MSc Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering
The master’s programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering combines a strong foundation in electrical engineering with knowledge in electromagnetic fields, how they interact with matter and how to utilise them in technology. Students specialise in Microwave Engineering, Photonics, Plasma or Space. As the programme covers both theoretical and applied aspects of the field, graduates face diverse career opportunities in both industry and academia.
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. 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
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 several 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
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).
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
KTH has an international reputation in plasma physics and has been the home of Hannes Alfvén, a pioneer in the field and Nobel Prize laureate. 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 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's programme 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.
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 Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering are:
On completing the course, graduated students are expected to contribute to the creation of more sustainable cities. For example, they will learn how to produce efficient electromagnetic devices which can be used to produce driverless cars and to better control the traffic in our cities, thus reducing our environmental impact.
Graduates will contribute to the development of our industry and infrastructures. For example, electromagnetics is the basis for any communication system. Guided media, such as fibre optics, and antennas, are required to provide the transfer of data from/to our computers or phones. New communication systems will contribute to the development of more efficient infrastructures that are also more environmentally friendly.
On completing this programme, graduates will able to help to reduce climate change. For example, students will learn about the recent advances in fusion and solar energies, which are two of the potential solutions for reducing the carbon emissions that are causing global warming.
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.