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Master's Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems

Mälardalen University

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Sustainable energy systems are necessary to overcome the problems related to energy supply and climate change in the world. Do you want to work with energy conversion technologies and systems for enhancing sustainable development?

The Programme

The Master's programme in Sustainable Energy Systems will provide you with state-of-the-art knowledge about technologies for utilizing the sun, wind and biomass as energy sources. The production of power and heat by way of energy conversion based on steam and gas turbine processes also falls within the scope of this programme. Furthermore, you will learn about performance analyses of different energy systems and process integration. Methods for optimization, modelling and simulation of energy systems are also included in the programme.

Welcome to the Master's Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems!
/ Elena Tomas Aparicio, programme coordinator


This Master's programme is hosted by the Future Energy research group, which together with strategic partners is one of the leading research groups focusing on energy systems and process optimization in Sweden. We transfer the latest research results to the education in the Master's programme. Our students are thus well prepared for a future career at the forefront of the technological development in energy engineering and research.

Employment and Future Prospects

This education will give you the tools to contribute to the ongoing transition from fossil to renewable energy resources and to deal with the demanding requirements for energy efficiency. Future employers are primarily in energy companies, consulting firms and public organizations such as municipalities and government agencies.

After your degree you will be able to work in a wide range of positions from project manager to plant engineer within the energy area. It is also possible to continue your career as a researcher by applying for postgraduate studies after your degree.

Knowledge and Understanding

Upon completion of the programme the student shall:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding within the disciplinary domain of Energy Engineering, comprising both broad general knowledge in the field and significantly specialised knowledge in specific subareas, as well as greater insight into current research and development work, and also
  • demonstrate in-depth methodological knowledge within the disciplinary domain of Energy Engineering.

Aptitudes and Accomplishments

Upon completion of the programme, the student shall:

  • demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge critically and systematically, and to analyse, assess and handle complex phenomena, problems and situations, even if information is limited,
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate problematic issues critically, independently and creatively, to plan and solve advanced tasks with adequate methods and within stipulated time frames, thereby contributing to the development of knowledge, and to evaluate this work,
  • demonstrate the ability to present and discuss, in both national and international contexts, both orally and in writing, conclusions along with the knowledge and arguments on which they are based, in dialogue with different groups, and
  • demonstrate the necessary skills required for participating in research and development work or for working independently in other advanced contexts.

Ability to Evaluate and Assess

Upon completion of the programme, the student shall:

  • demonstrate the ability, within the disciplinary domain of Energy Engineering, to make assessments with respect to relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects, and to be aware of ethical aspects in research and development work;
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society, and people's responsibility for how it is put to use, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the need for additional knowledge and to take responsibility for his/her own knowledge development.

Language of instruction

The main language of instruction is English. This applies to all teaching, examinations, assigned reading, etc.


The programme comprises 90 ECTS credits of theoretical courses as well as a second-cycle independent (degree) project in Energy Engineering comprising 30 credits.

Year 1

Energy Engineering:

  • International Energy Systems, 7.5 credits
  • Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems, 7.5 credits
  • Process Modelling, 7.5 credits
  • Process Optimisation, 7.5 credits
  • Process Simulation, 7.5 credits

Mathematics/Applied Mathematics:

  • Numerical Methods, 7.5 credits
  • Applied Matrix Analysis, 7.5 credits

Computer Science:

  • Programming, 7.5 credits

Year 2

Energy Engineering:

  • Degree Project, 30 credits
  • Sustainable Energy Systems, 30 credits

Choices within the program

There are no elective courses within the programme.

University degree

The programme has been designed in such a way that its completion will lead to the fulfilment of the requirements for the following degree:

  • Master of Science (120 credits) in Energy Engineering.

If a programme features elective or optional components, or students choose not to complete a certain course, the choices made can affect their possibilities of fulfilling the degree requirements. For more information about degrees and degree requirements, consult the University homepage.


For every course offered at the University, the corresponding syllabus specifies, among other things, how the students' performance is to be assessed in terms of forms of examination of course components and grades available. The examination of a course is outlined in the course syllabus and is to be clarified and complemented with written information at the start of the course. The University has adopted rules and regulations for examinations, and these can be accessed via the University's home page.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Ja
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type Master (HBO-universitair)
Kosten €29319
Les locatie type Op het instituut
Titulatuur Geen titel
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120