Combine social, technical and business perspective to help speed up the energy transition

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Energy & Society

Start: September, February
  • Science and Engineering
  • Behaviour and Society

Innovation, climate stress and new business models shape the role of energy within our future society and, as such, within the future business world. It is the interaction between these aspects that creates a unique but complex environment of the energy industry. The Energy & Society programme addresses the growing necessity to approach the developments in the field of energy from a combined social, technical and business perspective.

Students learn how the interaction between innovation, climate stress and business models impacts the energy business environment and how it shapes the role of energy within our future society and as such the future business world. The Oxford style scenario planning teaches students to explore potential energy futures, cope with uncertainties, and identify important influencing factors. Students gain the overall knowledge and skills required to make justified decisions at management level positions in the energy (related) sector.

The theoretical knowledge which is taught in the lecture series is complemented with a number of excursions to energy related companies. Providing the opportunity to gain knowledge of the operational aspect of energy sector and the required competences of people employed in the sector.

In addition, a number of guest lectures have also been planned with speakers from the academic, political and business community providing you with a better understanding of energy's complex current and future roles in our society. As such a project dealing with Oxford-style scenario planning will provide you with an opportunity to explore potential energy applications. By learning to cope with uncertainties and identifying important influencing factors you will strengthen strategic management competences. An international excursion to the International Energy Agency and the OECD in Paris is planned, however due to scheduling this is not guaranteed.

Energy & Society 30  
Energy Technology   5
Energy Transition   5
Energy Culture & Business   5
Energy Scenario Planning   5
Energy Governance   5
Project Sustainable Energy Management   5

Take a look at the ECTS course catalogue (please look at 'exchange programmes') for more information.

Students who apply for this programme are expected to do the whole programme of 30 ECTS credits. Please note that the schedule for this programme may vary from week to week. The programme is intensive and students are expected to be available and present for the whole duration of the programme.

The programme is offered in cooperation with the Energy Academy Europe and is considered to be the starting point of bachelor and master level energy study lines within the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.



'My name is Jhully and I am from Brazil. Groningen was love at first sight. Groningen is like Vitória, my city, in the aspect of being a small big city. I am loving the city and all the people that I meet here.'

'The programme that I chose was even better than I thought. Energy & Society has this business approach, which together with my technical background makes for a great combination. I had class with international and Dutch students. It's been a great experience to work with people from different backgrounds. One of the lectures that I really enjoyed was Scenario-based Planning. Another lecture that I enjoyed was called Energy and Culture where we analysed people's behaviour and cultural being. It was fun to see the differences in cultures within the class. Seeing my growth, I certainly recommend the minor.'

Before you can start

We admit students from any study field. The programme is offered in the third year of a (4-year) bachelor programme. Students need to have completed 120 ECTS credits (4 semesters) at undergraduate level.

Admission & application

Please check with your home university whether there is an agreement set up with the Hanze School that is offering the exchange programme of your choice. To apply for and be admitted for our exchange programme you should take the following steps

  • 1. Be nominated by your home university

    Once you have been nominated, your nomination will be checked by us and confirmed to your home university by email. You will receive your application link during our application period.

  • 2. Submit your online application

    Once you have been nominated by your home university you will receive a personal application link and the application instructions during our application period. The application is fully digital and documents do not have to be send by email or postal mail. Make sure you do not miss our application deadline!

  • 3. Letter of Acceptance

    Once you have submitted your application we will check your documents. If you have to re-submit any documents, we will let you know. We will be sending out Acceptance Letters from the beginning of May when you start in September and from the middle of October when you start in February.

Frequently Asked Questions


Fields of interest

  • Behaviour and Society
  • Science and Engineering