Energy for Society



Type of DegreeMaster

EU FeesEUR 2,314

Cost non-EUEUR 6,816

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Programme introduction

The aim of the master’s programme is to educate Energy Transition Strategists focussing on local and regional levels of energy transition. Upon graduation, you will have a broad competence base ranging from how to build (energy) communities, sustainable energy technologies, sustainable business models, governance, communication to spatial transformations. This will enable you to initiate and support local and regional energy transition projects entrepreneurially, i.e. help define and implement community-based projects that create social, environmental and monetary value. You will be able to catalyse complex bottom-up energy transition processes and foster change in people’s ‘energy behaviour’. Working with communities, cooperatives, clusters of companies, municipalities and regional organisations you will establish a dialogue between different groups of stakeholders.

Course structure

The first two semesters you will attend different modules that will give you a solid basis for your thesis and your career in de professional field. Examples of these modules are ‘Community Building’ and ‘Adaptive Leadership in Energy Transition’. In the module ‘Community Building’ you will acquire knowledge and tools on how energy communities can be created and supported to facilitate energy transition solutions at the micro and macro levels. The module ‘Adaptive Leadership in Energy Transition’ will focus on developing insights related to adaptive leadership in the context of energy transition, and explore and develop their personal and leadership styles needed as transition strategists.

In the third semester, you will work on your thesis project which comprises applied research with a focus on investigating an energy transition initiative and further developing your professional skills. The thesis project can take place in the Netherlands or abroad. Finding a suitable thesis topic is facilitated by the research programmes taking place at the Energy Transition Centre (EnTranCe) and the Energy Academy Europe (EAE). These programmes provide many opportunities for your research into a real-life energy transition issue. At the end of this semester, you will defend your thesis report including your personal reflection report.

How to apply

This programme is open to anyone with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject.

The video below shows you every step you need to take to apply for a programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Alternatively, for more information, please email

Career opportunities

There are many job opportunities for postgraduate of the Master Energy for Society ranging from profit to non-profit organisations. To name a few: consultant to guide local initiatives for utility companies, Sustainability Consultant for network administrators, Local Council Policy Officer, Area Director Energy Transition, Programme Manager Energy, Community Advisor in local construction projects or renovation projects, and Freelance Consultant Energy Transition.

For more information on the programme, admission and application, Groningen or the Netherlands, please visit the University's website.

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