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).
To qualify for the Master’s in Energy for Smart Cities programme, you need:
- A completed Bachelor’s degree worth 180 ECTS credits or equivalent in engineering – for example mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, electrical engineering – or science.
- Your Bachelor’s degree must have covered the fundamentals of electrical and mechanical engineering.
- You will also need to submit a separate letter giving your reasons for application.
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