Programme info

Energy and Climate is a postgraduate programme of 30 credits.

  • The programme consists of 5 course modules which can also be attended separately. 
  • The programme covers 60 lectures, each lasting 3 hours and 5 exams.
  • The programme is taught in English and the course materials will be provided in English.
  • Lectures will be held on  Wednesdays from 1.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • No lectures are scheduled during Belgian school holiday periods (autumn, Christmas, spring, Easter and summer break)
  • Startdate 2021: September 15 
  • Venue: University of Antwerp, Campus Middelheim 

‚ÄčThe teaching staff consists of academics from the University of Antwerp, other universities, scientific institutions, the EU commission, governmental organisations, and companies.

Course materials span from basic definitions to practice and latest developments, from local problems to global solutions, and vice versa. Theories are illustrated and case studies refer to real world solutions.

Expect intense involvement and interaction, requiring a dedicated effort from the student and from the lecturers. 

Each course module will be assessed by an exam.

The University of Antwerp adheres strictly to the corona measures and guidelines recommended by the Belgian government.

The university will be offering a well-considered and realistic mix of educational activities, with as many classes as possible on campus. The most recent information can be found here.

Learning outcomes

  1. The student acquires knowledge and skills in climate change and the role of energy use and energy management in that perspective;
  2. The student gets thorough insight in the issue of energy use, and the demand and supply aspects of energy;
  3. The student acquires  broad knowledge of international policy and policy instruments to achieve  efficient and effective energy management in order to solve the climate issue;
  4. The student has a scientifically based knowledge of processes, techniques and systems in the field of energy supply and management;
  5. The student is able to handle energy and energy flows in a rational and critical way;
  6. The student has insight into the financial aspects of energy management;
  7. The student gets acquainted with the possibilities and limitations of new energy management technologies;
  8. The student is familiar with the economics and policies of energy savings, energy efficiency and measures such as auditing, energy accounting and supporting tools;
  9. The student is able to critically reflect on new findings and technologies provided by science, policy and other stakeholders in society;
  10. The student is competent to scientifically report and communicate his knowledge and findings to the stakeholders involved in the energy and climate debate.


The Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IMDO) organises the postgraduate Energy and Climate. The institute focuses on interdisciplinary education and research. Visit the IMDO-website for more information.

Prof. dr. Aviel Verbruggen is the founding father of the programme. He is a specialist in energy and environmental economics and policy. As a member of the IPCC, he participates in the global debate on climate change. Prof. dr. Ivan Verhaert, specialized in Energy Systems and Applied Thermodynamics and prof. dr. Steven Van Passel, Environmental Economist, act as academic coordinators of the programme.


When attending all lectures (attendance of at least 80% of classes) and successfully passing the exams, credits will be awarded.

When the five modules are qualified with credits (5 x 6 credits), the certificate of Postgraduate of Energy & Climate  will be awarded by the University of Antwerp.

What is a postgraduate?

After a bachelor's or master's degree, you can take a postgraduate course to further broaden or deepen your competencies.

Usually the goal is further professional training. A postgraduate course can be developed when there is a specific need for it from the professional field.

A postgraduate degree does not lead to a diploma, but to a recognized certificate. The certificate is an added value on the labor market.

Additional programme for candidates requiring a visa

If you need to apply for a (student) visa you need to extend your postgraduate programme with another 30 credits at an extra cost of 1.500 euro. You will have to add the additional courses  'applied project' (24 ECTS) and 'scientific paper' (6 ECTS) to your study programme.  These addtional credits will be mentioned in the certificate supplement.

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