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.
The two-year MSc SENSE programme gives you 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 is a focused and highly relevant programme that 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 individual components as well as entire national power systems.
In addition to essential technical concepts, MSc SENSE also covers the innovation process itself, the role of new businesses in the field of electric power, and the fundamentals of business creation and building start-ups businesses. We have strong partnerships with internationally renowned companies, research institutes and dynamic start-ups who actively participate in the programme.
Our partners are involved in curriculum design, student selection, teaching and lecturing, hosting internships, supporting your Master’s thesis, and creating job opportunities for our graduates. Our close relationship with the business community means you can be sure that your studies are current, practical and relevant – and a solid foundation for your future career.
MSc SENSE is strongly shaped by project-based and challenge-driven learning methods that give you hands-on, real-world experience outside the lecture hall.
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:
- The impact of ICT solutions on the smart grid, at Grenoble INP: Institute of Technology, France
- Power quality and energy efficiency, at AGH: University of Science and Technology, Poland
- Integration of renewable energy into the grid, at UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain
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.
For your second year, you choose an area in which to specialise at one of four universities. The options are:
- Energy Management in Buildings and Power Grids at Grenoble INP: Institute of Technology, France
Build expert understanding of smart grids. Develop complex problem-solving skills to deliver impact and drive innovation in organisations.
This course covers the essentials in smart grid technology, big data and management, equipping you with the in-demand expertise to drive your career in clean energy. You will explore the economics and the sociological dynamics behind the smart grid disruption. Through hands-on project work, you will harness the innovative power of TRIZ analysis, problem solving and forecasting methodology. You can customise the course to meet your specific interest and needs through a choice of multidisciplinary electives, ranging from coding and testing Ada functions in smart grids to high voltage dc systems through to storage and building.
The course is delivered by the Grenoble Institute of Technology, a pioneer in engineering innovation, and is enriched by specialist input from experts at world-leading organisations like Atos Worldgrid and Schneider Electric. You have the flexibility to pursue your Masters thesis in France or abroad. A one-year visa extension for job seekers is offered on graduation.
Beyond the subjects covered in the MSc SENSE in Year 1, no special requirements are stipulated.
- Power Distribution and Storage at KU Leuven, Belgium
Discover the latest technologies and trends in power distribution and storage.
This course explores smart networks, supporting technologies and a breadth of related and emerging application in this is critical and exciting area of renewable energy. You will learn in the context of a dynamic, international research environment enriched by a multi-disciplinary approach to give you a broader picture of this fast-changing space.
The course is delivered by KU Leuven, one of Europe’s foremost universities with a long standing tradition in energy-related research and education. Leuven is a founding partner of EIT-KIC InnoEnergy programmes, and is a pioneer in the field of energy education. Open and challenging, Leuven is a dynamic place to study and offers real expertise in the field of smart networks, our work here being supported by the EnergyVille Research Center. We are leaders in this field in Benelux.
You should come to this course having mastered the basics in electrical and mechanical engineering, with a focus on energy.
- Power Electronics as Enabling Technology for Renewable Integration at UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain
Discover how power electronics are changing the playing field in clean energy. Build the knowledge, insights, practical tools and connections to drive your career.
This course investigates the transformational potential of power electronics across power systems, integrating renewable energy, energy storage, FACTS devices, HVDC, and electrical vehicles. You explore the scientific, technical and economic dimensions at play in each area to develop big-picture understanding and build expertise. Flexible in design, the course gives you the chance to sharpen your focus on different aspects of systems and smart grids: from detailed analysis of power electronics converters to their deployment from a system perspective and beyond. Your practical skills development and industry exposure are accelerated by an internship or research assignment in the first semester, while expert support is offered to entrepreneurial activities or initiatives.
The course is delivered by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, one of Europe’s foremost technical universities, and a dynamic, international hub for research and innovation.
Beyond the subjects covered in the MSc SENSE in Year 1, no special requirements are stipulated.
- Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems at TU/e: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
Master the critical design and operation methodologies driving the electricity supply systems of the future. Get ahead of the curve in clean energy innovation.
This course gives you a deep dive into MV/LV networks and how they interact with higher voltage levels, energy and ancillary service markets and the connected users or prosumers. A sharp focus on lab work, programming, simulations and hands-on project work builds your practical understanding and skills, while internship opportunities give you exposure to local industry and employers. You also benefit from a high degree of flexibility in terms of your academic focus – from intelligent networks, power grid technologies, pulsed power technology, to power quality and EMC – in order to deepen expertise in specific fields.
The course is delivered by Eindhoven University of Technology, one of the world’s top-ranked technical universities. Project and employment opportunities draw deeply on the University’s extensive industry network, and you’ll have the chance to extend your residency permit for one year as you search for a job.
A strong background in electrical energy systems or power electronics is highly recommended.
Your Master’s thesis
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 credits (ECTS) 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.
Details of the syllabus and course structure of the MSc SENSE programme, including mandatory modules and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme are available here.
During the two-year MSc SENSE 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 SENSE, and what career paths they have chosen to follow.
Find out here how your technical and business studies are enhanced by hands-on, practical work on real-life projects, and how you work with some of the most innovative businesses and institutions in this field.