M.Sc. in Energy for Sustainable Social Development

M.Sc. in Energy for Sustainable Social Development

Masters ·
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 Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. 

This master program is offered under the Department of Architecture, Central Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. The Centre for Applied Research and Development (CARD) of 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 coordination of this program. The EnPe (NORAD), Norway funding was available from July 2015 to July 2020. From 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 Masters program which emphasis is on case studies, field work and research in the renewable energy sector in rural and urban context of Nepal. This Master 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 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 time to time to make students update with the current situation in 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 focuses on the fundamentals of sustainable energy designing, planning, analysis, modeling and management in rural and urban area. Elective courses chosen will enable students to focus their courses to their technical interests to specific topics in energy in rural reconstruction, micro level energy management in society, energy solution 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 study.

Group Project Work

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

Dissertation /Master’s Thesis

The main objective of 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 1 (16 credits)SEMESTER 2 (16 credits) SEMESTER 3 (12 credits)SEMESTER 4 (16 credits)
CORE COURSE 1 Sustainable Energy Design for Social Development (4 Credits)CORE COURSE 5 Case Study Research and Stakeholder Methodology (4 Credits)ELECTIVE COURSE III Stakeholder inclusion:  Gender mainstreaming and energy Innovation (4 Credits) Master Thesis (16 Credits)
CORE COURSE 2 Energy in Sustainable Urban and Rural Planning (4 Credits)CORE COURSE 6 Sustainable Energy Planning and Policy Analysis (4 Credits)ELECTIVE COURSE IV 1. Sustainable Building Design and Planning  2.  Inter Department Course – MS Urban Planning, MSRE, MSESPM (4 Credits)
CORE COURSE 3 Sustainable Energy Technology (4 Credits)ELECTIVE COURSE 1 1. Energy and Rural Reconstruction 2. Off grid energy solutions for urban/rural areas  (4 Credits)GROUP PROJECT (4 Credits)
CORE COURSE 4 Research Methodology (4 Credits)ELECTIVE COURSE II Management of Micro Level Clean Energy Projects (4 Credits)

Detail Course Format MSESSD

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