The two-year master’s programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering incorporates a strong foundation in electrical engineering with an understanding of electromagnetic fields and how they interact with matter.

Electromagnetics, Fusion, and Space Engineering at KTH

Electromagnetic fields are the basis of telecommunications. They are employed, for example, to transmit high-speed data through optic fibers or mobile wireless systems. Additionally, electromagnetic fields are transmitted from objects in the universe, such as stars, and they provide key information to help us understand the universe. Furthermore, a fundamental understanding of plasma is needed for controlling and generating fusion energy, the same source that powers the Sun, and which promises to power the Earth in the near future.

With these objectives in mind, our programme is built around four distinct areas of focus:

  • Microwave Engineering
  • Photonics
  • Plasma
  • Space

These four areas are defined as four specialized tracks with a common core of selected courses in plasma and electromagnetic theory.

The studies in the master’s programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion, and Space Engineering are course-based. The academic year is divided into four study periods, and there are typically 2–3 courses running over a 10-week long study period. Obligatory courses are scheduled in the first two study periods of the programme, with the rest of the courses offered as electives from a wide range of topics.

The programme is set in an international environment, with students from an extensive number of nationalities. World-renowned professors teach all the courses in English. Our variety of pedagogical methods offers plentiful opportunities to develop group communication skills and gain experience in working on mixed teams. The research and industrialization in the fields of communications, space, and fusion are developed in international environments. KTH internationally leads a number of projects in space missions within NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), and the fusion reactor at ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).

Participate in the research

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in the research and project work at the departments hosting the programme (such as space and plasma physics, electromagnetic engineering and fusion plasma physics). For example, these departments have individual project courses corresponding to eight weeks of work in the non-scheduled time that can be transferred into conventional course credits.

Master’s degree project

The degree project carried out in the final term can be undertaken at KTH or in industry. In some cases, parts or the whole project can be completed abroad. Industry-oriented projects offer the possibility of joining Swedish or international companies after the master’s thesis. In research-oriented projects, part of the work is often aimed at publication in reputed peer-reviewed journals, providing opportunities to pursue Ph.D. studies at KTH or other top universities or research centers.

Examples of degree projects made by former students:

  • Numerical study of spectral densities of fluctuations in thermal plasma
  • Graphene growth on SiC under Ambient and H-intercalation
  • Efficient computation of the near-field mutual coupling between antennas on vehicles
  • Ka-band 2D Luneburg Lens design with a glide-symmetric metasurface
  • Analysis of the electric and magnetic fields time variation inside the auroral oval region
  • Modelling of collisionless alpha-particle confinement in Tokamaks


KTH has an international reputation in plasma physics and has been the home of Hannes Alfvén, a pioneer in the field and Nobel Prize-winner. Today, the university is active in several aspects of the development of ITER, from plasma modeling to engineering material facing the plasma. Space research at KTH is carried out in both large international projects under ESA and NASA and in smaller collaborations with leading research centers and universities around Europe, USA, South Africa and Japan.

Emphasis is placed on both the theoretical and applied aspects of the field with a multidisciplinary approach and close proximity to real research applications – with many master’s theses completed in international collaborations. The Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering programme offers students a unique breadth of experience with a multitude of career prospects following their degree.

Program taught in:
  • English

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