The ability to harness energy resources, together with the ability to walk upright and use tools, is what chiefly distinguishes humans from animals. Today’s pre-industrial societies still rely heavily on the most basic form of energy conversion: fire. Modern societies cannot conceive of living without energy, even for a limited time, and nations have long waged war in order to secure energy resources.
Can we produce environmentally friendly energy? How do we know that an energy system is reliable, of low risk, economically viable, socially compatible, and resilient in the face of natural catastrophes?
The Master in Energy Science and Technology programme at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology offers students a choice of studies addressing the technical, environmental, economic, societal or political aspects of a sustainable energy system, equiping themselves to contribute towards shaping our future.
A clean, affordable and reliable energy supply is crucial for the well-being of industrialized economies and the development of emerging ones. Developing future sustainable energy systems requires education in a large number of scientific disciplines.
The transition towards a more sustainable supply and use of energy requires drastic change within the energy sector. This poses significant challenges across all aspects of integrated energy production, distribution, the economic context and the global interdependencies. The MEST programme provides you with the fundamentals needed to tackle these complex challenges.
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
Programme StructureCourses include:
- Electric Circuits
- Optimization in Energy Systems
- Energy Conversion
- Combustion and Reactive Processes in Energy and Materials Technology
- Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies
- Principles of Microeconomics
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesEnergy & Power Engineering Environmental Economics & Policy Sustainable Energy View 4 other Masters in Environmental Economics & Policy in Switzerland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
MEST strives to accept students from diverse backgrounds, but it is mainly those students holding a Bachelor degree in engineering or natural sciences with a strong academic performance from a nationally- or internationally-reputed university who have a good chance of being admitted to the course. To be considered, the candidate's Bachelor degree should comprise the following courses (although a deviation of up to 6 ECTS credit points is allowed):
- Mathematics: an equivalent of 26 credit points or more
- Physics: an equivalent of 10 credit points or more
- Engineering sciences: an equivalent of 24 credit points or more (mechanical/electrical engineering, informatics, systems/control etc.)
- Economics: an equivalent of 3 credit points or more
International1052 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 526 EUR per semester during 24 months.
National1052 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 526 EUR per semester during 24 months.
- The tuition fee is only 580 Swiss Francs per semester
Living costs for Zürich
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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