Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH
The master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering equips students with skills and insights in leadership, industrial challenges, innovation and entrepreneurship in the energy field. The programme provides an atmosphere and learning environment that fosters global responsibilities and sustainable development for all. Therefore, emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering tasks with due consideration of technical, environmental and socio-economic issues.
The first term of the programme is an intensive introductory period with broad-based coursework in energy engineering, including conversion technologies, systems and applications. Participants follow a learning-path in advanced level energy engineering courses, where their pre-requisite knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer is put to use in challenge-based problem-solving. Advanced methods are applied to identify, describe, quantify and find solutions to a diverse range of energy engineering problems.
For the second term you choose one out of four profiles for in-depth studies for the rest of the programme:
- Sustainable Power Generation focuses on conversion processes from renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass) to electricity, with co-generation of energy services such as heat, cold and clean water.
- Sustainable Energy Utilization focuses on the demands of the built environment, and the opportunities for innovation in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. Industrial process heat and cooling are also addressed.
- Solar Energy focuses on the integration of solar energy (electricity/heat/cooling) from small-scale distributed solutions at the building and city level to large-scale power plants. Techno-economic aspects of solar systems as well as system integration issues are the main focus of the profile.
- Transformation of Energy Systems – Policy and Management focuses on the knowledge and tools to support policy and regulation. Students following the profile acquire the qualitative and quantitative background for strategic decision-making in a secure and low-carbon energy sector at the local, national and international level.
Courses are offered by faculty staff who are also engaged in research and collaboration with industry. Similarly, many courses employ professionals from industry as guest lecturers on topics related to the practical side of the curriculum. Examples of external partnerships in 2017 were Sweco, Fortum, World Bank, the International Energy Agency, Absolicon and Stockholm Environmental Institute.
Teaching methods aim at student-centred learning, hands-on work and challenge-driven education. This means a large content of project-based learning activities. Digitally based learning activities are common, including the concept of flipped classrooms, video lectures, and computerized automatically corrected homework/quizzes/exams.
In the last term, a degree project is carried out which spans a six-month period. The project may be carried out either in an academic environment (e.g. closely connected to the Department of Energy Technology research projects) or in an industrial setting. During your degree project, you will establish an excellent platform and gain valuable experience and contacts for the career ahead.
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 Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).
Specific requirements for the master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering
A bachelor’s degree corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, or equivalent, in Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering. Bachelor’s degrees in other engineering disciplines or natural sciences may also be sufficient provided that relevant coursework in engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer is included in the curriculum.
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