Sustainable Energy Systems

120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

Global warming and fossil fuel depletion increasingly place the development of sustainable energy systems at the top of political agendas around the world. Major investments in new energy technologies and systems to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions will continue to grow the coming decades.

To meet this challenge this master’s programme provides a state of the art education lectured by world-leading researchers and industry professionals in combination with access to unique research facilities.

By acquiring deep technical knowledge in the main energy technologies and by understanding how they interact with economics and energy policies, our graduates become experts in identifying sustainable solutions to complex problems in the energy field.

Programme description

The future will most likely mainly be powered by renewable energy sources like hydropower, bioenergy, solar energy and wind power, but in the process of getting there; society needs a bridge between the technologies of today and the ones
of the future.

At Chalmers, we are experts in the bridging technologies and systems that will characterize the professional careers of energy engineers in the coming decades.

Besides analysing the present and expected future energy systems and technologies, the programme covers the transition between them. With this, we offer world-leading education in technologies for clean and efficient heat and power generation, Carbon Capture and Storage (such as chemical looping and oxyfuel combustion), optimization and CO2 mitigation of chemical and industrial processes, efficient energy use in buildings, smart power grids for wind and solar power integration and bioenergy. At a system level, we specialize in energy systems modelling and planning and in environmental impact analysis of the energy sector trough life cycle analysis, ecological risk and environmental assessments.
Energy, is one of Chalmers Areas of Advance and tops the budget list for Chalmers strategic research and educational plan. Our faculty consists of world-renowned researchers like Christian Azar, Lina Bertling and Simon Harvey.
This unique, hands-on and state-of-the-art education in the area of advanced energy technologies and systems provides you with the proficiency needed to undertake energy engineering tasks that assess both technical, environmental and financial aspects. 
You will be able to not only master current energy systems and technologies but also get a close insight to
the ones of the future.

Connections to industry and research 

The programme has close collaborations with many key players in the energy sector, e.g. electric power utilities, chemical and process industry, energy companies and energy equipment manufacturers. Our courses have guest lecturers from the industry, industrial site visits and analysis of real industrial cases. This has provided students close contact with several sites in the Gothenburg area such as GoBiGas (the world’s largest biogas project), GoteborgWindLab (Sweden’s largest wind mill), the West Coast chemical industry cluster and the workshop of the boiler manufacturer Metso.

Chalmers has a very strong international position in energy research, with external research funding from industry,
the EU and the Swedish Energy Agency in the areas of energy conversion technologies and energy systems analysis and design. Chalmers is one of the four universities selected worldwide to form the Alliance for Global Sustainability.
The Chalmers campus hosts smart grid labs, the world’s largest research gasifier, the world’s largest fluidized bed research boiler, about half of all the chemical looping reactors that exist, an oxyfuel rig, an indoor climate lab and
a energy machines lab.
The programme also benefits from its significant role in the Chalmers Energy Academy , an interface between Masters level education and the energy industry. Serving actions of mutual benefit, such as; strong presence of industrial partners in the programme, exchange of knowledge, networking and keeping the programme in line with the continuously developing needs of the industry, for example our students learn and use Epsilon and Aspen, software that is currently being used at several heat and power plants and industries.
 

Educational methods

As we strive for a balance between individual and group assignments, you will take part in lectures, projects, case studies, problem-solving sessions, laboratories and seminars, providing you with an opportunity to train in team-work as well as both written and oral communication and presentation skills.

Career opportunities

Examples of general career opportunities include the process and utility industry, energy and consulting companies, energy equipment manufacturers, larger municipalities, government agencies and research institutes.   

 
​Entry requirements (academic year 2014/15)
General entry requirements
To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.
General entry requirements in detail

Chalmers Bachelor’s degree
Are you enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Chalmers now or do you already have a Bachelor’s degree from Chalmers? If so, different application dates and application instructions apply.

Specific entry requirements
Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Engineering Mathematics or Physics

Prerequisites: Engineering thermodynamics, Heat transfer/Thermal engineering, Fluid dynamics, Mathematics (including Linear algebra, Numerical analysis, Mathematical statistics and Multivariable analysis) and basic knowledge in Environmental science/engineering

English Language Proficiency
The most common and important scores that are accepted are
  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
International opportunities during the studies
Double Master's Degree: You can spend the 2nd year at Universität Stuttgart and get Double Master's Degree.
​Application
Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Credits: 120
Duration:
2 years
Level: Second Cycle
Rate of study: 100%
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK/academic year
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.
Application Code: CTH-39009
*EU/EEA citizens are required to provide documentation of citizenship (external link) 
Contacts
Questions regarding the application and admission process:
Chalmers’ Admissions, 
admissions@chalmers.se

Specific questions about the programme's content:
David Pallarès, Director of Master's Programme, david.pallares@chalmers.se; +46 31 772 14 35

Student life and programme experiences:
Read about the experiences of students at Chalmerists’ Stories.