MSc in Energy for Sustainable Social Development

MSc in Energy for Sustainable Social Development

2 years

The Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University has initiated a two years (4-semester) M.Sc. Architecture in Energy for Sustainable Social Development(MSESSD) from November 2015 in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. 

This master's program is offered under the Department of Architecture, Central Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. The Centre for Applied Research and Development (CARD) of the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University was implementing agency in Nepal. The EnPe (NORAD), Norway was the responsible agency and financier of this M.Sc. program and the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology (NTNU) was responsible for the coordination of this program. The EnPe (NORAD), Norway funding was available from July 2015 to July 2020. Since 2015, this master’s program has been included under the regular program offered by the Central Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University.

This is a unique Master's program that emphasis is on case studies, fieldwork, and research in the renewable energy sector in the rural and urban context of Nepal. This Master's course focuses on the planning, designing, policy-making, and management of energy systems and formulating strategies. The course philosophy is to progress the students from overall planning (macro) to detailed planning and design (micro) in a ‘whole to part approach’. The program is structured with an objective to produce graduates who will have in-depth knowledge of energy planning, analysis, and formulating strategies so that they have the capability to accept both technical and management responsibilities. An important influence is real-life problem-based learning including case studies and problem-solving with quantitative and qualitative models.

Salient Features

Core and Elective Courses

The course consists of two types of courses: the Core Courses which deal with the fundamental theory and the Elective Courses which deal with the specific details of the course. Similarly, conferences and seminars are organized from time to time to make students update with the current situation in the energy, sustainability, and social world. Also, students are encouraged to participate in various national and international conferences.

The core courses of the Energy for Sustainable Social Development program focus on the fundamentals of sustainable energy designing, planning, analysis, modeling, and management in rural and urban areas. Elective courses chosen will enable students to focus on their technical interests to specific topics in energy in rural reconstruction, micro-level energy management in society, energy solutions in urban and rural planning, and energy management with gender basis. In addition, required project works will provide hands-on real-world experience with field and case studies.

Group Project Work

The purpose of the group project in the second year, second semester is to provide an opportunity for the group of students to investigate, analyze, and provide a possible solution to an existing energy-related problem in urban and rural society. The group project must be completed in the allocated term. The group project may be done in small groups normally two to four students per group.

Dissertation /Master’s Thesis

The main objective of a Master’s Degree Dissertation is to carry out original research work concerning energy, sustainability, social and development-related problems and solve those problems. Students are encouraged to publish articles in national and international journals.


In order to be eligible for admission for Master of Science in Energy for Sustainable Social Development (MSESSD), a candidate must have:

  1. A Bachelors’ Degree from a Five Year Program in Architecture or Four Year Engineering Program in  Mechanical, Civil, Agriculture and Industrial Engineering from Tribhuvan University and other recognized  universities as well as degree equivalent to any of the aforementioned branches of engineering.
  2. Secure at least  a minimum score as prescribed by the Faculty Board in the admission test conducted by the Institute of  Engineering.

Admission Criteria

Entrance Test

The nature of entrance test will be decided by the Entrance Examination Board of the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University.


Candidate fulfilling the Program Entry requirements will be selected for admission on the basis of merit based on MSESSD Entrance Test.

Categories of Students

Three categories of students are envisaged in this course and they are:

  • Regular fee paying students 
  • Full Fee paying students
  • Sponsored students


Curricular Structure

Semester I
Course Code Course Title Credits
EG 801 AR Sustainable Energy Design for Social Development 4
EG 802 AR Energy in Sustainable Urban and Rural Planning 4
EG 803 AR Sustainable Energy Technology 4
EG 804 AR Research Methodology 4
Total   16
Semester II
Course Code Course Title Credits
EG 851 AR Case Study Research and Stakeholder Methodology 4
EG 852 AR Sustainable Energy Planning and Policy Analysis 4
EG 853 AR Elective I: 4
  1. Energy and Rural Reconstruction  
  2. Off-grid Energy Solutions for Urban/ Rural Areas  
EG 854 AR Elective II: 4
  Management of Micro-Level Clean Energy Projects  
Total   16
Semester III
Course Code Course Title Credits
EG 901 AR Elective III: 4
  Stakeholder Inclusion: Gender Mainstreaming and Energy Innovation  
EG 902 AR Elective IV: 4
  1. Sustainable Building Design and Planning  
  2. Inter-Department Course: MS Urban Planning/ MSRE/ MSESPM  
EG 903 AR Group Project 4
Total   12
Semester IV
Course Code Course Title Credits
EG 951 AR Thesis 16
Total   16

Detail Course Format MSESSD