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About EIT-KIC Master in Energy, MSc - at KU Leuven

What will the future bring in terms of energy? Will we produce electricity from renewable sources such as wind and sun? Or from waste? The Master in Energy addresses students who wish to implement modern energy technologies for end-users of the electrical value chain.

What is the programme all about?

The Master in Energy for Smart Cities programme balances exciting technological opportunities in energy with environmental and socio-economic aspects of smart cities, such as energy efficiency in buildings, electric transportation, energy economics, smart lighting and other city services. The programme aims at maintaining a multidisciplinary approach to energy technology, while allowing you ample freedom to shape your personal profile.

The programme is a collaboration between KU Leuven and the Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC). You spend your first year at one university, your second year at another, and you have the possibility to complete an internship at a third.

During the programme, you have the opportunity to engage directly with major industry players and research institutes, small specialist companies and innovative start-ups in the field of smart cities and buildings. The programme aims at maintaining a multidisciplinary approach to energy technology, while allowing you ample freedom to shape your personal profile.

After successfully completing the programme, you receive a double degree, one from each university you attended during the two years, as well as an KIT-EIT Energy certificate in recognition of the extra activities accomplished.

EIT label

The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to a KIC educational programme that has been assessed positively by the EIT on the implementation of the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement (EIT QALE) system and the application of specific quality criteria with focus on the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs), robust entrepreneurship education, highly integrated, innovative ‘learning‐by‐doing’ curricula, international mobility and outreach.

Programme outline 

The master's programme consists of 120 credits, organised in two stages of 60 credits. The first stage consists of compulsory courses that cover a broad base of electrical, thermo-mechanical, and techno-economic subjects. In the second year, you continue working towards writing a master's thesis and attend elective courses: general, broadening and option-specific.

  • Master 1: you can choose to attend either KU Leuven or KTH in Stockholm. In your first year, you combine electrical and mechanical engineering courses with energy-related socio-economic subjects.
  • Master 2: you choose to attend KU Leuven, KTH, INP or UPC. You have the opportunity to take general and option-specific elective courses that enable you to specialise in the areas that interest you most.

The master's thesis is a second-year research project on electrical or thermo-mechanical energy, or on one of energy's technical-economic aspects. Here you learn to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in your first year.


  • Mobility and international exposure, including attendance to top international events related to the topic.
  • Innovation and close relations with industry in joint activities and project-based learning.
  • Unique double degree programme in Belgium and forging pioneering role in Europe.
  • Diverse group of part-time guest professors from industry with specific, in-demand knowledge on energy topics

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