Master in Sustainable Energy Engineering


Program Description

The master's program in Sustainable Energy Engineering provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of solar energy, power generation, energy utilization, and transformation of energy systems. Also, cross-cutting and interdisciplinary challenges address multiple impacts such as land use and climate change in an integrated holistic approach. After completion of the program, you will have a broad knowledge of energy engineering, and have acquired skills in managing complex problems, taking into account lifecycle perspective. We educate leaders and developers for future innovation in energy.

Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH

The master’s program in Sustainable Energy Engineering equips students with skills and insights in leadership, industrial challenges, innovation and entrepreneurship in the energy field. The programme provides an atmosphere and learning environment that fosters global responsibilities and sustainable development for all. Therefore, the emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering tasks with due consideration of technical, environmental and socio-economic issues.

The first term of the program is an intensive introductory period with broad-based coursework in energy engineering, including conversion technologies, systems, and applications. Participants follow a learning-path in advanced level energy engineering courses, where their pre-requisite knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer is put to use in challenge-based problem-solving. Advanced methods are applied to identify, describe, quantify and find solutions to a diverse range of energy engineering problems.

For the second term, you choose one out of four profiles for in-depth studies for the rest of the program:

  • Sustainable Power Generation focuses on conversion processes from renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass) to electricity, with co-generation of energy services such as heat, cold and clean water.
  • Sustainable Energy Utilization focuses on the demands of the built environment, and the opportunities for innovation in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. The industrial process heat and cooling are also addressed.
  • Solar Energy focuses on the integration of solar energy (electricity/heat/cooling) from small-scale distributed solutions at the building and city level to large-scale power plants. Techno-economic aspects of solar systems, as well as system integration issues, are the main focus of the profile.
  • Transformation of Energy Systems – Policy and Management focuses on the knowledge and tools to support policy and regulation. Students following the profile acquire the qualitative and quantitative background for strategic decision-making in a secure and low-carbon energy sector at the local, national and international levels.

Courses are offered by faculty staff who are also engaged in research and collaboration with industry. Similarly, many courses employ professionals from industry as guest lecturers on topics related to the practical side of the curriculum. Examples of external partnerships in 2018 were Sweco, Fortum, World Bank, the International Energy Agency, Absolicon, and Stockholm Environmental Institute.

Teaching methods aim at student-centered learning, hands-on work, and challenge-driven education. This means a large content of project-based learning activities. Digitally based learning activities are common, including the concept of flipped classrooms, video lectures, and computerized automatically corrected homework/quizzes/exams.

Degree project

In the last term, a degree project is carried out which spans a six-month period. The project may be carried out either in an academic environment (e.g. closely connected to the Department of Energy Technology research projects) or in an industrial setting. During your degree project, you will establish an excellent platform and gain valuable experience and contacts for the career ahead.

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 Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).


The energy field is an international and dynamic area in which well-trained engineers are in constant demand. Graduates find employment in industry, government agencies, and consultancies. The master's program in Sustainable Energy Engineering is also an excellent starting point for a research career, as many graduates go on to doctoral studies.

After the completion of this program, you will be able to manage technical problems from a systems perspective, with a holistic view of their life cycle, from concept to specification, development, operation and decommissioning. You will also be confident in characterizing an energy challenge, determining the necessary resource consumption and managing processes for problem-solving/realization. Our aim is that you will have a particularly good understanding of the fact that engineering problems are often complex, and sometimes involve conflicting conditions. You will become aware of the responsibilities and ethical standpoints that may arise in connection with various technical, organizational, economic, ecological and societal activities.

Thus, the program prepares you for immediate engagement in the development and implementation of sustainable energy technology, leadership positions in the field, as well as academic research. The future is bright, and, with properly trained engineers, society will reach sustainability in energy systems. Graduates from the programme can be among else be found in the consulting companies ÅF, SWECO and WSP, in energy utilities such as Vattenfall and EDF, in the building companies NCC and Skanska, and other organisations such as Scania Group, InnoEnergy and Swedish Energy Agency, IRENA, World Bank and the International Energy Agency.


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

Emily Christely, United Kingdom: "My courses allow me to delve deeper and carry out research in my areas of interest. Many of my courses have invited guest lecturers, which really helps me see how the knowledge I am gaining is applied in the real world."

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 Sustainable Energy Engineering are:

  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) is addressed in many courses in the program, for example in the courses Renewable energy technology and Sustainable power generation, where technologies and tools for sustainable energy systems are studied. To address SDG9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), the program offers courses on Energy system analysis and Energy policies. An example of program courses that address SDG11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) is the course on Solar energy for buildings and cities.


The two-year master's program in Sustainable 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

  • Sustainable Power Generation (MJ2405) 9.0 credits
  • Sustainable Energy Utilisation (MJ2407) 9.0 credits
  • Energy Management (MJ2410) 6.0 credits
  • Renewable Energy Technology (MJ2411) 6.0 credits
  • Energy and Environment (MJ2413) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Transformation in Energy Systems and Industries (ME2085) 6.0 credits
  • Energy Business (ME2087) 6.0 credits
  • Introduction to Energy Systems Analysis and Applications - Minor Course (MJ2381) 6.0 credits
  • Renewable Energy Technology, Advanced Course (MJ2412) 6.0 credits
  • Thermal Comfort and Indoor Climate (MJ2422) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Refrigeration and Heat Pump Technology (MJ2423) 6.0 credits
  • Computational Methods in Energy Technology (MJ2424) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Heat and Power Technology (MJ2426) 6.0 credits
  • Strategies in the Global Climate Agenda (MJ2476) 6.0 credits
  • Large Scale Solar Power (MJ2500) 6.0 credits
  • Solar Energy Systems for Buildings and Cities (MJ2501) 6.0 credits

Recommended courses

  • Energy and Fusion Research (ED2200) 6.0 credits
  • Airbreathing Propulsion, Intermediate Course I (MJ2244) 6.0 credits
  • Rocket Propulsion (MJ2246) 6.0 credits
  • Thermal Turbomachinery (MJ2430) 6.0 credits
  • Modeling of Energy Systems - Energy Utilization (MJ2437) 6.0 credits
  • Modeling of Energy Systems - Heat and Power Generation (MJ2438) 6.0 credits
  • Energy Planning and Applications (MJ2472) 9.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Applied Energy Technology, Project Course (MJ2409) 9.0 credits
  • Measurement Techniques (MJ2440) 3.0 credits
  • Theory and Methodology of Science for Energy Research (MJ2475) 6.0 credits

Recommended courses

  • Wind Power Systems (EG2340) 7.5 credits
  • Global Energy Markets and Systems in Transition (ME2086) 6.0 credits
  • Energy Data, Balances and Projections (MJ2382) 6.0 credits
  • Energy System Economics, Modelling, and Indicators for Sustainable Energy Development (MJ2383) 6.0 credits
  • Combustion Theory (MJ2420) 6.0 credits
  • Turbomachinery (MJ2429) 6.0 credits
  • Advanced Refrigeration and Heat Pump Technology (MJ2434) 6.0 credits
  • Green Building - Concept, Design, Construction and Operation (MJ2460) 6.0 credits
  • Achieving Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings (MJ2462) 6.0 credits
  • Energy Policy and Planning (MJ2477) 6.0 credits
  • Small Scale Polygeneration (MJ2503) 6.0 credits
  • Practical Optimization of Energy Networks (MJ2505) 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 Sustainable Energy Engineering

A bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, or equivalent, in Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering. Bachelor's degrees within similar areas may also be sufficient. Courses in engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer are required.

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 Sustainable Energy Engineering

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Completed summary sheet
Last updated Apr 2020

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