What will the future bring in terms of energy? Will we produce electricity from renewable sources such as the wind and sun? Will nuclear energy make a comeback? What will power cars in the future and what will their engines look like? The liberalization of energy markets is causing a genuine techno-economic revolution. The greenhouse gas issue threatens our way of life. Guaranteeing a (sustainable) supply of energy is a challenge for all mankind. These phenomena make the subject of energy highly topical.

What's the Master of Engineering: Energy all about?

The program addresses every multidisciplinary aspect of energy. There is extensive coverage of the possibilities and limitations of the various energy technologies, but also of the environmental consequences and economic aspects.

The multidisciplinary master prepares you for jobs related to research and development, policy and management, and industrial applications. The master is supported by EnergyVille, an association of the Flemish research institutes KU Leuven, VITO, and i.m.e.c. in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems.

Both industry and research are increasingly looking for multidisciplinary engineers. The Master of Science in Engineering: Energy provides sound training in energy engineering. It addresses the main issues of mechanical and electrical engineering in a balanced and integrated manner, together with socio-economic preconditions that have an impact on the engineer’s sphere of action.

This program teaches you to focus on technological possibilities without losing sight of the environmental and socio-economic aspects of your chosen field. The program has an international scope and collaborates with partner universities excelling in the energy domain.


The first year consists of electrical and mechanical engineering courses, as well as more general socio-economic, energy-related subjects and integrated problem solving and projects.

In the second year, you continue your specialization by, among other things, writing a master's thesis on a subject related to electrical energy, thermomechanical energy, or more general technical-economic aspects. You can also participate in an international exchange or do an internship.

Three options

  • Thermomechanical energy: emphasis on the mechanical aspects of energy supply and ‘energy machines and systems’.
  • Electrical energy: emphasis on the electrical aspects of energy supply and an energy converter.
  • General techno-economic energy: a broader specialization, with a focus on non-technical aspects (economy, legal framework, environment).

Three corresponding specialization options

  • thermomechanical energy
  • electrical energy
  • techno-economic energy knowledge

Application deadline for 2018-2019

  • 1 March 2018 (for non-EEA citizens)
  • 1 June 2018 (for EEA citizens)

KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can download and submit your application form via www.kuleuven.be/application. Students with a Flemish degree can consult www.kuleuven.be/studentenadministratie.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the current academic year is € 906.10 for EEA students and € 6,000 for non-EEA students. The tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year will be determined in the spring of 2018. Please consult the website for the most recent information: www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees.

International Experience

At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ program at a European university, or a university outside Europe.

Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under the supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years.

Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organized by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world.

The Faculty of Engineering Science is also a member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER, and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well.

More info can be found at http://eng.kuleuven.be/english/education/internationalisation

This is an initial Master's program and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Is this the right program for me?

The program aims at educating engineering students in the field of energy technology, covering a broad range of topics in electrical, mechanical and other engineering disciplines. The program is built on the Bachelor of Science in Engineering curriculum, which is comprised of general courses in the basic sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) in combination with a number of carefully selected basic technical courses (especially in mechanical and electrical engineering). Students with that Bachelor diploma are especially well-prepared for this Master's program.

Career Paths

Thanks to the broad education, both nationally and internationally, the energy engineer has plenty of job opportunities in research, policy, industry, and services, in all sectors where energy plays an important role, and that is everywhere increasingly.

Junior engineers have predominantly technical functions, including design and development, exploitation, improvement, and optimisation of energy systems, system integration, logistics and techno-commercial functions and consultancy. Senior engineers generally grow towards management functions in industry and policy or expert leaders in engineering and consultancy.


1. Proficiency in one or more scientific disciplines

  • The graduate has an active, advanced knowledge of and insight in energy conversion and rational use of energy in each of the following three areas:
    • Electrical energy (e.g. the generation from different primary sources of energy, transmission, and distribution, control and regulation, efficient use)
    • Thermo-mechanical energy (e.g. the use of primary sources, conversion to other vectors, combustion, engines, and turbines)
    • Economic and regulatory aspects of energy (e.g. markets, regulations, organization in the European context)
    • The graduate actively looks for structure, coherence between and integration of the relevant fields in these three domains.
  • Based on this knowledge / the integration, the graduate can participate in the state-of-the-art design, management and production activities of energy converters and systems in their economic, regulatory and environmental context.
  • The graduate possesses the skills and the attitude to independently and efficiently apply, expand and formalize this knowledge in the context of more advanced ideas or applications in at least one of the three aforementioned domains.

2. Proficiency in research

  • The graduate is capable of structuring realistic problems (of a more complex nature) as a research question, designing a research plan, developing innovative solutions and synthesizing. He thereby considers the limits of the system.
  • The graduate is able to choose the appropriate level of abstraction on a component, device and system level, given the process stage of the research problem.
  • The graduate is capable of and has the attitude to integrate related energy systems and other disciplines where needed in his own research.

3. Competent in designing

  • The graduate can design energy components and systems with an eye for the dynamic interaction between individual components in a global system.
  • The graduate can deal with changeability of the designing process by external circumstances, such as social tendencies or political decisions, or advancing insight. He can adjust this process based on these circumstances.

4. Scientific approach

  • The graduate can critically examine existing theories, models or interpretations in the field of energy.
  • The graduate can use, develop and validate models and experimental techniques and is able to make an informed choice between modeling and measuring methods.
  • The graduate possesses the skills and knows the techniques to become more proficient in his technical field throughout his entire life. He knows the sources of information, recognizes their value and knows how to apply them in new circumstances. He also possesses the skills to continue to develop in non-technical elements of the field of energy, such as economic, environmental and regulatory aspects.

5. Basic intellectual skills

  • The graduate can critically reflect on his own thoughts, decisions, and actions.
  • The graduate can ask adequate questions regarding an argument in the field of energy and take a reasoned position. He hereby considers the social context.
  • The graduate can apply methods of reasoning to the discipline (e.g. interactions between components of the electricity system as a base for stability, energy and pinch analysis in thermodynamics, market forces and integration of renewable sources of energy) and is able to recognize and refute fallacies.
  • The graduate can work purposefully: possesses a pragmatic approach, can deal with limited sources, can handle risks.

6. Skilled in collaboration and communication

  • The graduate can effectively report on research and project results to experts, peers and stakeholders, in Dutch and/or in English, both orally and in writing.
  • The graduate is able to cooperate and manage projects in a (multidisciplinary) team: he can distribute and assume responsibilities, keep an eye on time and resource constraints, document project progress and results and can compromise.

7. Taking the temporal and social context into account

  • The graduate considers the (changing) social context, such as societal support, policy decisions, the socio-economic context, geopolitics, energy markets and climate change when analyzing and solving complex energy problems.
  • The graduate considers the existing and future challenges of the power supply and can contribute to the transition of the energy system in a globalized society, from a technical and socio-economic perspective.

Further Studies

When allowed:

  • Master of Welding Engineering (Sint-Katelijne-Waver).
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