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Master’s Programme Energy and Automation Technology

Programme Code

UE 066 506 – Master’s Programme Energy and Automation Technology

Duration of Programme

4 Semester


120 ECTS




Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.)
Master of Science (MSc)


Study contents

The Master's program in Energy and Automation Engineering currently offers two specialization options: The goal of the automation engineering specialization is to conceptualize, analyze, design and optimize resource-efficient automation, mechatronic and robotic solutions, intelligent assistance systems as well as autonomous and semi-autonomous functions for a wide variety of applications. The specialization includes autonomous robots and vehicles to complex automated production systems with thousands of sensors and actuators to self-learning mechatronic components. Thinking in systems, taking into account sensors, actuators, embedded electronics, control engineering and optimization, image processing, machine learning and software implementation is the main focus.

The energy technology specialization focuses on the generation and supply of energy from renewable and fossil resources. Security of supply, energy efficiency, environmental friendliness and economic efficiency are the most important aspects here. Low-emission and renewable energy generation and the integration of efficient storage systems are two of the greatest challenges for the energy transition.

In the coming academic year, the two specializations will be offered in the form of two independent master's degree programs with completely new content: Automation and Robotic Systems and Electrical Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy Systems.

Sie wollen das nachhaltige Energiesystem der Zukunft entwerfen oder neue autonome Robotersysteme konzipieren? Sie bringen dazu Leistungsbereitschaft mit und haben Freude an der Lösung komplexer Frage­stellungen, zum Teil mit Hilfe tiefgehender mathematischer Methoden und zum Teil an konkreten Experimenten im Labor? Dann sind Sie bei uns richtig! Die formale Voraus­setzung ist ein abgeschlossenes fachein­schlägiges Bachelorstudium.

Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, for a specialization in automation technology also from Computer Science and Business Informatics.

Admission with other degrees is possible after individual examination, if necessary, and additional examinations may be prescribed.

The study conditions are excellent and are characterized by small group sizes with a high degree of supervision as well as excellently equipped laboratories. A large part of the master's theses are carried out in direct cooperation with industrial partners.

Through your studies, you are basically qualified in the field of automation technology for all jobs that deal with digitalization and automation in the broader sense. In the field of energy technology, you are qualified for all areas of energy systems, energy transmission and distribution, energy conversion and energy management. In each case, this includes jobs from research and development to engineering, production, sales, management, and consulting. Job prospects are excellent in both areas due to the topicality of the issues of sustainable energy generation, storage and distribution and automation and digitalization.

  • Scanning measurement systems for nanotechnology and semiconductor industry
  • Automated telescope systems and adaptive optics for satellite communications
  • Autonomous service robotics with human-robot interaction
  • LiDAR systems for autonomous driving
  • Automated resource-optimized production systems e.g. in the steel industry
  • Adaptive robot systems for flexible manufacturing tasks
  • Control of quantum mechanical systems
  • Rapid prototyping of engines
  • FE simulation and prototyping of active magnetic bearings
  • 700V/500A/10kHz pulse generators for plasma coating systems
  • Use of battery storage for highly dynamic grid services
  • Flexible use of variable power generation systems
  • Holistic approaches and perspectives for the energy system
  • Business models and energy industry framework
  • Economics and ecology of renewable power systems
  • Energy economics in the transport sector

  •     Resource-efficient process automation of strip galvanizing lines
  •     Optimal dynamic operation of pumped storage power plants
  •     Robots learn to "see" and recognize structures and objects
  •     Learning robots for flexible machining of 3D free-form surfaces
  •     Highly dynamic, highly precise and fail-safe positioning systems
  •     Robot-based measuring systems for measuring and characterizing free-form surfaces
  •     Adaptive and active optics for compensation of environmental influences in telescope systems
  •     Instrumentation for am-wafer characterization of integrated circuits with nanometer resolution and RF signals up to 90 GHz
  •     Smart grids, solar and wind power, grid calculations, planning and operation of distribution and transmission networks, power plants
  •     Design and construction of electrical machines, drive controls, power electronics, e-mobility
  •     Energy economics, regenerative energy systems, economic efficiency calculations

Automation technology is a key technology that can be found in almost all industrial sectors today and forms the basis for the design of intelligent components, systems and processes. Automation engineering combines knowledge from the fields of systems theory, sensors and measurement, actuators, robotics, electronics, real-time systems, algorithms, control engineering and artificial intelligence for the holistic design of a system. In addition to the extensive practical exercises and in-depth methodological and technological knowledge, the latest research results are continuously integrated into the teaching. A pleasant side effect is the excellent job prospects after graduation with a wide field of activities.

The importance of electrical power engineering will continue to grow strongly as we move away from fossil fuels and towards a fully renewable energy system. Energy conversion, energy transmission and distribution, efficient energy application and energy storage, and socially accepted energy economic framework conditions are the core topics in which research and development are always continuing in this field.

The goals of the research are the optimization of accuracy, robustness, reliability and flexibility as well as an increase in resource efficiency in automated technical processes and systems. One focus is on integrative mechatronic system design with applications in the field of precision technologies and process measurement technology. Another focus is on the automation and digitalization of complex production facilities and the development of cognitive robot systems including the necessary environment recognition and multi-sensor fusion.

In energy technology, the focus is on the sustainable design of all areas and components of the electrical energy system and the further increase of efficiency in the conversion, transport and application of electrical energy at all network levels. The use of power electronics and information and communication technology is shaping the transformation of the electrical energy system into a sustainable, highly efficient and intelligent energy system, whose interfaces with other energy sources can only be fully captured and mapped using a holistic approach.

The professors and scientists involved are networked with the best research institutions worldwide and facilitate and support internships and study semesters abroad. There are also a number of programs with financial support.

Dean of Academic Affairs

Silvan Schmid

Univ.Prof. Dr.sc.

Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

Wolfgang Kemmetmüller

Ass. Prof. Dr. -Ing. 

More Information and Contact

Dean's office of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Gußhausstraße 30
4th floor
1040 Vienna

Phone: +43 1 58801 35000
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Student Union

Student Union Electrical Engineering

Gußhausstraße 27-29
Staircase 1, 1st floor
1040 Vienna

Phone: +43 1 58801 49553 or +43 1 58801 49554
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