The global demand for affordable and sustainable resources has created a large need for electrical engineers and researchers to provide electricity and to build new smart solutions that enable a more sustainable energy management. This programme is designed for those of you who would like to work within the areas of components, systems and/or management within electric power engineering.
Electric Power Engineering at KTH
The master's programme in Electric Power Engineering covers the following areas:
modelling of electrotechnical equipment
power system operation and control
power system planning and electricity markets
management in power systems
This programme enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the field, with specialisation in one or more of the areas. This provides a sound foundation to enter a professional role in industry or academia.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).
In the first year, the programme is focused on providing a good solid understanding of the electric power engineering domain as a whole. The programme starts with fundamental courses in the area during the first half-year, courses that will constitute the basis for further specialisations later in the programme. The first year also includes technology complementary courses that provide environmental, societal, and philosophical perspectives to electric power engineering.
The second year (and also the end of the first year) is devoted to specialisation within the field. The programme offers a wide range of courses on various topics in the areas of electrotechnical design, electric energy conversion (for example motors and generators), power system design, and control of power systems. The second year includes a mandatory project course as well as the final master thesis project.
Master's degree project
The final degree project corresponds to five months’ full-time studies and is done in the last term of the studies. It can be undertaken at the university or in industry, anywhere in the world. Degree projects undertaken at the university are part of ongoing research and provide the opportunity to build close contacts with a research group. Projects in collaboration with industrial partners are often related to research and development. The project must be presented in written form, as the master’s thesis, and also orally in a seminar.
Modelling of electrotechnical equipment, power electronics, electrical machines, power system operation and control, power system planning and electricity markets, and management of power systems.
For decades, KTH and Sweden have been at the forefront of advancements in grid systems, power component technologies and automation solutions. These areas are in constant need of fresh ideas and new engineers. For a long time, there has been a wide selection of career options all over the world for electric power engineers.
This programme is designed to utilise KTH’s strong ties with research and industry leaders such as ABB, Vattenfall, Ellevio, Bombardier and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, offering students an excellent opportunity to apply their knowledge in practical, industrial applications.
Electric power utilities and production: Network Planning, Market Analysis; Renewable energy sector: Network Analysis, Power Component Design; Transport sector: Electric Vehicle Design and Development, Drive Train and Power; Manufacturing industry: Component and Systems Design and Development. Consultant Work or PhD studies are possible careers for all the areas above.
"KTH has been ranked among the top 20 universities in the world for Electrical Engineering for almost a decade now. The ranking gives you a glimpse of the quality of education offered here. This was one of the main reasons why I chose KTH."
Dhiyanesh from India
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Electric Power Engineering are:
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Electric power is one of the key areas for achieving our sustainability goals. One illustration of this is that a reduction in emissions and energy consumption often results in more demands and more utilisation of electric power, typically when changing from fossil to electric power. The electric power engineer is most likely to concentrate on goals 7 and 9 and as an enabler in achieving almost all of the other goals.
Of these other goals, infrastructure, and specifically power systems, is also a very interesting area, being out-of-date in some parts of the world and requiring reinforcement in others. In both cases, innovation and development become very important, basically in order to utilise our resources as efficiently as possible, while at the same time supporting new production and consumption patterns.
Faculty and research
The programme in Electric Power Engineering is given by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH. The field of Electrical Engineering at KTH is currently ranked 19th in the world by QS. Faculty from the department in Electric Power and Energy Systems and Electromagnetic Engineering are the main teachers within this programme.
For the teachers in the programme, research is the main activity, and the research is usually conducted together with industry. The number of teachers and researchers are more than the number of admitted students to the programme, resulting in very good contact between students and teachers/researchers as well as industry.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
Specific requirements for the master's programme in Electric Power Engineering
A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, with courses in
Electrical Engineering (including three-phase electrical circuits and/or electrical machines) equivalent to 60 ECTS credits
Mathematics (including calculus, algebra, probability theory and basic control theory) equivalent to at least 30 ECTS credits.
Courses in optimization, numerical analysis, thermodynamics and statistical physics are recommended.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Electric Power Engineering
Letter of motivation. A letter explaining why you are interested in this programme.
Two letters of recommendation (in English).
Work experience with relevance to the subject/field of the programme.
Summary sheet *
*In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to fill out the online summary sheet. If you do not include a summary sheet, this may negatively affect your evaluation score. Please be sure to fill out all of the required information before you submit the form.
If you have questions regarding the summary sheet please contact the programme directly.