Programme Outline

With more than 200 individual courses that cover a comprehensive range of energy technologies and related subjects, the MSc ENTECH is the programme for students who want to design their own study path.

On MSc ENTECH you study the engineering behind various sustainable energy technologies as well as the economic, social, legal and ecological aspects of these technologies and their implementation. Special emphasis is placed on innovation and entrepreneurial skills, as well as the basics of product development and how innovation can be realised in commercial settings. As a result, MSc ENTECH equips you with the interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and networks needed to navigate the complexity of future energy systems.

To enhance your education, MSc ENTECH has strong partnerships with internationally renowned companies, research institutes, local start-up companies and other industry players. They actively participate in the programme so you can be sure that what you are studying is current, practical and relevant. Partners are involved in curriculum design, student selection, teaching and lecturing, hosting internships, supporting Master’s theses, and creating job opportunities for our graduates.

MSc ENTECH is also strongly shaped by the two-year Open Space Studio: a 24-month training programme running in parallel to your regular studies. At a series of four group sessions – known as Ateliers – throughout your two years, the Open Space Studio builds your personal, team-working and leadership skills, and helps you find solutions to real-world business challenges. More details on the Open Space Studio can be found here.

A modular, multi-national programme

You attend different universities in your first and second year. In the first year, you can choose to attend either the KIT: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany or IST: Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal. In your second year, you can choose the second of these universities, or you can attend Grenoble INP: Institute of Technology in France or UU: Uppsala University in Sweden.

MSc ENTECH is a highly modular programme that puts you in charge of your own studies, with the support and guidance of the professors at your chosen universities. The programme is divided into a series of modules, each of which consists of a number of individual courses.

You must complete courses worth 60 ECTS credits in the first year, and courses worth 30 ECTS credits in the first semester of the second year. You spend the final semester of your second year on your Master’s Thesis, which is worth 30 ECTS credits. On completing the programme you will have earned 120 ECTS credits in total – and a double degree.

Your professors will help you develop the structure of your own two-year study path, so that it matches your particular interests and gives you the right number of ECTS credits. Once your study path has been arranged, you sign an ‘Individual Learning Agreement’, which formalises your individual programme.

What you study – year 1

To ensure all students have a common level of understanding in electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering, both IST and KIT have developed foundation courses for new students on the MSc ENTECH programme: these are known as basic courses at KIT and harmonisation courses at IST. Your professors will help you work out which foundation courses you need to take.

Once you have completed these required courses, you can choose to specialise in one of a number of fields: your area of specialisation is informed by the university you have chosen to attend.

At KIT, you will be assigned to a study track. Mandatory Modules contain, e.g. for mechanical engineering, the following:

  • Fundamentals
  • Specialisation (one)
    • Engineering thermodynamics
    • Fundamentals of energy technology
    • Power plant technology
    • Thermal turbo-machines
    • Energy technology for buildings
    • Modelling and simulation in energy and fluid engineering
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

More details on modules at KIT can be found in the ENTECH handbook or here.

At IST, you select one of the following four modules:

  • Fuels
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy conversion
  • Energy efficiency

More details on modules at IST can be found here.

Students at IST also attend an intensive ‘Entrepreneur in a Week’ course at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in the week before classes start. 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.

In addition, students at both universities take courses covering product development, modelling and simulation, mathematical methods, natural science, computer science and economics & law. Together, all your chosen courses should add up to the required 60 ECTS credits.

What you study – year 2

In the first semester of the second year, you continue with your chosen area of specialisation. You may continue with the modules at KIT or IST outlined above; alternatively, you can choose to attend Uppsala University or Grenoble Institute of Technology. The modules available at these universities are as follows:

Uppsala University

  • Decentralised grid
  • Energy in buildings
  • Energy economics
  • Renewable energy

Grenoble INP

  • Energy in buildings
  • Renewable energy

Your Master’s thesis

Finally, in your fourth and final semester, you undertake your Master’s thesis. You can choose a thesis topic that is part of a wider research project (e.g. from a university in the ENTECH consortium or a research centre) but it may also be directly related to industry, ranging from start-ups to large energy companies. The location for your thesis, whether it is an industrial enterprise or research institution, will depend on your chosen topic.

In the past years, our graduates have written theses, among others in

start-ups, e.g.

large companies, e.g.

  • Engie
  • ABB
  • Iberdrola
  • E-ON
  • EDP
  • CEA
  • Schneider Electric

or research partners, e.g.

  • Fraunhofer
  • Helmholtz
  • IREC
  • EIFER

 More information

Find out more about the Open Space Studio, how it works, who is involved, and your role in building teams and solving real-world challenges here.

During the two-year MSc ENTECH 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.

Meet our current students and recent graduates here, to find out what they think about MSc ENTECH and the Open Space Studio and what career paths they have chosen to follow.