Technology for producing renewable energy is constantly being developed, whereas often the more challenging aspect of the energy transition is changing people's attitudes
Søren Hermansen, Samsø Energy Academy, Samsø, Denmark

Climate change is a wicked problem that affects everyone. A transformation for our energy system is needed and the world is in need of new professionals who can help communities to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewables. Will you become the expert who gets people on board to make this transition happen? That is the essence of the master Energy for Society.

 This master programme educates bachelor graduates from varied disciplines to become energy transition professionals who help communities, municipalities, governments and companies to establish the necessary energy transition. As an energy professional, you will be able to bridge technical, societal and ecological solutions on a local and regional level. You are the negotiator that knows how to operate successfully between the various interests, exploring opportunities and developing scientifically funded solutions.

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First semester
The first semester provides you with 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. During the semester, you will follow courses like 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 
During the second semester, you will learn what it takes to actually make energy transition happen, by looking at energy transition from a multidisciplinary perspective. For instance in the course Building Communities and Energy Landscapes you will focus on the effects of energy transition on the environment and landscape and you will  work on how people can be enticed to participate in the transformation process. You will also learn how to establish a public dialogue and address societal and political issues related to the energy transition. Next to the theoretical classes, you will apply your knowledge and skills to real-life cases, such as defining a strategy for implementing a local circular economy for a municipality.


Third semester – Graduation Programme
In the third and final semester 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.

Career Opportunities

After successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the title of 'Master of Science Energy for Society'. There are plenty of job opportunities for graduates, as well as with profit as with non-profit organisations. To name a few: a local consultant guiding initiatives for utility companies, a Sustainability Consultant for network administrators, Local Council Policy Officer, Area Director for Energy Transition, Programme Manager for Energy, Community, Advisor for local construction- or renovation projects or a freelance consultant for Energy Transition.

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