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What will I learn?

Our energy system is rapidly evolving. There are big challenges ahead of us, including mitigating climate change, securing our long-term energy supply, and providing access to sustainable energy for everyone. This two-year Master’s programme in Energy Science at Utrecht University offers an interdisciplinary approach for anyone prepared to tackle these challenges.

Systems approach

Energy collection, conversion, transport, storage, distribution, and end-use application are all steps in providing energy services to society. All these elements form an energy system, which is complex and interacts with other systems in a multitude of ways. Transitions in energy systems and the merits of innovation for the individual components of each can only be analysed in the context of the complete system. This is why we place energy systems analysis at the very centre of our Energy Science programme.

Programme Objective

This programme is aimed at students with a background in science or engineering who want to contribute to the transition towards sustainable energy systems.

Natural Science Track

The Natural Science track gives you an opportunity to focus on natural sciences and technology. You will be trained in natural sciences research, thereby obtaining a solid foundation for a position in applied research or in the interaction between research and its applications.

Systems Analysis Track

The Systems Analysis track provides an all-round training in the area of systems analysis. You will gain a thorough understanding of energy systems analysis and will be prepared for a range of positions that will allow you to help shape the transition from non-renewable to renewable energy sources.

Career prospects:

The sustainable development of energy systems will be one of the main global challenges of this new century. Therefore, research institutes, businesses, consultancy firms, government organisations, and NGOs are active in the quest for energy efficiency improvement and more renewable energy sources. Many companies are taking up the challenge to develop new business in this area and there is a great demand for energy and resources specialists, which is increasing every day.

Professional Careers

Graduates should be able to find employment in the private sector (energy companies), public sector, consultancy, and NGOs. Graduates will also find positions in international bodies, such as the European Union and the International Energy Agency.

Academic Careers

The programme prepares students for a PhD-programme, which will ultimately lead to professions in scientific research. Graduates of the programme must be capable of writing a PhD dissertation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€20,473.00 (16,72,631) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,


3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

MSc Track: Knowledge/ competence in the field of European law and a bachelor degree in Economics or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Microeconomics; Mathematics; Industrial organization and Competition Policy; Corporate Finance; Econometrics or Advanced Statistics. English language requirements: IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, at least 6.0 for all components. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 96, at least 23 for writing and 20 for the other sections. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

Applicants should have basic knowledge of thermodynamics and sufficient mathematical skills. Furthermore, applicants must be able to show sufficient knowledge of energy analysis, e.g. by means of successful completion of the BSc course Energy Analysis at Utrecht University or a comparable course. Note that also the Dutch Open University offers this course.

Applicants should preferably hold a university Bachelor’s degree in a related subject, such as:

  • Innovation Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Natural or Life Sciences
  • University College

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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