Programme Outline

The two-year MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy programme gives you a systematic, in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of all stages of power system implementation and operation. It emphasises the technical, environmental, economic and regulatory issues around the transition from fossil-based power systems to renewable alternatives.

You gain extensive knowledge on clean-combustion technologies, energy storage, and renewables-based energy systems. Flexible study structures also allow you to follow your particular interests, while gaining the necessary core technical knowledge behind modern power systems.

MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy has strong partnerships with internationally renowned companies, research institutes, power plants, and manufacturers. They actively participate in the programme so you can be sure that what you are studying is current and relevant to their needs – and to your future career.

Partners are actively involved in curriculum design, student selection, teaching and lecturing, hosting internships, supporting Master’s theses, and creating job opportunities for our graduates.

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.

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 the programme focuses more 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 have the flexibility to choose the modules you take according to your own interests preferences and interests. This is your opportunity to gain further in-depth knowledge through your preferred specialist courses: chemical fuels as part of the energy mix, or renewable energy as part of the energy mix.

Summer school

You will also take an intensive ‘Entrepreneur in a week’ course at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Portugal. Here you study modules 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 on the programme, or after your thesis, depending on your programme start date.

Industrial internship

You will have the opportunity to undertake a two-month industrial internship during your second year – where you will gain practical technological and business-orientated knowledge and skills. Again, you have the chance to select an internship and host partner that best meets your particular interests.

Your Master’s thesis

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. We strongly recommend that you undertake your thesis with a relevant company in the field – this can be the same company that hosted internship or somewhere different.

Working on your thesis gives you privileged access to some of the most prestigious companies, research centres and installations in Europe. Their experts become mentors for your research.

Your thesis corresponds to five months of full-time study and is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits (ECTS). Sample topics include: clean-combustion technologies, biomass technologies and/or renewables, and chemical-fuel concepts.

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, public speaking, leadership, and self-presentation.


More information

Details of the syllabus and course structure, 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.

Meet our current students and recent graduates here, to find out what they think about MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy, and what career paths they have chosen to follow.

Find out more about opportunities to visit world-class power facilities that are leading the charge towards clean alternatives to fossil fuels here, and more about case methodology of teaching here.

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.

Student testimonials

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