Sustainable energy engineering for an urbanised world.
The world’s population is increasingly urban. More than half of us now live in a city. More will do so in the future. We face new challenges in urban design, civil infrastructure and energy management. The Master’s in Energy for Smart Cities programme enables you to contribute to the solution.
The programme adds depth and breadth to your technical and engineering knowledge, equips you with business skills and innovation management techniques, and connects you to the latest thinking on urban development in a changing society. As a result, you will be able to play a key role in developing smart, secure and sustainable energy for functional and resource-efficient urban communities.
Throughout the MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme, you will have unrivalled opportunities to engage directly with major industrial players and research institutes, small specialist companies and innovative start-ups in the field of smart cities and buildings. Major enterprises such as ABB are actively engaged in the programme, as are companies like EcoBam, SiarQ, Indeed, Enervalis, Watly, Everis, Iskra, and ComsaEnte, and innovation support organisations such as ACC1Ó and Barcelona Activa.
MSc Energy for Smart Cities is an international, two-year programme run jointly by four European universities. You will join students from all over the world at two of these universities as well as special events and activities across Europe. After successfully completing the programme and your thesis, you will receive a Master’s degree from two of these institutions in the form of a double diploma:
- International Master of Science in Electrical Engineering for Smart Grids and Buildings, from INP: Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
- Master of Science, from KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
- Master of Science: Energy, from KU Leuven, Belgium
- Master of Energy Engineering, from UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain
The MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme is labelled by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
The MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme gives you a broad education in electrical and mechanical energy systems. It enables you to refine your knowledge of the electrical, thermo-mechanical and technical-economic aspects of the energy industry, and to participate fully in the design and operation of advanced energy solutions.
Your technological and engineering studies are combined with knowledge of a socio-economic and environmental aspect of smart cities, such as energy efficiency in buildings, electric transportation, energy economics, smart lighting, and other urban services.
You will learn how to construct and employ contemporary energy-conversion technologies and secure energy supply while taking into account the technical limitations, environmental consequences and economic considerations of new energy technologies and systems. Throughout your studies, you will consider the impacts of changing energy systems on the end users of the electrical value chain: people, businesses, and the city itself.
For the first year of the MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme, you can choose to attend either KU Leuven or KTH: Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In your first year, you will combine electrical and mechanical engineering courses with energy-related socio-economic subjects.
In the second year, you choose to attend either KU Leuven, KTH, INP: Grenoble Institute of Technology, or UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech. You will have the opportunity to take general, broadening and option-specific elective courses that enable you to specialise in areas that interest you most.
The choice of courses in the second year will determine which university you attend.
Please note: you must attend a different university in each year of study. This means you may not spend both years at KTH or both years at KU Leuven.
Your path to the future
After completing the MSc Energy for Smart Cities, our graduate engineers are able to participate in state-of-the-art design, control and operation of energy-conversion systems in a smart-city context. They have in-depth knowledge of all basic aspects and methods of energy conversion and balanced energy consumption; they are able to apply this knowledge in creative ways, and have the necessary skills and techniques to progress further in this field.
Specifically, graduates demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and attributes:
- Deep knowledge of electrical energy processing, mechanical technology, and applied thermodynamics
- Deep knowledge of the design and operation of electrical and mechanical energy systems
- Understanding of the wider socio-economic context and an ability to communicate with non-technical audiences
- An open, analytical, problem-solving mind with the ability to present ideas and innovative solutions in a structured way
- Executive, management and entrepreneurial skills and an understanding where and how to apply them
- Insights into ethical, social and economic frameworks for sustainable energy in the smart-city context
- The ability to independently gather new insights, methodologies and results within the discipline, and to apply these in a research or professional context
- The critical ability to understand, assess and pursue the social role of the engineer
Our graduates work with a variety of stakeholders in the energy and smart-city domain, including industry, network operators, regulators, developers and public bodies. Graduates have also pursued careers in research, design, operations and management in existing organisations, as well as starting their own innovative businesses.
Here is what just a few of our students and graduates have to say about their experiences studying for the MSc Energy for Smart Cities.
“I really like [the programme]. The more you are involved, the more you see what it has to offer. There are the courses, but also all of these extra-curricular activities as well, such as contact with companies and start-ups. It’s really an added value compared to a normal master’s programme.”
Joeri Siborgs, graduated 2013, currently R&D Project Engineer at Elia
“Being able to discuss my thesis with future employers helped me to identify their key issues. It was also really useful to learn about corporate functioning and about having that first work experience in a real company… My recommendation to future students would be ‘Just do it’.”
How to apply for the programme
Current application dates
- Round 0: 13 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
- Round 1: 8 January 2018 – 25 February 2018
- Round 2: 26 February 2018 – 22 April 2018
Review the admission criteria
Before applying, make sure you can meet all the admission criteria:
- A completed Bachelor’s degree (worth a minimum of 180 ECTS credits)*
- English language proficiency
- Programme-specific requirements
* If you are in your final year of undergraduate education, you can also apply and receive a conditional offer
Prepare the required documents
You will need to upload the following documents as pdf files with your application:
- A copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate
- A copy of your transcript of records
- Proof of English proficiency
- Your CV or resume
- A copy of your passport
- Where required, a motivation letter explaining why you wish to apply to the programme
Fill in the online application form
You will need to answer questions related to:
- Your personal details
- Your preferred study options (If you wish to apply to two programmes, you can give your first and second preference)
- Your preferred first-year study location (where applicable)
- Your educational background
- Your English proficiency
- Your reasons for applying and your experience of innovation and entrepreneurship
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Last updated February 8, 2018