The Master of Sustainable Energy Systems programme is designed to provide contemporary education in the field of energy by emphasising sustainability in the energy resource assessment, exploitation, development, delivery and applications. To ensure sustainability this programme will focus on economically and environmentally friendly technologies and systems while placing a strong emphasis on the energy engineering tasks with due consideration of technical, environmental and socio‐economic issues. In the same vein, the programme expose students to advanced methods required to identify, quantify and find solutions to a diverse range of energy problems. Students will gain proficiency in sustainable and renewable energy project design, implementation, operation and maintenance, as well as in crucial phases of policy generation. The programme is structured to facilitate specialisation in the areas of Energy Technologies and Energy Management. Students will also be equipped with skills to work and study independently, synthesise knowledge at the forefront of Sustainable Energy, and conduct research using the scientific method. The programme is purposefully designed to create a fertile niche area where applied research in sustainable energy systems and technologies can be enhanced in the future. Thus, the programme will be a combination of coursework and a master thesis.
The Master of Sustainable Energy Systems programme seeks to recruit suitably qualified students who are capable of benefitting
from, contributing to, and successfully completing the programme. Students will be considered for admission into the
programme if they have:
- A Bachelor’s degree (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Metallurgy, processing, Agriculture engineering, Chemical Engineering, or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 8 from a recognised institution, or a pre‐NQF professional or any other engineering field assessed by the admission committee and (Applied) Physics or a field closely related to these programmes.
- Also other professionals who may prove long term track experience in the energy industry and must have completed Bachelor’s degrees (Hons) in Economics, Social Sciences, Environmental studies, or any equivalent as approved by the admission committee.
- Demonstrate proficiency in English communication at post graduate level, as demonstrated by the fact that the undergraduate degree was done in the medium of English. If the undergraduate degree was not obtained in the medium of English, then the applicant will be required to show proficiency in the medium of English through achieving at least band 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent.
Final selection of candidates will be approved by the Postgraduate Studies Committee.
Graduates of this programme will be well-equipped with the competency to conduct independent research work, conceptualise, develop and implement research ideas and communicate research findings effectively. Hence these much needed skilled individuals will be able to gain employment in the field of of Sustainable Energy Systems in careers such as:
Policy advisors in the energy sector including government ministries and parastatals; Major players in the energy sector, such as inter-governmental- and international nongovernmental organisations; Academic professionals; Consultants, contractors and manufacturers providing services to the communities; Research experts in the area of renewable energy technologies.
Graduates can also become entrepreneurs and thus creating a more competitive operational environment for the Namibian energy sector