Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)


Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sharing their inspiration with industrial partners, students explore the societal aspects of a changing energy landscape and the environmental impacts of renewable energy projects, while adding depth to their engineering knowledge.

Equipping you with additional skills in problem analysis and solving, advanced team-building, and international cooperation, completing the joint master’s Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems programme means you are perfectly placed to help drive the transition to future sustainable energy systems.

Throughout the programme, you will have unrivalled opportunities to engage directly with major industrial players, as well as smaller actors, NGOs and start-ups in the field of sustainable energy. Recent partners have included: ABB, SWECO, Estabanell Energia, the National Property Board of Sweden, Jardfeingi, Fortum and Vattenfall. You will be able to share ideas, learn from their experiences, and gain invaluable insights into the journey from basic renewable energy sources to future sustainable energy systems. Your goal is minimal environmental impact from primary fuel source to delivered service.

You will join students from all over the world at two different universities and one of Europe’s leading business schools. After successfully completing the programme and your thesis, you will receive a master’s degree from two of the following institutions in the form of a double diploma:

  • Master of Engineering, from AGH: University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Master of Energy Engineering and Management, from IST: Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Master of Science, KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Master of Science in Engineering Sustainable Energy Technology, from TU/e: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Master of Energy Engineering, from UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain
  • Master of Science (Technology), from Aalto University, Finland
  • Master of Energy and Nuclear Engineering, from PoliTo: Politecnico di Torino, Italy
MSc SELECT Grand Challenge

The MSc SELECT programme is characterised by what we call Grand Challenge Projects, in which you work in teams with your fellow students to apply your knowledge and skills to real-life projects. The projects give you unique insights into the challenges and solutions for future energy markets and systems. The projects are commissioned by one of our industrial partners, and teams compete to have their solution taken forward. All challenges have a strong societal focus, with a clear commercial interest and benefit, and often involve inter-continental collaboration. You complete one project in your first year and one in your second.

Recent examples of Grand Challenge Projects include:

  • Inventing a solution for securing the Faroe Islands’ energy supply via regulative and market-based set-ups for renewable energy systems, commissioned by Jardfeingi.
  • Inventing a solution for a ‘self-healing’ energy supply to the island of Utklippan commissioned by the National Property Board of Sweden.
  • Developing a knowledge and experience package for future worldwide development of sustainable energy supplies to distant or isolated regions with micro-grids, commissioned by Estabanell Energia and involving Smart Rural Grid.

On successful completion of the programme you will have developed:

  • Broad knowledge of renewable energy technologies and system integration
  • In-depth knowledge in highly relevant areas of specialisation
  • The skills to analyse and solve multi-disciplinary problems
  • Advanced team-building skills in a multi-national setting
  • Direct experience of real-life challenges and hands-on projects
  • An appreciation of the value of collaboration and inter-disciplinary teamwork

The joint master’s programme in Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT) is the ideal preparation for a career in various areas of the sustainable energy industry, and equips you with skills, knowledge and attributes that are much in demand in the energy industry.

Our students have gone on to a diverse range of careers including:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Power market analyst
  • Business developer in power systems
  • Associate design engineer
  • Sustainability project engineer
  • Design engineer in electrical and control systems
  • Doctoral studies


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

Programme Structure

Year 1

The first year is spent at KTH or UPC (Spain) with joint courses in sustainable energy conversion, renewable energy and environomical pathways. A project introduced at the start of the year provides advanced training in problem solving and group dynamics for mastering complex energy systems analyses.

Year 2

The second year is spent at one of the partner universities, Aalto, PoliTo, IST, AGH, TU/e, KTH or UPC, depending on study track. The second year of studies includes the degree project often in an industrial setting in common supervision with researchers from any of the participating universities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Application round 1: 8 January – 25 February 
    • Application 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:


    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).

Academic Requirements

You will need to prepare the following documents as separate pdfs

  • A copy of your Bachelor’s degree
  • A copy of your transcript of records
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Your CV / résumé
  • A copy of your passport / valid ID card

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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There are scholarship opportunities for the top-rated applicants who are accepted on to the InnoEnergy Master’s School programmes. 

There are two types of scholarship:

  • Fee waiver, which exempts you from the participation fee only
  • Fee waiver plus monthly allowance, which exempts you from the participation fee and provides you with a living allowance of up to €750 per month, for a maximum of 24 months.

As not all scholarships cover the full cost of your studies, it may be necessary to find additional funding to fully finance your study and/or living expenses.

Scholarships and fee waivers available for the best applicants from all nationalities in round 1, round 2 is available only for the best EU applicants.

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