European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management (SESyM)

Highlights of this programme: 

  • Energy Delta Institute contributed to the design of this programme under the framework of the EDIAAL programme, in cooperation with Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the Universities of Pisa and Zaragoza
  • Provides the economic and management skills you need for employment in the Renewable Energy Industry
  • Includes a research project at a company or a research centre

Key benefits

What’s in it for you?

  • Completing this master gives you a systems- perspective in terms of sustainable energy challenges.
  • You will be able to design, analyse and implement business cases and sustainable systems with a systemic and interdisciplinary approach.
  • Successful completion of SESyM makes you an economic engineer with a good understanding of systems in the energy sector and you will obtain a Master of Science degree


The programme is divided into three semesters.

During the core semester, students acquire a solid foundation in the economic and business concepts related to innovative energy project design and implementation and their various related interdisciplinary aspects. Students can choose to take their core semester at either Hanze UAS or the University of Pisa.

The subsequent specialisation semester focuses on systems operations and optimisation (at Hanze UAS), or on sustainable energy management (at the University of Zaragoza). During this semester, in-depth conceptual lectures are accompanied by practical work and technically oriented company visits.

In the third semester, students will apply their new knowledge and skills by means of a dissertation which involves a research project at a company or a research centre.

Participant’s profile

At whom is this Master Programme targeted?

Applicants are required to have a background in one of the following areas: economics, social sciences, management or studies providing a systemic point of view. All candidates must satisfy the language requirements of the university of applied sciences and affinity with modelling.

Depending on the number of applicants, a selection committee will make a decision in terms of admission based on a defined set of criteria. 


Prof. Catrinus Jepma
Prof. Catrinus Jepma is professor of Energy and Sustainability at the University of Groningen. Prof. Jepma has long-term experience in lecturing and research. His field of expertise is energy policy and markets, environmental impact and policy issues, energy efficiency measures and energy technologies. He is listed as an author of more than fifty publications. Aside of his   academic work, he guides policy makers and project developers in  the field of for example renewable energy and alternative energy sources. Through his years of involvement as (coordinating) lead author of the IPCC, Prof. Jepma received a personalised certificate for his share in the Nobel Peace awarded to IPCC in 2007.

Dr. Martien Visser
Martien Visser (1958) is werkzaam bij Gasunie als "Manager Corporate Strategy. Hij heeft Technische Natuurkunde gestudeerd aan de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven en is later in de avonduren aan de TU Delft gepromoveerd op een proefschrift over de inzet van steenkool voor elektriciteitproductie. Martien is zijn loopbaan begonnen in de windenergie. Later werkte hij bij de International Flame Research Foundation in IJmuiden. Sinds 1992 is hij in dienst van Gasunie waar hij diverse functies op technisch en economisch gebied heeft bekleed. Martien is Fellow bij het Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP).


EDIAAL was an Energy Delta Institute programme that aimed to gather, edit and make available independent knowledge on the role of gas in the transition to a low carbon economy. The EDIAAL project was partly made possible by a subsidy granted by The Northern Netherlands Provinces (SNN). EDIAAL has been co-financed by the European Union, European Fund for Regional Development, The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and Peaks in the Delta.

Useful information

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The Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Hanze UAS) in Groningen, the Netherlands; Università di Pisa, Italy; and the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

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The EUREC fee is € 7,300 for EU/EEA citizens and € 11,500 for students from outside the EU/EEA. However, EU/EEA Hanze UAS students will pay the Dutch statutory tuition fee. For more information about tuition fees please visit

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