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Study a Master's in Energy for Society in the Netherlands
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.
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.
Throughout the programme you will work and learn in close co-operation with your peers, professional practitioners, researchers and education staff using real
life projects. This environment will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to:
- mobilize change in evolving landscapes by navigating a diversity of interests, creating visions and solutions leading to innovative opportunities in existing and new networks and if needed challenge the status quo
- co-develop energy transition strategies and support their implementation within multi-stakeholder contexts taking place in complex changing environments, leveraging relevant theoretical and practical knowledge
- integrate the acquired interdisciplinary knowledge for handling the complexity of energy community development
- make and evaluate judgments within the setting of energy transition and community development in the face of uncertainty
- engage with stakeholders (specialist and non-specialist audiences) using communication styles appropriate to the context
- independently conduct practice-oriented scientific research
- study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous and take responsibility for their own personal learning process while actively engaging in communities of learners
- a Bachelor of Economics (BEc),
- a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA),
- a Bachelor of Communication (BComm),
- a Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sc/B.Soc.Sci),
- a Bachelor of Environmental Science (B.Env.Sc)
- or a bachelor's in an equivalent field.
International students should provide proof of English language proficiency: IELTS score ≥ 6.5 or TOEFL score ≥ 575. Students who have a qualification from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the United States are exempted from this requirement. A letter of motivation is also required.
Tuition Fees 2018-2019
EU/EEA students: € 2,060
Non-EU/EEA students: € 7,700
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.