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

Have you ever wondered how your community (village, neighbourhood, company, institution) can make the transition from fossil sourced energy to more sustainable sources? This key issue is the essence of the master Energy for Society programme.

The aim of the master programme is to educate Energy Transition Strategists focussing on local and regional levels of energy transition. Upon graduation you will have a broad competence base ranging from how to build (energy) communities, sustainable energy technologies, sustainable business models, governance, communication to spatial transformations. This will enable you to initiate and support local and regional energy transition projects entrepreneurially, i.e. help define and implement community-based projects that create social, environmental and monetary value. You will be able to catalyse complex bottom-up energy transition processes and foster change in people's 'energy behaviour'. Working with communities, cooperatives, clusters of companies, municipalities and regional organisations you will establish a dialogue between different groups of stakeholders.

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​​​​​Modules (5 ECTS each)

The first two semesters you will attend different modules that will give you a solid basis for your thesis and your career in de professional field. The curriculum compromises the following modules (5 ECTS each):

  • Overview of Energy Transition 
  • In Dialogue about Energy
  • Energy Technologies and Systems
  • New Business Models
  • Community Building
  • Project I
  • Adaptive Leadership in Energy Transition
  • Society in Transition
  • Governance
  • Spatial Transformation and Sustainable Energy Communities
  • Research Methodology
  • Project  II

Thesis (30 ECTS)

In the third semester you will work on your thesis project which comprises of applied research with a focus on investigating a local energy transition initiative and further developing your professional skills. The thesis project can take place in the Netherlands or abroad. Finding a suitable thesis topic is facilitated by the research programmes taking place at the Energy Transition Centre (EnTranCe) and the Energy Academy Europe (EAE). These programmes provide many opportunities for your research into a real life energy transition issue. At the end of this semester you will defend your thesis report including your personal reflection report.

​Career opportunities

After successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the 'Master of Science Energy for Society'.

There are many job opportunities for graduates of the Master Energy for Society ranging from profit to non-profit organisations. To name a few: consultant to guide local initiatives for utility companies, Sustainability Consultant for network administrators, Local Council Policy Officer, Area Director Energy Transition, Programme Manager Energy, Community Advisor in local construction projects or renovation projects, and Freelance Consultant Energy Transition.

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