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An interdisciplinary approach to energy challenges
Our energy system is rapidly evolving. There are big challenges ahead of us, including mitigating climate change, securing our long-term energy supply, and providing access to sustainable energy for everyone. This two-year Master’s programme in Energy Science at Utrecht University offers an interdisciplinary approach for anyone prepared to tackle these challenges.
Energy collection, conversion, transport, storage, distribution, and end-use application are all steps in providing energy services to society. All these elements form an energy system, which is complex and interacts with other systems in a multitude of ways. Transitions in energy systems and the merits of innovation for the individual components of each can only be analysed in the context of the complete system. Therefore we place energy systems analysis at the very centre of our Energy Science programme.
Analysing energy systems requires a thorough knowledge of the fundamental scientific and technological principles of the discipline. This knowledge enables you to understand how the characteristics of individual technologies can influence their performance, as well as the impact of market and policy contexts on energy systems. This is why both economics and policy studies are also covered the programme.
Research in energy science
The programme has been developed by the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. This institute investigates and develops processes and opportunities for innovative change for sustainability. Energy and resource systems are just one of the areas researched at the institute, and this cutting-edge research informs the teaching on the programme. In addition, you will find yourself part of a truly international learning environment in which to prepare for your future career.
You can choose one of two tracks:
This programme is aimed at students with a background in science or engineering who want to contribute to the transition towards sustainable energy systems.