Whilst generating energy with minimal environmental impact falls within the broad scope of engineering, managing the demand for energy is in the realm of economics and social sciences. In most cases, these issues are interrelated and global solutions and strategies have to be found.
The original feature of the ME3 Master's programme is to combine Energy and Environmental Process Engineering with Management and Social Sciences. It aims at offering a well-balanced education to future engineers and managers having the adequate skills to solve environmental and energy issues through an integrated approach, combining technological development and innovations together with the consideration of human, social and economic constraints.
The ME3 Masters is thus addressed to engineers and managers, who will work in Europe or in other regions of the world, to monitor complex social-technical systems related to Environment and Energy.
The ME3 program allows students to combine technical and engineering knowledge with a solid foundation in management, project planning, and social Sciences. The course content consists of 4 main components; Energy, Environment, Management, and a Professional Project (Internship) completed during the last semester of the two-year program.
In the near future, experts predict that the energy demand will drastically increase, especially because of the spectacular industrial and economic growth of the emerging countries. In such a context, meeting the energy needs of society without serious adverse impacts on humanity and the environment is a world challenge.
The ME3 program provides training in a wide range of energy technologies. Students have the opportunity to learn about traditional combustion technologies as well as sustainable and renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal. Energy efficiency (demand-side) policies and actions are also covered.
Students following option 1 (i.e. Semester 2 "Environment" at EMN Nantes) can choose between all the energy semesters option (option 1A : KTH Stockholm, 1B : BME Budapest and 1C : EMN Nantes). Students following option 2 (i.e. Semester 2 "Environment" at QUB Belfast) have to go to Nantes for the Energy semester.
The three alternatives for the Energy semester make possible to offer different focus and pedagogical approaches.
Currently, environmental protection and sustainability within the chemical processing and energy industries are of major concerns. The ME3 programme provides a solid basis in chemical and environmental engineering and allows students to address the most pressing environmental problems facing today's world. ME3 students study a diverse range of environmental topics including: Environmental Sustainability Management, Drinking and Waste Water Treatment, Environmental Process Engineering, and Process Simulation and Modeling.
Students can choose between two options: for Option 1 at EMN Nantes a general overview of all up to date eco-technologies is presented whereas at QUB Belfast (Option 2) a semester more oriented to chemical engineering processes is provided.
EMN Nantes is intended to form generalist engineers, thus the environment semester covers a wide range of technologies and enable students to master basic concepts of many processes applied to environment engineering and energy systems (e.g. incineration plants from the furnace up to the treatment of flue gas).
At QUB Belfast, the school of chemical engineering brings students to a more specific approach involving advanced concepts of chemical engineering to master several relevant environmental processes apply to oil and gas industry or to chemistry industry.
Technologies to improve the efficiency of energy systems as well as to reduce environmental impacts have been developed for a long time now. However, they often fail to become the usual standards or practices.
This may be due to overcosts which may make these best available technologies not cost-effective compared to other options. However, this is most often due to the lack of project managers who combine both skills (technical and socio-economical), so that they can implement successfully projects to disseminate these technologies.
Therefore, one of the key and original features of the ME3 Masters course is to combine Energy and Environmental Process Engineering together with Management and Social Sciences. It aims at offering a well-balanced education to future engineers and managers having the adequate skills to solve environmental and energy issues through an integrated approach, combining technological development and innovations together with the consideration of human, social and economic constraints.
All the ME3 students follow the Management semester at UPM-Madrid (see detailed syllabus below) at the beginning of the programme. This way all the students of the same cohort have been together for at least one semester.
The capstone graduation project, during the last semester, is the springboard towards professional activity. It gives the opportunity to obtain substantial professional experience in a company, international organization or research institution, in the environment or energy sectors.
ME3 institutions propose a wide variety of research projects to be carried out in Hungary, Spain, France, Sweden or the UK, as well as in other ME3 academic associate partners.
Industrial projects are geared towards solving companys environmental and/or energy problems and involves advanced engineering or/and management tasks. The evaluation of the professional project (30 ECTS) is based on a Master's Thesis Report and an oral defence in front of an international jury formed by representatives of the 5 ME3 core institutions.
The European joint Masters ME3 is offered to students who have the highest potential for graduate studies. To enter the programme, candidates must have either a Bachelors degree in Science or Engineering or a recognised equivalent diploma from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full time study) in a scientific or technical discipline.
Preferred first degree fields are Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Process Engineering and similar subjects closely related to the objectives of the course.
No work experience is required.
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