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

  • Master
  • Full-time
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Energy for Society

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

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 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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  • Elke Stokker

    Education support Energy for Society

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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


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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

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 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
  • Language and Communication
  • Science and Engineering
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