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MSc Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

The joint master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering focuses on energy systems designs with economically and environmentally sustainable technologies. Students are awarded degrees from two leading Nordic universities and explore the unique energy engineering expertise of these universities through a specialisation track. Graduates know practices, policies and technologies to supply energy at the least financial, environmental and social cost.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2024

1 December 2023: Application opens
15 January: Application deadline
April: Admissions result

All applicants for the programme must apply to Aalto Universiry, regardless of which universities they plan to attend. On the Aalto University website  they provide more comprehensive information about the progamme structure, study tracks, courses and applications procedure.

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Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH

The master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of sustainable energy like new power generation, solar energy, biomass energy, wind power and energy utilisation 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, renewable and alternative) aimed at providing energy at the lowest possible economic, environmental and social cost. Emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering tasks with due consideration of related technical, environmental and socio-economic issues.

Strong emphasis is also put on the innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the energy society, especially with regard to how existing and new efficiency-improving innovations can be brought to market in different countries. The innovative aspects of the programme are related to both the advanced renewable energy concept in the Nordic countries as well as new businesses in the energy sector.

Students gain expertise in project design, implementation, operation and maintenance, as well as the crucial phases on policy generation. The studies also include research-oriented, in-depth training from the energy sector.

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 successfully completing the course work, each student is assigned an individual degree project, on which they typically work over 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.

Courses in the programme at KTH

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 allows you 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. Bio-Energy (Year 1 at KTH and year 2 at Aalto University)
  2. Energy Systems (Year 1 at Aalto University and year 2 at KTH)

In years one and two, mobility is mandatory since both options result in a double degree from the two universities. All applicants must apply through Aalto University regardless of first and second-year universities.


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 and graduates can pursue a diverse range of careers.

After graduation

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

Faculty and research 

The programme is hosted by the Department of Energy Technology  

at KTH. The Department of Energy Technology (EGI) aims at contributing to welfare and development through world-class research and education in innovative energy technologies and systems, and promotion of the energy sector transition towards sustainability. The department is further divided into the following divisions:

  • Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration
  • Heat and Power Technology
  • Energy Systems

In the Department of Energy Technology, the Unit of Energy Systems  is mainly responsible for the coordination of the programme. The Unit is based on a broad system perspective, where energy technology, innovation, and policy are linked to sustainable development. The Unit develops quantitative models for optimising energy systems and establishes the basis for strategic decisions on investments and policy. They conduct qualitative analyses regarding the impact of policies on the transition to a sustainable society. Also, synergies and trade-offs between the many targets of the 2030 Agenda's 17 Sustainable Development Goals are carefully analysed. The Unit's perspective is global, and they collaborate with many countries and world organisations.

More information on the Aalto University website

The coordinator of the joint master's programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering is Aalto University. They provide more comprehensive information about the progamme structure, study tracks and courses. All applicants apply to Aalto University.

Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering on the Aalto University website

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