As new technologies transform the energy infrastructure and enable greater use of renewables and more efficient energy consumption, the opportunities for innovative ideas, new businesses and creative engineers are growing.
The joint master’s programme in Smart Grids develops your skills in electrical power engineering, business skills, and innovation management. By connecting you to the leading players in Europe’s transition to smarter grids, the programme places you at the heart of the international power industry.
Throughout the programme you will have exceptional opportunities to engage directly with major commercial and research organisations that are actively involved in advancing technologies for smart grids and systems. ABB, Vattenfall and the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) are all involved in the programme, together with smaller niche players and start-ups in the smart grid ecosystem.
The joint master’s programme in Smart Grids is an international programme for an international industry. You will join students from all over the world for two years at two different universities and one of Europe’s leading business schools. After successfully completing the programme and your thesis, you will receive a double diploma in the form of a master’s degree from two of the following institutions:
The joint master’s programme in Smart Grids prepares you for a global career in electrical power engineering, especially in the fast-growing field of restructuring existing power grids into smart grids. For students who want to enhance the reliability of electric power delivery, minimize the cost of electrical energy, encourage the use of new generating sources and increase the penetration of renewable energy sources in the energy mix, this programme is the perfect starting point.
The programme’s emphasis on understanding, modelling and analysing the principles behind electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation on a broad scale gives you a comprehensive understanding of the key issues surrounding the transition to smart grids.
In addition, the business management and entrepreneurial aspects of the programme enable you to assess the potential and risk of new products, solutions or services from both a business and technical perspective, develop new ideas, and take them from technical concept to commercially viable product.
The programme therefore opens up a wide choice of career paths, including taking leadership roles in grid operations and planning, big data handling, system design, virtual power plants, micro-grid development, and even business creation. Equally, the programme prepares you for continued research at higher academic institutions.
The programme is accredited by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Examples of modules include:
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.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
Minimum required score (Grade C):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
* If you are in your final year of undergraduate education, you can also apply and receive a conditional offer
You will need to upload the following documents as pdf files with your application:
Students accepted without scholarship will need to pay 500€ (non refundable) as a confirmation fee within two weeks after receiving the acceptance letter. This amount will be deducted from the full amount of the participation fees. More details of the payment will be in the acceptance letter.
Scholarships and fee waivers available for the best applicants from all nationalities in round 1. Scholarships and fee waivers only available for the best EU applicants in round 2.
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