Find out more about the course structure of our MSc RENE 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.
MSc RENE provides students with a holistic understanding of the renewable energy sector. Thanks to strong partnerships between individual universities, local innovation centres and established businesses, the content of all courses remains at the forefront of current practice.
Throughout the programme, strong emphasis is placed on developing your research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills, in addition to your technical knowledge and your understanding of the business environment in which renewable energies are deployed.
In the first year, you will take core modules in advanced technology concepts and methods, as well as in the production and utilisation of sustainable energy. MSc RENE covers the four sectors where the impact of renewables on costs, market volumes, CO2 emissions, and network integration are greatest: wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and ocean energies. The programme also includes courses on the energy economy and markets, as well as energy and the environment, to give you a broad perspective on the potential of renewable energy.
In the first year, students also undertake an intensive ‘Entrepreneur in a week’ course at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. All first-year students also participate in an Innovation Seminar at UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech alongside our industrial and business partners.
In addition, first-year students participate in a one-week ‘Winter School’ at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where you will undertake courses on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and innovation, including:
- Creative thinking
- Innovation and strategy
- Entrepreneurial finances
- Marketing for start-ups
- Intellectual property (IP) protection
At the end of the first year, students return to ESADE for a four-week summer school that covers business and management topics in greater depth, including:
- Personal and professional skills
- New venture creation
- New product development and service innovation
- Managing high-performance teams
- Operations management
- HR management
- Corporate entrepreneurship
The second year is your chance to focus on the areas that interest you most. Students can choose from modules on the following areas of specialisation:
- Solar photovoltaics
- Solar thermal electricity
- Wind energy
- Ocean and offshore energy
- Biomass and biofuels
- Integration of renewable systems with the energy system
The choice of specialisation will determine which universities you attend in your second year.
You complete your second year with your Master’s thesis, which you undertake as part of an internship at one of our industrial or start-up partners, or at a research centre. The thesis is supervised by a professor of your host university and a researcher from industry or research centre. The thesis is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits and is aligned with research or technology projects in renewable energy.
Details of the syllabus and course structure of the MSc RENE programme, including mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme are available here.
During the two-year MSc RENE 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.
To get an idea of what students think about MSc RENE programme, and what career paths our graduates have chosen to follow, read about them here.