M.Sc. RENE - Renewable Energy

KIC InnoEnergy Master School

Application deadline: February 28th (Application Round 1) & April 30th (Application Round 2)
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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MSc RENE has a unique focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in renewable energy. It is a cutting-edge programme with a holistic perspective. It aims to train the future game-changers in renewable energy; the researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs who will design and implement new services and products for energy providers, major manufacturers, business start-ups and public organizations worldwide.

As a student, you will study at two top technical universities and a world-class business school with the opportunity to carry out your master thesis through an internship at a leading company in renewable energy. The KIC InnoEnergy eco-system, which gives access to a creative environment with start-ups, energy companies and researchers, can be explored at networking events.

Students clearly notice the involvement of the energy industry as guest lectures and workshops from start-ups and established companies, such as Total and EDF.

Competencies and Career

As a graduate of this programme, you will have developed many transferable skills to apply in the energy industry. You will also be in a strong position to pursue a career in the renewable energy sector or establish your own innovative business thanks to the strong leadership abilities you have gained at the programme. Many opportunities in advanced research, innovation and industrial management in both the public and the private sector will also open up.

Competencies Obtained

On successful completion of this programme, it is expected that the students will be able to:

Show broad knowledge and understanding about sustainable energy systems, energy sources and usage, and be able to judge the technical, economical, social, and environmentally-related consequences related to different energy utilization processes.

Show a broad knowledge of renewable energy technologies, energy management, planning, economy and markets, cutting-edge research and innovation methods, new venture creation and growth, and business management.

Be a competent problem-solver, showing good ability to analyze, formulate and manage the technical problems from a system perspective, with a holistic view of their life cycle, from concept/requirements to specification, development, operation and decommissioning, and have the ability to set limits, determine the necessary resource usage and manage processes for problem solving/realization related to energy conversion, transportation, storage and utilization processes.

Possess individual and professional skills like languages, leadership, project management, team working, business management, and communication for work in cross-disciplinary teams, as an engineer in a leadership role or as a leader in a technical intensive company, or be able to continue towards a research career.

Show good ability to think beyond boundaries and systematically explore/generate new ideas, transform practical experiences into research challenges, use knowledge, ideas or technologies to create new or significantly improved products, services, processes or policies or new business models, and transform innovations into feasible business solutions.

Be able to design a preliminary business plan for an innovation in the renewable energy field, including the assessment of IP-value and market potential while identifying needs for commercializing the innovation.

Career Opportunities

As an MSc RENE graduate, you are highly eligible for many career paths in the renewable energy sector. You are employable within a wide range of industries and are well equipped to start your own innovative business or provide strong leadership in many areas.

Thanks to the strong partnership between universities, innovation centres and energy companies, you can pursue many opportunities; advanced research and innovation, industrial management, and designing and implementing strategic energy policies for the public and private sector.


Our MSc Renewable Energy programme focuses on sustainable energy production and its usages. During this course, you’ll be studying topics such as energy economy and markets as well as energy and the environment. Active students will also have the opportunity to do their master thesis through an internship in a company.

As one of our students, you will also have the opportunity to study at one of our summer schools ahead of completing your final thesis. The summer schools are organized with ESADE Business School in Barcelona, ranked as one of the world’s top five business schools by the Financial Times.

By fully implementing the KIC InnoEnergy concept of ‘learning by doing’, MSc RENE aims to develop your skills and competences in research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Students will notice this as an ‘Engineering and business case study in renewable energy’.

Thanks to the strong partnership between universities, innovation centres and energy companies, MSc RENE will provide you with a holistic understanding of the renewable energy field. You will gain state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in fundamental renewable energy disciplines covering the value chain from power generation to storage and transmission.

Network events, guest lectures and study visits give our students access to our companies and start-ups ecosystem. However, it is up to you as a student to actively take part in this eco-system.

This two-year full-time programme (120 ECTS) is a joint effort offered by the RENE Consortium, made up of the following institutions:

  • Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa (IST), Portugal
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • École Polytechnique (ParisTech), France
  • ESADE Business School (ESADE), Spain
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
  • Total, France
  • EDF, France

Year 1

The first year includes core training in advanced technology concepts and methods, as well as in sustainable energy production and utilization. Topics like energy economy and markets and energy and the environment are also included.

Study year 2014/2015 will see the introduction of the ‘Entrepreneur in a week’ initiative for students at IST in Lisbon. All year 1 students will also participate in the ‘Innovation week’ at UPC in Barcelona. Both activities are learning opportunities showing how ideas and start-ups are built. Their purpose is to demonstrate that the process from idea to plan is not as complex as you might imagine.

Management and Entrepreneurship Summer School

This four-week course, between year 1 and year 2, is given by the ESADE Business School. It aims to provide the necessary concepts and tools to allow you to successfully tackle and prepare a business plan.

Year 2

The second year is devoted to the individual student’s specialization. The final selection of specialization is carried out during the first year from the following:

  • Polygeneration (KTH)
  • Wind Energy (IST and ParisTech)
  • Hydropower (IST and ParisTech)
  • Ocean energy (IST)
  • Energy vectors (ParisTech)
  • Solar PV (ParisTech and UPC)

Grid engineering (ParisTech and UPC) Concentrated solar power – CSP (UPC)

The programme also includes study visits to wind hydropower parks or energy companies, mainly in the second year as part of master thesis projects.

The second year also includes a thesis done via a mandatory internship in a company, research centre or university.

The main training pathways that you can follow are summarized in the table below. The final selection is done with your supervisor to ensure coherence with your career goals and the programme’s intended learning outcomes.

KIC InnoEnergy Mobility Concept

Our strong mobility concept means that you will spend your first year at one university, your second year at another, and have the possibility to do your internship at a third. MSc RENE also offers a summer school between year 1 and 2.


To qualify for our programmes, applicants need to fulfill the admission requirements based on previous studies, English proficiency and relevant documentation.

Previous Studies: A Completed Bachelor’s Degree

In order to be admitted into a KIC InnoEnergy MSc programme, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university. Please note that admissions depend on the specific BSc degree you hold for entry into the MSc programme you are interested in.

Conditional Acceptance – Undergraduate Students in Final Year

Students in their final year of undergraduate education may also apply and if expected to qualify, receive a conditional offer. If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from your university’s administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled in the final year of your study programme and stating your expected completion date. If you receive a conditional offer, you should present your degree certificate to the KIC InnoEnergy Admissions Office before your admission can be finalised. The KIC InnoEnergy Admissions Office will forward your application to your appointed Year 1 university so that your application can be completed.

Applicants who have studied longer technical programmes and who have completed courses equivalent to an amount of 180 ECTS, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Proficiency

Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency, which is generally established through an internationally recognized test. Please note that in order to be considered for one of our programmes, we need to receive your test result before 1 April 2015 when you are applying in the first application round and 1 June 2015 if you are applying in the second application round. Any scores received after those deadlines will not be considered. Therefore, it is important that you plan your test well ahead of the deadlines. Please note that it can take up to six weeks to receive test scores. The following tests and scores are accepted:

General English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS Academic test www.ielts.org

An overall band score of at least 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5, is required. IELTS tests are verified online by the Admissions office. Sending a photocopy of your test together with your application documents is therefore sufficient.

TOEFL Internet-based test, IBT www.toefl.org

A total score of at least 92 (with the writing section scoring at least 22) is required. English test results from TOEFL must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code you need to use (0683) is exclusive to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This code is used regardless of the location of your studies at KIC InnoEnergy. For KIT, you should choose the option ‘any department not listed’ and then you can manually enter the name of the KIC InnoEnergy programme. Examinee score reports or photocopies are not accepted.

Please note that it can take several weeks for your test scores to arrive from ETS, so arrange for them to be sent as early as possible.

University of Cambridge / University of Oxford Certificates

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): grades A – C are accepted.

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grades A – C are accepted.

For the University of Cambridge Certificates: please provide your Candidate ID (3 letters and 6 numbers) and Secret number (4 digits) in our online application form, such that we can verify your results online. If not available, you will need to send a certified copy of your Cambridge Certificate by regular mail before the deadline.

Validity of English test results

Results of IELTS and TOEFL are valid from two years of the date of the exam. The same holds for CPE/CAE certificates. If you can show proof that you have maintained your English proficiency since then, we will consider this on a case by case basis.

English proficiency tests are waived for applicants who:

  • Have completed a higher education degree fully instructed in English at auniversity or a university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country. The official language of the degree programme has to be stated in the degree certificate or its supplement, or in the transcript of records. Statements by professors are not accepted. Other documentation regarding language of instruction will not be accepted.
  • Have completed a degree in English at a university located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.

Programme Specific Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the General Admission Criteria for KIC InnoEnergy MSc Programmes, as well as the MSc RENE Programme Specific Requirements, which are: a bachelor degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering Those who have another degree with similar training in mathematics, physics, material sciences and engineering will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the MSc RENE Steering Committee.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 92



KIC InnoEnergy Degree Concept

Upon successful completion of all programme requirements, students will receive a double degree; one from each of the two institutions attended. The actual names of the degrees awarded depend on the study locations and can be seen in the table above.

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