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What's the Master of Engineering. Energy all about? . The programme addresses every . multidisciplinary aspect of energy. Read more

What's the Master of Engineering: Energy all about? 

The programme addresses every multidisciplinary aspect of energy. There is extensive coverage of the possibilities and limitations of the various energy technologies, but also of the environmental consequences and economic aspects.

The multidisciplinary master prepares you for jobs related to research and development, policy and management, and industrial applications. The master is supported by EnergyVille, an association of the Flemish research institutes KU Leuven, VITO and imec in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems.

Both industry and research are increasingly looking for multidisciplinary engineers. The Master of Science in Engineering: Energy provides sound training in energy engineering. It addresses the main issues of mechanical and electrical engineering in a balanced and integrated manner, together with socio-economic preconditions that have an impact on the engineer’s sphere of action.

This programme teaches you to focus on technological possibilities without losing sight of the environmental and socio-economicaspects of your chosen field. The programme has an international scope and collaborates with partner universities excelling in the energy domain.

Structure

The first year consists of electrical and mechanical engineering courses, as well as more general socio-economic, energy-related subjects and integrated problem solving and projects.

In the second year, you continue your specialisation by, among other things, writing a master's thesis on a subject related to electrical energy, thermomechanical energy, or more general technicaleconomic aspects. You can also participate in an international exchange or do an internship.

Three options

  • Thermomechanical energy: emphasis on the mechanical aspects of energy supply and ‘energy machines and systems’
  • Electrical energy: emphasis on the electrical aspects of energy supply and energy converter
  • General techno-economic energy: a broader specialisation, with a focus on non-technical aspects (economy, legal framework, environment)

 Three corresponding specialisation options

  • thermomechanical energy
  • electrical energy
  • techno-economic energy knowledge

 This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

International Experience

At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at an European university, or an university outside Europe. 

Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years.

Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organised by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world. 

The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well.

 More info can be found at http://eng.kuleuven.be/english/education/internationalisation

Career perspectives

Thanks to the broad education, both nationally and internationally, the energy engineer has plenty of job opportunities in researchpolicyindustry and services, in all sectors where energy plays an important role, and that is everywhere increasingly.

Junior engineers have predominantly technical functions, including design and development, exploitation, improvement and optimisation of energy systems, system integration, logistic and techno-commercial functions and consultancy. Senior engineers generally grow towards management functions in industry and policy, or expert leaders in engineering and consultancy.



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What is the ‘EIT-KIC Master of Energy’ all about?. Structure . The Master's programme consists of 120 credits, organized in . Read more

What is the ‘EIT-KIC Master of Energy’ all about?

Structure 

The Master's programme consists of 120 credits, organized in two stages of 60 credits. The first stage consists of compulsory courses that cover a broad base of electrical, thermo-mechanical, and techno-economic subjects. In the second year, students continue working towards writing a Master's thesis and attend elective courses: general, broadening and option-specific.

The first year of this programme combines electrical and mechanical engineering courses with energy-related socio-economic subjects. An integrated project is also included. After the first year exams, the programme organizes a one-week summer school to sharpen participants' innovation and entrepreneurial skills in the energy sector. This summer school includes soft skills such as teambuilding, networking, leadership, entrepreneurship and intercultural communication, all fueled by interesting conversations with professionals from the energy industry, consultancy firms and municipalities.

In the second year a Smart Cities Week course is organized during the annual ATHENS week each November. These students discover a myriad of leading innovations and technologies in the smart cities sector outside of the traditional curriculum.

The Master's thesis is a second-year research project on electrical or thermo-mechanical energy, or on one of energy's technical-economic aspects. A wide range of topics is available every year at KU Leuven and the other second year universities. Here students learn to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their previous year. Topics are linked with on-going KIC InnoEnergy research and innovation activities. Project findings will be investigated with a view to optimizing their value and application in both current and future energy contexts.

During the programme, all students have the opportunity to visit at least one international smart cities event, two energy companies and one energy research institute. In addition, all students get to meet at least one venture in the KIC InnoEnergy Highway active in the Smart and Efficient Buildings and Cities technology field. In this way, the programme aims at maintaining a multidisciplinary approach to energy technology, while allowing students ample freedom in shaping their personal profile (e.g. with emphasis on in-depth knowledge or a broader profile).

After successfully completing the programme, alumni receive a double degree, one from each university they attended during the two years, as well as a KIC-EIT certificate that recognizes the extra activities accomplished.

A strong mobility concept by KIC InnoEnergy and the EIT means that students spend their first year at one university, their second year at another, and have the possibility to complete an internship at a third.

Strengths

  1. Top merits (according to participants in Survey 2013-2014): mobility and international exposure, Innovation and close relation with industry in joint activities and project-based course, Master's thesis with industry/research centre, Innovative education and Entrepreneurship skills, Nice topic, attendance to top international events related to the topic, Double-degree Scholarschip, Active organisation, Effective communication.
  2. Energy engineers are much wanted by industry and society. Most students have an industry contract before they officially get their degree.
  3. Unique programme in Belgium and a pioneering role in Europe.
  4. Graduates of the programme have gained an active knowledge of the basic aspects and methods of energy conversion and rational use of energy in the three domains: 'electrical energy', 'thermo-mechanical energy', and 'techno-economic energy knowledge'. According to the relevant stakeholders these different subjects are well balanced.
  5. The strong multidisciplinary programme is valued highly by students, alumni, and industry.
  6. Clear, well-structured and balanced programme with a good mix between core programme and elective programme, allowing students to adjust programme according to own interests.
  7. Strong core team of professors with large research expertise (all top researchers in their field), and with professional educational training.
  8. Diverse group of part-time guest professors from industry with specific knowledge on energy topics.
  9. Teaching of exercises, labs and coaching of Master's thesis by research-oriented staff (PhD students).
  10. Versatile preparatory programme that can be well fitted to background of inflow.
  11. Every year, a one-week Germany trip is organized (optional), during which students visit German energy companies (ABB, 50Hz, Siemens, RWE, etc). Most students participate.
  12. Good gender diversity in teaching staff.
  13. Gound counseling service provided by PhD researchers that have followed the Master's programme themselves.
  14. Continuous process of quality control, guaranteed by a structural approach. Next to the classic processes common for KU Leuven and the Faculty of Engineering Science, the core teaching staff meets twice a year in a one-day meeting to discuss on the programme. The extended teaching staff, including guest lecturers from industry, meets on a yearly to two-yearly basis, discussing longer term vision and strategy. Finally, the Industrial Advisory Board meets on a two-yearly basis.

Career perspectives

As a graduate, you will possess a genuinely multidisciplinary skill set and be qualified to work in a research, policy-based or industrial environment.



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