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Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - egitheoz - 05-01-2012 02:32 PM

Hi everyone!
I have just admitted to the chemical and energy engineering master programm at magdeburg. Actually I want to build a career in energy field and especially renewable energy. I have a few questions.
Do you really recommend the programm?
How is the university environment and life in magdeburg?
I would be very happy if you help to decide. Thank you very much in advance.


RE: Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - vikksuriya - 05-06-2012 12:04 AM

(05-01-2012 02:32 PM)egitheoz Wrote:  Hi everyone!
I have just admitted to the chemical and energy engineering master programm at magdeburg. Actually I want to build a career in energy field and especially renewable energy. I have a few questions.
Do you really recommend the programm?
How is the university environment and life in magdeburg?
I would be very happy if you help to decide. Thank you very much in advance.

@[anuragm] should be able to help
And apply to FH Aachen and Uni Freiberg


RE: Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - egitheoz - 05-06-2012 02:38 PM

thank you. My intend was to ask anuragm but I don't know how to tag.

I have admitted also to Ulm university. So which one should I choose?


RE: Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - anuragm - 05-07-2012 11:28 PM

@[egitheoz] Please fill out your infobank profile completely. Also, go through this thread for more information about OvGU Magdeburg:

http://www.edulix.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=101650

In the meantime, also check out the detailed course contents of programs that you are considering. Both programs are vastly different. I chose OvGU Magdeburg over Ulm (Advanced Materials) because I found that the courses were more in sync with what I want to do and there was greater flexibility in course selection.

The curriculum for Energy Science and Technology program at Ulm can be found here:

http://www.uni-ulm.de/fileadmin/website_uni_ulm/ensite/Files/Degree_course_scheme_EST_01.pdf

A graduate program is more about improving your understanding and developing the set of skills necessary to achieve your goals (PhD/job in a certain field). Most of it comes from what you do with the time you have in hand during the course of your stay.

In the end, both universities offer some really good programs. The choice is yours, but it is always important to chose according to your interest, rather than someone else's.

If you have any further questions, you can post them here.


RE: Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - egitheoz - 05-08-2012 12:21 AM

@[anuragm] thank you for answering. Actually I want to be specialized in energy field. Therefore I have doubts about magdeburg. The curriculum is more like a master program only for chemical engineering. Thats why I think Ulm University attracts me more. But I am still waiting for PEESE programm in TU Berlin.

How strong is the energy side of the chemical and energy engineering programm at OvGu?


RE: Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - anuragm - 05-08-2012 12:44 AM

@[egitheoz] Simply stating that you want to be specialized in the "energy field" is like saying you want to be an "engineer". The field is vast and covers multiple domains from natural sciences to engineering. You need to be more specific about what you want to do in the "energy field".

That being said, it is true that the focus of the CEE program in Magdeburg is on Process Engineering. However, you can choose to take courses relating to Energy/Environment Engineering as well. You can check out the options for optional subjects here:

http://www.uni-magdeburg.de/isut/master/

I do not know about your background, which is why I asked you fill up your infobank profile. If you have not studied Chemical Engineering, things will be difficult for you. Of course the program at Ulm lays more emphasis on fuel cells/storage batteries. I restate that the two programs are very, very different, which is why I asked you to take a look at the program contents.

Moreover, the PEESE program at TU Berlin is in German. So, if you are fine with attending lectures and taking exams in German, the program is quite good, too.


RE: Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - egitheoz - 05-08-2012 12:13 PM

@[anuragm] I hold a BS degree from Chemical Engineering.
With being specialized in energy field , I mean planning and building power systems like PV's, SWT's, hybrids, solar absorption cooling systems, underground heating systems, heat pumps etc. I am interested in especially renewable energy.
In PEESE, first semester is in English and there are selective courses in English also. I thought with this program I can be bilingual.


RE: Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - anuragm - 05-10-2012 08:01 PM

@[egitheoz] In that case, I believe University of Ulm's coursework seems better. However, you should look for industrial projects in Ulm and Magdeburg (in the University as well as in research institutions like MPI, Fraunhofer, etc.) in the field of renewable energy. I know that the MPI Magdeburg has a lot of projects in modelling of fuel cells and bioreactors.

One thing you should be aware of before opting for TU Berlin's program is that German is a difficult language to learn. And while learning the language is definitely recommended, it is a totally different ballgame to study a technical subject in German. You will have to complete the language courses they offer (cost ~2500 Euros) before the beginning of the second semester. This, in itself, is no easy task. My intention here is not to discourage you, but simply to let you know that you have to be prepared to work really hard.

Best of luck!


RE: Magdeburg-chemical and energy engineering - egitheoz - 05-11-2012 08:30 PM

Thanks a lot @[anuragm] I will consider your comments. It has been a great help.