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  2014, September  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Joint
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The programme provides you with a holistic understanding of the sustainable energy field. You gain state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in fundamental renewable energy disciplines covering the value chain from power generation (solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, hydropower, wind energy) to storage and transmission (energy vectors, grid integration).

MSc RENE develops engineering students skills in research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, enabling you to meet key challenges and goals in renewable energy. With this know-how, you can better understand the worlds energy challenges and speed the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Programme description
MSc RENE prepares you for advanced research, innovation and management careers in renewable energy. It trains the researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs who will design and implement future energy policies and introduce new services and products for energy providers, major manufacturers, business start-ups and public organizations worldwide.

The programme provides you with a holistic understanding of the sustainable energy field. You gain state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in fundamental renewable energy disciplines covering the entire value chain from power generation (solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, hydropower, wind energy) to storage and transmission (energy vectors, grid integration). It is ideal for top-performing students with entrepreneurial and innovative talent who want to meet renewable energy challenges and contribute to achieving the objectives of the European Strategic Energy Technologies (SET) Plan.

MSc RENE is a joint programme offered in collaboration with leading technical universities and a business school:

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

Target Group
MSc RENE is ideal for top-performing students with entrepreneurial and innovative talent who want to meet renewable energy challenges and contribute to building globally a new low-carbon economy.

MSc RENE is aimed to engineers with entrepreneurial spirit and creativity skills willing to develop a professional career in innovation in renewable energy by developing new concepts, products, services and business opportunities. MSc RENE provides also good opportunities for those willing to start a research career by enrolling a PhD programme within the KIC InnoEnergy partnership.

Contents

Mobility is a key part of the KIC InnoEnergy educational and innovation strategy. As an MSc RENE student, you spend your first study year at one of the partner technical universities. This first year includes engineering courses in advanced technology concepts and methods, as well as in sustainable energy production and utilisation. Project courses are introduced from the start to offer advanced training in problem solving and group dynamics for mastering complex energy systems analyses.

Your second year is devoted to your individual specialisation. Topics include:

* Hydropower, offshore wind power and ocean energy (IST)
* Polygeneration (KTH)
* Solar photovoltaic, grid engineering, hydropower, wind power and energy vectors (ParisTech)
* Solar energy (PV and CSP) and grid engineering (UPC)

Leading industrial partners include EDF, EdP, Saint Gobain, Schneider Electric and TOTAL. ESADE Business School holds the entrepreneurship training and organizes the Management and Entrepreneurship Summer School.

THESIS PROJECT AND DEGREE
Your second year also includes a thesis done via an internship with one of the industrial partners in renewable energy. This final degree project thesis, worth 30 higher education credits (ECTS), should be aligned with renewable energy research and technology projects in KIC InnoEnergy. It is co-advised by a professor of the hosting university and a researcher in industry and/or a research centre.

Requirements

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

Previous Studies: A completed Bachelors Degree
In order to be admitted to a KIC InnoEnergy MSc programme, you must have completed a Bachelors degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university. Please note below that the specific BSc degree depends on 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 qualified, receive a conditional offer. If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled in the final year of your education and giving 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 in a specific programme can be formalized. The KIC InnoEnergy Admissions Office will forward this to your programme, and appointed Year 1 university, such that your admission can be completed.

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

Programme Specific Requirements
Applicants must fulfil the General Admission Criteria for KIC InnoEnergy MSc Programmes, also the MSc RENE Programme Specific Requirements, which are: a bachelor degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering or other degrees with a similar training in mathematics, physics, material sciences and engineering considered on a case-by-case basis by the MSc RENE Steering Committee.

English proficiency tests are waived for the following:

a) Applicants who have completed a higher education degree instructed in English at a university (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. Other documentation regarding language of instruction will not be accepted.

b) Applicants who have completed a degree instructed in English at a university that is physically located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

Funding

As KIC InnoEnergy nurtures high expectations for the career trajectories of its select group of firstrate students, it strives at promoting their education, the launching pad of their future as impactful energy engineers, in every possible way. Therefore, KIC InnoEnergy chooses to heavily invest in unique activities that turn the KIC InnoEnergy Master School trajectory into an extraordinary and extremely valuable episode in its students training to become an entrepreneurial player in the energy field. Part of the costs for your education will be borne by you and part by KIC InnoEnergy. Costs related to events integrated in the curriculum, e.g. Kick-off, innovation seminars and summer schools are covered by the programme, and included in the participation fee.

For European* Students applying to programmes

* For all admitted European students, there is a participation fee waiver, courtesy of KIC InnoEnergy.

* Scholarship possibility. Excellent students can be nominated for a monthly allowance of up to 750/month for a maximum of 24 months.
* You can be nominated for this scholarship independently of your application being received during either the first or the second application round.

For Non-European* Students applying to programmes

* The participation fee is 8000 /year.

* Scholarship possibility: Excellent students can be nominated for a scholarship including both a participation fee waiver, and a one-time travel and installation support of up to 1000**, and a monthly allowance of up to 750 for a maximum of 24 months.
* You can be nominated for this scholarship only when applying in the first application round (closes on February 28th).

* By European applicants applicants with citizenship in one of the EEA countries (all EU member states and Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) or Switzerland are meant. Non-European applicants are thus all applicants who do not comply with the above definition of a European applicant.

** Only applicants conforming to the definition of non-European above can be eligible for the one time travel and installation support.

Please note: A scholarship paid in Poland is 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).

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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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