Programme details

MSc RENE provides you with a holistic understanding of the renewable energy sector. Thanks to strong partnerships between individual universities, local innovation centres, established businesses, start-ups and local research projects, the content of all courses remains at the forefront of current engineering, industrial and business practice.

Four partner universities host the MSc RENE programme. They are:

Throughout the programme, strong emphasis is placed on developing your research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills, in addition to your technical knowledge and your understanding of the business environment in which renewable energies are deployed.

The business and entrepreneurial elements of the programme is delivered by:

Your studies in Year 1

In the first year, you will study at one of our four university partners where you will take core modules in advanced technology concepts and methods, as well as in the production and utilisation of sustainable energy.

MSc RENE covers the four sectors where the impact of renewables on costs, market volumes, CO2 emissions, and network integration are greatest: wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and ocean energies. The programme also includes courses on the energy economy and markets, as well as energy and the environment, to give you a broad perspective on the potential of renewable energy.

All first-year students also participate in an Innovation Seminar at UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech alongside our industrial and business partners.

Winter School

At the end of the first semester, first-year students participate in a one-week ‘Winter School’ at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona. Here you will undertake courses on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and innovation, including:

  • Creative thinking
  • Innovation and strategy
  • Entrepreneurial finances
  • Marketing for start-ups
  • Intellectual property (IP) protection

After completing this course, you should be able to tackle and prepare feasibility studies for innovation processes.

Summer School

At the end of the first year, you return to ESADE for a three-week ‘Summer School’ that covers business and management topics in greater depth, including:

  • Personal and professional skills
  • New venture creation
  • New product development and service innovation
  • Managing high-performance teams
  • Operations management
  • HR management
  • Corporate entrepreneurship

After completing this course, you should be able to tackle and prepare a business plan, manage innovation in a company or even create your own start-up.

Your studies in Year 2

The second year is your chance to focus on the areas that interest you most. Students can choose from modules on the following areas of specialisation:

  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal electricity
  • Wind energy
  • Hydropower
  • Ocean and offshore energy
  • Biomass and biofuels
  • Integration of renewable systems with the energy system

Your choice of specialisation will determine which university you attend in your second year.

Your Master’s thesis

You complete your second year with your Master’s thesis in the fourth and final semester. We strongly encourage you to undertake your thesis as part of an internship at one of our industrial or start-up partners, or at a research centre. Currently, more than 90 per cent of our students carry out their thesis at one of our partner companies.

Your thesis will be supervised by a professor at your university and a researcher from your host industrial or research partner. The thesis is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits (ECTS). It should be aligned with research or technology projects in renewable energy, and should have a strong practical element. We discourage theses that are 100 per cent research focused.

InnoEnergy continually strives to improve the quality, structure and content of our Master’s School programmes. Therefore, some changes may occur as part of our quality control process.


More information

Details of the syllabus and course structure of the MSc RENE programme, including mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme are available here. You can also find details of the training modules in management, innovation and entrepreneurship from the Entrepreneur in a Week, Winter School and Summer School courses.

During the two-year MSc RENE 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.

To get an idea of what students think about MSc RENE programme, and what career paths our graduates have chosen to follow, read about them here.

Find out here about how the Entrepreneur in a Week course, ESADE Winter School and ESADE Summer School contribute to your business education, and how the project-led and challenge-driven education of our Engineering & Business Case® programme will help you secure the future you want.

Courses and Syllabus

Find out more about the course structure of our MSc RENE 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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