MSc RENE – Master's in Renewable Energy

General information

Renewable energy is changing the energy industry fast, creating a more diverse sector with huge opportunities for new technologies, new businesses and new ideas. The Master’s in Renewable Energy (MSc RENE) provides in-depth knowledge of all major renewable technologies and gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you most. With courses in business skills and innovation management our goal is to transform you into an energy engineer, entrepreneur or innovator of the future. Combining traditional teaching with practical, challenge-led projects, and hands-on engagement with established businesses and exciting young start-ups, MSc RENE gives you the skills and experience to design, develop and deliver the next generation of renewable energy solutions. Companies like Total, EdF, Energias de Portugal (EDP), and Iberdrola are all actively involved in the programme, as are smaller companies and start-ups like CorPower Ocean, EOLOS, Principle Power Inc, and Tecnoturbines. You will have the opportunity to engage with these industrial partners through networking events, guest lectures, and study visits. They are also involved in curriculum design, selection processes, teaching, hosting internships and Master’s theses, and providing job opportunities for graduates. MSc RENE is an international programme for an international industry. You will join students from all over the world for two years at two different universities as well as winter and summer schools at two of Europe’s leading business schools (Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics and ESADE Business School). After successfully completing the programme and your thesis, you will receive a Master’s degree from two of the following institutes in the form of a double diploma:

  • Master of Energy Engineering and Management, fromIST: Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Master of Science, fromKTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Graduate Degree Programme in Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM), fromÉcole Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay, France
  • Master of Energy Engineering, fromUPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain

The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to a KIC educational programme that has been assessed positively by the EIT on the implementation of the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement (EIT QALE) system and the application of specific quality criteria with focus on the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs), robust entrepreneurship education, highly integrated, innovative ‘learning-by-doing’ curricula, international mobility and outreach. For more information please check here. 

InnoEnergy continually strives to improve the quality, structure and content of our Master’s School programmes. Therefore, some changes may occur as part of our quality control process. The partner universities reserve the right to make changes to curriculum and content of some courses.

 

Throughout the programme, strong emphasis is placed on developing your research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills, in addition to your technical knowledge and your understanding of the business environment in which renewable energies are deployed. The business and entrepreneurial elements of the programme are delivered by two international business schools:

  • Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Portugal
  • ESADE Business School, Spain

Your studies in Year 1

In the first year, you will study at one of our four university partners where you will take core modules in advanced technology concepts and methods, as well as in the production and utilisation of sustainable energy.

MSc RENE covers the four sectors where the impact of renewables on costs, market volumes, CO2 emissions, and network integration are greatest: wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and ocean energies. The programme also includes courses on the energy economy and markets, as well as energy and the environment, to give you a broad perspective on the potential of renewable energy.

In the first year, students also undertake an intensive ‘Entrepreneur in a Week’ course at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. All first-year students also participate in an Innovation Seminar at UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech alongside our industrial and business partners.

Winter school

At the end of the first semester, first-year students participate in a one-week ‘Winter School’ at the ESADE Business Schoolin Barcelona. Here you will undertake courses on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and innovation, including:

  • Creative thinking
  • Innovation and strategy
  • Entrepreneurial finances
  • Marketing for start-ups
  • Intellectual property (IP) protection

After completing this course, you should be able to tackle and prepare feasibility studies for innovation processes.

Summer school

At the end of the first year, you return to ESADE for a three-week ‘Summer School’ that covers business and management topics in greater depth, including:

  • Personal and professional skills
  • New venture creation
  • New product development and service innovation
  • Managing high-performance teams
  • Operations management
  • HR management
  • Corporate entrepreneurship

After completing this course, you should be able to tackle and prepare a business plan, manage innovation in a company or even create your own start-up.

Your studies in Year 2

The second year is your chance to focus on the areas that interest you most. Students can choose from modules on the following areas of specialisation:

  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal electricity
  • Wind energy
  • Hydropower
  • Ocean and offshore energy
  • Biomass and biofuels
  • Integration of renewable systems with the energy system

Your choice of specialisation will determine which university you attend in your second year.

Your Master's Thesis

You complete your second year with your Master’s thesis in the fourth and final semester. We strongly encourage you to undertake your thesis as part of an internship at one of our industrial or start-up partners, or at a research centre. Currently, more than 90 per cent of our students carry out their thesis at one of our partner companies.

Your thesis will be supervised by a professor at your university and a researcher from your host industrial or research partner. The thesis is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits (ECTS). It should be aligned with research or technology projects in renewable energy, and should have a strong practical element. We discourage theses that are 100 per cent research focused.

InnoEnergy continually strives to improve the quality, structure and content of our Master’s School programmes. Therefore, some changes may occur as part of our quality control process.

More information

Details of the syllabus and course structure of the MSc RENE programme, including mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme are available here. You can also find details of the training modules in management, innovation and entrepreneurship from the Entrepreneur in a Week, Winter School and Summer School courses.

During the two-year MSc RENE programme, there are plenty of opportunities for engaging with our industry and research partners, as well as networking with your fellow students across Europe. More details are available here.

To get an idea of what students think about MSc RENE programme, and what career paths our graduates have chosen to follow, read about them here.

Find out here about how the Entrepreneur in a Week course, ESADE Winter School and ESADE Summer School contribute to your business education, and how the project-led and challenge-driven education of our Engineering & Business Case®programme will help you secure the future you want.

 

Learning outcome:

One of the world’s leading Master’s programmes for renewable energy, MSc RENE takes you across Europe to explore the future of sustainable energy systems.

Giving you a unique education comprising industrial practice, innovation and entrepreneurship expertise, and advanced leadership skills, complemented by the active participation of InnoEnergy industrial partners MSc RENE enables you to launch your career in a wide range of renewable energy businesses or research settings.

In particular, you will gain:

  • Broad knowledge of sustainable energy systems and sources, and the ability to judge the technical, economical, social, and environmental impacts of each.
  • Deep understanding of individual renewable energy technologies, as well as energy management, planning, economy and market contexts.
  • Analytical capabilities, enabling you to formulate and manage technical problems from a system perspective and to solve problems around energy conversion, transportation, storage and utilisation.
  • Interpersonal skills, including leadership, project management, team working, business management, and communication.
  • The ability to think beyond boundaries and to generate new ideas and create new or significantly improved products, services, processes, and businesses.
  • An understanding of cutting-edge research and innovation methods, business management, and business creation principles.

A double degree

The MSc RENE programme requires you to study at two separate universities in two different countries. The programme gives you the opportunity to start building your international network by working closely with fellow students from around the world, while the business-focused elements of the curriculum explore how to work in and manage multi-cultural teams.

You spend your first year at one of the following institutions, and your second year at another:

  • IST: Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, Portugal
  • KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden
  • École Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay, in Paris, France
  • UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, in Spain

You will also attend courses at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Portugal

After successfully completing the programme, you will receive a degree from each of your chosen universities:

  • IST: Master of Energy Engineering and Management
  • KTH: Master of Science, fromKTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • École Polytechnique: Graduate Degree Programme in Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM)
  • UPC: Master of Energy Engineering

You also receive a diploma from ESADE and from the Católica Lisbon School.

Contact Person: (rene@kic-innoenergy.com)

Content

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

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Venue

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

Mobility second year depends on choice of specialisation

Application

Open from 29 Oct 2018

Cost:

The participation fee for students in intake 2019 is €15,000 per year.

The fee covers:

  • All tuition at both of your chosen universities
  • Your participation in business, entrepreneurial and innovation courses at our partner business schools
  • All costs related to InnoEnergy events that are an integral part of your programme’s curriculum (including any travel and accommodation costs)
  • Unique Game – changing Impact Programme: six individual and group coachingsessions where you will be taught how to make a game changing impact and know which career will fit best to your qualities and strengths. You will develop the skills needed for your future career.
  • You will have access to a unique pedagogy, with our own products like the Challenge-Driven education, Engineering & Business Case®, in cooperation with Harvard, MIT and Aalborg. Other innovative pedagogies are the Innovation Journey and the Open Space Studio.
  • Intensive collaboration with industry: Industry Innovation Projects, study visits.
  • Career support by the Career Centre: more than 200 career opportunities being offered per year.

The fee does not cover:

  • Travel from your home to and from your first-year and second-year universities
  • Your living expenses. These depend very much on location and personal preference. As a rough estimate we suggest €750 per month to cover housing, food, books, travel, and personal expenses.

Prerequisites:

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 

Application round 0

October 29, 2018 Application round 0 opens
December 10, 2018 Application round 0 closes (midnight CET)
January 9, 2019 Our Admissions Office needs to have received your English language results and be able to verify its validity by this date
End of January 2019 Official notification of acceptance. All applicants will be informed about the outcome of the application process by email. Please note that applicants who applied for more than one programme may receive information about each programme at different times. When you receive the admission letter, you may be asked to pay a non-refundable registration fee to reserve your seat
September 2019 Start of MSc RENE

Application round 1

December 11, 2018 Application round 1 opens
February 22, 2018 Application round 1 closes (midnight CET)
March 15, 2019 Our Admissions Office needs to have received your English language results and be able to verify its validity by this date
End of April 2019 Official notification of acceptance. All applicants will be informed about the outcome of the application process by email. Please note that applicants who applied for more than one programme may receive information about each programme at different times. When you receive the admission letter, you may be asked to pay a non-refundable registration fee to reserve your seat
September 2019 Start of MSc RENE

 
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 certificate
  • A copy of your transcript of records
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Your CV or resume
  • A copy of your passport
  • Where required, a motivation letter explaining why you wish to apply to the programme

3. Fill the online application form

You will need to answer questions related to your:

  • Your personal details
  • Your preferred study options (If you wish to apply to two programmes, you can give your first and second preference)
  • Your preferred first-year study location (where applicable)
  • Your educational background
  • Your English proficiency
  • Your reasons for applying and your experience of innovation and entrepreneurship

4. After application

You application will be processed as follows:

  • We check your application and your documents to see whether you meet our academic and language eligibility standards
  • The evaluation committee for each Master’s programme checks your eligibility against their specific admission requirements
  • The programme evaluation committees rank the selected applicants to their programme
  • Top-ranked applicants may be called for an online interview or test
  • All applicants are informed on the outcome of the selection process

5. Accepted students

Congratulations! Once you have been accepted on your chosen programme,  you will need to:

  • Reply to the offer within a week of receiving your letter
  • Send officially certified copies of the required documents
  • Find more information about your first-year university and city
  • Ensure you have the financial resources to cover your participation fees and living costs
  • Apply for a bank loan, if necessary, and sign up for information about InnoEnergy acting as a guarantor.

Grant Opportunities:

You may apply for a scholarship when you apply for your chosen Master’s programmes. If you are successful in your application, you will be offered one of two types of scholarship, as follows:

  • Fee waiver only, for up to 15 k€
  • Fee waiver + a monthly allowance of up to €750 for a maximum of 24 months

If you secure a scholarship that does not offer a monthly allowance, you must make sure you have enough funds to cover your living costs during your time at the InnoEnergy Master’s School.

How to apply for a scholarship. When applying for one of our Master’s programmes, please tick the appropriate box in the application form and submit the link to a short motivation video (maximum 90 seconds), explaining why you should be awarded a scholarship based on your ideas for or experience with innovation and entrepreneurship in the sustainable energy sector. Scholarships can only be awarded to applicants to InnoEnergy Master’s programmes. It is not possible to apply for an InnoEnergy scholarship when you are already enrolled in an InnoEnergy Master’s programme.

You may only apply for and be awarded a scholarship for the first priority programme you apply for.

Please note: scholarships are only available when you apply in application round 0 or 1.

Who gets a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded only to the highest ranking applicants on each programme. Scholarships can be awarded based on academic criteria (such as past performance, quality of previous education and university), or ideas for or experience with innovation and entrepreneurship. Decisions about scholarships are final and cannot be appealed.

Scholarship amounts. The amount of funding available for scholarships depends on the budget available for each programme. They may therefore vary each year.

Please note: It is not possible to appeal decisions regarding scholarships, and the selection results (ranking) do not constitute grounds for an appeal.

It is not possible to transfer an InnoEnergy Master’s School scholarship to another InnoEnergy programme or to a non-InnoEnergy programme.

Scholarships paid in Poland. These are currently subject to taxation in accordance with the provisions of Polish law. AGH and SUT endeavour to arrange tax exemptions for their students. However, the final decision 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).

Code of conduct. All students, including those in receipt of an InnoEnergy scholarship, agree to the terms of the . Any breaches of the code of conduct may result in the student agreement being dissolved.

Students can find other ways to finance their participation in the InnoEnergy Master’s School through the scholarship portal.

 

  • 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.


Regulations:

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.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
120
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