Learning beyond the lecture hall

The MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme gives you plenty of chances to meet and engage with our industry partners, business experts, fellow students, recent graduates and thriving start-ups throughout your two years of study.

During the MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme, all students have the opportunity to visit at least one international Smart Cities event, two energy companies and an energy research institute. In addition, all students engage with at least one start-up company that is working with InnoEnergy Business Creation Services – our business accelerator and investor.

Specific opportunities include:

Master’s School kick-off

All first-year students studying for an InnoEnergy Master’s School programme get together to launch the new academic year, together with teachers and industry experts from across the entire energy value chain.

Innovation journey and Entrepreneurship journey events

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Journeys run over your two years and take you to three key European hubs.


Explore real-world, innovation-related challenges. Through rapid prototyping, innovation strategy, effective communication techniques and future trend analysis you develop your product. Take it further in year two, validating assumptions, testing the market and networking with real-world stakeholders.


Master the value creation process, market research, business creation and modelling methodologies to bring your innovation to the market.


Present your prototype to peers and industry experts using storytelling and elevator-pitch techniques. Finalise your pitch-deck template and present your final product plan to an external jury.

Read more about the Innovation journey and Entrepreneurship journey here 

Your Master’s thesis

During your second year, you will also undertake a research project on electrical or thermo-mechanical energy, or on one of energy’s technical-economic aspects for your Master’s thesis. During your thesis, you will learn to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme.

Each year, the programme directors and the directors of InnoEnergy Benelux award a prize for the best thesis on innovation and the best on entrepreneurship.

Our innovative partners

MSc Energy for Smart Cities works with an ecosystem of partners in innovation and in entrepreneurship. Pioneers and trailblazers in sustainable energy, our partners collaborate with us to share real-word challenges with our students, and to support them as they develop the innovation and entrepreneurship skills and knowledge to make a difference.