Energy, Environment and Society, Master's Degree Programme


Study programme description for study year 2022-2023

Facts

Credits (ECTS)

120

Studyprogram code

M-EES

Level

Master's degree (2 years)

Leads to degree

Master in Energy, Environment and Society

Full-/Part-time

Full-time

Duration

4 Semesters

Undergraduate

Yes

Language of instruction

English

This Master programme takes the Paris Agreement (climate change) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the point of departure. The programme focuses on the challenges associated with the realization of these goals, with a special emphasis on energy. Energy and its associated environmental challenges present tremendous challenges for both nations and the international community. Energy systems across the globe are transitioning - or about to transition - towards lower carbon and more sustainable energy configurations. At the same time, debates about what constitutes sustainable energy policy have intensified in most countries, with political conflicts over the true meaning of concepts such as sustainable energy, low carbon transition, and with different and competing visions about the future energy mix and future energy system.

These political controversies constitute the core of this Master study. It raises the fundamental question what sustainable energy might be and what a low carbon transition might look like from different perspectives. The program gives students an overview into energy specific challenges, environmental challenges associated with energy (e.g. climate change, water resources deterioration, competition for land, etc.), and explores the different actors, interests, perceptions and drivers of a possible transition towards a low carbon society in diverse contexts. It encompasses the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development.

The Master programme further explores transition theories. How can societal changes be managed and directed towards specific goals such as sustainable development and a low carbon society? What are the specific configurations of politics and policy that will enable a transition to a sustainable society in different contexts?

While the Master program is multidisciplinary in its approach, it provides room to specialize through the selection of electives and by studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Please note that changes in the elective courses might occur. The selection of elective courses offered each year might therefore vary.

Learning outcomes

It is expected that the students after completing the master will have/be able to:

Knowledge

  •  Knowledge about the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and global challenges
  • Knowledge of energy carriers, energy technologies, energy challenges, digitalization and ICT related to energy system integration.
  • Advanced knowledge of transition theory and other theoretical perspectives on politics and policy changes.
  • Advanced knowledge of national and international energy politics and policy.
  • Advanced knowledge of the challenges associated with a low carbon transition, and how this affects both societal structures and individual lives in an intersectional perspective.
  • Advanced knowledge of strategies and actions necessary for a low carbon transition.
  • Knowledge of the relationships between energy, risk, societal safety and sustainable development.
  • Advanced knowledge of the geopolitics of energy and environmental policy.
  • Knowledge of energy markets, resource economics and innovation.

Skills

  • Critically assess different sources of information, and use them to structure and develop an academic argument.
  • Apply different theories for analytical purposes.
  • Work independently with practical and theoretical problem-solving.
  • Conduct an independent research project.
  • Be a good team worker.  
  • Apply an advanced understanding of political and policy issues related to sustainable energy politics and policy in practice.

General competencies

  • Critically apply and evaluate relevant literature, theories, policy proposals, and recommendations.
  • Apply knowledge and research skills in various energy and sustainability related fields.
  • Communicate research, analysis and conclusions, making effective oral and written presentations.

Contribute to the strategies and solutions for a sustainable society.

Career prospects

This Master's program in social sciences is highly relevant to both the public and the private sector. Demand for knowledge about the nexus between energy, environment and sustainability is expected to increase sharply in the future. Employers like the public sector, think tanks, consultancies and the energy industry explore new ways of thinking and new ways of governance to enable social change together with low-carbon energy transitions. In an area as dynamically changing, this Master’s social science graduates are an asset for the public and private sector.  

Course assessment

The student evaluation in the program's courses is conducted according to the Faculty of Social Sciences' evaluation system.

To ensure the study program’s quality and a good learning environment for student and lecturers, dialogues will be held early in each course all semesters. In addition, standardised course evaluation will be held every third year.  The evaluation of the study program and its courses is conducted according to UiS’ quality system.

Study plan and courses
  • Compulsary courses

  • 3 term at UiS or exchange studies

    • Exchange studies

    • Term 3 at UiS - Choose 30 ECTS

      • BYG655: New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

        Year 2, semester 3

        New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

        Study points: 10

      • GEN530: Transnational perspectives on Nordic gender equality and welfare

        Year 2, semester 3

        Transnational perspectives on Nordic gender equality and welfare (GEN530)

        Study points: 10

      • GEN560: Intersectionality: critical perspectives on Inequality and Power

        Year 2, semester 3

        Intersectionality: critical perspectives on Inequality and Power (GEN560)

        Study points: 10

      • MENPRA: Work Placement

        Year 2, semester 3

        Work Placement (MENPRA)

        Study points: 30

      • SAM550: Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development

        Year 2, semester 3

        Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development (SAM550)

        Study points: 10

  • Compulsary courses

    • MEE100: Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change

      Year 1, semester 1

      Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change (MEE100)

      Study points: 10

    • MEE140: Philosophy of Science and Research Methods

      Year 1, semester 1

      Philosophy of Science and Research Methods (MEE140)

      Study points: 10

    • PET515: Energy, Energy Technologies, and Energy System Integration

      Year 1, semester 1

      Energy, Energy Technologies, and Energy System Integration (PET515)

      Study points: 10

    • MEE115: Social Science Research Methods

      Year 1, semester 2

      Social Science Research Methods (MEE115)

      Study points: 10

    • MEEMAS: Master Thesis

      Year 2, semester 3

      Master Thesis (MEEMAS)

      Study points: 30

  • 3 term at UiS or exchange studies

    • Exchange studies

    • Term 3 at UiS - Choose 30 ECTS

      • BYG655: New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

        Year 2, semester 3

        New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

        Study points: 10

      • GEN570: Global Sexualities:Theories, Methodologies, Practices

        Year 2, semester 3

        Global Sexualities:Theories, Methodologies, Practices (GEN570)

        Study points: 10

      • MENPRA: Work Placement

        Year 2, semester 3

        Work Placement (MENPRA)

        Study points: 30

      • SAM550: Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development

        Year 2, semester 3

        Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development (SAM550)

        Study points: 10

  • Choose two courses in term 2

    • MEE128: Digital Societies for Sustainable Energy Transitions

      Year 1, semester 2

      Digital Societies for Sustainable Energy Transitions (MEE128)

      Study points: 10

    • MEE200: Geopolitics of the Energy Transition

      Year 1, semester 2

      Geopolitics of the Energy Transition (MEE200)

      Study points: 10

    • MSB285: Economics of Energy Markets

      Year 1, semester 2

      Economics of Energy Markets (MSB285)

      Study points: 10

    • MEE120: Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy in a Comparative Perspective

      Year 1, semester 2

      Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy in a Comparative Perspective (MEE120)

      Study points: 10

    • MEE210: Governing Energy Transitions

      Year 1, semester 2

      Governing Energy Transitions (MEE210)

      Study points: 10

    • MSB305: Business Development and Innovation: Introduction

      Year 1, semester 2

      Business Development and Innovation: Introduction (MSB305)

      Study points: 10

Student exchange

Exchange semester
Semester 3

Students at Energy, Environment and Society can do a semester abroad, at one of our partner universities. Going on exchange is a great opportunity to make the most out of your degree, and to take courses not offered by UiS. Your semester abroad will be integrated into your degree, without your study progression being delayed.

Choosing courses
Throughout the recommended exchange semester, you are to take master level electives giving you 30 ECTS. This means you can choose freely which electives to take abroad, as long as the content is relevant for your study program. Some institutions have already made 30 ECTS course packages. At other instituitons, you can choose courses freely. The Department of Media and Social Sciences has a list over previously approved courses.

Help to apply for pre-approval of courses
After the application deadline, the department invites you to a workshop, where you will receive guidance in how to apply for pre-approval of the courses you want to take abroad. We recommend you to include courses giving you more than 30 ECTS, so that you have have a number of courses to choose from.

Want to know more?
Please contact study adviser Magda Hognestad for more information.

General information about exchange: Exchange guide in Digital student service desk

Student exchange
  • All countries

    Aalborg Universitet

    Aalborg Universitet (AAU) er kjent for å benytte seg av problembasert læring i grupper, noe som kan by på en spennende læringsprosess.

    Bond University

    Reis på utveksling til Gold Coast og Bond University!

    Delft University of Technology

    Delft University of Technology, også kjent som TU Delft, er regnet for å være blant verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet innen ingeniørfag og teknologi. Dette er en unik mulighet for deg som studerer ingeniørfag!

    Griffith University

    Griffith University er en populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter. Universitetet er et særlig godt valg for studenter innen musikk/dans, hotell/turisme og business.

    Göteborgs universitet

    Göteborg er Sveriges nest største by. Her blir man aldri mett på inntrykk med supre shoppingmuligheter, koselige kafeer, flotte museer og ikke minst en skjærgård med mange flotte steder, severdigheter og øyer å besøke.

    Københavns Universitet

    København er et populært studiested for nordmenn, ikke minst på grunn av den geografiske og språklige nærheten til Norge.

    Technical University of Munich

    The Technical University of Munich, also known as TUM, accounts for major advancements in the field of natural sciences. TUM is one of the best universities in Germany and has several awarded scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The Technical University of Munich strives for excellent teaching and research quality.

    University of Iceland

    I hjerte av Islands hovedstad, Reykjavik, ligger University of Iceland omringet av et utrolig landskap. Reis på utveksling til Island og Reykjavik, og få stipend gjennom Nordlys, Nordtek eller Erasmus+.

    University of Trento

    Bli Erasmus+-student i Italia – Reis på utveksling til Trento!

  • Australia

    Bond University

    Reis på utveksling til Gold Coast og Bond University!

    Griffith University

    Griffith University er en populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter. Universitetet er et særlig godt valg for studenter innen musikk/dans, hotell/turisme og business.

  • Denmark

    Aalborg Universitet

    Aalborg Universitet (AAU) er kjent for å benytte seg av problembasert læring i grupper, noe som kan by på en spennende læringsprosess.

    Københavns Universitet

    København er et populært studiested for nordmenn, ikke minst på grunn av den geografiske og språklige nærheten til Norge.

  • Germany

    Technical University of Munich

    The Technical University of Munich, also known as TUM, accounts for major advancements in the field of natural sciences. TUM is one of the best universities in Germany and has several awarded scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The Technical University of Munich strives for excellent teaching and research quality.

  • Iceland

    University of Iceland

    I hjerte av Islands hovedstad, Reykjavik, ligger University of Iceland omringet av et utrolig landskap. Reis på utveksling til Island og Reykjavik, og få stipend gjennom Nordlys, Nordtek eller Erasmus+.

  • Italy

    University of Trento

    Bli Erasmus+-student i Italia – Reis på utveksling til Trento!

  • Netherlands

    Delft University of Technology

    Delft University of Technology, også kjent som TU Delft, er regnet for å være blant verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet innen ingeniørfag og teknologi. Dette er en unik mulighet for deg som studerer ingeniørfag!

  • Sweden

    Göteborgs universitet

    Göteborg er Sveriges nest største by. Her blir man aldri mett på inntrykk med supre shoppingmuligheter, koselige kafeer, flotte museer og ikke minst en skjærgård med mange flotte steder, severdigheter og øyer å besøke.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree with a specialization of at least 80 ECTS credits in one or more of the following subject areas or equivalent is required:

  • Social sciences
  • History
  • Hotel management
  • Tourism management
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Pedagogy
  • Social anthropology
  • Law
  • Social science geography
  • Political science
  • Management
  • Economics

 

Professional bachelor degrees in the following areas qualify for admission: police, teacher education, social care and journalism.

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.

Contact information

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Media and Social Sciences. Phone no.: 51 83 15 00/15 35. Email address: post-ims@uis.no.

Please contact program coordinator Thomas Michael Sattich for academic questions.

Please contact student adviser Magda Hognestad for administrative questions.