Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering (MEL)


As we improve existing technologies and transition to more sustainable energy systems, clean energy technologies will become increasingly vital to the world's energy mix. Industry and government are critically dependent on hiring talented technical leaders who can develop innovative and practical solutions. There is a growing need across multiple industries for technical experts in clean energy engineering. Our planet needs viable energy solutions to minimize environmental impacts, promote geopolitical stability and enable economic diversification. The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) Clean Energy Engineering is an intensive one-year degree program for engineers and environmental science graduates who want to make their sustainable vision a reality and advance their careers in the in-demand field of clean energy.

The project-based curriculum covers all stages of the industry value chain and exposes you to alternative energy systems including hydro, wind, solar, tidal, geothermal and other emerging technologies. You will work in world-class facilities, including the Clean Energy Research Centre. This interdisciplinary research centre brings together engineers and industry partners who collaborate to develop practical solutions that can reduce the environmental impact of energy use and seek sustainable solutions.

While 60 per cent of your classes will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.

The Master of Engineering Leadership is not administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please check the UBC Applied Science Professional Programs website for admission requirements, deadlines and application procedure.

What makes the program unique?

The MEL in Clean Energy Engineering degree was developed in close collaboration with industry partners, who told us they need to hire leaders with cross-functional technical and business skills to develop innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects. The combination of technical expertise and leadership development makes the MEL in Clean Energy Engineering program unique and highly relevant in today's business environment. The MEL in Clean Energy Engineering degree is a unique graduate program that empowers you to develop the sector-relevant cross-disciplinary technical skills required by top employers. As a graduate of this program, you will have the skills to take your career in clean energy to the next level; tackling complex engineering challenges in this in-demand field while confidently leading collaborative teams.

To complement your academic studies, professional development workshops, delivered by industry leaders, are offered throughout the year-long program. These extra-curricular sessions cover a range of topics such as:

  • leadership fundamentals
  • giving and receiving feedback
  • learning how to deliver a successful pitch
  • effective presenting

The workshops also provide opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of industries, UBC faculty and students in the MEL and MHLP programs.

Quick Facts

Master of Engineering Leadership
Mode of delivery
On campus
Clean Energy Engineering
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty of Applied Science

Meet a UBC representative

MEL / MHLP Open House

UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Gallery Room and Sunroom, Vancouver
Date: Thursday, 10 May 2018
Time: 18:00 to 20:00
Faculty members, current students, recruiters, and program administrators will attend the open house to answer questions of prospective students.

Application Notes

Applications for January 2019, the MEL degrees will admit in three application rounds:
1st Round: June 1, 2018 (Decision by July 1, 2018)
2nd Round: August 1, 2018 (Decision by September 1, 2018)
Final Round: October 1, 2018 (Decision by November 1, 2018)

We highly recommend international students to apply by June 1st to ensure plenty time to allow for processing of study permits.


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Prior degree requirements

Applicants must normally hold an undergraduate credential in engineering or a BSc in environmental science or related specialization.

Prerequisites / Course Requirements

Applicants are required to have completed a 2nd or 3rd-year-level-course in thermodynamics.

Other Requirements

A minimum of three years relevant experience in the energy sector.

Funding Sources

The Faculty of Applied Science offers a limited number of entrance awards of up to CA$10,000 to MEL students. All applicants who submitted their application before July 1 are automatically considered for this award. You do not need to submit a separate application. The merit-based awards are given to selected applicants and only the successful recipients will be notified before the program starts in January. Aside from the merit-based award, there no other scholarships, grants or funding offered by UBC for MEL students.

Career Options

Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally and internationally, with government and industry employers constantly seeking experts in the field who can develop new processes and systems. Typical job roles of CEEN students are Renewable Energy Consultant, Renewable Energy Engineer, Energy Analyst, Energy & Building Consultant, Energy Efficiency Engineer, Energy Management Engineer, Energy Manager, Project Engineer and Project Manager.


Program Information

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