Find out more about the course structure of our MSc ENTECH programme. Here, you can see an example of how your courses could look. These pages also provide information on mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme.
With a choice of more than 200 individual courses that cover a comprehensive range of energy technologies, the two-year MSc ENTECH programme has a broad scope – with a special emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship practice. The aim of the programme is to give you the inter-disciplinary knowledge, skills and networks needed to navigate the complexity of future energy systems.
In addition to deepening and broadening your engineering and technical knowledge, you will also study the economic, legal and ecological aspects of various energy technologies and their implementation. You will also learn the basics of innovation management and product development – with a focus on industrial issues of practical relevance, particularly during project work and during your Master’s thesis.
In the first year, you can choose to attend either the KIT: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany or IST: Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal, where you will undertake basic courses to ensure that you have the necessary energy engineering knowledge across a broad range of topic areas. Classes have a modular structure, and you will be asked to agree to an individual Learning Agreement.
In addition, you will take courses on design thinking, business for founders, marketing and economics. In addition, GEM is involved in ENTECH and during the Open Space Studio Winter Atelier you will have the chance to learn pitching, shareholder management, and other fundamentals of business creation.
At the end of the first year, you attend an intensive ‘Entrepreneur in a week’ course at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Portugal. Here you take courses relating to business and economics, including project management and business planning, to enhance your understanding of modern business practice in the energy sector.
In the second year, you can pursue the subject areas that interest you most, by choosing two specialist topics for study from the following list:
- Thermal power plants
- Energy in buildings
- Chemical energy carriers
- Decentralised power supply and grid integration
- Nuclear and fusion technology
- Renewable energy and energy storage
- Energy economics and informatics
- Utility facilities
Your choice of specialisation will determine which university you attend in your second year.
Details of individual course content, lectures and learning outcomes are available here.
You complete your second year by working on your Master’s thesis, which is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits, and takes place throughout the fourth semester of the programme. You can choose a thesis topic that is part of a wider research project or is directly related to industry. The location for your thesis, whether it is an industrial enterprise or research institution, will depend on your chosen topic.
Open Space Studio
A defining feature of MSc ENTECH, you will attend complementary training sessions at the Open Space Studio throughout the two-year programme.
The Open Space Studio has three main focus areas:
- Personal development: knowing yourself, your strengths, your talent, your passion, and your drivers in life
- Social skills development: community and team building, and creating a sense of trust and belonging
- Co-creation: bringing together entrepreneurship, innovation and education to create new solutions for real-world business challenges
Students attend a ‘Winter Atelier’ at the Open Space Studio in both their first and second years; a ‘Summer Atelier’ between the first and second years; and a two-day personal-skills training course in each year of study. The Open Space Studio is also host to a final conference at the end of your second year.
Details of the syllabus and course structure of the MSc ENTECH programme, including mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme are available in the MSc ENTECH course book, which you can download here.
During the two-year MSc ENTECH programme, there are plenty of opportunities for engaging with our industry and research partners, as well as networking with your fellow students across Europe. More details are available here.