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Our society is confronted with enormous and pressing challenges such as climate change, security of supply and providing clean and affordable energy to all. 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 technologies, storage, distribution, and end-use applications. As all these elements interact in many different ways, energy systems are very complex. The development and implementation of novel energy solutions, can therefore only be analysed in the context of the whole system.

Research in Energy Science

The Energy Science programme is taught within the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. The mission of the institute is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and just society through the development of excellent and relevant knowledge. Given the complex and integrated nature of sustainability challenges, knowledge development often benefits from an interdisciplinary perspective. The cutting-edge research of the institute informs the courses of the Master’s 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

The curriculum covers multiple aspects of the energy transition, including many of its academic and societal challenges. The focus is on energy systems at large, while also considering individual energy conversion technologies (conventional, current and future). Although, the programme concentrates  on the natural science and technical aspects of the energy transition, the socio-economic context and aspects are also touched upon.

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.

  • You learn about one of the most key challenges of the century and as a graduate you can contribute to the transition towards a sustainable energy system.
  • In the 2nd year, you have the opportunity to tailor your own study programme.
  • The Energy Science programme is a truly international environment: About 25% of Energy Science students and 60% of the staff are international.
  • The teaching team is highly motivated and you benefit from personal supervision and a friendly study environment.
  • 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.

Key facts

Energy Science (MSc)
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Study duration: 
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) 2024-2025: € 2,530

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2024-2025: € 23,765

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Accredited by the NVAO
Graduate school: 
School of Geosciences
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