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Master's Degree in Energy and Fuels for the Future

Energías y Combustibles del Futuro

The Master in "Future Energies and Fuels” is an official Master of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, which provides access to writing a Doctoral Thesis and prepares the student for professional work in the energy sector, by teaching the new techniques for the generation of energy and the foreseeable developments.
There is international consensus regarding the need to urgently protect the environment with suitable policies. One policy which has been successful is the substitution of contaminating energies with renewable energies. The global pace of growth of new energies is approaching 100% annually, and, in this context Spain has a privileged position. All the future projections indicate that this tendency will continue over the next few years.

The Master provides training at Postgraduate Degree level in energies and fuels which will massively replace the contaminating energies used at the present time in the medium term, and the high level of knowledge required to form part of the growing group of scientists and technicians involved in the development of future energies. In this regard, the process involved in the substitution of conventional energies with new energies requires experts in the design and installation of new systems and researchers capable of improving the convertor devices and exploring new alternatives. This Master endeavours to respond to this dual requirement by establishing two focuses: technical and research, through the technical or research nature of the End of Master Paper drafted individually by each student.
The Master takes in a wide range of content: The physical and chemical bases of the transformation and accumulation of energy and the environment, energy economy and sustainable development, biomass, thermal conversion of solar radiation, solar thermal power stations, bioclimatic architecture, wind energy, photovoltaic conversions, photoelectrochemistry and thermoelectricity, terrestrial and space based photovoltaic systems, hydrogen, fuel cells, nuclear fission and fusion, accumulation of energy.


The priority objective of the Master is to broaden the training of graduates in science and engineering in the energies which are not taught in depth in the corresponding Graduate Degree studies, however, these are receiving a strong demand at the present time. To achieve this, the students will receive up to date training in the conceptual, methodological and instrumental bases of new energies, the energy techniques of the past will be analysed, the challenges and problems faced at the present time and future perspectives. These are intended to favour the professional development of the student in the field of energies in order to commence a Doctoral Thesis, to work in companies in the sector, to work in communication in secondary education or in the media.

This training is achieved through the learning of the knowledge related to energy themes: from an economic, point of view, the relationship with the environment, the knowledge and understanding of the energy conversion and accumulation techniques, with special attention given to those which, according to all the projections, will play a determining role in the future.

Recommended access profile

In order to access the official studies of Master, the student will be required to hold an official Spanish University Graduate Degree or former system Degree in Science, Technical and Advanced Engineering. In addition, those with foreign University Degrees can access the Master with no need to have their Degrees approved on condition that they accredit an educational level equivalent to official Spanish University Degrees which entitle the student to access postgraduate studies in the country issuing the Degree.

Student Profile

The students who wish to study the Master in “future Energies and Fuels” must have one of the following Degrees:

  • Graduate Degree or the former system Degree in Physical Sciences
  • Graduate Degree or the former system Degree in Chemical Sciences
  • Advanced Industrial Engineer
  • Advanced Aeronautical Engineering
  • Advanced Civil Engineering
  • Advanced Mining Engineering
  • Advanced Telecommunications Engineering
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Technical Industrial Engineering
  • Technical Chemical Engineering
  • Technical Aeronautical Engineering

In the event that the number of applications surpasses the number of places, the students will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • The number of credits achieved in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects and the grades attained in these.
  • The global grades of the Degree.
  • Courses taken in energy matters.

The applications from students with other scientific training not included in the previous list may be admitted based on outstanding aspects of the student such as:

  • An excellent academic record.
  • Additional training elated to energy.

In order to ensure that the students who enrol have sufficient knowledge to take advantage of the Master, the coordinators can recommend that the student enrol in complementary training courses.

Competences of the Graduate and Occupational Opportunities

Cross discipline competences:The capacity to analyse and synthesise a research problem.

  • To conceive and design experiments in order to prove work hypotheses.
  • To know how to communicate conclusions, knowledge and the ultimate reasons which support these to specialised and non-specialised audiences clearly and unambiguously.
  • To know how to search for relevant information in the Internet, the use of bibliographical databases and the critical reading of scientific papers. To discriminate the level of reliability of a source of information as regards another in order to achieve specific information.
  • Capacity of organisation and analysis of the information collected.
  • To know how to present the results of research in oral and written form.
  • Capacity to understand and analyse general energy problems.
  • Capacity to commence research and development in the fields of conversion and accumulation of energy.
  • Capacity to draft and present projects.

Specific competences:

  • Diagnosis and evaluation of the environmental implications of current energy technologies or those under development.
  • Knowing the importance of the energy sector in economic and employment activity (Spain, EU, global).
  • Using the basic instruments and techniques for the economic analysis of energy projects.
  • Being able to create simulations which make it possible to resolve specific problems in the field of energy.
  • Acquiring the capacity to analyse energy projects and their feasibility through the knowledge of the bases of the design and dimensioning of the energy systems and the economic cost.
  • Knowing the present day energy technology, its limitations, the environmental restrictions and the future perspectives.
  • Knowing the specific legislation in order to guarantee the compulsory standardisation, quality controls and the future R&D trends in the field of energy.
  • Understanding, analysing, designing and dimensioning the consumption systems which require additional energy accumulation systems in any of their forms. Evaluating the solar-hydrogen system as a method for storing solar energy.
  • Being able to discuss original themes in the field of energy research.
  • Being able to work in the business world of the energy sector or in the world of research.

With regard to occupational opportunities, the Master provides suitable training in order to work in a large number of companies related to energy, among which are the following:

  • Large companies related to energy management.
  • Companies engaged in energy projects at local and individual level.

Furthermore, the Master provides the training required to continue a research career through the drafting of a Doctoral Thesis in one of the areas of research associated to the lecturers of the Master

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