Programme Outline

The two-year MSc SENSE programme gives students an in-depth understanding of existing technologies and innovative solutions needed to stimulate the transition of existing power infrastructures into smart, stable and responsive electricity grids.

This focused and highly relevant programme enables you to explore issues around capacity management, decarbonisation, efficiency, flexibility, reliability and sustainability when developing the electrical power system of the future. Topics include the design, operation, control and monitoring of both individual components and entire national power systems.

In addition to essential technical concepts, the programme also covers the innovation process itself, the role of new businesses in the field of electric power, and the fundamentals of business creation.

Year 1

During the first year at KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden, you will focus on the fundamentals of electric energy systems, including: power system analysis, power electronics, electrical machines, and high-voltage engineering. KTH also offers a mandatory course in innovation and entrepreneurship in electric-power engineering.

You will also attend several one-week modules at a number of our partner universities. These modules are dedicated to different challenges related to smart grids  to add depth to your knowledge and broaden your skill set.

Examples of modules include:

Summer school

In the summer between your first and second year, you will attend a four-week course on entrepreneurship at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona. During the four weeks you will attend highly interactive lectures each day, as well as working on an entrepreneurial project relating to innovation in smart grids. The goal of the project work is to create a start-up from ideation to first pitch to  potential business angels. You will develop a customer-focused, market-oriented business and financial plan, and present to key partners and experts in the field.

“After a month spent in the classrooms of the ESADE Business School, we have learned the gap between the magic world of science and engineering and the foggy and sometimes suspicious world of business. Now the fog has cleared.”

Federico Bertoldi, MSc SENSE programme student


Year 2

For your second year, you choose an area in which to specialise at one of four universities. The options are:


You complete your second and final year with a Master’s thesis, which you undertake at one of our industrial or research partners. The thesis is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits and corresponds to five months of full-time study. Your thesis should be relevant to the field of smart grids and be clearly orientated towards innovative solutions that are relevant to electric power.

 More information

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

Read about our students here, to get an idea of what they think about the MSc SENSE programme, and what career paths our graduates have chosen to follow.

Courses and Syllabus

Find out more about the course structure of our MSc SENSE 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.

Student testimonials

Find out more about why our students have chosen to study with us and how our graduates are creating the sustainable energy of tomorrow.