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Our energy system is changing rapidly. Challenges such as climate change, security of supply and providing clean and affordable energy to everyone, are more urgent than ever. Our two-year master’s programme Energy Science offers an interdisciplinary programme for anyone eager to tackle these challenges.

Help pave the way towards sustainable energy systems

The two-year Master’s programme Energy Science is aimed at students with a background in science or engineering who want to play a key-role in the transition towards sustainable energy systems.

The energy transition needs a lot of people. Companies need people that understand energy. So educate them!

Focus on complex energy systems

We place energy systems analysis at the core of our programme. An energy system consists of all the resources, infrastructure and processes necessary to provide energy services to society, such as energy resources, conversion, transportation, storage, distribution, and end-use applications. All these elements make energy systems very complex because they interact in many different ways. The development and implementation of novel energy solutions, can therefore only be analysed in the context of the whole system. Which is why energy systems are at the core of our programme.

Research in Energy Science

The Energy Science programme is taught within the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. The mission of the institute is to have an positive impact on the transition to a sustainable society through the development of excellent and relevant knowledge. Given the integrated nature of sustainable development issues, knowledge development often benefits from a multidisciplinary focus. The cutting-edge research informs the teaching on the programme. In addition, you will find yourself part of a truly international learning environment in which you can prepare for your future career.

Core areas of teaching and research

Analysing energy systems requires a thorough knowledge of the fundamental scientific and technological principles of the discipline. This knowledge enables you to understand the physical and techno-economic  characteristics of individual energy technologies and their integration into our current energy system. You will also learn how the energy system is influenced by market and policy contexts.

I find it important to contribute to a more sustainable world. I’m proud to be part of a community that strives for changes for the better.

Why in Utrecht

Studying Energy Science at Utrecht University has several advantages and benefits.

  • At the start of the programme, you can select one of two tracks to suit your specific interests which gives you the opportunity to tailor your own study programme.
  • The Copernicus institute of Utrecht University is one of the top ranked institutes working on sustainability challenges. This results in relevant research and career opportunities.
  • The Energy Science programme is a truly international environment: About 30% of Energy Science students and staff are international.
  • You get to study at a top-ranked research university and benefit from personal supervision and a friendly study environment.

Key facts

Energy Science (MSc)
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2 years

Dutch & EU/EEA students: 1 June

Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April

Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 21,736

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