Accelerate energy transition initiatives at a regional and (inter)national level

  • Master
  • Full-time
  • 3 semesters
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Energy for Society

3 semesters
Master of Science
Start: September
  • Science and Engineering
  • Behaviour and Society

Do you want to make a difference in realising energy transition? Are you the professional who helps communities make the transition from fossil fuels to renewables? Furthermore, will you get people on board to make this transition happen? Do you want to become the change agent who accelerates the energy transition on a regional, national and international level? Then this is the master programme for you! What you will find:

✔ Multidisciplinary approach ✔ International learning community ✔ Real life clients and assignments

Projects with impact

During your master’s, you will be involved with projects that combine working in research, education and industry. Through applied research you come up with innovative solutions for genuine societal issues. Below, you can find some examples of projects our master’s students engage in.

We are Energy for Society

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  • Henmar Moesker

    Programme manager Energy for Society

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  • Wim Timmerman

    Lecturer & Coordinator Graduation Programme

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  • Wytze van der Gaast

    Professor of Economic Aspects of the Energy Transition

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  • Alex van Spyk

    Lecturer Energy landscapes

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  • Tania Ouarichi Peralta

    Lecturer Communication, Behaviour & Sustainable Society

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  • Wim Elving

    Lector Communication, Behaviour & the Sustainable Society


About this programme

You will learn to recognise your role as change agent and become an all-round, academically informed energy professional who understands the technological, economic, legal, social and environmental aspects that make the energy transition a huge challenge. You will not only learn how to solve technical and economic issues, but also how to deal with social and political issues that may arise during energy transition projects. You will encourage, facilitate and manage collaboration with and promote collaborations between communities, consumers, policy makers and other stakeholders.

Finding solutions and facilitating the energy transition does require strong social skills. That is why this programme has a strong focus on developing professional skills such as coaching, discussion, presentation and group work.

Why choose Energy for Society at Hanze UAS?

  • Multidisciplinary approach: You learn to look at energy transition challenges from different perspectives and contribute to solutions on a regional, national and international level.
  • Learning community: You work and learn in close co-operation with your peers from all over the world, professional practitioners, researchers and education staff.
  • High-end research facilities: The Energy Transition Centre (EnTranCe) and Energy Academy Europe (EAE) offer endless research, testing and cooperation opportunities, which current energy master give high recommendations.
  • Events and excursions: You will have the opportunity to join multiple events and excursions as part of your educational programme, such as visting a renewable energy power plant or visiting European Parliament in Brussels.


Students about the master's programme Energy for Society


Joline and Marlous tell you about the master's programme Energy for Society

Course overview

First semester - Investigating the Energy Transition

You will get insights and an overview of the complexity of energy transition at various levels. You will look at the need for energy transition from a societal, technical, economical, political, legal and geographical perspective. You will follow courses, such as Politics for the Sustainable Society, Legal Aspects for the Sustainable Society, Energy Technologies  and systems for the Sustainable Society and Economy for the Sustainable Society. You will also learn how to influence the behavior of stakeholders in relation to energy transition. You will apply the acquired knowledge and expertise of the first semester towards real-life projects, such as how to involve groups of low-income citizens in local energy transition projects.  

Second semester - Making Energy Transition Happen

In this semester students work on real life energy transition projects from companies, institutions and/or from ENTRANCE professorships, using the energy transition knowledge and skills they have acquired in the first semester.

Third semester - Graduation Project

You work on your graduation project. In this project you will have to demonstrate that you are able to act as a true transition strategist. You will approach a 'real-life' complex problem within a (local) energy transition context from a transdisciplinary perspective.

Admission and application

Fields of interest

  • Behaviour and Society
  • Science and Engineering
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