Master's programme in Electric Power Engineering

The global demand for affordable and sustainable resources have created an urgent need for electrical engineers and researcher. Both to provide electricity and to build new smart solutions that enable a more sustainable energy management. This programme is designed for those of you who would like to work within the areas of management, systems and/or components within electric power engineering.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2020

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

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Electric Power Engineering at KTH

The master's programme in Electric Power Engineering covers the following areas:

  • electric power systems and markets
  • power system operation control and automation
  • power electronics and drives
  • modelling of electrotechnical equipment
  • management in power systems

This programme enable the student to develop a comprehensive understanding of the field, with specialisation in one or two of the areas. This provides a sound foundation to enter a professional role in industry or academia.

Year 1

In the first year, the programme is focused on providing a good solid understanding of the electric power engineering domain as a whole. The programme starts with fundamental courses in the area during the first half year, courses that will constitute the basis for further specialisations later in the programme. In addition, the first year also includes technology complementary courses that provide environmental, societal, and philosophical perspectives to electric power engineering.

Year 2

The second year (and also the end of the first year) is devoted to specialisation within the field. The programme offers a wide range of courses on various topics in the areas of electrotechnical design, electric energy conversion (for example motors and generators), power system design, and control of power systems. The second year includes a mandatory project course as well as the final master thesis project.

Master's degree project

The final degree project corresponds to five months’ full-time studies and is done in the last term of the studies. It can be undertaken at the university or in industry, anywhere in the world. Degree projects undertaken at the university are part of ongoing research and provide the opportunity to build close contacts with a research group. Projects in collaboration with industrial partners are often related to research and development. The project must be presented in written form, as the master’s thesis, and also orally in a seminar.

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 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH). 

Topics covered

Electric power systems and markets, power system operation control and automation, power electronics and drives, modelling of electrotechnical equipment and management of power systems.

Courses in the programme

Careers

For decades, KTH and Sweden have been at the forefront of advancements in grid systems, power component technologies and automation solutions. These areas are in constant need of fresh ideas and new engineers. For a long time there has been a wide selection of career options all over the world for electric power engineers.

This programme is designed to utilise KTH’s strong ties with research and industry leaders such as ABB, Vattenfall, Ellevio, Bombardier and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, offering students an excellent opportunity to apply their knowledge in practical, industrial applications.

After graduation

Electric power utilities and production: Network Planning, Market Analysis; Renewable energy sector: Network Analysis, Power Component Design; Transport sector: Electric Vehicle Design and Development, Drive Train and Power; Manufacturing industry: Component and Systems Design and Development. Consultant Work or PhD studies are possible careers for all the areas above.

Meet the graduates

Students

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

"Since I started my engineering career, I have felt very strongly about finishing my studies at KTH. It is one of the best universities in the world in the electrical sciences area (my specialty), and this assures you a good education, good facilities, and a good environment."

Andrea Molina Gómez, Spain

Meet the students

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 programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Electric Power Engineering are:

7. Affordable and Clean Energy
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Electric power is one of the key areas for achieving our sustainability goals. One illustration of this is that a reduction in emissions and energy consumption often results in more demands and more utilisation of electric power, typically when changing from fossil to electric power. The electric power engineer is most likely to concentrate on goals 7 and 9 and as an enabler in achieving almost all of the other goals.

Of these other goals, infrastructure, and specifically power systems, is also a very interesting area, being out-of-date in some parts of the world and requiring reinforcement in others. In both cases, innovation and development become very important, basically in order to utilise our resources as efficiently as possible, while at the same time supporting new production and consumption patterns.

Webinar on sustainable development

KTH offers a series of webinars focused on the master’s programmes and how they relate to sustainable development. You will meet with academics and students representing the master’s programmes and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH takes place Thursday 21 November at 16.00 CET.

Faculty and research

The programme in Electric Power Engineering is given by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH. The field of Electrical Engineering at KTH is currently ranked 19th in the world by QS. Faculty from the department in Electric Power and Energy Systems and Electromagnetic Engineering are the main teachers within this programme.

For the teachers in the programme research is actually the main activity, the research is usually conducted together with industry. The amount of teachers and researchers are actually more than the number of admitted students to the programme, resulting in a very good contact between students and teachers/researchers as well as industry.

Faculty and research

Next step

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The current admission round for the programme is for studies starting autumn 2020. Apply before 15 January.

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