Study programme

Study load

Your study load is measured using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One EC or study credit equals 28 hours of study. The courses of a Master's programme are generally 7,5 EC, that is 210 hours of study. As a full-time student you normally take 8 courses per academic year, earning you 60 EC. Energy Science is a two-year full-time Master’s programme in which you earn 120 EC in total.


Your study programme is structured according to the track you choose. Energy Sciences offers two tracks. You have to choose one:

  • Systems Analysis: In this track you receive an all-round training in all aspects of energy systems, including technology, economics and policy.  
  • Natural Science: In this track you are familiarised with energy systems and energy systems analysis, but the focus is more on the scientific and technological aspects. 

Depending on the track you choose, you take compulsory and elective courses and write a Master's thesis. You'll find a complete overview and background of the programme in the Study Guide.


On your study progress review in OSIRIS you can see which course you have finished and which you still have to take. It also shows your options. Here you can also find your obtained study results, so you can see to what extend you meet the exam requirements to obtain your degree. As such it is a useful tool when you are designing your study plan. The Study Advisor is always available to give you advice.