European Master in Renewable Energy
The European Master in Renewable Energy is directed towards engineers and research oriented bachelor graduates that want to specialise in one of the renewable energy technologies, such as Wind Energy, Photovoltaics, Ocean Energy, Solar Thermal or Grid Integration. The course has been set up to deliver a master programme that deals with basic research in renewable energy enabling young graduates to continue with either a research or a industry oriented career. The programme and its cooperating partners offer master thesis' in both fields.
The European Master in Renewable Energy is coordinated by EUREC, the leading association representing research centres and university departments active in the area of renewable energy, located in Brussels, Belgium. EUREC represents a research and development network of 43 research institutions all over Europe.
Students follow this 15 (16) months programme by chosing their study locations including the Master thesis in at least two European countries. Study periods are divided into a "core" part providing understanding of the whole range of RE technologies, followed by a "specialisation" at another university where the student goes into depth in the technology of her/his choice. The remaining 6 months are spent on the premises of a company or research centre where the student carries out her/his personal practical or research project (Master Thesis).
For detailed information on the Master programme run by the University of Oldenburg as a core provider and hosted by the Master course Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy (PPRE) please read through the sub-links of this homepage.
The programme is run by a network of 9 European universities and research centres in 7 countries leading in renewable energy R&D. Those universities offer either the basic educational 1st semester (core university) or the specialisation in the second semester (specialisation provider).
- National Technical University of Athens (GR) - Wind Energy
- Technical University of Lisbon (P )- Ocean Energy
- University of Northumbria (GB) - Photovoltaics
- University of Perpignan (F) - Solar Thermal
- University of Zaragoza (SP) - Grid Integration
- Hanze University of Applied Sciences (NL) - Sustainable Fuel Systems
All specialisation semesters are taught in English language
Every core university offers its own syllabus regarding lectures and modules, nevertheless EUREC ensures that at the end of the core semester all EUREC students have the same understanding and knowledge on renewable energy technologies enabeling them to follow any of the offered specialisations. Please click here to see the Harmonised Learning Outcomes.
The Syllabus for the core semester for the intake 2015/16 can be seen from the graphics below. For the syllabus of each specialisation provider please refer to the Teaching sections in the description of the specialisation providers.
Students starting the EUREC Master programme at the University of Oldenburg follow the timetable below:
|University of Oldenburg||Specialisation Provider||Master |
|Master Thesis Defense|
|October - |
|June - November||Mid of |
Students will get a broad understanding in the physics of energy conversion processes within renewable energy (RE) technologies and the principles of the interaction of generator and load. They will be trained in an interdisciplinary environment for sensitivity of the interaction of technology with society and environment. During the specialization semester students acquire in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art technology within the field of the selected renewable energy technology. Students will be trained to carry out modelling and/or simulation of RE systems. Students are introduced to state-of-the art simulation software and are trained to work on projects in interdisciplinary groups.
The overall structure of the study programme equips students with the competences to actively participate in the broader scientific context, to develop research proposals and to carry out such projects with a high degree of independence and take on the necessary responsibility. Students are qualified to put research results into interdisciplinary contexts and contribute to the necessary evaluation of the research findings. They are trained to be aware of the necessity of the reproducibility of research results.
The programme qualifies graduates for positions in research and industry of the chosen field of specialization. Furthermore it qualifies graduates to apply their acquired skills, competences, physical and technological knowledge to new fields of academic work and new research problems. The study programme qualifies to continue a personal career of leadership within project planning and research.
The programme also qualifies graduates to proceed with a doctorate research period.
The Master programme "European Master in Renewable Energy" (EUREC) is more application-oriented. The degree course aims to train professionals who are able to familiarize themselves with the various areas and issues of renewable energy and to develop these to specialists. Some of the future areas of activity include research, planning and development, participation in regional and international development organisations and processing of interdisciplinary topics on the sustainability of future energy supply systems. After completing the programme, the students will have a critical understanding of the role of Renewable Energy technologies in a climate and resource constrained energy sector and gain the technical knowledge on different renewable energy technologies. This covers the evaluation of the resource, principles of the conversion process, choice of materials, design of systems, performance of systems in operation as well as the use of models and tools for simulation and sizing. Students acquire a critical understanding of the principles of the socio-economic evaluation of Renewable Energy technologies and of the role of regulatory policy frameworks in the context of Renewable Energy. They have skills in analytical and research methodology, including a reflective and critical approach, relevant for Renewable Energy. After the specialization semester, they have a critical understanding and in-depth expertise in one of the following technologies:
- Wind Energy (National Technical University, Athens, Greece)
- Ocean Energy (IST Lisbon, Portugal)
- Photovoltaics (University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom)
- Solar Thermal (University of Perpignan, France)
- Grid Integration (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
- Sustainable Fuel Systems for Mobility (Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands)
During the programme, students acquire the capacity to apply scientific knowledge to a professional situation, as a reflective practitioner, the capacity to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team as well as the capacity to communicate information in a clear and structured way in both oral and written format.