Energy for Smart Cities (SMCS), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #173 (WUR) ,
The Energy for Smart Cities (SMCS) programme is offered by KTH Royal Institute of Technology in collaboration with Grenoble INP (France), KU Leuven (Belgium), TU/e (Netherlands) and UPC (Spain). More than half of us now live in a city. We face new challenges in urban design, civil infrastructure and energy management. This programme enables you to contribute to the solution. 

About

The Energy for Smart Cities (SMCS) programme is offered by KTH Royal Institute of Technology in collaboration with Grenoble INP (France), KU Leuven (Belgium), TU/e (Netherlands) and UPC (Spain).

The joint master's programme in Energy for Smart Cities adds depth and breadth to your technical and engineering knowledge, equips you with business skills and innovation management techniques, and connects you to the latest thinking on urban development in a changing society. As a result, you will be able to play a key role in developing smart, secure and sustainable energy for functional and resource-efficient urban communities.

Throughout the programme, you will have unrivalled opportunities to engage directly with major industrial players and research institutes, small specialist companies and innovative start-ups in the field of smart cities and buildings. Major enterprises such as ABB are actively engaged in the programme, as are companies such as EcoBam, SiarQ, Ionseed, Enervalis, Watly, Everis, Iskra, and ComsaEnte, and innovation support organisations such as ACC1Ó and Barcelona Activa.

The joint master's programme in Energy for Smart Cities is an international, two-year programme run jointly by four European universities. You will join students from all over the world at two of these universities as well as at specialist events and activities across Europe. After successfully completing the programme and your thesis, you will receive a master’s degree from two of these institutions in the form of a double diploma:

  • 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 Science: Energy, from KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Master of Energy Engineering, from UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain

Career

After completing the programme, our graduate engineers are able to participate in state-of-the-art design, control and operation of energy-conversion systems in a smart-city context. They have in-depth knowledge of all basic aspects and methods of energy conversion and balanced energy consumption; they are able to apply this knowledge in creative ways; and have the necessary skills and techniques to progress further in this field.

Our graduates work with a variety of stakeholders in the energy and smart-city domain, including industry, network operators, regulators, developers and public bodies. Graduates have also pursued careers in research, design, operations and management in existing organisations, as well as starting their own innovative businesses.

Accreditation

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


Programme Structure

Course Content

For the first year of the MSc Energy for Smart Cities programme, you can choose to attend either KU Leuven or KTH: Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In your first year, you will combine electrical and mechanical engineering courses with energy-related socio-economic subjects.

In the second year, you choose to attend either KU Leuven, KTH, INP: Grenoble Institute of Technology, or UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech. You will have the opportunity to take general, broadening and option-specific elective courses that enable you to specialise in areas that interest you most.

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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