Energy and Environmental Sciences

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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What are the causes of the various large scale global environmental issues like climate change? Can we identify options to solve these issues? Are options different in different countries?

The global challenges with respect to environment and sustainability are huge and can only be addressed in an interdisciplinary approach. Since it is impossible to address all these issues equally in a Master degree program, specialization is essential. The Energy and Environmental Sciences (EES) programme specializes in energy and is treating it from a natural science perspective. However, it trains the students that the natural sciences/technical approach to and solution of problems is only a part of the story and collaboration with other scientific disciplines is vital.

As the programme has a strong focus on the natural sciences; a bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences is an entry requirement. The exact background, however, can be very different, both in discipline (e.g. Marine Biology, Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Astronomy, etc.) and nationality and culture (60% from abroad, over 10 nationalities is no exception). This educational and cultural mixture provides a very interesting and challenging learning environment, in which you can benefit and learn from each other’s knowledge and background and get used to working in interdisciplinary/intercultural groups. Together, you (learn to) develop strategies to deal with the current issues in the field of EES.

Lecturers of the programme are staff members of the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG). Research groups within this institute are: Centre for Isotope research, Geo Energy, Centre for Energy and Environmental Sciences, Combustion Technology, Ocean Ecosystems and Science and Society. Research within this institute covers a wide range of topics, from isotopes research to social acceptance of windmills, and staff members have a background in various natural science disciplines. You can conduct your master’s research project in one of the research groups of ESRIG, this means that an enormous of variety of subjects is available and it rather likely that one of them fits you.

Around their graduation our students find jobs that suit their education and fit their interests. Universities (PhDs), energy companies, environmental consultancies, environmental NGO’s, industry and government are typical first employers. These employers mention that the combination of strong natural science fundaments and the ability of working in an international/interdisciplinary context provides our students extreme value.

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diplomaMSc Energy and Environmental Sciences
typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • Energy is one of the main societal themes of this university
  • Located in the modern Energy Academy Building
  • Excellent career prospects in and outside academics
  • Strong focus on working in interdisciplinary/intercultural teams
  • Tailor made study programs fitting students interest
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa

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1e jaar This is a 2 year research master degree programme. The first year includes about 30 ECTS obligatory courses, addressing the relevant theories and methodologies in our research field and 30 ECTS electives. These electives can also be courses from other faculties, like economics, psychology or spatial sciences.
2e jaar The second year focusses on doing research and consists out of 2 options, two research projects of 30 ECTS each or a larger research project (40 ECTS) and an internship (outside the university, even abroad). The research projects are carried out within the ESRIG research institute. This implies that a lot of options and subjects are available. Your tutor will help you to design a tailor made study programme that fits your interests and matches your future career wishes.


track Individually tailored programme

Each student is different and therefore student have the options to adapt the programme to their individual wishes and strengths

So it is possible to tailor your programme towards focusing on experimental research by choosing specialized courses and opting for experimental research projects. Or you can go for a more integrated systems approach by selecting courses from different disciplines and do integrated systems and modeling research projects. Combining your individual interests with the wide range of topics and methodologies of our research groups allows you to choose the study programme that best matches your future career.

track Research orientation and consultancy & business orientation

Students can choose between: 1) a more research focused orientation (two research projects)

2) A more consultancy & business focused orientation (one research project and an internship) in the 2nd year of the programme.

Both options offer the possibility to do a project outside the university. For the internship this is obvious, but many second research projects are also carried out externally (consultancy, government, industry). In this way you are optimally prepared for your first job after graduation.

  1. Science, Business & Policy


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083
instellingstarief : € 14650
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14600
1 september 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
1 september 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083
instellingstarief : € 14650
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14600

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

Universitary Bachelor's degree in (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Astronomy, or a degree in natural sciences if you choose the theme Systems studies.

Special programme available for relevant HBO Bachelor/s degrees.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 9500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 75inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
€ 750visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


72 studenten volgen deze opleiding
25% daarvan is vrouw
18 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
28% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

First jobs EES Students

To great satisfaction of the EES staff nearly all graduates find a job soon after (or even before) graduation within the environment/energy sector.Graduates find employment in a wide variety of organisations and positions. Universities, energy companies, environmental consultancies, environmental NGO's, industry and government are typical first employers as can be seen from the Figure.


lees verder ...
New kiting technique generates energy from 'calm' water

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2017
algemeen oordeel3.73.5


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Energy and Environmental Sciences aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 20 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.7 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Energy and Environmental Sciences graduates from the University of Groningen are renown for their in depth systems-approach and/or specialised experimental skills. Within months after graduation almost all (> 90%) graduates obtain suitable jobs in:

  • Research (institutes or universities)
  • Industry
  • Consultancy
  • Government
current job market

Potentiële beroepen

  • adviseur meet- en calibratietechniek
  • bedrijfshoofd elektrotechnisch bedrijf (management, wetenschappelijk)
  • bedrijfshoofd elektrotechnisch bedrijf (meewerkend <50%)
  • directeur onderzoeksinstelling elektrotechniek
  • hardware engineer computertechniek (wetenschappelijk)
  • hoofdontwerper telematica, elektronica, elektrotechnische installaties (wetenschappelijk)
  • luitenant-ter-zee elektrotechnische dienst
  • manager energiebedrijf (groot bedrijf)
  • ontwerper telematica, elektronica, elektrotechnische installaties (wetenschappelijk)
  • wetenschappelijk onderzoeker elektrotechniek
bron: CBS


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