Master in sustainable energy systems is a two year program jointly offered by several European universities under the EIT label. The purpose of this program is to train students who will learn to make a real contribution to minimizing the environmental impact of current and future energy systems. Sustainable energy systems program delivers students with interdisciplinary skills, training and attributes required for a n career in sustainable energy sector.

Master in Sustainable Energy Systems description

During the first year, students can either study in Sweden or Spain at KTH: Royal Institute of Technology OR UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech. The curriculum in the first year offers courses and modules that focus on renewable energy, sustainable energy conversion, and methods for minimizing anthropogenic impact on the environment.

Following courses are offered to students pursuing their first year in the Master in sustainable energy systems:

Energy resources
Renewable energy technology
Energy storage systems
Microeconomics and energy markets
Sustainable energy and environment
Energy system analysis in environmental context
Energy efficiency and rational use of energy
Project in energy system analysis

During the second year, students chose a specialization track:

  • Combined Energy Systems at KTH: Royal Institute of Technology 

    Combined Energy Systems deals with multiple energy services from combinations of renewable energy sources (polygeneration and synthesis of complex renewable energy systems). Student work on combining multiple energy sources to produce various energy services in an efficient, cost effective and sustainable way. Courses at KTH include; green buildings, combustion theory, energy system economics modeling & sustainability indicators, energy policy planning, measurement techniques in energy technology, sustainable power generation, small scale polygeneration, advanced refreigeration and heat pumptechnology.
  • Energy Efficiency at PoliTo: Politecnico di Torino

    Energy efficiency specialization helps students to understand new energy pathways in future complex-integrated systems, while focusing on residential and industrial efficiency. Courses in this specialization consist of; resources & environmental sustainability, power generation from energy sources, hydraulic & thermal machine testing, building physics & energy systems architecture, numerical design of thermal systems, polygeneration & advanced energy system.
  • Innovation in Energy Systems at TU/e: Eindhoven University of Technology

    In this specialization module students learn innovation in electrical power supply systems, i.e. smart grids, storage of energy, built environmental design, socio-economic implications for developing countries, supply and demand in the context of real-life case studies. Courses include; energy, economy & society, heat & flow in microsystems, planing & operation of power systems, sustainable buildings, thermal energy storage, intelligent buildings, building performance & energy systems simulation, international development & sustainability, sustainability transitions and responsible innovation.
  • Offshore Energy Systems at IST: Instituto Superior Técnico

    Offshore energy systems specialization focus on legal, economic, and ecological dynamics within the framework of energy technology implementation. Courses in Offshore energy systems include; hydropower, offshore wind energy, waste to energy, energy storage, wave energy, decision support models, energy services, PV solar energy, biofuels, solar thermal energy, electrochemistry and energy, hydromineral and geothermal resources, public policies for energy, technology based entrepreneurship, engineering economics, energy systems optimization, build environments and impacts.
  • Solar Systems at UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech 

    Solar systems draws upon solid scientific knowledge, while focusing on technological development in innovation and sustainability. Courses in this module consists of; energy resources, microeconmics & energy markets, renewable energy technology, sustainable energy & environment, energy system analysis in environmental context, energy conversion systems.
  • Sustainable Biomass Processing at Aalto University

    At Aalto University students can learn specialized knowledge and gain expertise in sustainable energy production and conversion related to bioenergy. Courses include; energy markets, biofuels & bioenergy, plant biomass, electro chemical energy conversion, engineering thermodynamics, bioprocess technology, advanced energy solutions, molecular thermodynamics.
  • Sustainable Fuels Economy (SFE)  at AGH: University of Science and Technology

    Students develop their strength in courses like; fuels chemistry, biotechnology, energy and environment, systems modeling, energy policy, modeling of fuels and energy systems.

Successful graduates will double degrees from the institutions they choose to study: Aalto: Master of Science (Technology), IST: Master in Energy Engineering and Management, PoliTo: Master of Science in Energy and Nuclear Engineering, KTH: Master of Science, TU/e: Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Technology, AGH: Master of Engineering, UPC: Master in Energy Engineering.

Admission and Requirements

Admission to the program requires a 180 ECTS or equivalent undergraduate degree (atleast 70% average grade) in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, chemistry or a related engineering discipline.

To apply for the program, candidates need to apply via online application system. Following documents are required while applying (in PDF format):

  • Bachelor degree certificate and transcript (in original language and translated into English)
  • CV
  • Passport copy
  • Motivation letter
  • English proficiency certificate (IELTS: 6.5. no section below 5.5, TOEFL: 92, 22 or above in writing, CPE/CAE)
  • Additional documents (work experience, internships, awards etc)

There are several application rounds for the Master’s program:

  • Round 1: Oct. 21, 2019 to Nov. 17, 2019
  • Round 2: Nov. 25, 2019 to Jan. 19, 2020
  • Round 3: Jan. 27, 2020 to Mar. 8, 2020
  • Round 4: Mar. 16, 2020 to 26 Apr. 26, 2020
  • Round 5: May 4. 2020 to Jun. 7, 2020

Fees and Scholarships

For 2020 the participation fee is €15,000 per year, students who get admitted need to pay a non-refundable fee of 250 Euros. Several scholarships are available for 2020 session including; Academic excellence scholarship (limited to admission round 1 & 2) awards 15,000 Euros fee waiver and a 750 Euros monthly allowance for 24 months OR a 15000 Euros fee waiver with no monthly allowance. Energy impact scholarship (available for all admission rounds) offers 10,000 Euros in participation fee, all applicants applying to the program will be considered for this scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic results, previous education and university of the candidate along with professional background and affinity with innovation and entrepreneurship. Questions regarding the scholarship application process can be directed to, +443331500488.


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