Postgraduate of Energy and Climate


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Program Description

Huge challenges need urgent solutions. Learn about both, and become part of the solutions! Global climate change is mainly caused by emissions due to peoples’ daily energy uses. ‘Think globally, act locally’ is necessary to trigger urgent and drastic changes. Energy use and solutions are local, markets and technologies are global. Finding feasible ways to transform energy systems is challenging for all of us. On the one hand, drastic change requires fresh ideas, innovative ways of approaching problems and the discovery of unexplored paths. On the other hand, the solid laws of physics and vested routines in human behavior constrain change. The lectures combine both perspectives. You will acquire science-based evidence and tools combined with knowledge and practice on policy-making and implementation.

Program Content

The Postgraduate of Energy and Climate is innovative and unique in its approach:

  • The lectures focus on energy for the future: Energy efficiency and renewable energy are studied from the energy endues and services perspective.
  • The future is uncertain: Two lecturers, diverging in analysis and proposed solutions, will present their views on contentious policy issues.
  • The future is common: The course attracts a broad audience, from non-technical scholars to certified engineers, all eager to explore new perspectives and approaches for addressing energy and climate topics.

If you want energy policy, you must understand policy and energy.


The program is designed to equip the participants with the competency to understand the state-of-the-art on energy and climate issues and the ongoing policies and regulations debate. The program aims to improve the understanding of concepts and systems and enhances knowledge regarding tools and technologies. This will enable innovative planning and action from a new perspective and approach. The program is designed in collaboration with lecturers of several scientific disciplines and the working environment. It is embedded in the interdisciplinary networking Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development at the University of Antwerp.

The postgraduate program is a part-time study of 30 ECTS credits. It consists of 5 mandatory course modules. Each course module can be followed separately. The postgraduate study can be combined with two additional courses.

Career Path

The Postgraduate of Energy and Climate leads to specialized knowledge and competences and turns you into a high level Energy & Climate specialist. It gives your curriculum vitae added value on the labour market. The programme focuses largely on professional skills, so the knowledge you acquire can immediately be used in the work environment. Participation will also help expand your network. The programme inspires jobs in the broad domain of Energy & Climate related to consulting, policy making, engineering and management.

Why choose UAntwerp?

"Following this programme would certainly influenced my career path with my former employer PwC. As it turned out I was elected Member of the European Parliamant during the postgraduate programme. Since my portfolio contains energy, climate, mobility and innovation, I make daily use of the knowledge and concrete examples that were brought forward during the postgraduate programme.

The theory, concrete examples and the discussion among students from different kind of cultural and professional backgrounds were the most valuable things I take with me.

I believe continuous education is essential in a continuous changing world. Energy & Climate will be on top of the business and political agenda for decades to come, so it’s a very wise choice to get to learn more about these topics and take this knowledge with you on the next steps in your journey."

Tom Berendsen | Belgium


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Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The University of Antwerp is ranked 7th in THE Young Universities Rankings 2019: Millenial universities. It has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. 19% of o ... Read More

The University of Antwerp is ranked 7th in THE Young Universities Rankings 2019: Millenial universities. It has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. 19% of our student population comes from abroad. Read less