Programme Outline

MSc SELECT covers all aspects of the energy transition: that is, the move away from current fossil fuel systems to more sustainable alternatives.

The programme combines technical courses on renewable energy technologies and system integration with business, commercial and management-focused studies. It encourages you to think broadly about future energy systems and global responsibility, and at least 25 per cent of your time is spent on challenge-based project work that gives you practical experience of real-world issues. This challenge-driven approach leads to a fully rounded understanding of sustainable energy, the challenges involved, and the economic, societal and environmental viability of potential solutions.

MSc SELECT has strong partnerships with internationally renowned businesses, smaller companies and NGOs, and a network of start-ups. These partners are actively involved in curriculum design, selection processes, teaching, internships, support for Master’s theses, setting challenges, and creating job opportunities for graduates.

MSc SELECT also fosters relationships between universities and industry on different continents. Many of the challenge-driven projects our students work on have an international aspect, particularly in developing nations.

Year 1

During your first year, you study at either KTH: Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, or UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech.

Courses in the first year focus on topics such as sustainable energy conversion, renewable energy, and ways of ensuring minimal human impact on the environment. The content of the first-year courses is the same at both universities: courses that are taught at KTH are available online to UPC students, while those that are taught by UPC are available online to KTH students.

The partnership between KTH and UPC helps strengthen collaboration between students, and encourages you to develop additional soft skills, and to share ideas, develop a stronger long-lasting network – and achieve better results.

During your first year, you also take a crash course in innovation and entrepreneurship at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona to help you understand the role of the engineer in bringing new ideas and solutions to market.

The ESADE course introduces you to the fundamentals of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, including: business strategy, marketing for scientific entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial finance, managing intellectual property rights, personal and professional skills, and project presentation.

You also receive additional intensive training from ESADE during our Fall and Spring Seminars. Examples of training include: project management, design thinking, managing high performance teams, intellectual property rights, and digital marketing.

Year 2

During the second year, you choose one of the following specialist tracks to deepen your knowledge:

Combined Energy Systems deals with multiple energy services from combinations of renewable energy sources. You will focus on the “art” of combining multiple energy sources to produce various energy services in an efficient, cost effective and sustainable way. In particular the course explores the topic of polygeneration and the synthesis of complex renewable energy systems.

Delivered by the prestigious KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the course offers a broad and diverse mix of compulsory and optional topics to extend your knowledge and understanding.

Requirements:

Beyond the subjects covered in the MSc SELECT in Year 1, no special requirements are stipulated.

Deepen your understanding of new energy pathways in future complex-integrated systems, with a focus on efficiency in the industrial and residential contexts.

This course explores the energy transition from the perspective of emerging and innovative energy systems based on electrochemical and thermochemical pathways, with special emphasis in energy storage and CO2 management.  You will delve deep into areas such as polygeneration, using a range of lab and demo appliances to conduct your research.

Delivered by Italy’s Politecnico di Torino, the course takes a highly rigorous and technological approach and you will be challenged with real DEMOs, and supported in producing research of the very highest standard.

Requirements:

A background in mechanical engineering or chemical engineering is recommended.

Explore innovation in electrical power supply systems.

From smart grids to energy storage, from built environmental design to socio-economic implications for developing countries, this course digs deep into supply and demand in the context of real-life case studies.

Delivered by the Eindhoven University of Technology, a world leader in engineering and IT, the course gives you hands-on and in-depth exposure to design in the context of renewable energy, while providing a diverse breadth of topics so that you can customise your research.

Requirements:

You should have the academic tools and experience to perform in-depth scientific research in your chosen speciality.

Explore the innovation, the economic, the legal and the ecological dynamics at work within the implementation of energy technologies. Build strong scientific and technological problem-solving skills while developing your creativity, entrepreneurial and leadership competencies.

This course is delivered by Portugal’s Instituto Tecnico Lisboa and gives you access to expert faculty, an interdisciplinary methodology and the opportunity to build a personalised study plan for your research, mapping to your interests and academic background. You will explore theory and practice and you will be challenged to think deeply about how your ideas can impact and help shape innovative processes, services, products and policies.

Requirements:

The course is intended for students with a BSc in Engineering or Engineering Sciences and requires solid knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, information systems as well as understanding of economics and management.

Acquire expertise in the field of solar systems. This course draws on solid scientific knowledge, while delivering a broad perspective on technological development in innovation and sustainability. You also have the flexibility to explore a range of additional topics and areas that align with your interests and learning objectives.

The course is delivered by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, which enjoys extensive ties to the city’s vibrant technology start-up environment and research centres. You will have access to internships or collaboration with industry bodies where knowledge is applied in diverse contexts, to enrich your learning experience and your research.

UPC is one of Spain’s foremost science and technology universities and is situated in Barcelona, one of the world’s most vibrant smart cities.

Requirements:

Beyond the subjects covered in the MSc SELECT in Year 1, no special requirements are stipulated.

Acquire specialised knowledge and expertise in the areas of sustainable energy production, conversion systems and markets.

Focusing on bio-based fuels and their sustainable production and use, you will work alongside university research groups and gain access to industry experts as you complete your project and Masters thesis work. You will have the chance to tailor your thesis to your unique interests, academic background, on-going research or industrial project work. Many students have gone on to pursue a PhD with us.

Delivered by Aalto University, one of Europe’s most pioneering and innovative centres of learning, the course fully leverages an outstanding tradition of multidisciplinary collaboration. You will be challenged to think boldly and reflect on how your work can contribute to driving change.

Requirements:

A background in chemical engineering is recommended.

This course is a deep dive into the techno-economic modelling of energy systems, energy policy management, markets and economics.

Today’s engineers face increasingly complex, multidisciplinary challenges. The course empowers you with the knowledge and skills to address the technical dimensions of power engineering problems. It also gives you the understanding and the tools to respond to policy management, economic and market complexities. You will build real-world understanding through exposure to industry experts, working on real-life problems and projects.

The course is delivered by the AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland’s foremost technical university.

Requirements:

Beyond the subjects covered in the MSc SELECT in Year 1, no special requirements are stipulated.

 *Please note: you must attend a different university in each year of study. This means you cannot spend both years at KTH or at UPC.
*Please note: during your application you will be required to select both of your study locations for Year 1 and Year 2.

Your Master’s thesis

During the final semester of your second year, you will work on your Master’s thesis project, which is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits (ECTS)*. The thesis is undertaken in collaboration with our industry, research or NGO partners. It should include both the technological aspects of your chosen topic as well as a solid business analysis.

*Please note: if you do your Master’s thesis at TU/e, your thesis will be worth 45 ECTS credits.

Challenge-driven projects

Teaching on the MSc SELECT programme is characterised by two challenge-driven projects: one in your first year and one in your second. In teams with fellow students, you will apply your knowledge and skills to real-life projects, which are set by one of our industry partners. Challenges are designed to give you unique insight into the very real challenges of future energy markets and systems as well as their potential solutions. All challenges have a strong societal focus: they have a clear commercial interest and benefit, and often involve inter-continental collaboration.

Recent examples of challenge-driven projects include:

  • Inventing a solution for securing the Faroe Islands’ energy supply via regulative and market-based set-ups for renewable energy systems, commissioned by Jardfeingi.
  • Inventing a solution for a ‘self-healing’ energy supply to the Utklippan Island, commissioned by the National Property Board of Sweden.
  • Developing a knowledge and experience package for future worldwide development of sustainable energy supplies to distant or isolated regions with micro-grids, commissioned by Estabanell Energia and involving Smart Rural Grid.
  • Developing access to clean, sustainable energy for remote communities in Zimbabwe commissioned by the Fortune Development Centre (FDC) in Honde Valley, Zimbabwe, and monitored by SWECO.

 

More information

Find out here how our challenge-driven projects enhance your technical, environmental and societal understanding thanks to hands-on, practical work, and how you work with some of the most innovative businesses and institutions attempting to solve energy challenges around the world.

Details of the syllabus and course structure of the MSc SELECT programme, including mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme are available here.

During the two-year MSc SELECT programme, there are plenty of opportunities for engaging with our industry and research partners, as well as networking with your fellow students across Europe. More details are available here.

Meet our current students and recent graduates here, to find out what they think about MSc SELECT, and what career paths they have chosen to follow.


Courses and Syllabus

Find out more about the course structure of our MSc SELECT programme. Here, you can see an example of how your courses could look. These pages also provide information on mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme.