Understand & learn about climate change, societal challenges, solutions in the energy supply chain and renewable energy
Global climate change is mainly caused by emissions arising from our daily energy use. 'Think globally, act locally' is necessary to trigger urgent and drastic changes. Energy use and solutions are local, but markets and technologies are global. Finding feasible pathways to transform energy systems poses huge challenges for all of us. On the one hand, drastic change requires fresh ideas, new ways of approaching problems and the discovery of unexplored paths. On the other hand, the solid laws of physics and eternal endeavours of human beings constrain freedom of action.
The postgraduate of Energy and Climate is innovative and unique in its approach:
- The lectures focus on energy for the future: energy efficiency and renewable energy are studied from the energy end-use and services perspective.
- The future is uncertain: climate change impacts will strongly depend on human action to mitigate climate change, including at technological and socio-economic levels..
- Our future is common: the course attracts a broad audience, from non-technical scholars to certified engineers, who are all eager to explore new perspectives and approaches for addressing energy and climate issues.
The programme is designed for an international and multidisciplinary audience. It suits individuals, professionals and students in developing their knowledge, skills and professional career.
We welcome candidates from universities, research institutions, public institutions and private companies.
The diversity of the audience has proven to be a significant factor of learning, widening scope and enhancing capabilities.
Energy and Climate is a postgraduate programme of 30 credits.
- The programme consists of 5 course modules, each module counts for 6 credits. The first two modules focus on climate change and its challenges. Energy is the focus of modules three and four. The fifth module can be seen as the applied module where the different insights from the previous modules are used to reflect on activities in the major sectoral domains.
- Every module is evaluated with a multiple choice exam.
- The programme covers +/- 60 lectures, each lasting 2 to 3 hours.
- The programme is taught in English and the course materials will be provided in English.
- Lectures will be held on Wednesdays from 1.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- No lectures are scheduled during Belgian school holiday periods (autumn, Christmas, spring, Easter and summer break)
- Startdate 2023: September 13
- Venue: University of Antwerp, Campus Middelheim.
No applications are handled in the period from July 18 till August 17
Applications are made directly to the organising institution, IMDO. The application process consists of two major parts.
Part 1: screening on content and level
Part 2: screening of hard copy documents on authenticity (not applicable for candidates whose degree is issued by a recognised educational institution in Belgium or the Netherlands)
The combined results of the evaluation of part 1 and part 2 will determine if you will be admitted to the programme:
- If your application is accepted, you will receive a Letter of Acceptance and more information about the enrolment.
- Unsuccessful applicants will also be informed about the reason of the rejection and will have the possibility to appeal.
The application procedure at the University of Antwerp is free of charge.
The applicant agrees with the following conditions by using the application procedure:
- It’s not allowed to apply for several programmes simultaneously. You can only have one running application. Multiple simultaneously applications will be rejected.
- Students are required to submit and follow up the application themselves. Interference of third parties is not allowed. Applications can be rejected for this reason..
- In case admission is granted and letters of acceptance are available, it’s strongly advised to start up the visa application as soon as possible. The visa procedure can take more than three months. The inability to obtain a visa on time will not lead to an extension of the enrolment deadline (1 September).
- No submitted documents will be returned.
- Only a limited number of students can register for the programme.
Part 1: Screening on content and level
The admission board will screen your educational history and your motivation to determine your access to the programme. Detailed information about the selection procedure can be found here. This process may take up to 4 weeks after you uploaded all required data and documents (Please note that no applications are handled in the period from July 18 till August 17). Successful applicants will be invited to proceed with part 2.
You need to provide all necessary data and electronic documents for this part of your application before the deadlines mentioned under 'Application deadlines'.
The following documents are required and should be uploaded in PDF format. It is advisable to prepare all documents before starting an application:
- a color copy of a valid passport or identity card,
- a curriculum vitae,
- a copy of your degree, if necessary with a translation in English, French or Dutch, if the degree is drawn up in another language. (Applicants that are enrolled in their final year should, instead of the degree, submit a copy of an original and signed letter from their college or university confirming that they are expected to complete the programme at the end of the current academic year.),
- a copy of the original academic transcripts and course descriptions with a translation in Dutch, French, German or English if they are drawn up in another language,
- an English language certificate indicating the level (exceptions: native English speakers, candidates with a degree from Belgian or Dutch universities or colleges). Check our language requirements.
Part 2: Screening of hard copy documents on authenticity
(not applicable for candidates whose degree is issued by a recognised educational institution in Belgium or the Netherlands)
Upon positive academic assessment, you will be invited to submit authenticated photocopies of your academic documents. The admission office will screen the submitted hard copies of these documents and verify their authenticity. If needed, your previous educational institution(s) will be contacted. This process may take up to 4 weeks.
The admission office has to receive your hard copies before the deadline mentioned under "Application deadlines".
- Legalise the copy of your degree certificate which you previously uploaded; Use the proper legalisation method –as outlined in the pages about legalisation. Also note that if a translation is required, it has to be done by a sworn translator and the translation also has to be legalised. Academic transcripts do not need to be legalised but can be authenticated by the awarding institution. The original stamp and/or signature of the authorised person need to be visible.
- Send the legalised copies to the admission office by post or courier. Please note that submitted documents (originals or copies) are never returned.
University of Antwerp, attn. Leen Herrijgers (room S.M.242), Sint-Jacobstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
As soon as the authenticity of your hard copy academic documents is confirmed, you will receive your admission letter via email. This admission letter will enable you to submit your visa application and start the enrolment procedure at the registrar’s office of the University of Antwerp.
Once your registration has been approved, you will receive a personal access code for SisA, the student portal and Webmail and a student card by regular mail. You can then enrol for the course modules using the SisA selfservice module. This enrolment for the programme components, should be finalised before the start of the programme.
- The student acquires knowledge and skills in climate change and the role of energy use and energy management in that perspective;
- The student gets thorough insight in the issue of energy use, and the demand and supply aspects of energy;
- The student acquires broad knowledge of international policy and policy instruments to achieve efficient and effective energy management in order to solve the climate issue;
- The student has a scientifically based knowledge of processes, techniques and systems in the field of energy supply and management;
- The student is able to handle energy and energy flows in a rational and critical way;
- The student has insight into the financial aspects of energy management;
- The student gets acquainted with the possibilities and limitations of new energy management technologies;
- The student is familiar with the economics and policies of energy savings, energy efficiency and measures such as auditing, energy accounting and supporting tools;
- The student is able to critically reflect on new findings and technologies provided by science, policy and other stakeholders in society;
- The student is competent to scientifically report and communicate his knowledge and findings to the stakeholders involved in the energy and climate debate.
Educational and professional prerequisites
Applicants must have a university or college bachelor or master degree of at least three years of full-time study. Proof has to be given of having successfully finalised the study. Other diplomas may be taken into account for admission provided applicants can proof relevant study areas or work experience. Motivation and career objectives are also taken into account.
The working language of the postgraduate Energy & Climate is English. To assure active participation, a good command of English in all aspects (written, spoken, and comprehension) is a prerequisite.
Proof of proficiency in English has to be presented upon application. Applicants can prove their proficiency in English by:
- submitting proof you have studied at least one academic year (or 60 ECTS credits) in an English-language master programme;
- submitting one of the following language certificates with a test validity of maximum 2 years:
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language; taken at a test center - Home editions are not accepted): a minimum score of 80. You can find more information about TOEFL at www.toefl.org
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System ): a minimum score of at least 6.5, and on each part minimum 6.0.
- or Knowledge level B2 of the Common European Framework.
Native English speakers and candidates holding a degree issued by a recognized educational institution in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg, are exempt from the English language test.