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Energy and Environmental Sciences

What are the causes of the various large scale global environmental issues like climate change? Can we identify options to solve these issues? Are options different in different countries?

The global challenges with respect to environment and sustainability are huge and can only be addressed in an interdisciplinary approach. Since it is impossible to address all these issues equally in a Master degree program, specialization is essential. The Energy and Environmental Sciences (EES) programme specializes in energy and is treating it from a natural science perspective. However, it trains the students that the natural sciences/technical approach to and solution of problems is only a part of the story and collaboration with other scientific disciplines is vital.

As the programme has a strong focus on the natural sciences; a bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences or related engineering studies is an entry requirement. The exact background, however, can be very different, both in discipline (e.g. Marine Biology, Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Astronomy, etc.) and nationality and culture (60% from abroad, over 10 nationalities is no exception). This educational and cultural mixture provides a very interesting and challenging learning environment, in which you can benefit and learn from each other’s knowledge and background and get used to working in interdisciplinary/intercultural groups. Together, you (learn to) develop strategies to deal with the current issues in the field of EES.

Lecturers of the programme are staff members of the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG). Research groups within this institute are: Centre for Isotope research (CIO), Geo Energy, Integrated Research on Energy, Environment and Society (IREES), Energy Conversion (EC) and Ocean Ecosystems (OE). Research within this institute covers a wide range of topics, from isotopes research to social acceptance of windmills, and staff members have a background in various natural science disciplines. You can conduct your master’s research project in one of the research groups of ESRIG, this means that an enormous of variety of subjects is available and it rather likely that one of them fits you.

Around their graduation our students find jobs that suit their education and fit their interests. Universities (PhDs), energy companies, environmental consultancies, environmental NGO’s, industry and government are typical first employers. These employers mention that the combination of strong natural science fundaments and the ability of working in an international/interdisciplinary context provides our students extreme value.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Energy and Environmental Sciences
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60608
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Energy is one of the main societal themes of this university
  • Located in the modern Energy Academy Building
  • Excellent career prospects in and outside academics
  • Strong focus on working in interdisciplinary/intercultural teams
  • Tailor made study programs fitting students interest
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa
Programme

This is a 2 year research master degree programme. The first year includes about 30 ECTS obligatory courses, addressing the relevant theories and methodologies in our research field and 30 ECTS electives. These electives can also be courses from other faculties, like economics, psychology or spatial sciences.

The second year focusses on doing research and consists of two projects. The first research project is an internal research project carried out within the ESRIG research institute. This implies a lot of options and subjects are available. The second project can be another internal research project at ESRIG or an external research internship/research project outside the university (company, consultancy, government, other university) or even abroad.

Your tutor will help you to design a tailor made study program that fits your interests and matches your future career wishes

Curriculum

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fse/vak/showpos?opleiding=3576

Programme options
Individually tailored programme (profile)

Each student is different and therefore students have the options to adapt the programme to their individual wishes and strengths

So it is possible to tailor your programme towards focusing on experimental research by choosing specialized courses and opting for experimental research projects. Or you can go for a more integrated systems approach by selecting courses from different disciplines and do integrated systems and modeling research projects. Combining your individual interests with the wide range of topics and methodologies of our research groups allows you to choose the study programme that best matches your future career.

Science, Business & Policy (profile)

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

University Bachelor's degree in (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Biology or another degree in the natural sciences or related engineering studies such as electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on: https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Registration procedure

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don't wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master's programme (for a course start on 1 September). If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:

Application - decision:

15 November – 15 December

1 February – 1 March

15 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
PhysicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

ChemistryAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Chemical EngineeringAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Applied PhysicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

AstronomyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

BiologyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Computing ScienceAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Life Science and TechnologyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Applied MathematicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Artificial IntelligenceAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Biomedical EngineeringAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Industrial Engineering & ManagementAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

MathematicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

PharmacyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PhysicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
AstronomyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
MathematicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Computing ScienceUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
ChemistryUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Applied PhysicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Applied MathematicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Artificial IntelligenceUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Chemical EngineeringUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Industrial Engineering & ManagementUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PharmacyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Mechanical EngineeringEindhoven University of Technology

Additional requirements

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Mechanical EngineeringEindhoven University of Technology

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Electrical EngineeringEindhoven University of Technology

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Electrical EngineeringEindhoven University of Technology

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Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Environmental SciencesWageningen University

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Mechanical EngineeringWageningen University

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

BiotechnologyWageningen University

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Access to be decided by admissions board.

Electrical EngineeringWageningen University

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Soil, Water, AtmosphereWageningen University

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Mechanical EngineeringDelft University of Technology

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Mechanical EngineeringDelft University of Technology

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Electrical EngineeringDelft University of Technology

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Electrical EngineeringDelft University of Technology

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Twente

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Twente

Additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Twente

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Twente

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Access to be decided by Admissions Board.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: https://www.rug.nl/masters/applied-physics/#!requirements for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements for all the necessary information about required language tests and minimum scores.

previous education

University Bachelor's degree in (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Biology or another degree in the natural sciences or related engineering studies, such as mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don't wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master's programme (for a course start on 1 September).

If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:


Application - decision:


15 November – 15 December

1 February – 1 March

15 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 17500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Energy and Environmental Sciences graduates from the University of Groningen are renowned for their in-depth systems approach and/or specialised experimental skills. Within months after graduation almost all (> 90%) graduates obtain suitable jobs in:

  • Research (institutes or universities)
  • Industry
  • Consultancy
  • Government
Research

Interdisciplinary and Experimental Research Programmes

The Master's degree programme is connected to the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG). The mission of ESRIG is to contribute to a world-wide energy supply for the next century, for more people in a sustainable way, by:

  • Research: fundamental, applied and "contemplative"
  • Education: B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD

The main themes of research are Energy supply and conversion, and Transition towards Sustainability. ESRIG participates in the Energy Academy Europe (international centre of excellence).

Research subjects include:

- Renewable energy systems

- 2nd and 3rd generation bio-fuels, land and ocean-based

- Energy scenario’s and models

- Carbon capture and storage

- Air pollution modelling

- Greenhouse gas cycles and fossil fuel verification

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Contact

  • Academic Advisors FSE (For questions regarding the programme)
  • sciencemasters@rug.nl Sciencemasters (For international students who are interested in a Campus Tour or have other practical questions)
    Email: sciencemasters rug.nl
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    To great satisfaction of the EES staff nearly all graduates find a job soon after (or even before) graduation within the environment/energy sector.

    Graduates find employment in a wide variety of organisations and positions. Universities, energy companies, environmental consultancies, environmental NGO's, industry and government are typical first employers as can be seen from the Figure.

    This Figure is based on information on the first jobs of the graduates of the last three completed academic years.


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First jobs of EES students

To great satisfaction of the EES staff nearly all graduates find a job soon after (or even before) graduation within the environment/energy sector.

Graduates find employment in a wide variety of organisations and positions. Universities, energy companies, environmental consultancies, environmental NGO's, industry and government are typical first employers as can be seen from the Figure.

This Figure is based on information on the first jobs of the graduates of the last three completed academic years.

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