Master's programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering

The two-year master’s programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering incorporates a strong foundation in electrical engineering with an understanding of electromagnetic fields and how they interact with matter.

16 October 2018: Application opens
15 January 2019: Application deadline
1 February 2019: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
4 April 2019: Notification of selection results

Application open

Application through University Admissions in Sweden.

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The tuition fee for the full programme is SEK 310,000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH)

For questions regarding programme content and specific entry requirements, feel free to contact the programme.

Programme coordinator:

Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering at KTH

Electromagnetic fields are the basis of telecommunications. They are employed, for example, to transmit high-speed data through optic fibres or mobile wireless systems. Additionally, electromagnetic fields are transmitted from objects in the universe, such as stars, and they provide key information to help us understand the universe. Furthermore, a fundamental understanding of plasma is needed for controlling and generating fusion energy, the same source that powers the Sun, and which promises to power the Earth in the near future.

With these objectives in mind, the programme is built around four distinct areas of focus. These four areas are defined as four specialisations with a common core of selected courses in plasma and electromagnetic theory.

  • Microwave Engineering
  • Photonics
  • Plasma
  • Space

The studies in the master’s programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering are course-based. The academic year is divided into four study periods, and there are typically 2–3 courses running over a 10-week long study period. Mandatory courses are scheduled in the first two study periods of the programme, with the rest of the courses are offered as electives from a wide range of topics.

The programme is set in an international environment, with students from an extensive number of nationalities. World-renowned professors teach all the courses in English. The variety of pedagogical methods offers plentiful opportunities to develop group communication skills and gain experience in working on mixed teams. The research and industrialisation in the fields of communications, space and fusion is developed in international environments. KTH internationally leads a number of projects in space missions within NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), and the fusion reactor at ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).

Participate in the research

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in the research and project work at the departments hosting the programme (such as space and plasma physics, electromagnetic engineering and fusion plasma physics). For example, these departments have individual project courses corresponding to eight weeks of work in non-scheduled time that can be transferred into conventional course credits.

Master’s degree project

The degree project carried out in the final term can be undertaken at KTH or in industry. In some cases, parts or the whole project can be completed abroad. Industry-oriented projects offer the possibility of joining Swedish or international companies after the master’s thesis. In research-oriented projects, part of the work is often aimed at publication in reputed peer-reviewed journals, providing opportunities to pursue PhD studies at KTH or other top universities or research centres.

Examples of degree projects made ​​by former students:

  • Numerical study of spectral densities of fluctuations in thermal plasma
  • Graphene growth on SiC under Arambient and H-intercalation
  • Efficient computation of the near-field mutual coupling between antennas on vehicles
  • Ka-band 2D Luneburg Lens design with a glide-symmetric metasurface
  • Analysis of the electric and magnetic fields time variation inside the auroral oval region
  • Modelling of collisionless alpha-particle confinement in Tokamaks

Topics covered

Electromagnetism, fusion, space engineering, antennas, microwave devices, THz circuitry, photonics, plasma.



KTH has an international reputation in plasma physics, and has been the home of Hannes Alfvén, a pioneer in the field and Nobel Prize laureat. Today, the university is active in several aspects of the development of ITER, from plasma modelling to engineering material facing the plasma. Space research at KTH is carried out in both large international projects under ESA and NASA and in smaller collaborations with leading research centres and universities around Europe, USA, South Africa and Japan.

Emphasis is placed on both the theoretical and applied aspects of the field with a multidisciplinary approach and close proximity to real research applications – with many master’s theses completed in international collaborations. The master's programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering offers students a unique breadth of experience with a multitude of career prospects following their degree.

The knowledge acquired in this Master program sets the foundation for working in the development of electromagnetic technology and hardware. For example, this technology is commonly used in communication systems and many of our students have been employed by companies, such as Ericsson or Huawei, to design antennas, microwave circuits and filters. Another common career path after their studies has been in the aerospace industry as electromagnetic engineers for companies like SAAB.

After graduation

Telecommunications Engineer, Microwave Engineer, Space Engineer, Fusion Reactor Designer, Radiofrequency Designer, Researcher on Electromagnetics.

Career and alumni


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

Marwa Abdelrahman, Sudan

"I want to work in development in the telecom industry."

Oskar Dahlberg, Sweden

"KTH is very international with lots of professors and exchange students."

Neelu Kambisseri Roby, India

"The teachers are always approachable and willing to help."

Meet the students

Faculty and research

The programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering is given by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH. The field of Electrical and Electronics at KTH is currently ranked 28th in the world by QS 2018. Faculty from the Department in Electromagnetic Engineering, Space and Plasma Physics and Fusion Plasma Physics is teaching courses within this programme.

Faculty and research

Changes in the programme may occur.

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