The Master's Programme in Renewable Electricity Production offers you an education in state-of-the-art electrical power systems and renewable electricity generation. The electric grid in Europe and the rest of the world is facing a great shift and the electric transmission system is accommodating an increasing share of renewable energy sources. Qualified professionals in the energy field are in high demand and this programme helps you develop an attractive profile for the labour market after graduation.
Why this programme?
If you are interested in how technology can contribute to sustainability and environment, and want to mix traditional engineering skills with current research in the area of electric power then you can expect two fruitful years on the Master's Programme in Renewable Electricity Production. Uppsala University's energy research is world leading in many areas and there is close cooperation between research and industry.
You will be put in contact with some of the main actors in the Swedish industry through study visits and guest lectures. At the same time, there are opportunities for Master's Thesis and project courses in industry and research groups. However, it is up to you to make contact and show interest.
During the programme you can expect to:
mix traditional engineering skills with current research in the area of electric power generation (wind, wave, hydro and solar).
gain insights into research and industry perspectives.
build a network of potential employers during training, both in academia and industry.
You will gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of renewable electricity. By the time you graduate, you will have the following skills:
be able to perform Power System analysis of transport and distribution electrical systems.
dimension the new components in the electric grid including renewable energy sources, electric vehicles and energy storage systems.
project expansions of the electricity grid.
analysis of economic aspects of renewable electricity production.
designing wind and wave power plants and the electric systems to connect them to the grid.
Technical skills are important, but also soft skills such as presentation technique and argumentation. Project management is also part of the programme. This will be very useful during your studies and for your professional career.
Student profile You have a strong foundation in electrical engineering and might also have practical experience working in a relevant field after earning your Bachelor's degree. Your social skills are good and you expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their previous experiences and knowledge.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about, but working right after graduation is also something you are considering. You like to keep your options open for now.
You will have freedom to choose your courses and build your own profile.
In the first year, you will study advanced courses in various renewable energy generation as well as industrial project management. Examples of courses:
Hydroelectric Power - Technology and Systems
Wind Power - Technology and Systems
Wave power - Technology and Systems
During the second year, you will study advanced courses in electrical engineering and power systems. You will find more systems-oriented courses. Examples of courses:
Solar Energy Technologies for Electricity Production
Batteries and Storage
The final semester is devoted to the 30 credit Master's thesis required to obtain the degree. It can be performed at a company or together with a research group at the university. There is also a 15 credit thesis at the end of the first year. It may be possible to obtain a Master's degree worth 60 credits after one year.
Most of the courses are given by active researchers in the field, which guarantees your knowledge and understanding of the latest research. Some courses also have guest lecturers from industry and policy makers.
In addition to topics related to renewable power generation you have the opportunity to choose different courses according to your own interest and create your own unique profile. Through your choice of courses you can also decide if you want to aim for a career in research or industry.
Courses are organised with different teaching methods, with instruction consisting of lectures, group exercises, laboratory exercises, seminars, project work and study visits. Several courses are studied in parallel. The programme takes place in Uppsala. The language of instruction is English.
The industry organisation "Svensk Energi" estimates that the energy sector in Sweden alone will requires over 7000 new positions in the next few years. The increase of renewable sources in the electric system is seen worldwide. The need for well-trained engineers and technicians with expertise in electric power and renewable power generation is large - both in Sweden and abroad.
Examples of jobs suited for graduates of this Master's programme:
Examples of possible employers:
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is:
90 credits in electrical engineering including electric circuit theory, electromagnetism, electronics, power systems engineering and automatic control;
30 credits in mathematics including linear algebra, scientific computing, mathematical statistics and multivariable calculus;
practical experience of laboratory work and ability to use computer-based calculation tools, such as MATLAB, CAD (such as Solid Works) or FEM (such as COMSOL); and
a basic course in mechanics.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.