Master's programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering
The master’s programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering offers students an extensive and detailed education in the key areas pertaining to nuclear technology. The programme offers possibilities to attain a dual degree in cooperation with French, Korean or Chinese institutions. After graduation, students will be well-prepared for future positions within the advanced nuclear technology field, or in a nuclear science and technology research environment.
Compulsory courses will provide all students on the programme with a strong foundation in the reactor physics and technology field. Research-oriented students will have several opportunities to choose courses in preparation for work in reactor physics research or in a nuclear engineering research environment. At the same time, students interested in more industry-related nuclear engineering can choose courses preparing them for a position in the industry, with an optional management-oriented specialisation.
Students will complete the two-year master’s programme with a degree project. The project and its resultant thesis may be completed at the Albanova University Centre (KTH), or at an external research facility, in a company in Sweden or in another country. With the growing need for competent employees in the nuclear industry, there are many opportunities to carry out this project at a company in the industry. KTH’s nuclear departments have already established an excellent tradition of completing several degree projects per year at top Swedish nuclear power companies (e.g. Vattenfall, Westinghouse, Forsmark). There are also close contacts with other universities and research centres in Europe, USA and Asia, with opportunities for students to work abroad.
The programme has dual diploma agreements with the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea and with Tsinghua University, China. The agreements imply that students can be awarded a dual diploma after gaining 60 ECTS credits at KTH and another 60 ECTS credits from the partner university.
The programme is part of the European Master's in Innovative Nuclear Energy (EMINE). The first year of study at KTH can be combined with a second year at the top French universities either in Paris (ENSTA – a cluster of universities in Paris) or in Grenoble (Grenoble INP), resulting in a double diploma degree.
Master's students have opportunities to be engaged during their studies in different research projects in the fields of nuclear power safety, reactor physics, reactor technology, thermal hydraulics, new generation of nuclear reactors, material studies in radiation environment, nuclear fuel cycle etc. It is worth to note that all lecturing staff at this master's programme are very actively involved in research projects in a very broad international cooperation. A lot of experiments are being conducted at KTH in the areas of severe accident management, heavy metal coolant technology (Pb-Bi), the development of new nuclear fuels, development of new nuclear reactors, thermal hydraulics experiments, etc. KTH is also deeply involved in the development of different calculational tools and computer simulators for use in advanced nuclear technology.
This programme develops also very intensively Technology Empowered Engineering Education (TEEE), which includes computer-supported interactive assignments and examinations, video recording and the reviewing of the lectures, dedicated text e-books for some courses.
With advances in science and technology, nuclear energy is increasingly regarded as an eminent part of the global energy-environment equation needed to satisfy the growing demand for energy in a rapidly developing world. Undoubtedly, nuclear energy, as well as other non-energy applications of nuclear science and technology, will continue and further increase its important role in serving society.
The truly international environment of this master’s programme gives graduating students a body of knowledge and skills which will forever be precious commodities in the globalised world. Graduating students will be eagerly recruited by industry, authorities and research establishments in Sweden, Europe and worldwide. The examples of “typical” companies employing our graduates are: Vattenfall, Westinghouse, Forsmark Kraftgrupp, Ringhals, Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management (SKB) EdF, CEA in France.
Options for further PhD studies
Master's students can after graduation follow a research path through our PhD programme. At nuclear departments at KTH we have over 25 PhD students and each year 5–6 students defend their thesis in the field of nuclear power and technology.
Changes in the programme may occur.