Master’s degree Energy for solar buildings and cities (ESBC) program

Master Solar energy: engineering and economics (S3E)

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The Master program ESBC: Energy for Solar Buildings and Citites, is a highly innovative, new degree program preparing to tackle present and future challenges of the energy transition. It is a part of Solar Academy Graduate School recently awarded to University of Savoie Mont Blanc (USMB).

The Master program ESBC is a two-year full-time Master’s degree, composed of 4 semesters representing a total of 120 ECTS (officially integrated in the European Bologna system of higher education).

This master program is jointly developed by the School of Engineering (Polytech Annecy-Chambery), School of Business and Administration (Institut d’Administration des Entreprises IAE Savoie Mont Blanc) and School of Law (Faculté de Droit) at USMB.

Located on the Bourget-du-Lac Campus of INES (National Institute for Solar Energy), you will participate in high quality education and multidisciplinary projects, stimulating your creativity and entrepreneurial skills.


The training combines practice and theory centered on the fields of solar energy engineering, building physics and materials science, with an opening to computer science, architecture and urban planning, law, economics and sociology.

The training provides the knowledge on how to deploy the energy transition in the building sector, with a particular focus on solar energy. It provides technical tools for system sizing and management, and develops an in-depth understanding of the energy transition, including its relationship with public policies, economic and industrial transformations, business models, legal concepts and tools specific to the renewable energy sector, in particular solar energy.

Advantages of training    

Innovative introduction to engineering sciences, focusing on solar energy (highly growing sector of renewable energy) and on energy efficiency in building sector (responsible for over 40% of world primary energy consumption) will give a unique multidisciplinary education.

Excellence scholarships will be awarded to selected candidates, and funded by the Solar Academy Graduate School, in order to attract students with an excellent academic level and a real motivation.


The objective of the ESBC Master is to train future researcher and, senior executives, including engineers in technical design offices. Companies in the energy and building sectors, consulting firms, government regulatory services and NGOs are interested in candidates with a dual set of skills, such as those they will be able to develop in the ESBC Master’s program.

Real estate activities|Construction|Modelling and construction|Generation and distribution of electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning | Specialized, scientific and technical activities | Specialized scientific and technical activities.

Building control and technical diagnostics|Engineering and civil engineering studies|Engineers and managers in building and public works|Building control and technical diagnostics|Engineering and civil engineering studies|Engineers and managers in energy production and distribution, water|Consulting engineers in technical studies|Management and engineering studies, research and industrial development|Researchers in public research|Engineers and technical-commercial managers in building, public works|Higher education teachers


Courses are taught by international experts and highly recognized partners from national and international research institutions and industry as well as by academic staff of USMB.

Disciplinary and international mobility, as well as immersion in an international research environment, are an integral part of the curriculum, bringing added value to students in terms of training and research. Grants for international mobility, awards for best projects as well as scholarships awarded for excellent academic results are available.


20 weeks minimum. International experience integrated into the training: teaching by international experts, possibility of internship or training semester abroad.

Continuing study

Ph.D. in Economics, Management, for solar energy deployment and energy efficiency,PhD in Energy Law within the Solar Academy Grduate Program or at a French or foreign university.


The ESBC program  recruits students with a bachelor degree in Engineering, Physics, Sciences and Technologies or equivalent. A minimum of 180 ECTS credits is required as well as a sufficient knowledge of English language.

General knowledge of engineering sciences and physics of transfers is desirable.

Recruitment procedures

Applications via online platforms is mandatory. Deadlines and applicable platefoms depend upon your country of origin. Check dedicated webpage.