Master's programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering
The master's programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of solar energy, power generation, energy utilisation, turbomachinery and transformation of energy systems. The emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering tasks with due consideration of technical, environmental and socio-economic issues.
Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH
The SEE programme delivers a master's level education so that graduates can take on leadership, industrial challenges, innovation and entrepreneurship in the energy field. The aim is to provide an atmosphere and learning environment that fosters global responsibilities and sustainable development for all.
Participants follow a learning-path in advanced level energy engineering courses, where the pre-required knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer is applied in challenged-based problem solving. In-depth studies are offered, as the participants choose one of four study profiles: Sustainable Power Generation; Sustainable Energy Utilization; Solar Energy; and Transformation of Energy Systems – Policy and Management. The programme comprises 120 ECTS credits, corresponding to two years full-time studies. The language of instruction is English.
The curricula for the SEE MSc programme, including the four study profiles – Sustainable Power Generation, Sustainable Energy Utilisation, Transformation of Energy Systems, and Solar Energy – are marked by an intensive introductory period followed by broad-based coursework giving participants a solid foundation for the particular study track. Advanced methods are applied to identify, describe, quantify and find solutions to a diverse range of energy engineering problems.
Courses are offered by faculty who also are engaged in research and collaboration with industry. Also, many courses employ professionals from industry as guest lectures on topics related to the practical side of the curriculum. Examples of external partnerships in our curriculum 2017 are Sweco, Fortum, World Bank, Absolicon, Stockholm Environmental Institute, to mention just a few.
Teaching methods aim at student-centred learning and hands-on work, challenge-driven education. This means a large content of project-based learning activities. Digitally based learning activities are common, including the concept of, video lectures, and computerized automatically corrected homework/quizzes/exams.
The last semester is for a degree project which spans over a six-month period. The project may be carried out in either an academic environment (e.g. closely connected to the department of Energy Technol research projects) or in an industrial setting. Here, you will establish an excellent platform and gain valuable experience and contacts for the career ahead.
The energy field is an international and dynamic area in which well-trained engineers are in constant demand. Graduates find employment in industry, government agencies, and consultancies. The master's programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering is also an excellent starting point for a research career.
After the completion of this programme, you will be able to manage technical problems from a systems perspective, with a holistic view of their life cycle, from concept to specification, development, operation and decommissioning. You will also be confident in characterizing an energy challenge, determine the necessary resource consumption and manage processes for problem-solving/realization. Our aim is that you will have a particularly good understanding of the fact that engineering problems are often complex, and sometimes involve conflicting conditions. You will become aware of the responsibilities and ethical standpoints that may arise in connection with various technical, organisational, economic, ecological and societal activities.
Thus, the SEE programme prepares you for immediate engagement in the development and implementation of sustainable energy technology, leadership positions in the field, as well as academic research. The future is bright, and, with properly trained engineers, society will reach sustainability in energy systems on a regional as well as global level.
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Faculty and research
The SEE programme is closely connected to the KTH Department of Energy Technology – EGI. At EGI, the research covers wide areas of energy conversion, electricity generation and energy utilization. As such, the research 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.
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Changes in the programme may occur.