Master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

The joint master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering pools the facilities, innovation and talent from energy departments at the largest technical universities in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2019

1 November 2018: Application opens
15 January 2019: Application deadline

There is a joint admission procedure for the programme. This means that all applications must be submitted at NTNU  university. Applicants can expect information on admission results in April/March. In the application, applicants must indicate a study track and specify which universities they will attend in accordance with the mobility scheme. Applicants must also include a motivational letter, all educational documents, two reference letters and a possible scholarship letter if available.

Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH

The purpose of the MSISEE programme is to provide state-of-the-art education in the fields of conventional and renewable energy sources and new power generation. These areas include: energy systems modelling, heat and power engineering, solar, wind and hydro power engineering. Innovative and entrepreneurial aspects will be highlighted via the advanced renewable energy concepts that are being implemented in the Nordic countries. Students will gain proficiency in project design and implementation, operation and maintenance, policy making and systems analysis. Advanced training with a research-oriented perspective is also included.

The programme is a combination of conventional teaching, project work and an independent research thesis project. The MSISEE Programme equips the students with the necessary theoretical and practical experience for better professional development in the field of energy systems engineering. The students will learn different software tools, which will help them to apply their knowledge in a more modern way. The graduate students of the programme could contribute positively to technological, economic and social development by providing more sustainable solutions to society.

In the MSISEE programme, students will join from all over the world for two years at two different universities. After successful completion of the programme requirements, a double degree from the following two best European universities will be issued:

  • KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
  • Aalto University, Finland.

On successful completion of the MSISEE programme, students will be equipped with the following skills and experiences, which will help them to start their careers in industrial, research and academic environment:

  • Professional level understanding of conventional and non-conventional energy systems.
  • The capability to understand environmental, economic and social impacts of various energy resources.
  • Understanding of old and modern energy technologies for better management and planning in order to achieve sustainable energy and environment sectors at national, regional and global levels.
  • An aptitude to formulate and analyse the problems of an energy system so as to suggest a wide range of possible solutions.
  • Development of other professional skills for example; interaction in an international environment, leading a group of people, project management, oral communication, report writing and presentation of final results.

This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science from KTH and the equivalent degree from the other attended university. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).

Degree project

After successful completion of the course work, each student is assigned an individual thesis project, on which they typically work over a period of five to six months. The project may be carried out either in an academic environment (university, research institute, or equivalent) or in an industrial setting (power plant, energy consulting agency, or other industry/business). Thesis projects may or may not be linked to ongoing research activities at one or more of the partner universities.

Study at two nordic universities

The joint master’s programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering is a collaboration between the five leading technical universities in the Nordic countries ( Nordic Five Tech ). The programme gives you a unique opportunity to tailor your degree based on your academic interests.

The students enrolled in the programme will study at two of the partner universities, spending one year at each. The universities participating in the joint master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering are

Students aiming to study at KTH in Sweden have the opportunity of choosing between two study tracks:

  1. MSISEE Bio-Energy Track (1st year at KTH, 2nd year at Aalto University)
  2. MSISEE Energy Systems Track (1st year at Aalto University, 2nd year at KTH)

In Year 1 and Year 2 mobility is a mandatory requirement, since both options result in a double degree from the two universities. Regardless of 1st and 2nd year universities all applicants must apply through NTNU admission system.


The energy field is an international and dynamic area where well-trained engineers are in constant demand. This is particularly the case for engineers exposed to practices in the Nordic countries. Employment opportunities are very strong. The graduate students could join a diverse range of careers.

After graduation

Energy systems analyst, energy market analyst, policy maker in energy sector, sustainable project designer, researcher, doctoral studies, teaching at a university, environmental specialist.

Faculty and research 

The MSISEE programme is hosted and coordinated by Department of Energy Technology in KTH. The department focuses on research and teaching with the goal of contributing to sustainable energy systems. The department is further divided into the following divisions:

  • Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration
  • Heat and Power Technology
  • Energy and Climate Studies
  • Energy Systems Analysis
  • Heating and Ventilation

In the department, research topics include turbomachinery, aeroelasticity, thermal energy storage, fuel cell technology, combustion of biomass, heat pump technology, energy and climate studies, market analyses and evaluation of sustainability, modelling of energy systems in buildings and city districts, and modelling of resource flows at national and regional levels.

In the Department of Energy Technology, the Division of Energy Systems Analysis is mainly responsible for the coordination of the MSISEE programme. Further details regarding the available research areas, faculty members and researchers working in the division are available here.

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