RENE - Renewable Energy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    12000
    Tuition (Year)
    12000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
Offering a holistic view of renewable energy, the MSc RENE programme focuses on technologies and business strategies that will have the greatest impact on the cost, security, and sustainability of our energy supply. The programme offers you the chance to engage with successful entrepreneurs, major businesses, and public bodies, giving you unique insight into the management of energy businesses worldwide.

About

Design, develop and deliver the next generation of renewable energy

Renewable energies are changing the energy industry fast, creating a more diverse sector with huge opportunities for new technologies, new businesses and new ideas. The Master’s in Renewable Energy (MSc RENE) provides in-depth knowledge of all major renewable technologies, the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you most, and courses in business skills and innovation management to develop the energy engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators of the future.

Combining traditional teaching with practical, challenge-led projects, and hands-on engagement with established businesses and exciting young start-ups, MSc RENE gives you the skills and experience to design, develop and deliver the next generation of renewable energy solutions.

Throughout the MSc RENE programme you will have unrivalled opportunities to engage directly with major industrial players and research institutes through a series of activities throughout the programme. Major enterprises such as Total, EdF, Energias de Portugal (EDP), COMSA Corporación and Iberdrola are all actively involved in the programme, as are smaller companies and start-ups like CorPower Ocean, EOLOS, Principle Power, and Tecnoturbines.

MSc RENE is an international programme for an international industry. You will join students from all over the world for two years at two different universities and two of Europe’s leading business schools. After successfully completing the programme and your thesis, you will receive a Master’s degree from two of the following institutes in the form of a double diploma:

  • Master of Energy Engineering and Management, from IST: Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Master of Science, from KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Graduate Degree Programme in Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM), from École Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay, France
  • Master of Energy Engineering, from UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain
Your path to the future

On successful completion of the MSc RENE programme, you will be equipped with the following skills and experience, enabling you to launch your career in a wide range of businesses or research institutes in the renewable energy sector:

  • Broad knowledge and understanding about sustainable energy systems, energy sources and their use.
  • Ability to judge technical, economical, social, and environmental impacts of various energy processes.
  • Broad knowledge of individual renewable energy technologies plus energy management, planning, economy and markets.
  • The ability to analyse, formulate and manage technical problems from a system perspective and to take a view of the complete system lifecycle from concept to decommissioning.
  • The necessary scope, resource use and management processes for problem solving around energy conversion, transportation, storage and utilisation processes.
  • Interpersonal skills, including leadership, project management, team working, business management, and communication.
  • The ability to think beyond boundaries and to explore and generate new ideas, transform practical experiences into research challenges, and create new or significantly improved products, services, processes, and businesses.
  • An understanding of cutting-edge research and innovation methods, business management, and business creation.

Graduates of the MSc RENE programme find careers in advanced research and innovation, industrial management, and managing strategic energy policies in both the public and private sector. Whether it’s designing future energy technologies, creating your own company, implementing energy policies, or introducing new products to market, MSc RENE is the ideal launchpad for a career working with energy providers, manufacturers, or public bodies worldwide.

Accreditation

MSc RENE is a programme labeled by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Programme Structure

MSc RENE provides students with a holistic understanding of the renewable energy sector. Thanks to strong partnerships between individual universities, local innovation centres and established businesses, the content of all courses remains at the forefront of current practice.

Throughout the programme, strong emphasis is placed on developing your research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills, in addition to your technical knowledge and your understanding of the business environment in which renewable energies are deployed.

Year 1

In the first year, you will take core modules in advanced technology concepts and methods, as well as in the production and utilisation of sustainable energy. MSc RENE covers the four sectors where the impact of renewables on costs, market volumes, CO2 emissions, and network integration are greatest: wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and ocean energies. The programme also includes courses on the energy economy and markets, as well as energy and the environment, to give you a broad perspective on the potential of renewable energy.

In the first year, students also undertake an intensive ‘Entrepreneur in a week’ course at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. All first-year students also participate in an Innovation Seminar at UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech alongside our industrial and business partners.

In addition, first-year students participate in a one-week ‘Winter School’ at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where you will undertake courses on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and innovation, including:

  • Creative thinking
  • Innovation and strategy
  • Entrepreneurial finances
  • Marketing for start-ups
  • Intellectual property (IP) protection

At the end of the first year, students return to ESADE for a four-week summer school that covers business and management topics in greater depth, including:

  • Personal and professional skills
  • New venture creation
  • New product development and service innovation
  • Managing high-performance teams
  • Operations management
  • HR management
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
Year 2

The second year is your chance to focus on the areas that interest you most. Students can choose from modules on the following areas of specialisation:

  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal electricity
  • Wind energy
  • Hydropower
  • Ocean and offshore energy
  • Biomass and biofuels
  • Integration of renewable systems with the energy system

The choice of specialisation will determine which universities you attend in your second year.

You complete your second year with your Master’s thesis, which you undertake as part of an internship at one of our industrial or start-up partners, or at a research centre. The thesis is supervised by a professor of your host university and a researcher from industry or research centre. The thesis is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits and is aligned with research or technology projects in renewable energy.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 92

    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

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 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 InnoEnergy Admissions Office before your admission can be finalised. The 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

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

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 InnoEnergy. For KIT, you should choose the option ‘any department not listed’ and then you can manually enter the name of the 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 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • EUR 12000 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships

There are two types of scholarships and they are not necessarily a full scholarship, and thus it may be necessary to find additional funding to be able to fully finance study and stay.

  • Fee waiver: 90 % of our admitted students will receive a participation fee waiver and thus not pay any participation fee.
  • Fee waiver + scholarship: 70 % of our admitted students will receive a participation fee waiver and a monthly scholarship of 750 € for up to 24 months.
For EU* Students

You can be nominated for this scholarship irrespective of whether your application has been received during round 0, round 1 and round 2.

For Non-EU* Students

You can be nominated for this scholarship only when applying in application round 0 (for MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy, EMINE) or round 1 (for all MSc programmes – intake Fall)

* By ‘EU students’, we mean students with citizenship in one of the EEA countries (all EU member states and Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) or Switzerland. ‘Non-EU students’ are therefore classified as all students who do not comply with the above definition of an ‘EU student’.

How to apply for a scholarship? When applying for one of our MSc programmes, please tick the appropriate box in the application form that you would like to apply for a scholarship.

Code of conduct: Applicants who apply for a scholarship do agree to the terms of the InnoEnergy SE Student Code of Conduct.

Scholarship levels: Scholarships are awarded to the highest ranking applicants per programme; scholarship levels depend on the budget available for each programme and may therefore vary. The ranking is based on several criteria such as academic performance, quality of previous education and university, experience with innovation and entrepreneurship, etc. Please note that it is not possible to appeal decisions in relation to scholarships; the selection results (ranking) as such do not constitute grounds for an appeal. It is not possible to transfer a InnoEnergy MSc scholarship to another InnoEnergy programme or to a non-InnoEnergy programme.

Scholarships paid in Poland are presently subject to taxation in accordance with the provisions of Polish law. Subject to certain conditions, benefits paid by an entity having its registered office outside of Poland may be exempt from tax on the basis of Article 21 points 39, 40 and 40b of the Act of 26 July 1991. AGH shall endeavour to arrange a tax exemption for the Student. However, a final decision in this regard is issued by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education in accordance with the binding provisions on personal income tax (Journal of Laws of 2012 No. 361 as amended).

Other financial support

In addition to applying for scholarships you can apply for Erasmus+ study loans. They have been created by the European Commission to make it easier to study a full degree programme abroad.

Erasmus+ makes it possible for students who want to take a full Master’s-level degree in an Erasmus+ programme country to apply for a loan at a bank in their home country.

Please note that the Erasmus+ study loan programme is not financed or organized by InnoEnergy.

And you can also find other ways to finance your MSc programme in the scholarship portal.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.