European Master in Renewable Energy
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, the students acquire a solid foundation in key renewable energy technologies. In the second semester, they specialise in a chosen technology at a different university and at the end of the course, the students complete a 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.
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, the UK for the core taught in English
- Oldenburg University, Germany for the core taught in English
- Hanze University, The Netherlands for the core taught in English
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 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 beginning of November. Students whose specialisation is cancelled will be offered a suitable alternative.
A project related to the specialisation taken and undertaken in industry, a research laboratory or at the University and during which the student can gain practical or research experience.
- The core section runs from September/October to January.
- The specialisation section runs from February to June.
- The project, a 6 month placement in a renewable energy company or a research centre, is scheduled after the core and the specialisation.
The course is delivered by acknowledged experts from the participating universities and where appropriate, from other industrial, research and educational institutions.
The taught material includes lectures, tutorials and laboratories.