Last edit: 23/11/2020
Approved: 14/01/2021

Structure of the education

Academic year
Each academic year consists of two semesters which are 20 weeks each. Each semester is divided into two study periods.

All KIC InnoEnergy applications will be handled by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Structure of the programme
The programme extends over four semesters of which the first two, i.e. year 1, are given at either KTH or UPC. The third and fourth semesters, i.e. year 2, is chosen by the students, among the all partner universities (KTH, PoliTo, Aalto, TU/e, UPC, AGH and IST) according to their desired field of specialization, including the area for their MSc thesis. However, the choice must be such that the programme’s mandatory mobility condition is met which, for example, means that a student studying year 1 at KTH MUST choose another university and area of specialization for year 2. In the fourth (final) semester the students can perform the MSc thesis in an industrial setting in common supervision with researchers/teachers from the student’s 2nd year university.

The first two semesters are considered fundamental within the field of sustainable energy systems, and renewable energy. Integrated in the year 1 curriculum is also energy management and introductory business and entrepreneurship training. In the second semester, the first programme spring seminar is given at one of the partner universities.

In this spring seminar, the topic is cutting-edge research in the field. Between the second and third semesters, a Summer Internship is performed where students combine their learning experiences from semesters 1 and 2 to a basic environomical problem in industry. During the third and fourth semesters the partners other than KTH offer courses within eight fields of specialization (see above), along with a common 7 ECTS compulsory course containing advanced environomic material. Also, during the second year the students apply their knowledge on a project in industry or at one of the partner universities to constitute the basis for the master thesis. This includes the second compulsory spring seminar given for one week at one of the partner universities with an advanced discussion on research in the area. The programme ends with a common, degree ceremony at one of the partner universities.


The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list

The type of instruction and examination format vary between the courses and these are indicated in each official course syllabus.

The student must register for the individual courses in the way each one of the partner universities decides.

Grading system

Courses in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances.

Grading scale is found in the course syllabus.

Since the programme is a cooperation agreement between KTH and four other universities, other types of grading might be used.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. 

For studies at a higher study year there are specific admission requirements for the courses. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus.

Specialisation Selection
There is no limitation to the number of places available at each partner university.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students wishing recognition of previous academic studies must submit an application to the Programme Steering Committee.

Degree project

Degree project, second cycle
In order to fulfill specific admission requirements  for a Degree Project, Second Cycle, 30 credits, courses corresponding to at least 60 credits, second cycle, must be completed. The courses at the second cycle shall include courses in the programme relevant to the degree project, as well as courses in science theory and research methodology.

To start the degree project at least 80 ECTS course credits should have been achieved, all compulsory assignments should have been attempted and at least 90% of theses assignments should have been passed.

In order to fulfil requirements for obtaining a master degree the project must be part of the required in-depth studies at second level in the main field of study for the programme. The topic of the project must be accepted by the Programme Steering Committee.

The project can be performed either at an industry, community, agency or at one of the partner universities.

The partner universities might have special requirements for the degree project.


Conditions for a Degree of Master, 120 credits

A Degree of Master of Science is obtained after completing the degree programme. The programme is designed so that the student, when they graduate, has fulfilled the national qualification requirements with a passing grade in all courses included in the student's study plan of 120 credits, of which

  • at least 90 credits are attained in the second cycle, which includes at least 60 credits (including a 30 credit degree project) of specialised studies within the programme's main field of study.

Title of general qualification at second cycle
Degree of Master of Science (120 credits), Teknologie masterexamen

Depending on the chosen track of studies, a double degree may be issued from one of the partner universities.