General framework of the training offer
The Master in Renewable Energy in the Marine Environment (REM PLUS) is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) offered by four universities:
- University of the Basque Country
- University College Cork
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- École Centrale de Nantes
These partner universities jointly engage in the overall execution and development of the master. Each centre is responsible for the operation of the programme at its own institution.
The master is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Renewable energy plays a more and more important role. At a social level, renewable energy contributes to a more sustainable energy system, by providing a more independent power system and contributing to the reduction of global warming and climate change.
Offshore renewable energy has a vast potential, but they represent a major technological challenge. The harsh conditions offshore demand advanced specific knowledge in various scientific and technological fields, and specifically trained professionals are demanded by this industry.
The aim of the REM PLUS master is to form specialists with the required skills to accomplish this technological challenge.
The Master provides the student with skills in assessment, analysis, simulation, development and exploitation of all available energy in the marine environment and in project development of safe, efficient and reliable marine energy generation plants, including operation and maintenance design and study of the integration of the plants in the electric system.
The Master program is fully presented in English and classes are presented by professors of University of the Basque Country (Spain), University College Cork (Ireland), Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France) and NTNU (Norway), and professionals from the supporting companies and institutes.
The master also offers the possibility to develop the Master´s thesis in one of the supporting entities and it offers a number of scholarships.
Students will spend their 1st semester in UCC (30 ECTS), the 2nd semester in UPV/EHU (30 ECTS) and the 3rd semester in ECN or NTNU (30 ECTS). The 4th semester will be devoted to the student’s Master thesis, hosted by any of the above mentioned universities or in the associate centers collaborating in this master.
In order to allow any student to choose among the optative offer (20,5 ECTS) corresponding to the first and second semesters, as will be shown next, a minimum number of 15 ECTS will be needed from any of the two specific specialization modules to be recognized as is, with the only condition of accounting a total amount of 30 ECTS per semester (including compulsory and optative subjects). No specialization module will be recognized to those students not addressing this minimum requirement. In this sense, the advice of the student’s supervisor is crucia
Specific contribution to MRE
The completion of the master will prepare the student for a leadership role in various renewable energy and marine sectors. Students will be able to carry out high-level technical jobs in engineering companies, equipment manufacturers and other marine industries.
Marine and renewable energy companies and institutions increasingly demand specifically trained professionals with an advanced specific knowledge in various scientific and technological fields. This programme trains the student to face the technological challenges that harsh conditions offshore require.
Likewise, students will also be able to pursue research positions in Universities, Research and Development in technological poles, and other institutes.
Moreover, this programme has a network of associated centres formed by several world-renowned research institutions and companies entailing a great career opportunity for students. Not only they have a direct participation in the master teaching and hosting students for their master thesis but they also recognise that the learning outcomes of the REM programme are suitable for positions in their institutions/companies.