Master's programme in Energy for Smart Cities (SMCS)

The joint master's programme in Energy for Smart Cities (SMCS) is offered by four European universities through InnoEnergy. The world’s population is becoming increasingly urban. More than half of us now live in a city. More will do so in the future. We face new challenges in urban design, civil infrastructure and energy management. This programme enables you to contribute to the solution.

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 .

Energy for Smart Cities at KTH

The joint master's programme in Energy for Smart Cities adds depth and breadth to your technical and engineering knowledge, equips you with business skills and innovation management techniques, and connects you to the latest thinking on urban development in a changing society. As a result, you will be able to play a key role in developing smart, secure and sustainable energy for functional and resource-efficient urban communities.

Throughout the programme, you will have unrivalled opportunities to engage directly with major industrial players and research institutes, small specialist companies and innovative start-ups in the field of smart cities and buildings. Major enterprises such as ABB are actively engaged in the programme, as are companies such as EcoBam, SiarQ, Ionseed, Enervalis, Watly, Everis, Iskra, and ComsaEnte, and innovation support organisations such as ACC1Ó and Barcelona Activa.

The joint master's programme in Energy for Smart Cities is an international, two-year programme run jointly by four European universities. You will join students from all over the world at two of these universities as well as at specialist events and activities across Europe. After successfully completing the programme and your thesis, you will receive a master’s degree from two of these institutions in the form of a double diploma:

  • 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 Science: Energy, from KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Master of Energy Engineering, from UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain

Added value activities

The Innovation Journey is a critical element of the MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme that runs over the two years of study. During the innovation journey, you will work in teams on a real-world challenge set by one of our start-up or industrial partners, using Systematic Inventive Thinking® (SIT) tools to prompt innovative thinking and manage its implementation. The end goal of the innovation journey is to create a feasible prototype that can be developed for the market.

There are three milestones on the innovation journey, each consisting of a one-week course in a different European city:

  • Smart Cities week, Barcelona
  • BIZ Bootcamp, Leuven
  • Entrepreneurship summer school, Amsterdam

Graduates of the programme will acquire the following skills, knowledge and attributes:

  • Deep knowledge of electrical energy processing, mechanical technology, and applied thermodynamics
  • Deep knowledge of the design and operation of electrical and mechanical energy systems
  • Understanding of the wider socio-economic context and an ability to communicate with non-technical audiences
  • An open, analytical, problem-solving mind with the ability to present ideas and innovative solutions in a structured way
  • Executive, management and entrepreneurial skills and an understanding of where and how to apply them
  • Insights into ethical, social and economic frameworks for sustainable energy in the smart-city context
  • The ability to independently gather new insights, methodologies and results within the discipline, and to apply these in a research or professional context
  • The critical ability to understand, assess and pursue the social role of the engineer

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



After completing the programme, our graduate engineers are able to participate in state-of-the-art design, control and operation of energy-conversion systems in a smart-city context. They have in-depth knowledge of all basic aspects and methods of energy conversion and balanced energy consumption; they are able to apply this knowledge in creative ways; and have the necessary skills and techniques to progress further in this field.

Our graduates work with a variety of stakeholders in the energy and smart-city domain, including industry, network operators, regulators, developers and public bodies. Graduates have also pursued careers in research, design, operations and management in existing organisations, as well as starting their own innovative businesses.

“I strongly value the experiences I’ve had these past two years. The chance to study abroad, meet a bunch of amazing people, explore different cultures and just basically test myself in every way possible. I would happily do it again, and recommend it for everyone!"

Joanna Skowrońska, MSc Energy for Smart Cities graduate

"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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