The master's programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of solar energy, power generation, energy utilisation, 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 programme, 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 programme 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 programme 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 programme:
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. 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 level.
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 2019-2020 are Northvolt, Abengoa, Azelio, SaltX, Torresol, Sweco, Ellevio, Stockholm Exergi, Vattenfall, Energi & Kylanalys, Fortum, World Bank, the International Energy Agency, and Stockholm Environmental Institute.
Teaching methods aim at student-centred 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.
In the last term, a degree project is carried out which spans five months. 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 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 Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).
Renewable energy, sustainable energy utilization, sustainable power generation, energy policy, energy management, project management, state-of-the-art in sustainable energy technology, modelling of energy systems.
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 programme 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 programme, 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 characterising an energy challenge, determining the necessary resource consumption and managing processes for problem-solving/realisation. 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, organisational, economic, ecological and societal activities.
Thus, the programme 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.
Energy consultant, project manager, research and development scientist (academic and in industry), and, not least, entrepreneur in the energy sector which is full of opportunities and has a huge room for energy system related innovations.
"If you are interested in the field of sustainable energy, Sweden is the hub and KTH is the place to be. You are exposed to studying in a truly international environment in which you learn to understand the different perspectives and industry practices."
Nikita from India
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 Sustainable Energy Engineering are:
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) is addressed in many courses in the programme, 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 programme offers courses on Energy system analysis and Energy policies. An example of programme courses that address SDG11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) is the course on Solar energy for buildings and cities.
Faculty and research
The master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering is closely connected to the KTH Department of Energy Technology (EGI). At EGI, the research covers wide areas of energy conversion, electricity generation and energy utilization as well as energy systems and policies for implementing sustainable energy solutions.. As such, the work aims at contributing to welfare and development through world-class research and education in innovative energy technologies and systems, and promotion of the energy sector transition towards sustainability.
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 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, heat transfer and fluid mechanics for engineers are required.
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 Sustainable Energy Engineering
Completed summary sheet