Nuclear Energy Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #173 (WUR) ,
The Master’s programme in Nuclear Energy Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology 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.


Nuclear Energy Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The programme offers possibilities to attain a dual degree in cooperation with French, Korean or Chinese institutions

Compulsory courses will provide all students on the programme with a strong foundation in the reactor physics and technology field. Research-oriented students will have several opportunities 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.

Students will complete the two-year master’s programme with a degree project. The project and its resultant thesis may be completed 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 carry out this project at a company in the industry. KTH’s nuclear departments have already established an excellent tradition of completing 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.

The programme has dual diploma agreements with the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea and with Tsinghua University, China. The agreements imply that students can be awarded a dual diploma after gaining 60 ECTS credits at KTH and another 60 ECTS credits from the partner university.

The programme is part of the European Master's in Innovative Nuclear Energy (EMINE). The first year of study at KTH can be combined with a second year at the top French universities either in Paris (ENSTA – a cluster of universities in Paris) or in Grenoble (Grenoble INP), resulting in a double diploma degree.

Master's students have opportunities to be engaged during their studies in different research projects in the fields of nuclear power safety, reactor physics, reactor technology, thermal hydraulics, new generation of nuclear reactors, material studies in radiation environment, nuclear fuel cycle etc. It is worth to note that all lecturing staff at this master's programme are very actively involved in research projects in a very broad international cooperation. A lot of experiments are being conducted at KTH in the areas of severe accident management, heavy metal coolant technology (Pb-Bi), the development of new nuclear fuels, development of new nuclear reactors, thermal hydraulics experiments, etc. KTH is also deeply involved in the development of different calculational tools and computer simulators for use in advanced nuclear technology.

This programme develops also very intensively Technology Empowered Engineering Education (TEEE), which includes computer-supported interactive assignments and examinations, video recording and the reviewing of the lectures, dedicated text e-books for some courses.


With advances in science and technology, nuclear energy is increasingly regarded as an eminent part of the global energy-environment equation needed to satisfy the growing demand 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 its important role in serving society.

The truly international environment of this master’s programme gives graduating students a body of knowledge and skills which will forever be precious commodities in the globalised world. Graduating students will be eagerly recruited by industry, authorities and research establishments in Sweden, Europe and worldwide. The examples of “typical” companies employing our graduates are: Vattenfall, Westinghouse, Forsmark Kraftgrupp, Ringhals, Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management (SKB) EdF, CEA in France.

Options for further PhD studies

Master's students can after graduation follow a research path through our PhD programme. At nuclear departments at KTH we have over 25 PhD students and each year 5–6 students defend their thesis in the field of nuclear power and technology.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Sustainable Power Generation
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics, Major Course
  • Radiation, Protection, Dosimetry and Detectors
  • Nuclear Reactor Technology
  • Nuclear Power Safety
  • Reactor Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Generation IV Reactors
  • Radiation Damage in Materials
  • Leadership for Safe Nuclear Power Industry
  • Elements of the Back-end of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Geological Storage in Precambrian Bedrock
  • Thermal-Hydraulics in Nuclear Energy Engineering
  • Nuclear Reactor Dynamics and Stability
  • Monte Carlo Methods and Simulations in Nuclear Technology
  • Numerical Methods in Nuclear Engineering
  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science)
  • Research Methodology in Physics
  • Degree Project in Physics, Second Cycle
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Atomic Physics for Fusion
  • Plasma Physics
  • Transmutation of Nuclear Waste
  • Management in Nuclear Industry
  • Neutron Transport Theory and Reactor Kinetics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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:

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    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.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    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

To be considered eligible for the programme you must fulfil both the general and specific admission requirements. The general admission requirements are the same for all programmes at KTH while the programme specific requirements vary between the programmes.

Programme specific admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 ECTS, or equivalent, 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 and material science.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens


Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.

Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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