Materials & Energy Transition - Master  fulltime programme

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The Master of Materials & Energy Transition focuses on engineering solutions for the energy transition and the circular economy. You learn to implement these technologies and make impact as a professional.

This master lets you explore the problems in the unsustainable use of materials and energy. You also discover engineering solutions to these problems, such as bioplastics, heat pumps, photovoltaics, data-driven technologies, and more. You will learn about the science behind these solutions, but also about their engineering state-of-the-art. This gives you a firm background for your future career.

Most of all, you learn how to implement such solutions in the real world. It's not just engineering: financial aspects, policy measures, acceptance by individuals, groups, and society, these all play their roles too. You will be able to identify the many stakeholders involved in transition processes, and how to take them along and make real impact in practice for a sustainable future.

During this master you will not only learn in-depth theoretical knowledge, but develop practical insights as well. The program contains 5 projects where you work on real-world issues, always in multi-disciplinary teams. You will be joining forces with people from different backgrounds. This master is taught in English.

You will graduate with a Master of Science (MSc) degree.

Programme features

Combination of science, technology, and engineering
You make a direct impact in transition processes
Multi-disciplinary projects
You implement technology in practice

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What will you be trained to do

Your job

Your MSc degree in Materials & Energy Transition will offer you plenty of job opportunities. It equips you to make the societal transition to a circular economy, based on sustainable sources of materials and energy, a reality. It requires people who dare to take ownership of real-world challenges. In short, it requires you.

The transition is happening everywhere: at small companies and multinationals, but also at start-ups. In local or (inter)national governments, and in all sorts of organizations. By the end of the program you will have learned much more about this, and discovered where you want to make your impact. And, you will know what roles suits you best: project leader, product or process engineer, consultant, researcher. All are available to you.

Whatever job you will find, it will always involve real-world engineering solutions that can make a real difference. You will become a true transition maker, and such people are always needed.

Potential careers after the programme


You will mainly work for consultancy and engineering firms, where you consult on the correct implementation of sustainable material use and sustainable energy.

Process engineer

You will be responsible for the development and improvement of machines, processes and installations within companies. You will contribute to making the process industry and the energy-intensive industry more sustainable.

Project engineer

You will be responsible for research and design. You possess solid technical knowledge of both sustainable materials and energy. And you know how to integrate this knowledge in existing and new products and systems.

R&D technologist

You conduct research into innovative technologies. And you develop sustainable products and/or processes in the field of materials and energy transition.

Reliability engineer

You will be working in the field of risk management, lifecycle management, sustainability and reliability of assets. You will ensure a reduction of the risks and costs, improvement of the service life of assets and the reduction of the strategic use of materials.

Sustainability coordinator/ Environmental engineer

You will ensure that the projects are evaluated in terms of sustainability, so the right choices can be made in terms of sustainable material and energy usage.

What is expected of you

You enjoy working on real-life cases and want to deepen your theoretical and technical expertise. You are a team player. Someone who enjoys working with people within and outside your own field of expertise. You know that agreement is necessary to make your work impactful and usable. You are also interested in your own broad development and you think from an interdisciplinary perspective. You are not discouraged by the opinions of others and you are confident. Being socially involved is natural

Programme structure Materials & Energy Transition - Master

Study programme

In the 2-year programme, you combine engineering knowledge with practical projects for real-world companies. In year 1, you take courses and work on group projects. In year 2, you complete an individual graduation project, which you carry out in the professional field.

The MET Master cares deeply about building a community and guidance on a personal level. You develop a strong connection with your fellow students and with staff members. This community will support you in many years to come.

Year 1

Year 1 of the program consists of 4 quarters of 10 weeks each. In each quarter, you take 2 individual courses and complete 1 group project. The courses build up your generic knowledge and skills, the project is focused on application. After the introductory quarter, the focus is on materials, energy, and transitions. This order gives year 1 a clear structure and narrative.

Important courses/projects:

  • Science and engineering for EMT
  • Material systems and solutions
  • Energy systems and solutions
  • Making transitions work

Year 2

In year 2 you complete your individual graduation project. For this purpose, you first make a plan of action about an issue you find interesting. You then complete your project at an external organisation or at an Avans research group. At the end you present your project and graduate.

Once every 2 weeks, you return to Avans for the day. The focus of this day is on sharing experiences with fellow students, lecturers, and researchers. In this way, we build a community where we learn together.

Important activities of the graduation project:

  • Define
  • Analyse & synthesise
  • Implement & evaluate

Admissions requirements Materials & Energy Transition - Master

Prior education

A certificate or diploma proving that you have successfully completed a Bachelor study in the field of built environment, chemical engineering, chemistry, environmental sciences, industrial biotechnology, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or a related technical bachelor before September 1, 2024, is required.

Spoken and written proficiency in English is required (ie. IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge).

Admissions assignments

These assignments are part of the preparation. You must submit the following documents via our assignment site:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 1 A4 page)
  • Personal Statement (min. 1 A4)

You will receive the login codes for the intake dashboard after you have enrolled in Studielink.

Assessment interview

An admissions interview via TEAMS is conducted with one of the lecturers after approval of the assignments. During the admission procedure we test your study motivation, English fluency, and theoretical knowledge and skills in regard to this master's program. You have to successfully complete this assessment to be admitted to the programme.

Practical information Materials & Energy Transition - Master


If you have decided to pursue this study programme you will need to register for it. Before you do, make sure you have informed yourself about our rules and regulations.

Please apply via our Dutch website if you are a Dutch student.

Application procedure

You must apply for this master's degree programme via the Studielink website.

In addition to the application procedure via Studielink you must also send us several documents.

Be sure to keep an eye on the enrolment deadline. You will find the deadline at 'Admissions requirements' of this programme.

Start month Location Application deadline
September EEA 31 May 2024
September Non EEA 1 May 2024

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After application we will contact you to inform you on the further procedure.  


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Tuition fees

In the overview below you will find the tuition fee amounts that have been set for new students at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Which of these 3 fees applies to you depends on the category you are in. In general, students from the European Economic Area (EEA) pay the statutory fee, while other students pay the institutional or non-EEA fee. Exchange students generally pay their tuition fees to their home institution and not to Avans.

Please check the tuition fees page for detailed information.

Fee Amount Year
Statutory fee € 2,314,- 2023 - 2024
Non-EER fee € 8,852,- 2023 - 2024
Institution fee € 8,852,- 2023 - 2024
Statutory fee € 2,530,- 2024 - 2025
Non-EER fee € 9,680,- 2024 - 2025
Institution fee € 9,680,- 2024 - 2025


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