The master’s programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering provides you with outstanding career opportunities and excellent opportunities for doctoral studies all over the world. After graduating 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 programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering serves the nuclear engineering-related industry worldwide in its growing need for competent nuclear engineers and researchers. Our programme 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 programme is one of the largest nuclear engineering programmes in the world. Students come from countries all around the world, joining our programme directly, within the EIT InnoEnergy programme 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 a 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 are 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, etc.
Our programme cooperates with a number of industrial partners in Sweden and abroad. Students can choose to carry out master degree projects in companies like Westinghouse, Vattenfall, OKG, Forsmark, and others.
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 Engineering Sciences (at KTH).
Nuclear reactor physics and technology, radiation protection, the safety of nuclear power plants, generation IV reactors, small reactors, energy transformations, materials in nuclear engineering, nuclear fuel cycle, simulations of nuclear reactors and power plants.
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 a safe, economical and sustainable electricity production.
Students of our master’s programme 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 programme 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 PhD programmes also in other universities in Europe and USA.
Nuclear Engineer, Researcher, Analyst, Consultant, Manager.
"KTH’s education system is more suitable for group work. You will gain a lot of skills and encounter many different cultures, which will enrich your vision. So, the life experience you will gain here is priceless."
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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 Nuclear Energy Engineering are:
4 Quality Education
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Quality Education: Education in our programme 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 programme 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 programme 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.
Faculty and research
The majority of courses is given by the division of Nuclear Engineering. The research conducted at the division aims at improving the performance and safety of existing and future nuclear power plants. Our research focuses on water- and lead-cooled reactors with conventional and advanced fuels.
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 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/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 recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
Specific requirements for the master's programme 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.
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 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 programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering.
If you have questions regarding the summary sheet please contact the programme directly.