The two-year MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuel Energy programme gives students a systematic, in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of all stages of power system implementation and operation. The emphasis is on the transition from fossil-based power systems to renewable alternatives, from a technical, environmental, economic and regulatory perspective, to give you extensive knowledge on clean combustion technologies, energy storage and renewables-based energy systems.
The programme is strongly shaped by project-based and challenge-driven learning methods that give you hands-on, real-world experience outside the lecture hall. Students typically work in small groups of 6 – 10 people, which fosters strong relationships with professors and helps create an atmosphere of cooperation where complex practical skills can be developed.
Flexible study structures also enable students to follow their particular interests, while gaining the necessary core technical knowledge behind modern power systems.
During the first year, the focus of study is on expanding essential knowledge of thermodynamics, clean combustion technologies and boiler design at one of two universities. You can choose to study at the University of Science and Technology (AGH) in Krakow, where there is a greater emphasis on thermodynamics within fuels, or the Silesian University of Technology (SUT) in Gliwice, where greater emphasis is placed on combustion technologies and power systems.
During the second year, all students study at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, Portugal. Here you acquire further in-depth knowledge through individually chosen specialist courses: chemical fuels as part of the energy mix, or renewable energy as part of the energy mix.
Towards the end of your second year, you will undertake your Master’s thesis, with a strong focus on innovative solutions relevant to your field of study. Students are encouraged to undertake their thesis with a relevant company in the field, which can be the same company at which they did their internship. The thesis project corresponds to five months of full-time study and is worth 30 higher education credits (ECTs). Example topics include: clean-combustion technologies; biomass technologies and/or renewables; and chemical-fuel concepts.
All students also undertake an intensive ‘Entrepreneur in a week’ course at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Portugal. Here you take courses relating to business and economics, including project management and business planning, to enhance your understanding of modern business practice in the energy sector. The course takes place either in your first summer or after your thesis, depending on your programme start date. More detailes about the course can be found HERE.
Complementary trainings during Year 1
During the two-year programme, you have the opportunity to participate in project management training courses, leading to a valuable and industry-recognised PRINCE 2 qualification. The courses on Foundation and Practitioner level is delivered to our students free of charge.
During academic year our students participate in additional workshops focused on development of personal skills and professional including creative thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, pubic speaking, leadership, and self-presentation. All of them are delivered free of charge for our students.
You can also take advantage of training courses in essential software packages that are widely used in the industry, including: AutoCAD, ChemCAD, and ANSYS among others.
Important part of program are study visits in industrial partners. Usually students participate in 12 visits in different companies of energy sector.
During the two-year programme, there are plenty of opportunities for engaging with our industry and research partners and networking with your fellow students across Europe. Our Career Center could help in shaping your future career!
Details of the syllabus and course structure of the programme, including mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme are available here.