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Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering at KTH

Electromagnetic fields are the basis of telecommunications. They are employed, for example, to transmit high-speed data through optic fibres or mobile wireless systems. Additionally, electromagnetic fields are transmitted from objects in the universe, such as stars, and they provide key information to help us understand the universe. Furthermore, a fundamental understanding of plasma is needed for controlling and generating fusion energy, the same source that powers the Sun, and which promises to power the Earth in the near future.

With these objectives in mind, the programme is built around four distinct areas of focus. These four areas are defined as four specialisations with a common core of selected courses in plasma and electromagnetic theory.

  • Microwave Engineering
  • Photonics
  • Plasma
  • Space

The studies in the master’s programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering are course-based. The academic year is divided into four study periods, and there are typically 2–3 courses running over a 10-week long study period. Mandatory courses are scheduled in the first two study periods of the programme, with the rest of the courses are offered as electives from a wide range of topics.

The programme is set in an international environment, with students from an extensive number of nationalities. World-renowned professors teach all the courses in English. The variety of pedagogical methods offers plentiful opportunities to develop group communication skills and gain experience in working on mixed teams. The research and industrialisation in the fields of communications, space and fusion is developed in international environments. KTH internationally leads a number of projects in space missions within NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), and the fusion reactor at ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).

Participate in the research

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in the research and project work at the departments hosting the programme (such as space and plasma physics, electromagnetic engineering and fusion plasma physics). For example, these departments have individual project courses corresponding to eight weeks of work in non-scheduled time that can be transferred into conventional course credits.

Master’s degree project

The degree project carried out in the final term can be undertaken at KTH or in industry. In some cases, parts or the whole project can be completed abroad. Industry-oriented projects offer the possibility of joining Swedish or international companies after the master’s thesis. In research-oriented projects, part of the work is often aimed at publication in reputed peer-reviewed journals, providing opportunities to pursue PhD studies at KTH or other top universities or research centres.

Examples of degree projects made ​​by former students:

  • Numerical study of spectral densities of fluctuations in thermal plasma
  • Graphene growth on SiC under Arambient and H-intercalation
  • Efficient computation of the near-field mutual coupling between antennas on vehicles
  • Ka-band 2D Luneburg Lens design with a glide-symmetric metasurface
  • Analysis of the electric and magnetic fields time variation inside the auroral oval region
  • Modelling of collisionless alpha-particle confinement in Tokamaks

This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).

Topics covered

Electromagnetism, fusion, space engineering, antennas, microwave devices, THz circuitry, photonics, plasma.

 

Specific requirements for the master’s programme in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering

A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits including courses in:

  • Electrical engineering, physics, electronics or computer science, including courses in basic electromagnetics and mechanics, corresponding to at least 60 ECTS credits.
  • Mathematics including calculus, vector algebra, differential equations and numerical methods corresponding to at least 30 ECTS credits.

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