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Description of Energy Science

Our energy system is rapidly evolving. There are big challenges ahead of us, including mitigating climate change, securing our long-term energy supply, and providing access to sustainable energy for everyone. This two-year Masterís programme in Energy Science at Utrecht University offers an interdisciplinary approach for anyone prepared to tackle these challenges.

Systems approach

Energy collection, conversion, transport, storage, distribution, and end-use application are all steps in providing energy services to society. All these elements form an energy system, which is complex and interacts with other systems in a multitude of ways. Transitions in energy systems and the merits of innovation for the individual components of each can only be analysed in the context of the complete system. This is why we place energy systems analysis at the very centre of our Energy Science programme.


Analysing energy systems requires a thorough knowledge of the fundamental scientific and technological principles of the discipline. This knowledge enables you to understand how the characteristics of individual technologies can influence their performance, as well as the impact of market and policy contexts on energy systems. This is why both economics and policy studies are also covered the programme.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 February: December (non-EEA: September). Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 19080 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date February  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 15%
  • practice: 0%
  • self study: 85%

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


Systems Analysis track:

The Systems Analysis track provides an all-round training in the area of systems analysis, which allows students to help shape the transition from non-renewable to renewable energy sources.

Natural Science track:

The Natural Science track focuses on natural sciences and technology, offering a solid foundation for a position in applied research or in the interaction between research and its applications.

Requirements for Energy Science

Written request

Additional subject: Energy Analysis

Work Experience for Energy Science

No work experience is required.

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Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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Utrecht University, Netherlands

Netherlands Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned in the top 15 in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings. The university is located in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. Joining Utrecht University as a masterís student on one of our 86 English-language Masterís programmes will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community engaged in cutting-edge and multidisciplinary teaching and research.

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