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Master's Programme environmental and energy management

Do you believe that socio-technical change is needed to make our planet more resilient and sustainable? Are you eager to gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to organize and manage such changes, either locally or internationally? If so, the Master’s programme Environmental and Energy Management (MEEM) at the University of Twente is the right choice for you.

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Combine knowledge and action

Today’s  grand challenges  – climate change, resource depletion, urbanization, ecological and socio-economic stress – call for professionals able to organize, manage and lead socio-technical change. This combined focus, on thinking and doing lies at the heart of  the MEEM programme. Its social science-oriented Master’s programme will provide you with knowledge, skills and competencies in various social science disciplines, such as Management, Public Administration, Governance and Law. This will prepare you to lead and manage socio-technical change processes in the industrial, environmental, energy and water domains.

Three focal points in sustainable development

The core of this one-year, English-taught programme consists of three interconnected domains of sustainable development: environment, energy and water. The programme teaches the interrelated management and governance of these three crucial natural resources. Graduating in one of the three domains will prepare you for working with multidisciplinary teams in business, government, consultancy or (PhD) research anywhere in the world.

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Location Leeuwarden
Did you know the Master Environmental and Energy Management is based in Leeuwarden? It is a lovely city in the north of the Netherlands. 


Different universities offer Master’s programmes comparable to the MEEM programme. However, the programme at the University of Twente is unique for 5 reasons:

  1. This programme offers you a sure way of adding knowledge, skills and competencies in the management and governance of socio-technical change to your Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. The University of Twente’s unique High Tech Human Touch philosophy provides you with the perfect platform for becoming a leader in improving socio-technological systems.
  2. The programme offers an integrated set of knowledge (interactive courses), skills (individual and team assignments) and competencies (working on real-life problems and researching your Master’s thesis).
  3. The program will equip you to convert global challenges, such as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), into manageable local solutions.
  4. The intensity of the programme means you will grow into a sustainability professional in one year (see also admission). It is offered by the university’s Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, CSTM, a globally leading knowledge centre with a vibrant world-wide network spanning both the developed and the developing world.
  5. The programme is offered in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands’ most challenging province with respect to environment, energy and water. It is located in Leeuwarden, Europe’s Capital of Water Technology as well as its Capital of Culture 2018 – and one of Lonely Planet’s top 3 essential destinations in Europe.

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Programme overview

Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Management
Certification: MSc
1 year
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
English taught
Starting date
1 September 2019
1 September 2020
1 September 2021
Agora 1
8903 JR Leeuwarden
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

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