Programme Outline

The two-year MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy programme will give you a systematic, in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of all stages of power system implementation and operation. The emphasis is on the transition from fossil-based power systems to renewable alternatives from a technical, environmental, economic and regulatory perspective. You will gain extensive knowledge on clean-combustion technologies, energy storage, and renewables-based energy systems.

The programme is strongly shaped by project-based and challenge-driven learning methods that give you hands-on, real-world experience outside the lecture hall. Students typically work in small groups of 6 – 10 people, which fosters strong relationships with professors and helps create an atmosphere of cooperation where complex practical skills can be developed.

Flexible study structures also allow you to follow your particular interests, while gaining the necessary core technical knowledge behind modern power systems.

Year 1

During the first year, the focus of study is on expanding essential knowledge of thermodynamics, clean combustion technologies and boiler design at one of two universities in Poland. You can choose to study at AGH: University of Science and Technology in Krakow, where there is a greater emphasis on thermodynamics within fuels, or SUT: Silesian University of Technology, in Gliwice, where greater emphasis is placed on combustion technologies and power systems.

Year 2

During the second year, all students study at IST: Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, Portugal. Here you acquire further in-depth knowledge through individually chosen specialist courses: chemical fuels as part of the energy mix, or renewable energy as part of the energy mix.


Towards the end of your second year, you will undertake your Master’s thesis, with a strong focus on innovative solutions relevant to your field of study. Students are encouraged to undertake their thesis with a relevant company in the field, which can be the same company at which they did their internship. The thesis project corresponds to five months of full-time study and is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. Example topics include: clean-combustion technologies; biomass technologies and/or renewables; and chemical-fuel concepts.

Summer school

All students also undertake 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. The course takes place either in your first summer or after your thesis, depending on your programme start date.

Complementary training

During the two-year programme, you have the opportunity to participate in project management training courses, leading to a valuable and industry-recognised PRINCE 2 qualification.

You can also take advantage of training courses in essential software packages that are widely used in the industry, including: AutoCAD, ChemCAD, and ANSYS among others.

Additional workshops also focus on personal skills and professional development including creative thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, pubic speaking, leadership, and self-presentation.

More information

Details of the syllabus and course structure of the programme, including mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme are available here.

During the two-year programme, there are plenty of opportunities for engaging with our industry and research partners and networking with your fellow students across Europe. More details are available here.

Read about our students here, to get an idea of what they think about the MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy programme, and what career paths our graduates have chosen to follow.

Courses and Syllabus

Find out more about the course structure of our MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels 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.

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