The Curriculum

The Intended Learning Outcomes of the PhD programme are the following:

  • The ability to link technical research with business opportunities in the energy sector.
  • The competence to convert inventions into innovations.
  • The ability to make value judgements and market technology innovation with a focus on the energy economy.
  • The skills to lead interdisciplinary and international teams with an creative spirit and a problem-solving mentality.

KIC InnoEnergy PhD School Curriculum modules

Overview of the Current Courses

Note that the offer is subject to change and varies from year to year.

# Course name Topics Module ECTS
1  Introductory Crash Course for Entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Marketing for entrepreneurs
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Managing teams
 I&BE I  3
2  Economic, Scientific and Technological Intelligence (ESTI)
  • Global energy issues
  • Emerging challenges
  • IP
  • Economic intelligence
  • Promotion
  • Publication of research
 I&BE I  6
3  Innovation Strategy and Management in the Energy Industry
  • Sources of innovation
  • Commercial development
  • Strategic process of innovation
  • Management of innovation
  • Open and reverse innovation
 I&BE II  3
4  Founders Factory
  • Evaluation of business ideas
  • Business model and business creation
  • Consumer understanding
  • Investor slide-deck
  • Intellectual property
  • Networking
 I&BE II  5
5  Entrepreneurship Summer School
  • Creative thinking
  • Entrepreneurial finances,
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Leading teams
  • Public presentation
  • Pitching
 I&BE II  7
6  Start-up Catalyst
  • Market evaluation
  • Innovation accounting
  • Prototyping and product development
  • Finance and fundraising
  • Sales and market entry
  • Project management techniques for Start-ups
 I&BE II  none
7  TBA  TBA  I&BE II  3
8  Energy English
  • Energy vocabulary
  • Writing
  • Negotiating
  • Presenting
  • Grammar
 Qualifying  10
9  InVolveMent
  • Leadership skills
  • Industry networking
 Qualifying  none
10  KIC InnoEnergy Scientist Conference
  • Scientific presentation
  • Networking
  • Leadership skills
  • I&BE practices
 Qualifying  2
11  Energy Economics
  • Energy geopolitics
  • Nuclear economics
  • Climate policy
  • New energy markets
 Economics  3
12  TBA
  • Energy economics
  • Advanced
 Economics  3
13  Renewable BootCamp
  • Description of advanced generation technology
  • Visits to state-of-zhe-art renewable power plants
  • Visits to technology manufactures
  • Discussions with start-ups
 Technology  3
14  Engineering Optimization for the Design of Energy Systems
  • Design of energy systems
  • Local and global optimization methods
  • Efficiency of optimization processes
  • Robust optimization
  • Analysis of optimization results
 Technology  3
15  Smart Energy Summer School
  • Smart energy systems development
  •  Power hardware
  • Power system
  • Control
  • Communication
  • Security
  • Network
  • Energy storage
 Technology  3
16  Energy for Smart Cities Series
  • Electric mobility
  • Storage and smart charging
  • Communication solutions in a smart city
  • Market and business models
  • Product development
  • Regulatory frameworks
 Technology  2
17  TBA
  • Clean Coal Technology
  • TBA
 Technology
18  Energy from Chemical Fuels, TBA  TBS  Technology