MSc RENE – Renewable Energy: Ocean Energy specialization

General information

Our MSc Renewable Energy programme focuses in power generation with renewable energy technologies and in the integration of renewables into the Energy System. During this course, you will be studying topics such as solar energy, wind energy, ocean energy, energy economy and markets as well as energy and the environment. You can do your master thesis through an internship in a company.

As one of our students, you will also have the opportunity to study business and management in our winter and summer schools ahead of completing your final thesis. These winter and summer schools are organised jointly with ESADE Business School in Barcelona (ranked as one of the world’s top five business schools by the Financial Times).

By fully implementing the KIC InnoEnergy concept of ‘learning by doing’, MSc RENE aims to develop your skills and competences in creativity, research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Students will notice this in the ‘Engineering & Business Case’ module through the two years program.

Thanks to the strong partnership between universities, innovation centres and energy companies, MSc RENE will provide you with a holistic understanding of the renewable energy field. You will gain state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in fundamental renewable energy disciplines covering the value chain from power generation to storage and transmission.

Network events, guest lectures, case studies, and study visits give our students access to our companies and start-ups ecosystem. However, it is up to you as a student to actively take part in this eco-system.

Year 1

The first year includes core training in advanced technology concepts and methods, as well as in sustainable energy production and utilisation. Topics like energy economy and markets and energy and the environment are also included.

Entrepreneurship training starts early in year 1 in the Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics with the ‘Entrepreneur in a week’ intensive course. All year 1 students also participate in the ‘Innovation Seminar’ at UPC in Barcelona with the participation of our industrial partners. Both activities are learning opportunities showing how ideas and start-ups are built. Their purpose is to demonstrate that the process from idea to plan is not as complex as you might imagine.

After this first contact with companys, the Winter School in ESADE will train you in Entrepreneurship and Innovation fundamentals. Back to the technical university where you are studying, during the Spring Semester you’ll be faced to work in an Engineering & Business Case study, a case written and supervised by an industry expert about the development of a new product or service.

The Summer School in ESADE will provide you deeper training in business and management topics.

Year 2

The second year is devoted to the individual student’s specialisation. The final selection of specialisation is carried out during the first year from the following:

  • Solar Photovoltaics – PV (Paris-Saclay and UPC)
  • Solar Thermal Electricity – STE (KTH and UPC)
  • Wind Energy (Paris-Saclay, IST)
  • Hydropower (Paris-Saclay, IST)
  • Ocean and Offshore Energy (Paris-Saclay, IST)
  • Biomass and Biofuels (IST, KTH)
  • Integration of renewable systems to the energy system (KTH, Paris-Saclay and UPC)

The programme also includes study visits to wind hydropower parks or energy companies, mainly in the second year as part of master thesis projects.

During year 2 you will be able to participate in a Challenge launched by a company. Our star-ups will offer you the opportunity of working with them in a real-life situation of innovation during six months.

The second year also includes a thesis done via a mandatory internship in a company or a research centre.

KIC InnoEnergy Mobilty Concept
Our strong mobility concept means that you spend your first year at one university, your second year at another. The final selection is done with your supervisor to ensure coherence with your career goals and the programme’s intended learning outcomes.

Role of industrial partners

Currently, more than 25 companies are actively participating in MSc RENE, including areas like curriculum design, applicants’ selection process, promotion, teaching, master thesis internships and job opportunities.

MSc RENE allows students to do their Master thesis with a relevant company from the energy sector. The partners of the MSc RENE provide internship opportunities. In fact, more than 90% of students perform their master thesis internship in a big company, a SME, a start-up or an internationally recognized research center. Students also have privileged access to the most prestigious industries as mentors of the Master Thesis work.

Finally, MSc RENE has interaction with internationally-known industries that are pioneering activities at the forefront of finding new solutions to tomorrow’s engineering and business challenges.

Added value activities

Entrepreneurs in a week
During autumn, you will work at the Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Lisbon in developing a business idea in the framework of this entrepreneurship-related course.

RENE Innovation Seminar
Our industry partners will explain you successful cases of innovation. You will have the opportunity to talk with them in the “Coffee around table with industry experts”.

Management and Entrepreneurship Winter School
This one and a half week course, between the autumn and the spring semester of year 1, is given by the ESADE Business School. It aims to train you in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, covering topics such as Creative Thinking,Innovation & Strategy, Entrepreneurial finances, Marketing for start-ups, and IP protection. After completing this course, we expect you being able to tackle and prepare feasibility studies for innovation processes.

Management and Entrepreneurship Summer School
This tree-week course, during summer between year 1 and year 2, is given by the ESADE Business School. It aims to provide you a deep training in Management and Entrepreneurship, covering topics such as Personal and Professional Skills, New Venture Creation, New Product Development and Service Innovation, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Managing High Performance Teams, Operations Management, and HR Management. After completing this course, we expect you being able to tackle and prepare a business plan, manage innovation in companies or even create your own venture. During year 2 you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills working in a go-to-market process with one of our ventures.

Engineering & Business Case studies with industry
RENE students work in their engineering and business case studies with industry representatives from the energy sector, as well as with entrepreneurs in the go-to-market process of a product, including the product´s feasibility analysis.

Thesis Project and Degree

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

Internship positions are offered to MSc RENE students by KIC InnoEnergy partners such as:

  • TOTAL, France
  • EDF, France
  • EdP, Portugal
  • IREC, Spain
  • CIEMAT, Spain.

KIC InnoEnergy Degree Concept

After successfully completing the programme, you will receive a double degree, one from each university you attended during the two years, as well as a KIC-EIT certificate that recognises the extra activities you accomplished. More information on the degrees awarded.

Learning outcome:

Competencies and Career

As a graduate of this programme, you will have developed many transferable skills to apply in the energy industry. You will also be in a strong position to pursue a career in the renewable energy sector or establish your own innovative business thanks to the strong leadership abilities you have gained at the programme. Many opportunities in advanced research, innovation and industrial management in both the public and the private sector will also open up.

Competencies Obtained

On successful completion of this programme, it is expected that the students will be able to:

Show broad knowledge and understanding about sustainable energy systems, energy sources and usage, and be able to judge the technical, economical, social, and environmentally-related consequences related to different energy utilization processes.

Show a broad knowledge of renewable energy technologies, energy management, planning, economy and markets, cutting-edge research and innovation methods, new venture creation and growth, and business management.

Be a competent problem-solver, showing good ability to analyze, formulate and manage the technical problems from a system perspective, with a holistic view of their life cycle, from concept/requirements to specification, development, operation and decommissioning, and have the ability to set limits, determine the necessary resource usage and manage processes for problem solving/realization related to energy conversion, transportation, storage and utilization processes.

Possess individual and professional skills like languages, leadership, project management, team working, business management, and communication for work in cross-disciplinary teams, as an engineer in a leadership role or as a leader in a technical intensive company, or be able to continue towards a research career.

Show good ability to think beyond boundaries and systematically explore/generate new ideas, transform practical experiences into research challenges, use knowledge, ideas or technologies to create new or significantly improved products, services, processes or policies or new business models, and transform innovations into feasible business solutions.

Be able to design a preliminary business plan for an innovation in the renewable energy field, including the assessment of IP-value and market potential while identifying needs for commercializing the innovation.

See more details in the programme booklet attached to this page.

Career Opportunities. As an MSc RENE graduate, you are highly eligible for many career paths in the renewable energy sector. You are employable within a wide range of industries and are well equipped to start your own innovative business or provide strong leadership in many areas.

Thanks to the strong partnership between universities, innovation centres and energy companies, you can pursue many opportunities; advanced research and innovation, industrial management, and designing and implementing strategic energy policies for the public and private sector.

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The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources


Venue: KIC InnoEnergy (Coordination)
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Year 1 Year 2
IST, Portugal IST, Portugal
KTH, Sweden KTH, Sweden
UPC, Spain ParisTech, France
  UPC, Spain



** Fees and Scholarships for intake 2017 will be updated in Fall **

Fees for EU* Students: All EU students that are accepted to one of the programmes will receive a full participation fee waiver, courtesy of KIC InnoEnergy. This means that EU students do not need to pay participation fees.

Fees for Non-EU* Students: The participation fee is 8000 €/year. If you are nominated for a scholarship as indicated below, the participation fee is waived.


Degree Requirements
A Bachelor’s degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university.The degree must be in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering. Those who have another degree with similar training in mathematics, physics, material sciences and engineering will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the MSc RENE Steering Committee.

English Proficiency
Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency, which is generally established through an internationally recognized test. Please note that in order to be considered for one of our programmes, we need to receive your test result before 1 February 2015 if you are applying in round 0; 1 April 2015 when you are applying in the first application round and 1 June 2015 if you are applying in the second application round.

  • IELTS: overall band score of at least 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL internet based: total score of at least 92 with the writing section scoring at least 22.
  • University of Cambridge/Oxford Certificates: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grades A – C.

Application Procedure:

Application dates for intake 2017 will be updated in Fall

All information on how to apply can be found here

1. Review admission criteria

  • Previous Studies: A Completed Bachelor’s Degree (180 ECTs)*
  • English Proficiency
  • Programme Specific Requirements
    * If you are in your final year of undergraduate education, you can also apply and receive a conditional offer

2. Prepare the required documents

You will need to upload the following documents together with your application as separate PDFs.

  • A copy of your bachelor’s degree
  • A copy of your transcript of records
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of your passport
  • A motivation letter

3. Fill the online application form

You will need to answer questions related to your:

  • Personal details
  • Study options (You can choose 1st and 2nd preference of KIC InnoEnergy Master programme and the study location of Year 1)
  • Educational background
  • English proficiency
  • Questions about motivation and experiences with innovation and entrepreneurship

4. Ranking and selection

Applications are processed in three steps:

  • Document legacy and eligibility control regarding academic background and English proficiency
  • Control of specific admission requirements for each programme that you have applied for
  • The Programme Evaluation Committee creates a ranking of the selected applicants
  • Communication during the evaluation process and with the evaluation outcome

5. Accepted students

Congratulations!! Now, you need to:

  • Answer the study offer within a week
  • Send the officially certified copies of the required documents
  • Get more information of your starting study location

Grant Opportunities:

Scholarships. They are not necessarily a full scholarship, and that it may be necessary to find additional funding to be able to fully finance study and stay. Costs related to events integrated in the curriculum are covered by the programme and included in the participation fee.

For EU* Students: 

  • 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 irrespective of whether your application has been received during round 0, round 1 and round 2.

For Non-EU* Students:

  • 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 application round 0 (for MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy, EMINE) or round 1 (for all MSc programmes – intake Fall 2016)

* By ‘EU students’, we mean students with citizenship in one of the EEA countries (all EU member states and Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) or Switzerland. ‘Non-EU students’ are therefore classified as all students who do not comply with the above definition of an ‘EU student’. 

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

How to apply for a scholarship? When applying for one of our MSc programmes, please tick the appropriate box in the application form that you would like to apply for a scholarship.

Code of conduct: Applicants who apply for a scholarship do agree to the terms of the KIC SE Student Code of Conduct.

Scholarship levels: Scholarships are awarded to the highest ranking applicants per programme; scholarship levels depend on the budget available for each programme and may therefore vary. The ranking is based on several criteria such as academic performance, quality of previous education and university, experience with innovation and entrepreneurship, etc. Please note that it is not possible to appeal decisions in relation to scholarships; the selection results (ranking) as such do not constitute grounds for an appeal. It is not possible to transfer a KIC InnoEnergy MSc scholarship to another KIC InnoEnergy programme or to a non-KIC InnoEnergy programme.

Scholarships paid in Poland are 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).

Other financial support

In addition to applying for scholarships you can apply for Erasmus+ study loans. They have been created by the European Commission to make it easier to study a full degree programme abroad.

Erasmus+  makes it possible for students who want to take a full Master’s-level degree in an Erasmus+ programme country to apply for a loan at a bank in their home country.

Please note that the Erasmus+ study loan programme is not financed or organized by KIC InnoEnergy.


Having successfully completed the programme (120 ECTS), you will be awarded the Master of Science (M.Sc.) as a double-degree of the two universities you have attended.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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