Sustainable Energy Professional

Sustainability and transition are concepts involved in most (societal) developments. But what does transition really mean in daily practice? How can people contribute to this in a professional manner?

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The Sustainable Energy Professional (SEP) minor helps students to develop insights and competences needed to deal with complexities of energy and related transitions. The programme focuses on accelerating the energy transition by connecting education, research, business, government, NGOs and citizens. It is an innovative, practical and interactive programme, including case studies, practical on-site consultations and dialogues, simulations and real life transition contexts. Moreover, it takes a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach and uses both local and international contexts. Students are invited to bring in their own cases to work on during the minor. 


Topics include energy challenges and broader sustainability issues such as:

  • How to build sustainable businesses and organisations?
  • How to analyse non-financial risks?
  • How to foresee future developments?
  • How to map and engage with stakeholders?
  • How to empower local communities to be energy neutral?
  • How to manage energy transition projects?


The programme consists of three different phases of development:

  1. The Transition Novice
  2. Transition Professonal in Development
  3. Transition Professional in Action

In the first block you will be strongly engaged in several concepts, theories and useful 'tools' with regard to energy transition. This evokes the paradigm shift within every individual, which is needed to get your head around the topic of 'transition'. It is a multidisciplinary minor, which means that you learn how different aspects like social, economic, technical and political work together.

In the second block, you apply all these insights on a real-life client project. Students complete the minor with a presentation and applied research based advice for the client as well as with a personal portfolio.

Professional development

Unique about the minor is that there is a professional development track throughout the whole semester, parallel to the content-related courses. In a small group, a community of learners, you frequently reflect on your own development, under the guidance of a coach. 

Energy Academy Certificate

The SEP minor is an energy minor: by following this minor you will attain 30 ECTS that will qualify as energy credits. By obtaining 30 ECTS in interdisciplinary energy studies at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen and attending 10 extra curriculum events, the so called 10 Energy Learning Activities offered by the Energy Academy Europe, you will be eligible for the Energy Academy Certificate and it is free of charge.

The Energy Academy Certificate shows that, in addition to your major study, you have acquired specialised knowledge and skills in a variety of energy-related subjects. It confirms that in addition to your competence in your major field, you have acquired insight into other energy-related subjects, allowing you to look at the energy transition from a broader perspective. It attests to thorough professional knowledge in your specific field. 

For more information about the Energy Academy Certificate and how to claim it, go to You can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

Profile of participants​

  • Must have completed the second year of your bachelor's study or the first year for 3 year tracks (vwo).
  • Proactive and pioneering-minded participants interested to change and accelerate current energy and sustainability practices.

For IBS students: please note that this is not a graduation minor. It needs to be followed during the year abroad.

Language: English
ECTS: 30

Starting date: September (please note that this minor will not run in academic year 2022-2023)
Course outline: ECTS Course Catalogue
Exchange students: Course Outline SEP


For questions about the content of this minor, please contact the coordinator of the Minor Sustainable Energy Professional, Dr Beata Kviatek:

Exchange students can contact:

For admissions, please contact us via:

This minor has been developed in collaboration with EnTranCe, Hanze UAS's energy transition centre based at the Zernike Campus.

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