until 15 July. However, we strongly recommend that German / EU citizens also apply before 1 March.

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

International students may take up work in the private sector during the semester or the semester break for up to three months without having obtained a work permit. Students thus may take up full-time work for 120 days or part-time positions for 240 days. This regulation is also stated on the residence permit. During the semester, students are allowed to take up jobs with working hours of up to 20 hours a week.
Student assistants are more flexible as regards working hours, as the 90/180 full-time and part-time regulations do not apply.


The team of the RWTH International Academy offers support in finding accommodation either in a student residence or in a private apartment. In fact, we even have our own brand-new student hall of residence in a popular area in the city centre and offer our students a special discount on rent.

RWTH Aachen University has a limited number of dorm rooms and studio apartments. However, there are usually waiting lists for these rooms, and students will probably need to find private accommodation first. There are a number of options for finding private accommodation in and around Aachen, and the International Academy can provide students with information beforehand and after arrival.

For short-term accommodation, there are many hotels and two youth hostels.
Further guidance on student accommodation in Aachen can be found at:


Career advisory service

Our Career Services offer support for students looking for internships or full-time employment. Among other things, students can make use of CV checks, LinkedIn profile upgrades, assessment centre training, and interview preparation. Furthermore, we organise excursions to companies and factories regularly so that our students gain first-hand insight into the industry. Our graduates have overwhelmingly positive prospects, as on average they:

  • find a job within three months after graduation (53.3%).
  • receive a job offer from companies directly after finishing an internship or the Master’s thesis, before graduation (16.2%)
  • increase their salary by up to 200% (72%).
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters

RWTH Aachen University

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With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's leading institutions for science and research. Currently, more than 44,500 students are enrolled in 144 academic programmes. More than 8,500 of them are international students hailing from 130 different countries. The scientific education students receive at RWTH Aachen University is firmly rooted in real-world application. As a result, our graduates are highly sought after by businesses to work as trainees and fill executive positions. National and international rankings show that our graduates have a high aptitude for managing complex tasks, constructively solving problems in teams, and taking on leadership responsibilities. Thus, it should come as no surprise that one in five board members of German corporations is an alumnus of RWTH Aachen University.
Work conducted in the research centres at RWTH Aachen University is strongly oriented towards the current needs of industry, commerce, and the professions. This has resulted in numerous innovations, patents, and licences. The individual competence centres at RWTH Aachen University collaborate effectively across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary groups and forums, while still maintaining a strong focus on their own department specialisation. For instance, the computer science and biology departments - and even the social sciences - all have a clear connection to the school's engineering focus. This has been a crucial factor in motivating multinational corporations such as Philips, Microsoft, and Ford to locate their research institutions in the Aachen region.
Excellence in teaching and research constitutes the basis from which RWTH Aachen University works with other leading institutions and technical universities around the world.

53.3 Percentage of graduates who find a job within three months after graduation
72 Percentage of graduates who had a 200% increase in salary after graduation

University Location

As Germany's westernmost city, Aachen is located on the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. Its population is about 260,000. Aachen's historic centre around the distinctive cathedral (UNESCO world heritage site) is characterised by a student lifestyle. At the city's doorstep, the hilly Eifel landscape with its rivers, lakes, and forests offers a picturesque countryside for outdoor recreation.
Aachen benefits from its central location in the heart of Europe!