Master European Master in Renewable Energy

  • On Campus
  • 16 months
  • EUR11500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
EUREC | Brussels, Belgium
The European Master in Renewable Energy is directed towards engineers wanting to specialise in any of the following renewable energy technologies: wind energy, bioenergy, photovoltaics, energy conservation in buildings or hybrid systems.

Description of European Master in Renewable Energy

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EUREC together with leading European Universities involved in renewable energy education and training have responded to this demand through the development of the European Master in Renewable Energy.
The core semester is organised to provide the students with sufficient technical background to follow any of the specialisation courses on offer, while also providing them with a good grounding in renewable energy technology.

In February, our students will move to Northumbria University (UK), Zaragoza University (Spain), Perpignan University (France), IST Lisbon (Portugal), Hanze UAS (The Netherlands) or to the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), according to their choice of specialisation, and will then undertake a six-month project in a company or a research centre, from June to December.

This three-semester structure provides the students not only with high level technical and scientific competences, but also with soft skills such as flexibility, adaptability, team spirit, and ability to work in a multicultural environment, which are essential when working in an expanding and global market.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline July 30
Tuition fee
  • EUR 11500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 7300 Year (EEA)

Fees will be payable in three approximately equal instalments spread throughout the course. There are additional fees that depend of the chosen universities.

Start date September  2015, October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS

The core provides a solid foundation in the key energy technologies (wind, solar, bioenergy, hydropower). Theoretical courses which also examine the socioeconomic issues surrounding the deployment of these technologies are supported by laboratory workshops. The studies for the core can be done in French, English or Spanish.

The student can choose one of the following:

  • MINES-ParisTech, France for the core taught in French
  • Zaragoza University, Spain for the core taught in Spanish
  • Loughborough University, UK for the core taught in English
  • Oldenburg University, Germany for the core taught in English
  • Hanze UAS, The Netherlands for the core taught in English

The Core providers all teach these subjects:

  • Core Foundation
  • Core Solar
  • Core Wind
  • Core Biomass
  • Core Water
  • Introduction socio-economics issues

The course is divided into three sections. In the first semester (September/October to January), students acquire a solid foundation in key renewable energy technologies. In the second semester (February to June), they specialise in a chosen technology at a different university and at the end of the course, the students complete a six-month practical or research project. The entire programme is run on a modular basis with credits awarded for passing each section and the successful completion of the project. A total of 90 ECTS credits (30 for each section of the course) are required with a satisfactory level of achievement in all the sections to obtain the European Master degree.

Each University has its own teaching methods - distribution of modules can be organised differently - nevertheless we ensure that at the end of the core semester all EUREC students have the same understanding and the same knowledge on basic renewable energy technologies, enabling them to follow any of the offered specialisations. Please click here to see the harmonised learning outcomes for the core semester.
30 ECTS credits will be awarded for passing the core semester following these harmonised learning outcomes.

A specialisation focused on a particular technology or implementation aspect selected from: Photovoltaics; Grid Integration; Wind power; Solar Thermal and Ocean Energy. The specialisations are all taught in English.
Participating universities are willing to provide the above-mentioned specialisations. However, their effective realisation will depend on the final number of students who register. Normally, this decision is taken at the end of July. Students whose specialisation is cancelled will be offered a suitable alternative.

The specialisation sections run from February to the end of May or June depending on the specialisation. The student specialises in one of the following:

1.Photovoltaics - taught at the University of Northumbria in the UK
2.Wind Energy - taught at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece
3.Grid Integration - taught at the University of Zaragoza in Spain
4.Solar Thermal - taught at the University of Perpignan in France
5.Ocean Energy - taught at IST Lisbon in Portugal
6.Sustainable Fuel Systems for Mobility - taught at Hanze UAS in the Netherlands

Upon completion of the specialisation, the student gains practical or research experience through a project undertaken in an industry, a research laboratory or at the university. A wide variety of projects can be proposed and it gives flexibility to the student and the project provider to define the project. The student is welcome to propose his/her own project. EUREC and the course directors continuously contact renewable energy companies throughout the year to encourage them to propose a student project. Yet, students should not expect to get a list of projects to choose from. Students are expected to look for companies or research centres wishing to offer them a project individually. A qualified person from the specialisation university will give students advice about how to proceed in finding the best project to suit their qualifications and expectations.

Duration full-time 16 months
Partnership Joint
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Objectives

The aim of the European Master in Renewable Energy is to train post-graduate students to fill the gap between the growing industry demand for specialised renewable energy expertise and the skills currently available on the job market.

By structuring the course in three sections, students are guaranteed to spend time in at least two different EU countries and make contact with a wide range of European institutes and companies involved in the renewable energy sector.

The participating universities are all well-established in training and the education sector as well as being recognised at an international level for their work in the field of renewable energy technology.

Structure

The course is divided into three sections. In the first semester, the students acquire a solid foundation in key renewable energy technologies. In the second semester, they specialise in a chosen technology at a different university and at the end of the course, the students complete a practical or research project.

The entire programme is run on a modular basis with credits awarded for passing each section and the successful completion of the project. A total of 90 ECTS credits (30 for each section of the course) are required with a satisfactory level of achievement in all the sections to obtain the European Master degree.

The course's three sections

The core provides a solid foundation in the key energy technologies (wind, solar, bioenergy, hydropower). Theoretical courses which also examine the socioeconomic issues surrounding the deployment of these technologies are supported by laboratory workshops. The studies for the core can be done in French, English or Spanish.

The student can choose one of the following:

  • Ecole des Mines de Paris, France for the core taught in French
  • Zaragoza University, Spain for the core taught in Spanish
  • Loughborough University, UK for the core taught in English
  • Oldenburg University, Germany for the core taught in English
  • Hanze UAS, The Netherlands for the core taught in English

A specialisation focused on a particular technology or implementation aspect selected from: Photovoltaics; Grid Integration; Wind power, Ocean Energy, Sustainable Fuel Systems and Solar Thermal. The specialisations are taught in English.
Participating universities are willing to provide the above-mentioned specialisations. However, their effective realisation will depend on the final number of students who register. Normally, this decision is taken at the beginning of November. Students whose specialisation is cancelled will be offered a suitable alternative.

A project related to the specialisation taken and undertaken in industry, a research laboratory or at the University and during which the student can gain practical or research experience.

For detailed information on the structure, please visit the 'three semesters' page

Course Duration

Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates of the upcoming academic year.

  • The core section runs from September/October to January.
  • The specialisation section runs from February to June.
  • The project, a 6 month placement in a renewable energy company or a research centre, is scheduled after the core and the specialisation.

Delivery

The course is delivered by acknowledged experts from the participating universities and where appropriate, from other industrial, research and educational institutions.
The taught material includes lectures, tutorials and laboratories.

Requirements for European Master in Renewable Energy

Admission Requirements

The applications are accepted on qualification and first-come/first-served basis. i.e.in case of equal qualification of two applicants, the early applicant is given the place. Therefore it is recommended to apply as soon as possible, well before the deadline. (Ideally six months in advance). Students can upload their completed application form and CV before the other documents in order to secure a place.

Educational Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at least a four-years higher education degree of a high standard, normally in an Engineering, Mathematics or Physics subject OR equivalent appropriate work experience.

Additionally, the students must prove their ability to follow a postgraduate course in English alone or English plus French or Spanish according to the student's choice of institutes. Non-native English speaking students who did not follow a university degree conducted in English must sit for either one of the following exams and obtain the following grades:

  • TOEFL: (including the Tests in Written and Spoken Practice), minimum score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 90 (internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam in English: B minimum
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam in English: C minimum
  • TOEIC: Valid as well, equivalent to TOEFL

Work Experience for European Master in Renewable Energy

No work experience is required.

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EUREC, Belgium

Belgium The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres was established as a European Economic Interest Grouping in 1991 to strengthen and rationalise the European research, demonstration and development efforts in all renewable energy technologies. As an independent member-based association, it incorporates 47 prominent research groups from all over Europe. EUREC members' research fields include solar buildings, wind, photovoltaics, biomass, small hydro, solar thermal power stations, ocean energy, solar chemistry and solar materials, hybrid systems, developing countries and integration of renewable energy in the energy infrastructure.