Study programme

Energy Science is a two-year Master’s programme taught in English that includes both taught courses and research awarding a total of 120 points in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). On this page you will find information concerning the curriculum, courses, educational methods, examinations and extracurricular opportunities.


The first year is devoted to mandatory and elective courses, while the second year primarily consists of practical work, which can include elements like a consultancy project, an internship, natural sciences research, and of course a Master's thesis research project. The programme offers considerable scope to design your own personal ‘Master’s plan’ matching your interests and competences.


    Tracks are recommended, coherent combinations of courses from the programme. They are meant to help you design your own curriculum based on your preferred specialization within the Energy Science programme. The two tracks are:

    • Systems Analysis Track
      An all-round study in the area of energy systems analysis.
    • Natural Science Track
      Focus on energy related natural sciences and technology.
    Read more about tracks


    In the schematic overview you can find the course schedule of the programme. Below you can find an overview of the courses per track.

    Educational Methods

    • Lectures
    • Consultancy projects (work in a small group on a project assigned by a real-life company)
    • Master's thesis
    • Internship (optional for the System Analysis track)


    • Final research papers
    • Short papers or written exams
    • In-class presentations
    • Active participation and concluding reports
    • Thesis

    Extra opportunities

    Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master’s programme and goes beyond the regular curriculum. Honours programmes are available at both faculty and interdisciplinary level and allow you to go deeper into subjects or work on projects that transcend your own discipline

    Read more about the honours programmes