European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management (SESyM)
The European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management (SESyM) is an initiative of EUREC (Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres) in collaboration with a consortium of higher education institutions, notably the Hanzehogeschool Groningen (NL), the Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (BE), the University of Zaragoza (SP) and the University of Pisa (IT). EUREC has a major voice in Europe regarding the research into sustainable energy and the provision of advice regarding the topical energy issue.
In the scope of that assignment, the European master SESyM is offered to train people to play an active role in the field of energy transition. This has indeed become a transdisciplinary matter in which technological, economic, legal, social and environmental challenges are the central issues. In this professional master programme, students are trained to design, assess and implement an innovative energy business plan. In realistic and authentic company case-studies and projects, you can address sustainable energy challenges based on a systems approach.
The programme consists of 3 semesters (core – specialization (choice) – thesis) of each 30 study credits. The study programme in all counts 90 study credits and is open to students, holder of a (professional) bachelor diploma from the following study fields: Business Management and Economics (e.g. Company Management, Network Economics, …), Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Architecture, … Admission is subject to a motivation file (cv, motivation letter, reference letter of employer/higher education institution), …) and a certificate attesting to sufficient proficiency of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or similar).
The fact that this is a European master study programme implies that the student must have studied in at least 2 European countries in the course of the study line.
The core semester (Sept. – Jan.) includes the basis of economic and business concepts necessary to design and implement innovative energy projects, as well as the legal frameworks and technical aspects of the energy business. This semester is offered in Groningen (Hanzehogeschool). During the second semester (specialization), the student can choose between Zaragoza, Kortrijk (Howest) or Groningen, each proposing a specific theme. In this context, Howest offers the ‘Sustainable Energy & ICT’ semester. The thesis semester can be taken either in a company or in a research institution in Europe.
Thanks to this offer, each student can compose his/her study line according to his/her talent and interests.
After 1.5 years (3 semesters), the master diploma is awarded by the Hanzehogeschool Groningen. This master study programme is financed by the government, as a result of which only the Dutch enrolment fee has to be paid (non-EU students pay a higher enrolment fee). This master study programme is also automatically acknowledged in Flanders.
This master study programme is a professional master, allowing you to start this study programme after a professional bachelor, after fulfilling the admission conditions, without additional transition programme; so that you have a master’s degree 1.5 years after obtaining your professional bachelor’s degree
The Netherlands and Flanders acknowledge each other’s bachelor and master study programmes (Protocol of amendment of the Convention, article 11 between The Netherlands and Flanders of 16 January 2013).