University of Leuven

EIT-KIC Energy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Master in EIT-KIC Energy programme addresses internationally-oriented and entrepreneurial engineering students who wish to implement modern energy technologies for end-users of the electrical value chain. The programme is a collaboration between the University of Leuven and technical universities from Eindhoven, Stockholm, Barcelona, Lisbon and Grenoble.


Objectives of the EIT-KIC Energy programme at University of Leuven

Competent in one or more scientific disciplines

  • The graduate has an active, advanced knowledge of and insight in energy conversion and rational use of energy in each of the following three areas:
  • Electrical energy (e.g. the generation from different primary sources of energy, transmission and distribution, control and regulation, efficient use)
  • Thermo-mechanical energy (e.g. the use of primary sources, conversion to other vectors, combustion, engines and turbines)
  • Economic and regulatory aspects of energy (e.g. markets, regulations, organization in the European context)
  • The graduate actively looks for structure, coherence between and integration of the relevant fields in these three domains.
  • Based on this knowledge and its integration, the graduate can participate in state-of-the-art design, management and production activities of energy converters and systems in their economic, regulatory and environmental context.
  • The graduate possesses the skills and the attitude to independently and efficiently apply, expand and formalize this knowledge in the context of more advanced ideas or applications in at least one of the three aforementioned domains.

Competent in conducting research

  • The graduate is capable of structuring realistic problems (of a more complex nature) as a research question, designing a research plan, developing innovative solutions and synthetizing. He/she thereby considers the limits of the system.
  • The graduate is able to choose the appropriate level of abstraction on a component, device and system level, given the process stage of the research problem.
  • The graduate is capable of and has the attitude to integrate related energy systems and other disciplines where needed in his/her own research.

Competent in designing

  • The graduate is able to design energy components and systems with an eye for the dynamic interaction between individual components in a global system.
  • The graduate is able to deal with changeability of the designing process due to external circumstances, such as social tendencies or political decisions, or advancing insight. He/she can adjust this process based on these circumstances, and effectively manage risks. He can deal with limited resources, and is able to work purposefully, with a pragmatic approach.

Scientific approach

  • The graduate is able to critically regard existing theories, models or interpretations in the field of energy.
  • The graduate is able to use, develop and validate models and experimental techniques and is able to make an informed choice between modelling and measuring methods. In this context, he is able to critically reflect on his/her own thoughts, decisions and actions.
  • The graduate possesses the skills and knows the techniques to become more proficient in his/her technical field throughout his/her entire life. He/she knows the sources of information, recognizes their value and knows how to apply them in new circumstances. He/she also possesses the skills to continue to develop his/her skills with respect to non-technical elements of the field of energy, such as economic, environmental and regulatory aspects.
Basic intellectual skills
  • The graduate is able to ask pertinent questions regarding an argument in the field of energy and take a reasoned position. He/she hereby considers the social context.
  • The graduate is able to apply methods of reasoning to the discipline (e.g. interactions between components of the electricity system as a basis for stability, energy and pinch analysis in thermodynamics, market forces and integration of renewable sources of energy) and is able to recognize and refute fallacies.
Competent in collaboration and communication
  • The graduate is able to effectively report on research and project results to experts, peers and stakeholders, in Dutch and/or in English, both orally and in writing.

Taking the temporal and social context into account

  • The graduate considers the (changing) social context, such as societal support, policy decisions, the socio-economic context, geopolitics, energy markets and climate change when analyzing and solving complex energy problems.
  • The graduate considers the existing and future challenges of power supply and can contribute to the transition of the energy system in a globalized society, from a technical and socio-economic perspective.

Career perspectives

As a graduate, you will possess a genuinely multidisciplinary skill set and be qualified to work in a research, policy-based or industrial environment.

Programme Structure

  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Power System Calculations
  • Energy Markets and Regulation
  • Energy Economics
  • Smart Distribution Systems
  • Hands-on integrated Project on Innovative Energy Systems
  • Hands-on integrated Project on Innovative Energy Systems, part 2
  • Numerical Methods in Energy Sciences
  • Nuclear Energy: Basic Aspects
  • Combustion Engines
  • Thermal Systems and Energy Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Electrical Drives; Energy Efficiency of Electrical Machines
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and New Business Development
For more info please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The criteria for previous studies include: 
  • Candidates must have obtained a BSc diploma (or equivalent) of substantial quality and level corresponding to at least 3 years studies at University, equivalent to 180 ECTS '
  •  Candidates must hold a degree in Engineering.
  • The selection of these students will be based on the excellence of their studies To verify this, the candidates submit a transcript, requiring a Grade Point Average (GPA) for the BSc study of at least 75% of the scale maximum and a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score of at least 450 in verbal reasoning, 41 in analytical writing skills, and 650 in quantitative reasoning. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

870 - 1300 EUR/month
Living Costs

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