Energy Conversion and Storage (TUM) - joint international programme

Boost your CV by studying abroad; study at two internationally acclaimed universities, spend one year abroad, and gain a unique specialization in Energy Conversion and Storage.

Energy Conversion and Storage

Would you like to become an expert in and gain hands-on experience with energy conversion technologies such as e.g. batteries, fuel cells, electrolysis cells and photovoltaics - and/or would you like to get acquainted with the secrets of materials for hydrogen storage or piezo electric materials? And are you ready for a challenging and rewarding study abroad? If yes, then go for this two-year DTU-TUM 1:1 MSc programme in energy conversion and storage. You will spend one year at DTU and one year at TUM and will receive your MSc degree from the university at which you are enrolled.

You will acquire extensive expertise on various energy technologies focusing on sustainability and renewable energy. Via the general competence courses at the beginning of your study, you will be given an introduction to the main aspects of sustainable energy systems. Hereafter you will work further with different energy technologies via both theoretical and experimental courses. Finally, via elective courses and during your MSc thesis project, you will have the possibilities for choosing more laboratory and application-oriented courses and for tuning your MSc degree to the desired topic of interest in the field of energy conversion and storage.

Students from DTU will be awarded the MSc in Sustainable Energy, and students from TUM will be awarded the MSc in Mechanical Engineering. Your diploma will bear the logos of both universities and will be supplemented by a special insert which describes your participation in the DTU-TUM 1:1 MSc programme.

Why choose an international 1:1 master program?

Besides the fact that studying abroad will boost your CV, this 1:1 MSc programme offers you:

  • Admittance to highly renowned teaching and research facilities at TUM
  • An MSc thesis supervisor from both DTU and TUM
  • Easy planning of your stay abroad; DTU has an exchange agreement with TUM
  • Suggestions for a study plan which means that you can concentrate less on credit transfer and more on your study

DTU has a leading position in energy research and research within energy conversion and storage technologies, and high-quality national and international networks and partnerships have laid down a solid foundation for our activities. The area is seeing strong growth, providing ample scope for employment in Denmark and abroad.

Typical fields of work

You can engage in the implementation of sustainable energy technologies in energy systems or specific technology projects - including modelling and evaluation of environmental and social implications.

Graduates can be employed for projects in companies developing and producing renewable energy technologies and energy conversion technologies, while others will be engaged in project design and the development and implementation of renewable energy projects for e.g. energy companies.

Application deadlines

1st of February - for start in the fall semester
1st of September - for start in the spring semester

Students will spend the first year at DTU and the second year at TUM. During the year at the TUM, the students will still be enrolled at DTU.


The following Bachelor of Science in Engineering programs from DTU entitle students to the DTU-TUM 1:1 MSc programme in Energy Conversion and Storage within the frame of the MSc Eng program in Sustainable Energy:

  • General Engineering (Cyber Materials and Future Energy)
  • Physics and Nanotechnology
  • Chemistry and Technology

BSc students from DTU Mechanical Engineering and DTU Electrical Engineering should contact the programme coordinator, Ivano Eligio Castelli, for individual assessment depending on elective courses during their BSc studies.

Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Bachelors of Natural Science and Bachelor of Engineering from other universities with qualifications equivalent to the relevant Bachelors of Science in Engineering from DTU have access to the study line Energy Conversion and Storage of the MSc Eng programme in Sustainable Energy.

The DTU-TUM Dual Degree programme is only open to students, who have been formally admitted to DTU's regular MSc in Sustainable Energy. Therefore, it is not possible to apply for admission directly to the dual degree programme. The application form is only accessible with DTU credentials.

How to apply

1) Fill in the application form and submit it.
2) The Office of International Education will forward the application to the Programme Coordinator.
3) The Programme coordinator will consult their counterparts at the partner university and select the most eligible students.
  Please note, that the partner university MAY ask for additional documents, before taking a decision.  
4) The Programme coordinator will inform DTU International Affairs Office about their decision.
5) The Office of International Education will inform the students and issue Nomination Letters 


  • Motivated and dedicated students
  • Strong English Language skills.

Pre-approval of courses

Courses taken abroad must be approved by the DTU professor responsible for the individual 1:1 MSc programme.

The standard period of study is four semesters which corresponds to 120 ECTS, consisting of three semesters of course work, and an MSc thesis (30 ECTS) that is usually written during the fourth semester.

The programmes comprise four categories of courses: General competences, Technological specialization, Electives, and Thesis

Option 1

First year at DTU, second year at TUM. MSc thesis project conducted at TUM.

Option 2

First year at TUM, second year at DTU. MSc thesis project conducted at DTU.

As part of their application for the 1:1 MSc programme, students are asked to prepare a study plan. The study plan must be approved by both programme coordinators. The programme coordinators from DTU and TUM must approve the study plan of each student involved in the programme.

Master's thesis

As described above, the MSc thesis project work is usually conducted during the fourth semester of the programme, and the MSc thesis project must be finalized within the fourth semester. The thesis project will be conducted with co-supervision from both institutions. The thesis supervisor at the institution where the MSc thesis work is conducted will act as the main supervisor and will thus have the primary day-to-day responsibility for the student.

A master thesis project in corporation with a company is recommended.

For DTU students, the thesis must be presented at an oral defense according to the rules and regulations of the DTU and with the participation - in person or on-line - of both supervisors. The MSc thesis is graded using the 7-point grading scale, with the grade appearing on the MSc degree diploma. According to the Danish rules and regulations on examination, the grade will be determined by the DTU thesis supervisor, the co-supervisor and an external examiner.

As part of their application for the 1:1 MSc programme, students are asked to prepare a study plan which must be approved by both programme coordinators.

The programme coordinators from TUM and DTU must approve the individual study plans. The student will subsequently be given a contact person at DTU and TUM, respectively, who matches the selected programme/study plan selected by the student.

In addition to the General Competence courses, the Technological specialization courses and elective courses, the student will conduct a 30 ECTS MSc thesis project.

The study programme is aligned with the study programme for the study line “Energy Conversion and Storage” – only taking place at DTU.

Why do part of your master degree at the Technische Universität Munich?

Besides boosting your CV and enjoying the famous October beer festival – you should choose a 1-1 international master program with TUM to join a university:

  • Where you can team up with more than 40000 other students of which 27% are international students
  • That has fostered 17 Nobel prize winners
  • That has more the 500 professors researching and teaching at TUM
  • Ranked among the best technical universities of Europe


Ivano Eligio Castelli

Ivano Eligio Castelli Professor Department of Energy Conversion and Storage Phone: +45 45258206 Mobile: +45 53538491