Objectives and structure
The aim of the European Master in Renewable Energy is to train post-graduate students to fill the gap between the growing industry demand for specialised renewable energy expertise and the skills currently available on the job market. By structuring the course in three sections, students are guaranteed to spend time in at least two different EU countries and make contact with a wide range of European institutes and companies involved in the renewable energy sector. The participating universities are all well-established in training and the education sector as well as being recognised at an international level for their work in the field of renewable energy technology.
The course is divided into three sections. In the first semester(September/October to January), students acquire a solid foundation in key renewable energy technologies. In the second semester (February to June), they specialise in a chosen technology at a different university and at the end of the course, the students complete a six-month practical or research project. The entire programme is run on a modular basis with credits awarded for passing each section and the successful completion of the project. A total of 90 ECTS credits (30 for each section of the course) are required with a satisfactory level of achievement in all the sections to obtain the European Master degree.
Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates of the upcoming academic year.
The course's three sections
The core provides a solid foundation in the key energy technologies (wind, solar, bioenergy, hydropower). Theoretical courses which also examine the socioeconomic issues surrounding the deployment of these technologies are supported by laboratory workshops. The studies for the core can be done in French, English or Spanish.
The student can choose one of the following:
- MINES-ParisTech, France for the core taught in French
- Zaragoza University, Spain for the core taught in Spanish
- Loughborough University, UK for the core taught in English
- Oldenburg University, Germany for the core taught in English
- Hanze UAS, The Netherlands for the core taught in English
The Core providers all teach these subjects:
- Core Foundation
- Core Solar
- Core Wind
- Core Biomass
- Core Water
- Introduction socio-economics issues
Each University has its own teaching methods - distribution of modules can be organised differently - nevertheless we ensure that at the end of the core semester all EUREC students have the same understanding and the same knowledge on basic renewable energy technologies,enabling them to follow any of the offered specialisations. Please click here to see the harmonised learning outcomes for the core semester.
30 ECTS credits will be awarded for passing the core semester following these harmonised learning outcomes.
A specialisation focused on a particular technology or implementation aspect selected from: Photovoltaics; Grid Integration; Wind power; Solar Thermal and Ocean Energy.The specialisations are all taught in English.
Participating universities are willing to provide the above-mentioned specialisations. However, their effective realisation will depend on the final number of students who register. Normally, this decision is taken at the end of July. Students whose specialisation is cancelled will be offered a suitable alternative.
The specialisation sections run from February to the end of May or June depending on the specialisation. The student specialises in one of the following:
1.Photovoltaics - taught at the University of Northumbria in the UK
2.Wind Energy - taught at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece
3.Grid Integration - taught at the University of Zaragoza in Spain
4.Solar Thermal - taught at the University of Perpignan in France
5.Ocean Energy - taught at IST Lisbon in Portugal
6.Sustainable Fuel Systems for Mobility - taught at Hanze UAS in the Netherlands
Upon completion of the specialisation, the student gains practical or research experience through a project undertaken in an industry, a research laboratory or at the university. A wide variety of projects can be proposed and it gives flexibility to the student and the project provider to define the project. The student is welcome to propose his/her own project. EUREC and the course directors continuously contact renewable energy companies throughout the year to encourage them to propose a student project.Yet, students should not expect to get a list of projects to choose from.Students are expected to look for companies or research centres wishing to offer them a project individually. A qualified person from the specialisation university will give students advice about how to proceed in finding the best project to suit their qualifications and expectations.
The student can also discuss directly with the project provider for the practical arrangements (allowance, accommodation, etc). When a student proposes his or her own project it must be validated by the core providers before being accepted. Students are advised to ask the project host in order to seek insurance for them while working on the host company’s premises.
During the project, the student progress is monitored by:
- a professor from the core provider
- a professor from the specialisation provider
- a professional tutor from the project provider
The project is presented in Brussels, the student is also required to write a master thesis. The project is marked by the core provider (the university where the student studied in the first semester).
Download our Project Guidelines 2016 here!