Programme Outline

MSc Energy for Smart Cities is ideal for students who are fascinated by energy technology and interested in environmental and socio-economic factors, as well as the electrical and thermo-mechanical aspects of the urban environment. This master study focuses on end-users of the electrical value chain; the citizen, the company and the city.

Year 1

The first year of this programme combines electrical and mechanical engineering courses with energy-related socio-economic subjects. An integrated project is also included.

Innovation Journey

The Innovation Journey in the ‘Energy for Smart Cities’-programme is a challenge driven journey where students, in groups, transform challenges in innovative proposals and build up market feasible prototypes. These technical and business creation challenges will be delivered by start-ups and innovative companies. The innovation journey has three stops, consisting of one week courses, in different European cities: Smart Cities Week, BIZ bootcamp and Summer School.

Innovation Journey 2015-2016

Innovation Journey 2016-2017

Entrepreneurship Journey

Because of the success of the innovation journey last year, we’re opening the first Entrepreneurship Journey in September. This journey will support 17 of our second year master school students by turning their ideas into commercial reality, transforming them into entrepreneurs. More information will follow soon!

Year 2

In the second year, you continue working towards writing a Master’s thesis and attend elective courses; general, broadening and option-specific.

To deepen your energy knowledge, MSc Energy for Smart Cities organises a smart cities course during the annual Athensweek each November. Here you discover a myriad of leading innovations and technologies in the smart cities sector outside of the traditional curriculum.

During the MSc Energy for Smart Cities 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.

MSc Energy for Smart Cities Programme Mobility Map

InnoEnergy Mobility Concept
Our strong mobility concept means that you spend your first year at one university, your second year at another, and have the possibility to complete your internship at a third. MSc Smart Cities also offers a Summer School at Business School between Year 1 and 2.

Role of industrial partners

For the Innovation Journey, MSc Energy for Smart Cities works together with start-ups and innovative companies who provide challenges for the students.

Added value activities

Innovation Journey

Smart Cities Week

The first stop of the Innovation Journey is the Smart Cities Week course, this will take place in Barcelona, coinciding with the Smart City Expo World Congress.During this week companies will present their innovation challenges and students will elaborate an innovation proposal.

BIZ bootcamp

The second stop is Leuven, where the BIZ bootcamp will take place. Here, students will work on their business model based on elements of the value creation study.

Entrepreneurship School

The journey ends in Amsterdam, where the innovative prototypes will be revealed. In this week, students focus on innovation methodologies and apply the last finishing touches before the final competition round.

Student interview - Jorn Reniers - MSc Energy for Smart Cities

Jorn is deeply involved with a project on the district heating system in Stockholm. He explains that using different types of energy at different times creates synergies that are essential to exploit in the push to become more sustainable. He also emphasises the importance of realism when it comes to innovation. It’s ok to think outside of the box but it must still be within the realms of reality.

Courses and Syllabus

Find out more about the course structure of our MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme. Here, you can see an example of how your courses could look. These pages also provide information on mandatory modules  and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme.

Thesis Project and Degree

By undertaking our MSc Energy for Smart Cities Degree, you’ll benefit from being from learning in current and future energy contexts with an urban focus. By applying the skills you will have learned from your previous year’s study, this degree will refine your knowledge in electrical, thermo-mechanical and technical-economic aspects of the energy industry.