Master's programmes in Smart Electrical Networks and Systems (SENSE)

The joint master's programme in Smart Electrical Networks and Systems (SENSE) is offered by seven European universities through InnoEnergy. The programme is the starting point for your career in engineering, designing or managing the smart electrical grids of the future. As new technologies transform the energy infrastructure and enable greater use of renewables and more efficient energy consumption, the opportunities for innovative ideas, new businesses and creative engineers are growing.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2019

Application round 1: 11 Dec 2018 – 22 February 2019
Application round 2: 25 February 2019 – 22 April 2019

Scholarships and fee waivers are only available for the best applicants from all nationalities in round 1, for the programme chosen as your first priority. Information on application and fees are found at InnoEnergy Master school .

Smart Electrical Networks and Systems at KTH

The joint master’s programme in Smart Grids develops your skills in electrical power engineering, business skills, and innovation management. By connecting you to the leading players in Europe’s transition to smarter grids, the programme places you at the heart of the international power industry.

Throughout the programme you will have exceptional opportunities to engage directly with major commercial and research organisations that are actively involved in advancing technologies for smart grids and systems. ABB, Vattenfall and the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) are all involved in the programme, together with smaller niche players and start-ups in the smart grid ecosystem.

The joint master’s programme in Smart Grids is an international programme for an international industry. You will join students from all over the world for two years at two different universities and one of Europe’s leading business schools. After successfully completing the programme and your thesis, you will receive a double diploma in the form of a master’s degree from two of the following institutions:

  • International Master of Science in Electrical Engineering for Smart Grids and Buildings, from INP: Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
  • Master of Science, from KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Master of Engineering: Energy, from KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Master of Electrical Engineering, from TU/e: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Master of Energy Engineering, from UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain

The programme is accredited by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Innovation Industrial Projects

Innovation Industrial Projects give you the opportunity to work on real-world challenges set by our industrial partners. The projects give you an opportunity to work in close collaboration with industry players, and to develop innovative solutions to some of the problems they face. Recent examples of Innovation Industrial Projects include:

  • Developing an experimental technique to detect magnetic field anomalies caused by ferromagnetic materials, and designing a method to scan these anomalies using small dirigibles or drones, as proposed by ABB Corporate Research.
  • Grid investment analysis in relation to network regulation models, in cooperation with Ellevio.
  • Current transformer testing methods, in cooperation with Megger Sweden AB.


“My bachelor's was in electrical engineering, so I thought this programme was the best choice for me. I chose Sweden and KTH because of the innovation project that forms part of the course schedule. I really wanted to do something like that because it involves close collaboration with the industry.”

Akshaya Prabakar, MSc SENSE student


The joint master’s programme in Smart Grids prepares you for a global career in electrical power engineering, especially in the fast-growing field of restructuring existing power grids into smart grids. For students who want to enhance the reliability of electric power delivery, minimize the cost of electrical energy, encourage the use of new generating sources and increase the penetration of renewable energy sources in the energy mix, this programme is the perfect starting point.

The programme’s emphasis on understanding, modelling and analysing the principles behind electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation on a broad scale gives you a comprehensive understanding of the key issues surrounding the transition to smart grids.

In addition, the business management and entrepreneurial aspects of the programme enable you to assess the potential and risk of new products, solutions or services from both a business and technical perspective, develop new ideas, and take them from technical concept to commercially viable product.

The programme therefore opens up a wide choice of career paths, including taking leadership roles in grid operations and planning, big data handling, system design, virtual power plants, micro-grid development, and even business creation. Equally, the programme prepares you for continued research at higher academic institutions.

"The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to a KIC educational programme that has been assessed positively by the EIT on the implementation of the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement (EIT QALE) system and the application of specific quality criteria with focus on the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs), robust entrepreneurship education, highly integrated, innovative ‘learning‐by‐doing’ curricula, international mobility and outreach."

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