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

​Learn about your influence on the role of energy in today's and tomorrow's 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.

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

Are you a student of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and do you want to apply for this programme? You can apply through Osiris. 

Are you a student of a different university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, you can apply for the programme through the website Kies op Maat.

Frequently Asked Questions


Fields of interest

  • Behaviour and Society
  • Science and Engineering