Universitat de Barcelona

Renewable and Sustainable Energy


Recent generations have benefitted from unprecedented economic and social progress thanks to the abundance of energy provided by fossil fuels. However, all the evidence suggests that this period of plenty is coming to an end: on the one hand, because it is increasingly difficult to obtain supplies of fossil fuels; on the other, because the scale of their impact on the environment is a cause of growing concern. In this context, sustainability has emerged as the new paradigm of prosperity for the immediate future.
This master's degree addresses the concept of sustainability from every angle and with the necessary academic rigour. It prepares students to work in companies and institutions that contribute sustainable solutions or actively integrate a concern for sustainability into their business strategies. As several studies have shown, this is a major growth sector that offers a significant number of positions for individuals with training in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. A document prepared in 2012 by the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving notes that this sector generates high-quality jobs and forecasts a national increase in employment of 20% by 2015 and of 75% by 2020.
Face-to-face teaching is used, and the teaching staff are drawn from different departments of the faculties of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Law, and Economics and Business. In addition, students will attend seminars given by professionals from companies in the sector based in and around Barcelona. Students will also have the opportunity to carry out curricular placements at some of these companies and can in some cases use the experience as the basis for their final project.

Learning objectives

This master's degree aims to foster a sensitive, evidence-based approach to the general concept of sustainability and to develop skills in the area of environmental protection and sustainable energy management, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy saving. The training acquired during the course will prepare students for professional life in various fields such as energy management, auditing and planning, and management of socioeconomic and environmental impacts of new energy sources. The course also serves as preparation for more detailed study of sustainability technologies through research and the completion of a doctoral thesis.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan and Spanish: 85%, English: 15%
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Physics
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should be particularly sensitive to the challenges of energy sustainability and wish to acquire rigorous academic training in this field, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy, in order to work in the area of research, innovation and development.

To ensure success in this master's degree, applicants should have a strong level of physics, chemistry and mathematics, user-level IT skills, and a good working knowledge of English. The degree is also open to professionals in the private sector who wish to broaden their knowledge of specific fields or techniques.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

Prospective students should hold a bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry, geology, environmental sciences, materials engineering, geological engineering, chemical engineering, electronic telecommunications engineering, energy engineering or industrial technology engineering. Candidates with degrees in other disciplines may also be considered, depending on the suitability of their academic record and professional experience. If they are admitted, these students will be asked to complete additional bridging courses to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to start the master's degree syllabus. The bridging courses will be compulsory subjects from the bachelor's degrees in Physics and Chemistry taught at the UB.

Holders of undergraduate degrees issued outside Spain with a study load equivalent to 180 credits may be admitted directly or asked to complete bridging courses, depending on the content and strength of their academic records. As above, the bridging courses will be compulsory subjects from the bachelor's degrees in Physics and Chemistry. Students will be required to complete up to 30 additional credits.

Skills and competences

On completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:

  • plan and manage the consumption of energy and mineral resources for renewable and non-renewable power;
  • determine life cycles and ecological, water and carbon footprints;
  • calculate energy balances to determine performance and improve energy processes;
  • identify and clearly explain the environmental impacts associated with power generation projects and plan solutions based on the use of renewable energy and minimal environmental footprint;
  • act as advisors for renewable energy projects and sustainability initiatives and examine the economic viability of power generation projects;
  • identify different methods of energy storage and the corresponding logistics and stock management strategies;
  • identify systems for the production, transport, distribution and use of different forms of energy and the associated technologies;
  • use legal concepts and sources of legal knowledge (law, doctrine and jurisprudence) to protect the environment; and interpret and apply international and Spanish guidelines to the regulation and promotion of renewable energy.

Pre-enrolment calendar

1 March - 23 June 2021.

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

The Coordination Committee will evaluate each application on the basis of the following weighted criteria:
  • degree qualification and academic record: 80%
  • professional experience: 15%
  • English (minimum B1): 5%


The Master's Degree Committee is responsible for the selection process. Applicants shall be notified of the decision.


19 - 23 July (new students enrolment)

13 - 17 September.

Open Enrolment