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
- Power Distribution and Storage, at KU Leuven, Belgium
- Power Electronics as Enabling Technology for Renewable Integration, at UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain
- Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems, at TU/e: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
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.