Master in Nuclear Energy Engineering


Program Description

The master’s program in Nuclear Energy Engineering provides you with outstanding career opportunities and excellent opportunities for doctoral studies all over the world. After graduation, you can pursue careers as a nuclear engineer (design, development, and operation of nuclear power plants), consultant or analyst (nuclear reactor safety, operation and computation support), researcher (development of a new generation of reactors) and manager (leadership roles at power plants and nuclear facilities).

Nuclear Energy Engineering at KTH

The master’s program in Nuclear Energy Engineering serves the nuclear engineering-related industry worldwide in its growing need for competent nuclear engineers and researchers. Our program gives students a strong foundation in nuclear reactor physics and technology, nuclear power safety, sustainable energy transformation technologies, and radiation protection and dosimetry.

In terms of the number of students and courses, the program is one of the largest nuclear engineering programs in the world. Students come from countries all around the world, joining our program directly, within the EIT InnoEnergy program EMINE, or via dual diploma and double degree agreements with many other universities in Europe and Asia.

Students can choose from a great variety of unique courses, such as generation IV reactors, small reactors, Monte Carlo methods and simulations in nuclear technology, reactor and power plant simulations, nuclear reactor dynamics and stability, thermal-hydraulics in nuclear energy engineering, radiation damage in materials, leadership for safe nuclear power industry, chemistry and physics of nuclear fuels, and elements of the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle (organized as a summer school)

Many courses are based on modern teaching methods, such as the flipped classroom approach, and utilize computer-supported interactive assignments and examinations, lecture video recording, and dedicated e-books. Our courses also utilize the APROS simulator – an advanced simulation tool for nuclear reactors and power plants.

All lecturing staff is actively involved in research projects in broad international cooperation. We conduct experiments in the areas of severe accident management, heavy metal coolant technology, nuclear fuel materials, thermal hydraulics.

Our program cooperates with a number of industrial partners in Sweden and abroad. Students can choose to carry out master's degree projects in companies like Westinghouse, Vattenfall, OKG, Forsmark, and others.

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 Engineering Sciences (at KTH).


Nuclear power undergoes continuous development as an important part of carbon-free electricity production. Many reactors are currently under construction worldwide, and a new generation of nuclear reactors is being developed and envisioned to be the answer to the growing need for safe, economical and sustainable electricity production.

Students of our master’s program are highly regarded by industry, authorities and research establishments in Sweden, Europe and worldwide. In Sweden, students are enrolled by established companies such as ABB, Vattenfall Nuclear AB, EON, Westinghouse, Forsmark Kraftgrupp, Ringhals, Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management (SKB), ÅF, Lloyd's Register, Studsvik, Kiwa Inspecta Nuclear AB and other.

Our program also prepares students for a career in research or continued studies towards a doctoral degree. New positions for doctoral students are opened in the nuclear engineering field at KTH every year. Our students have been accepted for in Ph.D. programs also in other universities in Europe and the USA.


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

Elina Charatsidou, Greece: "The thing that I like the most about KTH is how friendly it is towards international students."

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 Nuclear Energy Engineering are:

  • Quality Education: Education in our program is subject to continuous transformation and the adoption of effective learning tools. Our courses are taught by active researchers who regularly publish in international journals. Our teachers are highly trained educators.
  • Affordable and Clean Energy: Our program directly contributes to the development of technology and infrastructure for providing affordable and clean energy. Nuclear power is CO2 free and does not cause climate change associated with the CO2 production of many other means of energy transformation.
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Our program maintains a strong connection with industry and with innovation within the industry. Some of our courses are taught by invited experts from the industrial sector, such as the SH2610 course (Leadership for Safe Nuclear Power Industry) and the SH262V course (Elements of the Back-end of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle). Moreover, students have the option of studying for master’s degree projects in the industry.


The two-year master's program in Nuclear Energy 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. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Nuclear Reactor Physics, Major Course (SH2600) 9.0 credits
  • Radiation, Protection, Dosimetry, and Detectors (SH2603) 6.0 credits
  • Nuclear Power Safety (SH2612) 6.0 credits
  • Nuclear Reactor Technology (SH2702) 8.0 credits
  • Sustainable Energy Transformation Technologies (SH2706) 9.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Nuclear Physics (SH2302) 8.0 credits
  • Radiation Damage in Materials (SH2605) 6.0 credits
  • Leadership for Safe Nuclear Power Industry (SH2610) 6.0 credits
  • Small Reactors (SH2611) 6.0 credits
  • Generation IV Reactors (SH2613) 6.0 credits
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle (SH2614) 6.0 credits
  • Elements of the Back-end of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Geological Storage in Precambrian Bedrock (SH262V) 7.5 credits
  • Thermal-Hydraulics in Nuclear Energy Engineering (SH2701) 6.0 credits
  • Monte Carlo Methods and Simulations in Nuclear Technology (SH2704) 6.0 credits
  • Compact Reactor Simulator- Exercises in Reactor Kinetics and Dynamics (SH2705) 6.0 credits
  • Chemistry and Physics of Nuclear Fuels (SH2772) 8.0 credits
  • Numerical Methods in Nuclear Engineering (SH2774) 6.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2030) 4.5 credits
  • Research Methodology in Physics (SH2007) 3.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Physics, Second Cycle (SH204X) 30.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Atomic Physics for Fusion (ED2235) 6.0 credits
  • Plasma Physics (EF2200) 6.0 credits
  • Renewable Energy Technology (MJ2411) 6.0 credits
  • Leadership for Safe Nuclear Power Industry (SH2610) 6.0 credits
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle (SH2614) 6.0 credits
  • Neutron Transport Theory (SH2615) 6.0 credits
  • Thermal-Hydraulics in Nuclear Energy Engineering (SH2701) 6.0 credits
  • Chemistry and Physics of Nuclear Fuels (SH2772) 8.0 credits
  • Numerical Methods in Nuclear Engineering (SH2774) 6.0 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 Nuclear Energy Engineering

A bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 ECTS, or equivalent, with courses in

  • Mathematics and programming: must include (i) differential and integral calculus in several variables, (ii) linear algebra, (iii) numerical analysis), (iv) ordinary and partial differential equations and integral transforms, (v) and basics of programming in a higher programming language, equivalent to at least 25 ECTS credits in total.
  • Physics equivalent to at least 20 ECTS.

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 Nuclear Energy Engineering

  • 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 will negatively affect your evaluation score. Be sure to fill out all of the required information before you submit the form. Please note that the summary sheet is the only specific document required when applying to the master's program in Nuclear Energy Engineering.

Last updated Apr 2020

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