Master in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering

General

Program Description

The two-year master’s program 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. 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, the program is built around four distinct areas of focus. These four areas are defined as four specializations with a common core of selected courses in plasma and electromagnetic theory.

  • Microwave Engineering
  • Photonics
  • Plasma
  • Space

The studies in the master’s program 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. Mandatory courses are scheduled in the first two study periods of the program, with the rest of the courses are offered as electives from a wide range of topics.

The program is set in an international environment, with students from an extensive number of nationalities. World-renowned professors teach all the courses in English. The 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 program (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 a 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 the 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 Arambient 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
  • Modeling of collisionless alpha-particle confinement in Tokamaks

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).

Career

KTH has an international reputation in plasma physics and has been the home of Hannes Alfvén, a pioneer in the field and Nobel Prize laureate. 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, the 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 master's program in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering offers students a unique breadth of experience with a multitude of career prospects following their degree.

The knowledge acquired in this Master's program sets the foundation for working in the development of electromagnetic technology and hardware. For example, this technology is commonly used in communication systems and many of our students have been employed by companies, such as Ericsson or Huawei, to design antennas, microwave circuits, and filters. Another common career path after their studies has been in the aerospace industry as electromagnetic engineers for companies like SAAB.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Kwinten Van Gassen, Canada: "If you would like to study something that sits on the border between physics and engineering, then this program will be of interest to you."

Sustainable development

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 programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Electromagnetics, Fusion, and Space Engineering are:

  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Climate Action

Upon completing the course, graduated students are expected to contribute to the creation of more sustainable cities. For example, they will learn how to produce efficient electromagnetic devices that can be used to produce driverless cars and to better control the traffic in our cities, thus reducing our environmental impact.

Graduates will contribute to the development of our industry and infrastructures. For example, electromagnetics is the basis for any communication system. Guided media, such as fiber optics, and antennas, are required to provide the transfer of data from/to our computers or phones. New communication systems will contribute to the development of more efficient infrastructures that are also more environmentally friendly.

On completing this program, graduates will able to help to reduce climate change. For example, students will learn about the recent advances in fusion and solar energies, which are two of the potential solutions for reducing the carbon emissions that are causing global warming.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. Depending on which track you choose, you will study different courses. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Mandatory and conditionally elective courses from one track are elective on all other tracks.

Mandatory courses for all tracks

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Plasma Physics (EF2200) 6.0 credits
  • The Sustainable Electrophysics Engineer (EF2222) 3.0 credits
  • Classical Electrodynamics (EI2405) 7.5 credits
  • Electrotechnical Modelling (EI2433) 7.5 credits

Microwave Engineering track

Mandatory courses

  • Applied Antenna Theory (EI2400) 7.5 credits
  • Field Theory for Guided Waves (EI2410) 7.5 credits
  • Microwave Engineering (SK2814) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Electromagnetic Wave Propagation (EI2420) 7.5 credits
  • Project in Electromagnetic Engineering (EI2510) 9.0 credits
  • Microsystem Technology (EK2350) 7.5 credits

Photonics track

Mandatory courses

  • Problem Solving in Optics (SK2320) 6.0 credits
  • Optical Systems Design (SK2330) 6.0 credits
  • Fourier optics (SK2340) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Optical Measurement Techniques (SK2350) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Photonics (SK2403) 6.0 credits
  • Laser Physics (SK2411) 7.5 credits
  • Semiconductor- and Nano-Optics (SK2766) 6.0 credits
  • Photonics (SK2812) 7.5 credits

Plasma track

Mandatory courses

  • Energy and Fusion Research (ED2200) 6.0 credits
  • Electromagnetic Processes in Dispersive Media (ED2210) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Applied Antenna Theory (EI2400) 7.5 credits
  • Introductory Modern Physics (SH2008) 6.0 credits
  • Fundamentals of Photonics (SK2402) 7.5 credits
  • Microwave Engineering (SK2814) 7.5 credits

Space track

Mandatory courses

  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) (AH2923) 7.5 credits
  • System Integration for Space Technology, Part 1 (SD2920) 3.0 credits
  • Astrophysics (SH2402) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Applied Antenna Theory (EI2400) 7.5 credits
  • Electrotechnical Design (EI2440) 7.5 credits
  • Introductory Modern Physics (SH2008) 6.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses for all tracks

  • The Sustainable Electrophysics Engineer (EF2222) 3.0 credits

Microwave Engineering track

Mandatory courses

  • Build your own Radar System, Project Course (EK2370) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Computational Methods for Electromagnetics (DD2370) 7.5 credits
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EI2402) 7.5 credits
  • Project in Electromagnetic Engineering (EI2510) 9.0 credits
  • Hands-On Microelectromechanical Systems Engineering (EK2360) 7.5 credits

Photonics track

Mandatory courses

  • Optical Physics (SK2300) 6.0 credits
  • Fundamentals of Photonics (SK2402) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Project in Electromagnetic Engineering (EI2510) 9.0 credits
  • Laser Spectroscopy (SK2800) 8.0 credits
  • Fiber-optical Communication (SK2811) 7.5 credits
  • Light-matter Interaction (SK2902) 7.5 credits

Plasma track

Mandatory courses

  • Plasma Physics II (EF2215) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Plasma Physics (EF2270) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Atomic Physics for Fusion (ED2235) 6.0 credits
  • Space Physics (EF2240) 6.0 credits
  • Space Physics II (EF2245) 7.5 credits

Space track

Mandatory courses

  • Space Physics (EF2240) 6.0 credits
  • Space Environment and Spacecraft Engineering (EF2260) 6.0 credits
  • System Integration for Space Technology, Part 2 (SD2925) 3.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Remote Sensing Technology (AG1321) 7.5 credits
  • Project in Space Physics (EF2225) 12.0 credits
  • Project in Space Technology (EF2227) 12.0 credits
  • Project in Space Technology (EF2228) 15.0 credits
  • Space Physics II (EF2245) 7.5 credits
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EI2402) 7.5 credits
  • Spacecraft Dynamics (SG2805) 9.0 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

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 recognized 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: 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)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering

A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits including courses in:

  • Electrical engineering, physics, electronics or computer science, including courses in basic electromagnetics and mechanics, corresponding to at least 60 ECTS credits.
  • Mathematics including calculus, vector algebra, differential equations and numerical methods corresponding to at least 30 ECTS credits.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering

  • Letter of motivation explaining why you are interested in this program.
  • Two letters of recommendation (in English).
  • Work experience, if any, with relevance to the subject/field of the program.
  • Curriculum Vitae
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