After completing the MSc Energy for Smart Cities, our graduate engineers are able to participate in state-of-the-art design, control and operation of energy-conversion systems in a smart-city context. They have in-depth knowledge of all basic aspects and methods of energy conversion and balanced energy consumption; they are able to apply this knowledge in creative ways; and have the necessary skills and techniques to progress further in this field.
Specifically, graduates demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and attributes:
- Deep knowledge of electrical energy processing, mechanical technology, and applied thermodynamics
- Deep knowledge of the design and operation of electrical and mechanical energy systems
- Understanding of the wider socio-economic context and an ability to communicate with non-technical audiences
- An open, analytical, problem-solving mind with the ability to present ideas and innovative solutions in a structured way
- Executive, management and entrepreneurial skills and an understanding where and how to apply them
- Insights into ethical, social and economic frameworks for sustainable energy in the smart-city context
- The ability to independently gather new insights, methodologies and results within the discipline, and to apply these in a research or professional context
- The critical ability to understand, assess and pursue the social role of the engineer
Our graduates work with a variety of stakeholders in the energy and smart-city domain, including industry, network operators, regulators, developers and public bodies. Graduates have also pursued careers in research, design, operations and management in existing organisations, as well as starting their own innovative businesses.
Here is what just a few of our students and graduates have to say about their experiences studying for the MSc Energy for Smart Cities.
“I really like [the programme]. The more you are involved, the more you see what it has to offer. There are the courses, but also all of these extra-curricular activities as well, such as contact with companies and start-ups. It’s really an added value compared to a normal master’s programme.”
Joeri Siborgs, graduated 2013, currently R&D Project Engineer at Elia
“Being able to discuss my thesis with future employers helped me to identify their key issues. It was also really useful to learn about corporate functioning and about having that first work experience in a real company… My recommendation to future students would be ‘Just do it’.”