Sustainable Energy Engineering and Policy

The Master’s program in Sustainable Energy prepares students for employment related to sustainable energy in government, business, or the civil society sector, and/or to serve as a foundation for further graduate education at the doctoral level. The program involves learning across two distinct disciplines – engineering and public policy. Students specialize in one side or the other of the program, graduating with either an engineering degree (MASc or MEng in Sustainable Energy) or a public policy degree (MA in Sustainable Energy) as appropriate. At the same time, students also take courses that engage with the other disciplinary component: public policy for those specializing in sustainable energy engineering; and engineering for those specializing in sustainable energy policy. Moreover students across the program as a whole work and learn together, garnering a greater understanding of the complexity of sustainable energy problems and acquiring an understanding of, and experience with, interdisciplinary collaboration.

There are three fields in the Master’s program in Sustainable Energy:

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Mechanical Energy Conversion
  • Efficient Electrical Energy Systems

The first field, Sustainable Energy, is associated with the MA degree of the program and focuses on the public policy dimensions of sustainable energy problems. Graduates gain an advanced understanding of the ways in which energy policy is made, policy choices and policy instruments, and the challenges that confront public policy in this field. The second field, Mechanical Energy Conversion permits students to acquire knowledge of design, development, implementation and improvement of energy conversion methods and systems that are associated with sustainable generation, distribution and consumption of energy. The final field, Efficient Electrical Energy Systems is focused on advancement in the design, optimization and realization of systems employing electrical power and the associated embedded intelligence. The second and third fields are associated with the MASc and MEng degrees of the program.

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