Master of Engineering

in Clean Energy


The new version of this program will be offered subject to the approval of the UBC Senate and Board and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education


The objective of the Clean Energy Engineering Professional Master’s Program is to provide students with advanced knowledge in various aspects of energy conversion, distribution, storage and management, including renewable energy technologies, energy distribution networks and energy policy. It is designed to educate and challenge students to critical thinking about topics related to energy conservation and efficiency, energy and environment, and social impact. Moreover, the program provides first class education in business, leadership and project management skills which can be applied in various areas of the energy sector. A modern curriculum is based on innovative teaching strategies which include a key feature of organizing and promoting interaction between students and industrial partners through seminars, debates on advanced energy related topics, industrially sponsored projects and conferences.

This unique, interdisciplinary graduate program was initiated in September 2009 by UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre. The program was developed in collaboration with various Engineering Departments in the Faculty of Applied Science and Sustainability Programs at UBC, as well as industrial partners such as BC Hydro and FortisBC, who recognized the importance and the opportunity to educate future leaders in clean energy. Over the last five years the program has experienced a substantial growth. The Clean Energy Engineering program has gained international reputation and it is recognized by its unique approach to a variety of topics related to clean energy.

This year, the program will see a few changes, mainly in the organisational structure, to stay abreast with contemporary topics in clean energy, and provide even stronger support from UBC APSC Dean’s Office, various UBC institutions and industrial partners. The new program will be hosted by the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The program is now re-designed and re-structured such that it benefits greatly from the strong leadership and academic excellence of host departments, while at the same time it keeps its uniqueness and quality as top clean energy program in North America, and a strong link with the Clean Energy Research Centre. It will be offered to qualified engineering graduates and selected science graduates seeking to acquire advanced training in engineering science, management and leadership in the broad area of clean energy. The program is designed to be completed in one calendar year (Jan-Dec).

The program requires a minimum of 30 credits of coursework.  It consists of 18 credits of core courses dedicated to the specialisation in clean energy, and 12 credits of core courses dedicated to more general business and management skills.

  • The technical specialisation courses (CEEN) include topics on advanced thermodynamics and thermal energy systems, sustainable energy technologies and alternative systems (hydro, wind, solar, tidal, bioenergy), energy storage and transmission, energy efficiency and conservation (DSM, energy audits), as well as energy and environment, and energy policy.
  • Business and management courses cover topics such as project management and leadership, fundamentals in entrepreneurship, business case building and communication skills, as well as statistical analysis tools.

The program also offers a possibility of a summer COOP term (12 weeks) as well as many professional interaction with industry (through term projects, seminars and conferences).

Minimum admission criteria for the program is set by graduate-level master’s program currently in place at UBC. Clean Energy Engineering applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in engineering or a BSc Environmental Science, completion of a 2-year level thermodynamics course, and 3 years of relevant professional experience. For international applicants, the English requirement should conform to a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0 (or TOEFL iBT score of 80). Applicants who have not fulfilled these requirements, but who have several years of relevant technical and professional work experience in English to offset such deficiencies, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Program Admissions Committee. Additional information on admission requirements, transfer credit, and/or specific program requirements can be obtained by contacting our program secretary at

The starting tuition level requested for the program is $27,000 CAD for the one-year program for Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, and $46,000 CAD for the one-year program for international students requiring a Study Permit. This is a projected price for the program pending approval from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education.

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