Programme Outline

The two-year MSc SELECT programme addresses all aspects of the transition of energy systems towards more sustainable alternatives, and encourages you to think broadly about future energy systems and global responsibility.

The programme integrates technical courses on renewable energy and system integration with more business, commercial and management focused studies. With at least 25 per cent of your time spent on gaining practical experience through challenge-based project work, the programme gives you a holistic view of energy sustainability, its challenges, and the economic and environmental viability of potential solutions.

Year 1

During your first year, you choose to study at either KTH: Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, or UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech. Courses focus on topics such as sustainable energy conversion, renewable energy, and ways of ensuring minimal human impact on the environment. All students attend exactly the same courses throughout the year. Half are taught by KTH, and are available online to UPC students. The remaining half are taught by UPC, and are available online to KTH students.

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


Year 2

During the second year, you will deepen your knowledge in your chosen areas of specialisation, in addition to your thesis work. The choice of specialisation will determine the university you attend. The available options are:

 *Please note, students must attend a different university in each year of study. Students may not spend both years at KTH or at UPC.


Towards the end of your second year, you will work on your thesis project, which is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits*. 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 thesis at TU/e, your thesis will be worth 45 ECTS credits.


Grand Challenge Projects

The MSc SELECT programme is characterised by what we call Grand Challenge Projects, in which you work in teams with your fellow students to apply your knowledge and skills to real-life projects. The projects give you unique insights into the challenges and solutions for future energy markets and systems. The projects are commissioned by one of our industrial partners, and teams compete to have their solution taken forward. All challenges have a strong societal focus, with a clear commercial interest and benefit, and often involve inter-continental collaboration. You complete one project in your first year and one in your second.

Recent examples of Grand Challenge 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.


More information

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.

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.