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?

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

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 provides a series of introductory courses that give a general overview of the problem-field, and then allows for specialization towards any of a broad range of subjects within energy or sustainability, 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 or related engineering studies 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 (CIO), Geo Energy, Integrated Research on Energy, Environment and Society (IREES), Energy Conversion (EC) and Ocean Ecosystems (OE). 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.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • 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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profiel Individually tailored programme

Each student is different and therefore students 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.

profiel Science, Business & Policy

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
study abroad
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 kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
wettelijk tarief : € 2209 (€1105 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 15487
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18850

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don't wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master's programme (for a course start on 1 September).
If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:

Application - Decision:

1 December – 15 January

1 February – 1 March

15 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

University Bachelor's degree in (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Biology or another degree in the natural sciences or related engineering studies such as electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on:

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
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Atmos Groningen
Atmos Groningen is the first and only study association in the North of the Netherlands for students that are passionate about energy, environment and sustainability.
As an association our aim is to foster a strong and motivated student community who are looking to venture into the realms of sustainability, energy transition and environment. Our student community currently comprises of individuals from diverse academic backgrounds and ethnicities. We focus on creating opportunities which facilitate networking among students and leaders from within and outside academia. We organize both career and social events which include - monthly drink, soft-skill workshops, career days and other such activities. Moreover, we are looking to organize excursions and in-house days as well as a trip abroad with our members in the future! Our monthly newsletter and LinkedIn page functions to keep our members informed of the developments and job prospects within the field.

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

Ana Clara Cassanti
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


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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 280.000 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 renowned 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

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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