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Bachelor & Master Renewable Resources

Cultivation | Chemical and material use | Energy recovery | Economy

Currently, renewable resources can be studied at the TUMCS in Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Both courses are to be transferred to the new courses B.Sc. Technology of Biogenic Resources and M.Sc. Technology of Biogenic Resources in the winter semester 2020/21.

Biogenic raw materials include renewable raw materials (i.e. agricultural and forestry raw materials of plant origin) as well as raw materials of animal origin that can be used outside the food sector (food and animal feed) for material or energy purposes. In the context of the course, the term covers both specifically cultivated raw materials and biogenic waste materials, in particular by-products of agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry and agro-industrial production. Biogenic raw materials contribute in many ways to a sustainable supply of energy and raw materials. Environmental problems such as increasing amounts of waste and the overuse of fossil resources, which ultimately leads to climate change, are decisive arguments for the increased use of biogenic raw materials.

Biogenic raw materials play a key role not only in the provision of energy, but also in the provision of raw materials. The ideal of the bioeconomy presupposes a closed-loop economy, which in many branches of materials management (chemicals, paper, wood and other building materials, textiles, raw materials for the processing industry, …) is based without alternative on biogenic raw materials.

The importance of biogenic raw materials in the fields of energy and materials management is therefore already beyond question today and will continue to increase as society increasingly takes up sustainability and climate protection. In order to implement the structural change towards a sustainable energy and materials economy shaped by politics and bio-economists, engineers and scientists are needed who know both the complex structure of biogenic raw materials and the basics of energy and process engineering. This is the only way to maximise the potential of biogenic raw materials.

The Technology of Biogenic Raw Materials course aims to train these engineers and scientists. A combination of interdisciplinary skills and specialist knowledge in the fields of agricultural engineering, plant biology, chemistry as well as energy and process engineering prepares them for the best possible conversion of our technologies to a sustainable basis in research and industry.

Bachelor Renewable Resources

Key Data

Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters) / Credits

Graduation

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Start of Degree Program

  • Winter Semester (October)

Application period

  • 15 May to 15 July

Required Language Proficiency

Language of instruction

  • German/English

Admission requirements

The Bachelor’s programme in Chemical Biotechnology requires a general higher education entrance qualification or a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification in the fields of technology or agriculture, biotechnology and environmental technology.

Admission Category

Costs per semester/financing

Study structure

In the first two semesters, the students mainly study basic subjects from the natural sciences and economics. From the third semester onwards, compulsory and subject-specific compulsory modules are offered from the four areas of cultivation of renewable raw materials, chemical-material use, energetic use and economics, which every student must take. This orientation is reinforced by the optional modules, which each student can freely choose. Specialisation then takes place above all in the research internships and the Bachelor’s thesis. The interdisciplinary elective modules are designed to give students an insight into other faculties.

Compulsory modules

1st semester:

Physics, Mathematics, Fundamentals of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Fundamentals of Plant Production, Fundamentals of Biology, Business Economics

2nd semester:

Organic Chemistry, Economics, Statistics, Fundamentals of Silviculture, Genetics and Systematics of Plants and Microorganisms Compulsory specialist modules with an agricultural or forestry focus: Plant Production

3rd semester:

Scientific Work, Research Internship 1

Compulsory subject-specific modules with an agricultural or forestry focus: Forestry and timber

Subject specific compulsory modules with chemical-material orientation: Biochemistry

Subject specific compulsory modules with energetic orientation: thermodynamics and thermodynamics

Specialist compulsory modules with economic orientation: accounting and controlling

4th semester:

Computer Application, Research Internship 2

Specialist compulsory modules with chemical-chemical orientation: Chemical Process Engineering

Specialist compulsory modules with energetic orientation: Electrical power engineering

Specialist compulsory modules with economic orientation: market and marketing, political and economic framework conditions

5th semester:

Research internship

Compulsory subject-specific modules with an agricultural or forestry focus:
Nature conservation and agroecosystems

Specialist compulsory modules with chemical-material orientation: Biopolymers

Specialist compulsory modules with energetic orientation: Heat, material, flow & particle theory

6th semester:

Plant Design, Bachelor’s Thesis Specialized mandatory modules with energetic orientation: Energy Technology – Systems for Energy Conversion

Electives:

From the 3rd semester onwards, 25 credits of elective modules are chosen.

Elective modules with agricultural or forestry orientation: Process engineering NAWARO cultivation/machine technology, forest management and forest inventory, agroforestry systems/KUP, introduction to medicinal and aromatic plants.

Elective module with chemical-material orientation: cell and molecular biology, special organic chemistry, material use of renewable raw materials, bioinformatics

Optional modules with energetic orientation: Renewable energies for the transport sector, numerical simulation in energy technology, geographical information systems

Elective modules with economic orientation: financial management, basics of life cycle assessment / material flow analysis, sustainable management, design and layout of NAWRO

In addition, a free elective module of 5 credits (interdisciplinary module) is chosen: Personnel management, quality management, project management, technical English, Spanish, communication and presentation, introduction to programming

Competences and skills

As a graduate you know all central aspects of the value creation process of renewable raw materials. Your interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of agriculture and forestry, chemical and energetic use and economics will enable you to analyse complex systems in your field.

You can sustainably design agricultural, agroforestry and forestry systems for the production of biogenic raw materials. Your knowledge of methods allows you to assess the quality of raw materials. In addition, you have acquired sound basic knowledge in relevant disciplines of chemistry, biotechnology, economics, ecology and energy technology.

Job description

Depending on their focus, students graduate as engineers for the energetic use of renewable resources, as chemists for their chemical use or as economists for the processing and marketing of renewable resources. There is a need for energy suppliers, the chemical and processing industry, plant construction and mechanical engineering, planning and engineering offices, the production of renewable raw materials, environmental protection, public authorities and municipalities as well as in the areas of consulting, training and research.

More Infos

Further information on application and admission as well as binding regulations on the course of studies and examinations can be found in the study database of the TUM.

Master Renewable Resources

Key Data

Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters) / Credits

Graduation

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Start of Degree Program

  • Winter semester
  • Summer semester

Application period

  • Winter semester: 01.04. – 31.05.
  • Summer semester: 01.11. – 31.12

Required Language Proficiency

Language of instruction

  • German

Admission requirements

The Master’s programme “Renewable Resources” is aimed at qualified students with a university degree in natural sciences and engineering. In the admission procedure (suitability procedure), personal suitability for the course of study is taken into account in addition to the achievements of the Bachelor’s programme.

Admission Category

Costs per semester/financing

Study structure
The interdisciplinary Master’s programme expands and deepens previous knowledge in the natural sciences, life sciences and engineering. It covers the entire value chain of renewable raw materials. The course consists of compulsory modules, adaptation modules and optional modules. This allows a high degree of individual freedom of choice in the design of the study focus. Students can choose one of four possible specialisations. Possible specialisations are cultivation systems, chemical-chemical use, energetic use and the economy of renewable raw materials.

Introduction to material use | Introduction to energy conversion & energy economy | Introduction to the economy of renewable resources | Renewable resources and agroecosystems | Life cycle assessment of renewable resources | Master’s thesis

Electives

Cultivation of renewable raw materials

Special cultivation systems for renewable raw materials | Plant biotechnology and plant breeding | Ecophysiology of crops | Agricultural land use systems | Climate Change and Ecosystems | Biogas systems on farms | …

Chemical-material use

Biogenic Polymers | Biorefinery | Bioprocess Engineering | Chemical Process Engineering | Sustainable Chemistry | Enzyme Technology | Modern Methods of White Biotechnology | Bioinformatics for Nawaro | Industrial Microbiology | …

Energetic use

Generation of electricity and heat from biomass | Energy technology | Energy technology II | Renewable energies in the transport sector | Biogas technology | Energy and resource management | Process engineering | Geothermal energy | …

Economy

Consumer behavior | Marketing for Nawaro | Political and economic conditions | Corporate analysis
and Management | Product and Raw Materials Markets | Advanced Environmental and Natural Resource Economics | …

Competences and skills

As a graduate you know all central aspects of the value creation process of renewable raw materials. You think interdisciplinary and use methods from different disciplines to meet the complex challenges in your field. You can apply your technical and methodological knowledge efficiently and purposefully due to the high practical relevance of your training.

Depending on the individual profile of your studies, you will have in-depth specialist knowledge in one or more of the four study areas: cultivation systems of renewable resources, chemical-material use of renewable resources, energetic use of renewable resources and economics of renewable resources.

In addition, you will be able to assume responsibility in interdisciplinary projects. You have developed your communication skills, can actively resolve conflicts and are familiar with various presentation techniques.

Job description

Depending on their focus, students graduate as natural scientists for the energetic use of renewable raw materials or for their chemical use or in the economic field or as economists for the processing and marketing of renewable raw materials. There is a need for energy suppliers, the chemical and processing industry, plant construction and mechanical engineering, planning and engineering offices, the production of renewable raw materials, environmental protection, public authorities and municipalities as well as in the areas of consulting, training and research.

More Info

Further information on application and admission as well as binding regulations on the course of studies and examinations can be found in the study database of the TUM.

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