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 program 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 analyzed in the context of the complete system. This is why we place energy systems analysis at the very center of our Energy Science program.
Analyzing 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 in the program.
Research in energy science
The program 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 program. 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:
- Systems Analysis
- Natural Science
This program is aimed at students with a background in science or engineering who want to contribute to the transition towards sustainable energy systems.
The sustainable development of energy systems will be one of the main global challenges of this new century. Therefore, research institutes, businesses, consultancy firms, government organizations, and NGOs are active in the quest for energy efficiency improvement and more renewable energy sources. Many companies are taking up the challenge to develop new business in this area and there is a great demand for energy and resources specialists, which is increasing every day.
Graduates should be able to find employment in the private sector (energy companies), public sector, consultancy, and NGOs. Graduates will also find positions in international bodies, such as the European Union and the International Energy Agency.
The program prepares students for a PhD-program, which will ultimately lead to professions in scientific research. Graduates of the program must be capable of writing a Ph.D. dissertation.
If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organization, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as duolingo.com or dutchgrammar.com can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University, you receive a 25% discount on their course offerings.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’ when you have a non-EU nationality. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.