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Master of Engineering: Energy (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

What will the future bring in terms of energy? How much electricity will be generated from renewable sources such as wind and sun? What will power cars in the future and what will their engines and/or motors look like? The liberalisation of energy markets is causing a genuine techno-economic revolution. Guaranteeing a supply of energy that is clean, affordable and secure, is one of society’s key challenges. These phenomena make the subject of energy engineering highly topical. KU Leuven's Master of Engineering: Energy addresses multidisciplinary aspects of energy, exploring the possibilities and limitations of the various energy technologies and systems, whilst examining the environmental impact and socio-economic consequences.

What is the Master of Engineering: Energy all about?

The Master of Engineering: Energy addresses the main issues of mechanical and electrical energy engineering in a balanced and integrated manner, together with an in depth appreciation of the socio-economic preconditions that have an impact on the engineer’s sphere of action.


The first year consists of electrical and mechanical engineering courses, as well as several techno-economic, energy-related subjects and integrated problem solving and project work.

In the second year, your specialisation is developed by, amongst others, writing a master's thesis on a subject related to electrical energy, thermomechanical energy, techno-economic aspects, or a combination. You can also participate in an international exchange or do an internship.

Specialisation options:

  • Thermomechanical energy: emphasis on the mechanical aspects of energy supply and ‘energy machines and systems’.
  • Electrical energy: emphasis on the electrical-power aspects of energy supply and energy conversion.
  • General techno-economic energy: a broader specialisation, with a focus on non-technical aspects (economy, markets, legal framework, environment)


  • This master is a unique interdisciplinary energy-based programme in Belgium and has a pioneering role in Europe. 
  • The education is offered by a strong academic core team of a dozen full-time professors with large research expertise (all top researchers in their field, ‘embedded’ in a multitude of international research activities and collaborations), augmented with a diverse group of part-time guest professors from industry with specific knowledge on energy topics ‘from the field’.
  • The master is supported in the fields of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems by EnergyVille, a close research collaboration among the universities KU Leuven and UHasselt, and the research institutes VITO and imec.
  • The programme has a truly international scope and collaborates globally with partner universities which excel in the energy domain to develop and train the energy scientists and energy technologies of the future.

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We are organising an online open day on Wednesday 1 December 2021 to inform students about our English-language programmes. Discover Europe’s most innovative university and learn more about our international programmes, admissions, housing and much more. For more information, google “KU Leuven Online Open Day”.

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Career paths

KU Leuven organises an online open day on 1 December. For more information, please Google "KU Leuven Online Open Day"

This master's degree is the ideal preparation for a career in the techno-industrial environment, both nationally and globally, where your knowledge of energy technologies combined with a thorough appreciation of global environmental problems and sustainability and economic concerns is sure to be in high demand.

Junior engineers have predominantly technical functions, including:
● design and development
● improvement and optimisation of energy systems
● system integration
● logistic and techno-commercial functions

Senior engineers generally gravitate towards managementfunctions in industry and policy making, or act as leading experts in engineering and consultancy practice.

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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