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Master Environmental & Energy Management

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Learn to manage socio-technical change processes in the environment, energy and water domains.

Making the world more resilient and sustainable is an urgent, yet complex task. Our global community is struggling with climate change, pollution and degradation of ecosystems, and increasing economic and social inequality. What does it take to organise, manage, and lead socio-technical change towards solving these global challenges? How can we keep our economy viable without exceeding the carrying capacity of ecosystems and infrastructures? That’s what the Master’s in Environmental & Energy Management (MEEM) is all about.

This one-year, English-taught Master’s, offered in Leeuwarden, will help you become a change agent at the interface between social, technological, and ecological systems. With a focus on social science disciplines such as management, public policy, governance, and law, you will learn to tackle challenges in the field of energy, water, and environmental management. This Master’s covers themes like sustainable development, resilience, circular economy, social entrepreneurship, environmental quality, and technological innovation – from the perspective of both developed and developing countries.

Start Master’s in Environmental & Energy Management

You can start your studies in September. In case you need to follow a Pre-Master’s first, you can start this in September or February, and once completed you can continue with the Master’s programme in September.

Located in leeuwarden, friesland

Whereas the campus of the University of Twente is located in Enschede, in the eastern part of the Netherlands, the Master’s in Environmental & Energy Management is offered in Leeuwarden, in the northern province of Friesland, a province that has a strong focus on circularity. Your lectures will mainly take place at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (VHL), which is the most sustainable university of applied sciences in the Netherlands.

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Choose a specialisation

Within MEEM, you get to focus on a specific domain of sustainability, by choosing one of the three specialisations. Your choice determines which domain you will focus on during the case study project and master’s thesis in your second semester.

Whichever specialisation you choose: you will also develop solid expertise in the areas of the other specialisations as well, as these are highly interconnected.

Combining knowledge and action in a hands-on approach

Are you a dreamer, or a doer? If you identify with the latter, you have come to the right place! As a student, you will work on real-life, tangible challenges, with a hands-on approach. So, more than wanting to ‘make the world a better place’: we’d like you to think: what specific challenges would you like to take on? What specific leads for change can you find, and what kind of knowledge and skills do you need? This combined focus on thinking and doing is at the heart of this Master’s.

Career perspectives

A combination of stricter governmental regulations, growing public awareness and increasing corporate social responsibility has raised the demand for specialists in the field of environmental, energy and water management, and this demand is still expected to grow. That is why, as a graduate of this Master’s, you can look forward to great career prospects, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Job opportunities for graduates of Environmental & Energy Management

Whether you want to become a manager at an energy company, a policy adviser at a governmental organisation, an environmental strategist at a multinational, a consultant at an environmental agency or a project manager at the United Nations: there’s a great variety of career paths you can follow. Some graduates even went on to start up their own business, like a fairtrade cacao company! Or you could pursue an academic career and follow your Master’s with a PhD.

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Management
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Behavioural Management and Social Sciences
1 year
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
Starting date
1 September 2024
1 September 2025
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme
Part-time to be discussed. Please contact us!

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