MSc 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 2020

1 November 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: 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 master programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of conventional and renewable energy sources like conventional and new power generation, solar energy, biomass energy, wind power and energy utilization in the built environment by means of economically and environmentally sustainable systems and technologies.

The term ‘sustainable energy engineering' comprises a wide array of practices, policies and technologies (conventional and renewable/alternative) aimed at providing energy at the least financial, environmental and social cost. A strong emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering tasks with due consideration of technical, environmental and socio-economic issues. Another strong emphasize is put on the innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the energy society, especially related to how existing and new efficiency improvement innovations can be brought to the market in different countries.

The innovative aspects inside the programme are both related to the advanced renewable concept in the Nordic countries as well as regards to new businesses in the energy sector. Advanced methods are applied to identify, describe, quantify and find solutions to a diverse range of energy engineering problems.

Participants gain proficiency in project design and implementation, operation and maintenance, as well as in crucial phases of policy generation. Advanced training in a research-oriented perspective is also included.

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 programme is hosted by the 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  is mainly responsible for the coordination of the programme. 

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