Photovoltaics Engineering Science


Major Fields of study

  • Physics of the Solar Cell
  • Crystalline and Thin Film Solar Cells
  • Solar Modules and Components
  • System Design, Monitoring, Yield and Performance Analysis
  • Solar Cell and System Reliability
  • Storage Systems, Electric Grids and Solar Energy Integration

Course content and objectives

Photovoltaics Engineering Science is a 3 semesters Master program in English language, which requires a Bachelor degree in engineering science or physics. No professional experience is needed. It consists of 2 semesters courses in solar cell physics, technology of crystalline silicon and thin-film solar cells and modules, cell and materials characterization, components of a PV system and their reliability, system design, monitoring, yield and performance analysis, storage systems and electric grids and solar energy integration. The technical subjects will be accompanied by courses in German language (usually at beginner level) and business administration. A final research semester under supervision of a professor from the University concludes the program. The courses combine lectures with exercises, seminars or practical laboratory work. The tuition in compact form will build up on a requested solid basis of knowledge in mathematics, physics, fundamentals of engineering and scientific methodology, which the applicant is expected to have acquired in a previous Bachelor program.  The research for the master thesis can be performed in the PV laboratory of Anhalt University, at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP (in nearby city of Halle), or in any other PV laboratory or any PV company worldwide.


  • Application prerequisite is a Bachelor´s degree of at least 7 semesters (equivalent to 210 credit points) in engineering science or physics.
  • In engineering sciences other than electrical engineering an adequate coverage of mathematics, physics, chemistry or materials science, basics of electrical engineering, electronics and semiconductor materials and technology is necessary.  

Career Opportunities

Engineer in research and development, design, construction, operation or management of photovoltaic power plants. Due to the forecast strong increase of  photovoltaic power generation, especially in the sun-rich countries around the world, excellent job perspectives are expected.