Programme Outline

Our MSc Renewable Energy programme focuses in power generation with renewable energy technologies and in the integration of renewables into the Energy System. During this course, you will be studying topics such as solar energy, wind energy, ocean energy, energy economy and markets as well as energy and the environment. You can do your master thesis through an internship in a company.

As one of our students, you will also have the opportunity to study business and management in our winter and summer schools ahead of completing your final thesis. These winter and summer schools are organised jointly with ESADE Business School in Barcelona (ranked as one of the world’s top five business schools by the Financial Times).

By fully implementing the KIC InnoEnergy concept of ‘learning by doing’, MSc RENE aims to develop your skills and competences in creativity, research, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Students will notice this in the ‘Engineering & Business Case’ module through the two years program.

Thanks to the strong partnership between universities, innovation centres and energy companies, MSc RENE will provide you with a holistic understanding of the renewable energy field. You will gain state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in fundamental renewable energy disciplines covering the value chain from power generation to storage and transmission.

Network events, guest lectures, case studies, and study visits give our students access to our companies and start-ups ecosystem. However, it is up to you as a student to actively take part in this eco-system.


Year 1

The first year includes core training in advanced technology concepts and methods, as well as in sustainable energy production and utilisation. Topics like energy economy and markets and energy and the environment are also included.

Entrepreneurship training starts early in year 1 in the Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics with the ‘Entrepreneur in a week’ intensive course. All year 1 students also participate in the ‘Innovation Seminar’ at UPC in Barcelona with the participation of our industrial partners. Both activities are learning opportunities showing how ideas and start-ups are built. Their purpose is to demonstrate that the process from idea to plan is not as complex as you might imagine.

After this first contact with companys, the Winter School in ESADE will train you in Entrepreneurship and Innovation fundamentals. Back to the technical university where you are studying, during the Spring Semester you’ll be faced to work in an Engineering & Business Case study, a case written and supervised by an industry expert about the development of a new product or service.

The Summer School in ESADE will provide you deeper training in business and management topics.

Year 2

The second year is devoted to the individual student’s specialisation. The final selection of specialisation is carried out during the first year from the following:

  • Solar Photovoltaics – PV (Paris-Saclay and UPC)
  • Solar Thermal Electricity – STE (KTH and UPC)
  • Wind Energy (Paris-Saclay, IST)
  • Hydropower (Paris-Saclay, IST)
  • Ocean and Offshore Energy (Paris-Saclay, IST)
  • Biomass and Biofuels (IST, KTH)
  • Integration of renewable systems to the energy system (KTH, Paris-Saclay and UPC)

The programme also includes study visits to wind hydropower parks or energy companies, mainly in the second year as part of master thesis projects.

During year 2 you will be able to participate in a Challenge launched by a company. Our star-ups will offer you the opportunity of working with them in a real-life situation of innovation during six months.

The second year also includes a thesis done via a mandatory internship in a company or a research centre.

The mobility path is described below.


InnoEnergy Mobilty Concept
Our strong mobility concept means that you spend your first year at one university, your second year at another. The final selection is done with your supervisor to ensure coherence with your career goals and the programme’s intended learning outcomes.

Role of industrial partners

Currently, more than 25 companies are actively participating in MSc RENE, including areas like curriculum design, applicants’ selection process, promotion, teaching, master thesis internships and job opportunities.

MSc RENE allows students to do their Master thesis with a relevant company from the energy sector. The partners of the MSc RENE provide internship opportunities. In fact, more than 90% of students perform their master thesis internship in a big company, a SME, a start-up or an internationally recognized research center. Students also have privileged access to the most prestigious industries as mentors of the Master Thesis work.

Finally, MSc RENE has interaction with internationally-known industries that are pioneering activities at the forefront of finding new solutions to tomorrow’s engineering and business challenges.

Added value activities

Entrepreneurs in a week
During autumn, you will work at the Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Lisbon in developing a business idea in the framework of this entrepreneurship-related course.

RENE Innovation Seminar
Our industry partners will explain you successful cases of innovation. You will have the opportunity to talk with them in the “Coffee around table with industry experts”.

Management and Entrepreneurship Winter School
This one and a half week course, between the autumn and the spring semester of year 1, is given by the ESADE Business School. It aims to train you in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, covering topics such as Creative Thinking, Innovation & Strategy, Entrepreneurial finances, Marketing for start-ups, and IP protection. After completing this course, we expect you being able to tackle and prepare feasibility studies for innovation processes.

Management and Entrepreneurship Summer School
This tree-week course, during summer between year 1 and year 2, is given by the ESADE Business School. It aims to provide you a deep training in Management and Entrepreneurship, covering topics such as Personal and Professional Skills, New Venture Creation, New Product Development and Service Innovation, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Managing High Performance Teams, Operations Management, and HR Management. After completing this course, we expect you being able to tackle and prepare a business plan, manage innovation in companies or even create your own venture. During year 2 you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills working in a go-to-market process with one of our ventures.

Engineering & Business Case studies with industry
RENE students work in their engineering and business case studies with industry representatives from the energy sector, as well as with entrepreneurs in the go-to-market process of a product, including the product´s feasibility analysis.


Student interview - Federica Carnicelli - MSc RENE

With a mother who is an entrepreneur and a grandfather who builds solar panels in his back garden, Federica comes from an inspiring family. It is therefore no surprise that she dreams of one day working on her own project within the renewable energy field. She currently has an internship working in a photovoltaics lab and is learning to put the theory from her technical courses into practice.

Courses and Syllabus

Find out more about the course structure of our MSc RENE 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

If you choose to study for a degree at MSc RENE, you’ll have the opportunity to write your master thesis during an internship at a leading energy company. Your thesis is worth 30 higher education credits (ECTS) and should be aligned with renewable energy research and technology projects.