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Join one of the top-ranked energy & natural resources programmes in Western Europe!

Yet again, the EIT InnoEnergy Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems programme is ranked in the top two of the esteemed EDUNIVERSAL list for Energy and Natural Resources in Western Europe. The programme has become one of the best places for students to learn how to contribute to minimising the environmental impact of current and future energy systems. Based on reputation, salary after first employment, internship opportunities, distance learning, and student satisfaction, the rankings illustrate what sets this programme apart. We also spoke with Programme Director, César Valderrama, to hear his perspective on why Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems is in the top-ranked programmes and plans to keep it there!

A standout programme

César is happy to share what makes Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems stand out: “It combines strong technological content with training in entrepreneurship and innovation in a multicultural and multidisciplinary networking environment. The two-year programme is completed at two different top technical universities. The seven partner universities offer various second-year specialisations in sustainable energy systems to match the student’s passion and field of study. The programme also offers several added-value activities, such as seminars in different locations of Europe, an entrepreneurship and business development journey at the ESADE Business School, and innovative educational methodologies.”

Hands-on projects

The highlights of the programme are the PoY (Project of the Year) and iPoY (Integrated Project of the Year). César describes the difference: “The PoY runs during  Year 1 and involves participation with industrial partners from all over the world through projects related to innovation in the energy sector proposed by the programme. The most significant aspect of this activity is that the students are accompanied throughout the project by mentors from the ESADE Business School, professors from the consortium’s universities with experience in the subject, and industry experts.


On the other hand, the iPoY runs during Year 2 and gives students the flexibility to choose the topic, their own team structure and industrial collaboration with an international scope to address a topic focused on sustainability in the energy sector – with an emphasis on developing feasible proposals, viable solutions and projects that are sustainable in the long-term.”

A student-centric approach

Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems offers a unique student-centric approach and is the ONLY programme with a shared curriculum during the first year for students on both the UPC (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology campuses. César explains, “This brings our students together and improves participation throughout the year. In addition to that, the EIT InnoEnergy ecosystem offers a huge potential to collaborate with more than 500 start-ups and companies through its dedicated Career Centre team.”

A vision for the future

César shares his vision for the future: ” Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems has evolved since its inception in 2010, showing enormous flexibility to adapt to the changes necessary to attract the most talented and motivated students. Through an innovative educational proposal that looks to the future, the ambition is to prepare leaders who will transform our current social and economic model into a more sustainable one. Our vision is to integrate new forms of education and training that align with the objectives of the European Union, combining digitisation with innovative teaching methodologies (e.g., remote labs, VR, Hybrid rooms, etc.) and crucial topics in the energy transformation, allowing us to position ourselves as the best master’s programme in the field of sustainable energy.”

Play a part in the transition!

Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems not only seeks to train students but also to prepare them to be the leaders of the energy transition in many different capacities from consultant to entrepreneur. César shares, “We are proud to have more than 15 start-up companies created by our students in the field of sustainable energy to power this movement. Some of the students share their expertise in large companies and SMEs in the sustainable energy sector, with several alumni already in senior managerial positions. If you have a passion for transforming our society and being an active part in the transition to a more sustainable energy model, this is the right programme for you.”

Would you like to make an impact on the future of energy?

This is the last week for applications for EIT InnoEnergy Master School Intake 2021 – take your place and launch a career in sustainable energy!


Apply before application deadline of 13 June 2021!