Smart Electrical Networks and Systems (SENSE), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #173 (WUR) ,
The joint Master's programmes in Smart Electrical Networks and Systems (SENSE) is offered by seven European universities through KIC InnoEnergy and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The programme is the starting point for your career in engineering, designing or managing the smart electrical grids of the future. 

About

Smart Electrical Networks (SENSE) and Systems at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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:

  • International Master of Science in Electrical Engineering for Smart Grids and Buildings, from INP: Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
  • Master of Science, from KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Master of Engineering: Energy, from KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Master of Electrical Engineering, from TU/e: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Master of Energy Engineering, from UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain
Careers

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.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Programme Structure

Examples of modules include:

  • The Impact of ICT Solutions on the Smart Grid, at INP: Grenoble 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

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 INP: Grenoble 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
Thesis

You complete your second and final year with a Master’s thesis, which you undertake at one of our industrial or research partners. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Round 0: 13 November – 7 January
    • Round 1: 8 January – 25 February 
    • Round 2: 26 February – 22 April
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

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    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree (worth a minimum of 180 ECTS credits)*
  • English language proficiency
  • Programme-specific requirements

* 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:

  • A copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • A copy of your transcript of records
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Your CV or resume
  • A copy of your passport
  • Where required, a motivation letter explaining why you wish to apply to the programme

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Funding

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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