M.Sc. Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy (ME3) (Erasmus Mundus)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Application deadline: June 15; Non EU: May 15; EM scholarships: January 6; Excellence Scholarships: March 31
Tuition fee:
  • € 9,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 9,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Deadline: January 15, 2014

ME3 is an international double-degree program that allows students to study in up to 3 European countries. The program provides the knowledge and skills to create tomorrow's leaders in environmental management, renewable energy, and sustainability. There are strong multi-cultural and language aspects to the ME3 program which prepare students for international work environments in the energy and environment sectors.

Nowadays, environmental protection and sustainability within the chemical processing and energy industries are of major concerns. In a 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.

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 Masters course 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.

Learning Objectives
Thanks to the cross-disciplinary program, the following competencies will be developped:

* A solid culture of the international Environmental and Energy policies, and the capacity to implement them in industry.
* A high level scientific knowledge in Environmental and Energy technologies, completed with good skills in process modelling and design.
* A capacity to understand and analyse the social, economic, industrial stakes in the environmental and energy domains and their interactions, at an international scale.
* A capability to propose and set up global industrial solutions in order to match the technical, financial, social, economic and legislative constraints.
* A capacity to orient strategies and develop innovations in the Environment and Energy sectors, with a perspective of sustainability.
* An aptitude to work and communicate in international settings, with colleagues from different cultures, taking into account the local particularities.

Contents

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.

Energy

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.

* Option 1-A (KTH-Stockholm) focuses on energy production and renewable, and is taught in large class (more than 100 students) by specialist in the field
* Option 1-B (BME-Budapest) focuses on engineering and modelling of energy technologies, and it enables students to have a lot of practical work in small class (a workshop is even scheduled in one of the only nuclear reactor available for teaching purposes)
* Option 1-C and Option 2 (EMN-Nantes) focuses on the integration of energy supply and demand-side management into sustainable energy systems, and it is a mix of lectures in medium-size class (about 30 students) and projects in small groups

Environment

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.

Management

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.

Professional Project

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.

Requirements

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.

Funding

The ME3 consortium offers a few Excellence Scholarships to the best applicants. This scholarship is equivalent to a 50% reduction of the tuition fees.

The tuition fees cover registration, examination and administrative services provided by each academic institution. No living expenses or course literature, travels or accommodation are included.

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