Master's Programme in Electrical Engineering

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Programme in Electrical Engineering

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Electrical Engineering is the largest and most diverse technological field in the world. Without electrical energy, there would be no broadcasting and television systems, no telephone communication or telegraphy. Electrical engineering surrounds us everywhere in modern society.

In the programme of Electrical Engineering you will learn about the conversion, use and transmission of electric energy, the control of electric systems and the electric market. You will acquire extensive knowledge of how the industry works, as well engineering skills and technological knowledge needed to design, assess and improve electrical and electronic systems.

Outside of scheduled lessons and respective exercises, you will be required to develop your knowledge by doing different practical assignments. You will be set engineering problems to solve, as well as coursework assignments and laboratory reports to hand in. This will help you learn how to develop and apply your engineering skills, rather than simply memorizing it from a textbook.

As well as having technical knowledge, electrical engineers need to be able to manage different projects. Here you will be able to develop also team leadership and management skills, which will be of great value for your future career.

In the programme you will be provided with extensive knowledge in different fields of the electrical engineering industry. At LUT you can specialize in two areas of Electrical Engineering – either Industrial Electronics or Solar Economy.

Industrial Electronics

You will study design of embedded systems, electrical machines, power electronics, electrical drives, and electromagnetic compatibility. This will give you a firm base for working in various positions related to industrial and consumer electronics as well as design of automation and communication systems.

You will obtain comprehensive understanding of the electrical drives technology containing the inverter, electrical motor or generator, as well as the mechanical load. As a graduate, you will be able to work in the tasks of design and control of electromechanical and electromagnetic equipment as well as power generation (e.g. wind power), mobile work machinery and electric vehicle systems.

Solar Economy

Tomorrow's energy depends on talented, innovative people. In the Solar Economy area, you are educated and trained for an energy sector based on renewables which is on the verge of a once-in-a-generation transformation. The largest industry in the world needs to be fully reorganised to match sustainability requirements for an energy hungry civilization. The global megatrend in ‘shift to power' (.e.g. electric vehicles, power-to-gas, heat pumps, etc.) will boost the demand for respective renewable electricity based solutions.

You will obtain a comprehensive understanding of major renewable energy sources and technologies and related cost optimized energy scenarios towards very high shares of renewables, the key concepts of smart grids and electricity market models. You will also develop the engineering skills and economic perspectives needed to be able to work in the tasks of the design and control of sustainable energy systems, such as wind and solar power technologies, energy storage technologies, clean power production and use, smart grids, and electricity market models.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing this master's programme you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge in electrical engineering, specifically in areas of industrial engineering and solar economy.

You will

  • be able to design electrical machines
  • be able to design power electronics circuits for different applications
  • be able to develop control algorithms and application specific programs for inverters
  • be able to manage simulation software of electromechanical systems
  • be able to use field-element-method for the design of magnetic fields
  • be able to identify sustainable solutions providing long-term benefits
  • be able to propose renewable-based energy system optimizations
  • be able to design smart grids concepts
  • be able to evaluate storage and flexibility concepts for renewables
  • be able to calculate the economic benefits of renewable system designs
  • be able to lead in societal discussions for 100% renewable energy

Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Electrical Engineering is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.

The programme includes core studies, specialisation studies, minor studies, elective studies and language studies.

Core studies (10 ECTS credits) include studies in sustainability and energy systems engineering.

Specialisation studies. You can study two specialisations in this Master' programme: either Solar Economy or Industrial Electronics.

SOLAR ECONOMY (68 ECTS credits) include studies on topics such as energy resources, renewable energy technology, climate finance and carbon markets, energy scenarios, energy efficiency, electrical engineering in wind and solar systems.

Minor studies within Solar Economy specialisation (20 ECTS credits) may be chosen from the study areas in responsible environmental technology or bio-energy technology.

Recommended elective studies within Solar Economy specialisation (to attain the full 120 ECTS credits) include studies on bio-energy, life-cycle assesment, cleaner technology and markets, and social sustainability.

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS (58-60 ECTS credits) include studies on topics such as power electronics, design of an electrical machine, electrical drives, electrical motion control systems, electromagnetic compatibility in power electronics, digital filters, digital control design, real-time operating systems and programs, or embedded system programming.

Minor studies within Industrial Electronics specialisation (20 ECTS credits) may be chosen from the study areas in modelling of energy systems or renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Recommended elective studies within Industrial Electronics specialisation (to attain the full 120 ECTS credits) include studies on bio-energy, turbomachinery in renewable energy, sustainable innovation, corporate responsibility and management, and social sustainability.

Language studies (6 – 10 ECTS credits).

The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Double degree studies for students from partner universities

Students from partner universities are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

Electrical Engineering programme's double degree partner universities are:

  • Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
  • St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia
  • St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia

Career Prospects

As a graduate of Electrical Engineering master's programme, you can choose different career paths in diverse industries and organisations and conduct research in a broad range of areas.

You can work with electricity in a variety of areas – aircraft and automobiles; broadcasting and communications systems; lighting and wiring in buildings; machinery controls; power generation and transmission; sustainable and renewable energy systems; energy markets.

You can work on a diverse range of technologies, equipment and services, which can be designed and manufactured across different sectors, including the building industry and services, transportation and transport networks, manufacturing and construction, production and distribution of power, policy support and consulting or education and training.

Higher education in Finland is free for students coming from countries within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees for Master's programmes. The amount of tuition fee is 10 000 €/Master’s programme.

Extensive scholarships are available. There are three categories of available scholarships: full scholarship (covers tuition fee and living costs), tuition fee scholarship covering 100 % of tuition fee, and tuition fee scholarship covering 50 % of tuition fee.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2017
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