Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion

University of the Basque Country

24 months
4000 EUR/year
2000 EUR/year
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Accelerating the transitions to a low carbon economy calls for rigorous and relevant research in various disciplines including, among others, energy storage and conversion which are essential to face the increasing sustainability challenges tackling both global warming and energy security. The Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion programme is offered by the University of the Basque Country.

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The Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion programme from the University of the Basque Country covers interdisciplinary fundamental and applied fields of Materials Science, Electrochemistry, Chemistry, Fuel Cells, Battery and Photovoltaic technologies. During two years, MESC+ will give the opportunity to the students to acquire a significant number of competences that result from the three major categories, as follows:

  • Scientific knowledge: thorough knowledge of the chemistry fundamentals; Li-Sulfur, Aqueous, Metal Air, Supercapacitors, Organic Batteries, Solid State Batteries, Metal-ion batteries, Metal anodes, Advanced Electrochemical Techniques, Battery Monitoring, safety, etc…
  • Know-How (Applications / on-the job ability): computational and modeling, advanced spectroscopies, battery engineering, IoT, bibliography search, analysis and reporting of R&D results, project development and implementation,
  • Soft skills (social and transferable skills): English, oral and written communication, interculturality, adaptability, self-esteem, autonomy, capable of taking initiatives, creativity, team spirit, critical mind, etc.

4 Reasons to Study this Master

  • Leading European Industrial managers and politicians have recently identified the need for a European educational program leading towards training of scientists and engineers capable to design and develop novel technologies in the field of energy conversion and storage.
  • Similar energy storage and conversion targeted curricula do not exist elsewhere.
  • Apart from the 5 European universities, 2 Universities in USA and Australia, a European Research Institute (ALISTORE), the French Network on Energy Storage (RS2E), the Slovenian National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) and a leading Research Center in Spain (CIC Energigune) are involved.
  • Moreover, the Master Thesis can be carried out in 30 associated Labs. in Universities and Companies including BOSCH, UMICORE, RENAULT, TOTAL, SOLVAY, SAFT, EDF, SOLVIONIC.

Career Opportunities

MESC+ opens the way to both jobs in companies or R&D institutes or to PhD studies in Materials Science and Engineering or Energy Technology.

The importance of improving the safety, cost and performance of energy storage and conversion technologies is globally recognized, as we move away from a dependence on fossil fuels. This also follows regulations from the European Commission with a creation of the Battery Alliance and other efforts to start with a large scale battery production in Europe. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Electrochemistry
  • Advanced Solid State Chemistry
  • Application of Surface Treatments to Energy Storage
  • Basic Electrochemistry
  • Bibliographic Thesis Project & Scientific English
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage
  • Energy Storage and Conversion
  • English and Scientific paper writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students from all over the world can apply for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree MESC+
  • Students with a double nationality from a Partner (non European) and a Programme (European) countries must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.
  • Students who have obtained a Bachelor or equivalent (minimum 180 ECTS) in Materials Science or related discipline like Chemistry, chemical Engineering, etc.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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