Master in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT)


Program Description

The joint master's program in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT) is offered by five European universities through EIT InnoEnergy. In the program, you can learn how to make a real contribution to minimizing the environmental impact of current and future energy systems. Students learn to address societal challenges with technical solutions, to explore the part played by innovation and commerce, and to understand the role and responsibility of engineers in the more sustainable energy industry.

Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems at KTH

During your first year, you study at either KTH or Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech. Courses in the first year focus on topics such as sustainable energy conversion, renewable energy, and ways of ensuring the minimal human impact on the environment. The content of the first-year courses is the same at both universities: courses that are taught at KTH are available online to UPC students, while those that are taught by UPC are available online to KTH students.

During the second year, you choose one of the following specialist tracks to deepen your knowledge:

Combined Energy Systems at KTH

Combined Energy Systems deals with multiple energy services from combinations of renewable energy sources. You will focus on the “art” of combining multiple energy sources to produce various energy services in an efficient, cost-effective and sustainable way. In particular, the course explores the topic of polygeneration and the synthesis of complex renewable energy systems.

Delivered by the prestigious KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the course offers a broad and diverse mix of compulsory and optional topics to extend your knowledge and understanding.

Requirements: Beyond the subjects covered in the program in year 1, no special requirements are stipulated.

Energy Efficiency at Politecnico di Torino

Deepen your understanding of new energy pathways in future complex-integrated systems, with a focus on efficiency in the industrial and residential contexts.

Requirements: A background in mechanical engineering or chemical engineering is recommended.

Innovation in Energy Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology

Explore innovation in electrical power supply systems. From smart grids to energy storage, from built environmental design to socio-economic implications for developing countries, this course digs deep into supply and demand in the context of real-life case studies.

Requirements: You should have the academic tools and experience to perform in-depth scientific research in your chosen specialty.

Offshore Energy Systems at Instituto Superior Técnico

Explore the innovation, the economic, the legal and the ecological dynamics at work within the implementation of energy technologies. Build strong scientific and technological problem-solving skills while developing your creativity, entrepreneurial and leadership competencies.

Requirements: The course is intended for students with a BSc in Engineering or Engineering Sciences and requires solid knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, information systems as well as an understanding of economics and management.

Solar Systems at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech

Acquire expertise in the field of solar systems. This course draws on solid scientific knowledge while delivering a broad perspective on technological development in innovation and sustainability. You also have the flexibility to explore a range of additional topics and areas that align with your interests and learning objectives.

Requirements: Beyond the subjects covered in the program in year 1, no special requirements are stipulated.

Sustainable Biomass Processing at Aalto University

Acquire specialized knowledge and expertise in the areas of sustainable energy production, conversion systems, and markets.

Requirements: A strong background in chemical engineering is highly recommended.

Sustainable Fuels Economy (SFE) at AGH: University of Science and Technology

This course is a deep dive into the techno-economic modeling of energy systems, energy policy management, markets and economics.

Requirements: Beyond the subjects covered in the program in year 1, no special requirements are stipulated.

You will attend a different university in each year of study. You will be required to select both universities for year 1 and year 2 during your application.

Master’s degree project

During the final semester of your second year, you will work on your master’s degree project, which is worth 30 ECTS credits. If you do your master’s degree project at TU/e, your thesis will be worth 45 ECTS credits. The thesis is undertaken in collaboration with our industry, research or NGO partners. It should include both the technological aspects of your chosen topic as well as solid business analysis.


The master's program in Sustainable Energy Systems is the ideal preparation for a career in various areas of the sustainable energy industry and equips you with skills, knowledge, and attributes that are much in demand in the energy industry.

In particular, the master's program in Sustainable Energy Systems builds your understanding of the role of interdisciplinary teams in delivering sustainable energy. It enables you to build in-depth knowledge in specific disciplines while broadening your perspective on how diverse skills bridge the gap between those single disciplines and deliver better results. It gives you insight into where technology and users interact, and how to choose between technological solutions, societal solutions or a combination of both – a strong foundation for your professional life.

“The InnoEnergy program and network is what really helped me develop my idea and turn it into a business. And I’m still tapping into this network – and always will. Excellent contacts and support are vital to succeed in business.” Govinda Upadhyay, MSc SELECT graduate, CEA, and Founder LEDsafari

"The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to a KIC educational programme that has been assessed positively by the EIT on the implementation of the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement (EIT QALE) system and the application of specific quality criteria with focus on the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs), robust entrepreneurship education, highly integrated, innovative ‘learning‐by‐doing’ curricula, international mobility and outreach."

EIT InnoEnergy

EIT InnoEnergy is a European company fostering the integration of education, technology, business and entrepreneurship and strengthening the culture of innovation. EIT InnoEnergy addresses sustainable energy as its priority area and as an alliance of top European players with a consortium of 27 shareholders and an additional over 100 partners–companies, research institutes, universities and business schools covering the whole energy mix.


The EIT InnoEnergy Master's school offers seven programs in sustainable energy that give a rare combination of engineering and entrepreneurship. All deliver cutting-edge knowledge in fields crucial to meeting today’s global energy challenges. All programs have a strong mobility concept with the first year spent at one university and the second year spent at another. EIT InnoEnergy is funded by the European Commission through EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology).

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

KTH Royal Institute of Technology has served as one of Europe’s key centres of innovation and intellectual talent for almost two hundred years. Recognized as Sweden’s most prestigious technical univer ... Read More

KTH Royal Institute of Technology has served as one of Europe’s key centres of innovation and intellectual talent for almost two hundred years. Recognized as Sweden’s most prestigious technical university, KTH is also the country’s oldest and largest. With over 12,000 students and an international reputation for excellence, the university continues to nurture the world’s brightest minds, helping to shape the future. Read less