M.Sc. Nuclear Energy Engineering

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Masters programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering offers students an extensive and detailed education in the key areas pertaining to nuclear technology. After graduation, students will be well-prepared for future positions within the advanced nuclear technology field, or in a nuclear science and technology research environment.

The Masters programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering at KTH is also a part of the European Master in Innovative Nuclear Energy EMINE. The first year of study at KTH can be combined with a second year of study at the top French universities either in Paris (ParisTech a cluster of universities in Paris) or in Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology INP) resulting in a double diploma degree.

Career prospects
With advances in science and technology, nuclear energy is increasingly regarded as an eminent part of the global energy-environment equation needed to satisfy growing demands for energy in a rapidly developing world. Undoubtedly nuclear energy, as well as other non-energy applications of nuclear science and technology, will continue and further increase their important role in serving society.

Given the above, students graduating from KTH with a body of knowledge and skills obtained through a Masters Programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering will continue to be rare commodities who will be eagerly recruited by industry, authorities and research establishments in Sweden, Europe and worldwide.


Compulsory courses will provide all students in the programme with a strong foundation in the reactor physics and technology field. Research-oriented students will have several possibilities to choose courses in preparation for work in reactor physics research or in a nuclear engineering research environment. At the same time, students interested in more industry-related nuclear engineering can choose courses preparing them for a position in the industry, with an optional management-oriented specialisation.

Degree project
Students will complete the two-year Masters programme with a degree project. The project and its resultant thesis may be performed at the Albanova University Centre (KTH), or at an external research facility, in a company in Sweden or in another country. With the growing need for competent employees in the nuclear industry, there are many opportunities to perform this project at a company in the industry. KTHs nuclear departments have already established an excellent tradition of conducting several degree projects per year at top Swedish nuclear power companies (e.g. Vattenfall, Westinghouse, Forsmark).

There are also close contacts with other universities and research centres in Europe, USA and Asia, with opportunities for students to work abroad.


General admission requirements
The general requirements are the same for all applicants to advanced level studies in Sweden.

1. Previous studies

A completed Bachelor's degree.

A completed Bachelor's degree, corresponding to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university. The university has to be listed in the latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities. A Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering is required for most programmes at KTH.

2. Language requirements
Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency which is most commonly established through an internationally recognised test.


* Paper-based test: total result of 575 (written test, grade 4.5)
* Internet-based test: total result of 90 (written test, grade 20)

English test results from TOEFL should be sent directly from the ETS test centre to University Studies in Sweden (code 9520).


* A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic Training accepted)

University of Cambridge/ University of Oxford Certificates

* Certificate of Advanced English
* Certificate of Proficiency
* Diploma of English Studies

GCE O-level

* Minimum grade C.

Upper secondary education:

In some cases English proficiency can be fulfilled from upper secondary education, for example a German Abitur with English as first foreign language "Grundstufe" (ausreichend at least 5/15) or "Leistungsfach" or French students who have taken English as LV 1 in Série L (littéraire) Langue Vivante or Sèrie ES, Langue Vivante. In most cases the requirement of English proficiency is fulfilled if you have studied English for eight years up to upper secondary education. Proof thereof must be enclosed in your application.

English proficiency tests are waived for the following:

* Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, in accordance with recommendations in the latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities.
* Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university, where all courses of the study programme were taught in English. (This must be evident from the Transcript of Records/Diploma supplement/ Degree certificate).
* Applicants with a 4 year Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science, Technology, Medicine, Pharmacy or Computer Science from India or Pakistan.
* Applicants with a Bachelor's degree (a Swedish Kandidatexamen or equivalent academic qualifications) with English as the major subject.
* Applicants who have 30 HE credits from a Nordic country and the language of instruction of the course/programme/university is English (proof thereof must be enclosed).

Specific admission requirements
A Bachelor of Science or Engineering or an equivalent (or higher) academic degree, with an academic background in at least one of the following fields; atomic/subatomic physics, mechanical engineering, applied physics, electrical/chemical engineering relevant to power generation/distribution, energy utilisation, material science.

Selection process

The selection process for the master program in Nuclear Energy Engineering is based on a total evaluation of the following selection criteria: university, GPA, course work related to the programme, motivation letter, working experiences and references.

Required documents
All applications must be supported by documentation including Transcripts of Records, Degree certificate/Diploma, proof of English proficiency etc.

In addition, the following set of documents is required for the Master's programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering:

* Letter of Motivation
* Certificate showing relevant work experience, if applicable
* 2 letters of recommendation

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


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