Electric Power Engineering

120 credits (MSc, 2 years )

Programme aim

The global use of electricity and electronics is continuously increasing, and in the coming decades, electric vehicles in combination with renewable electricity production will change our energy systems. The paradigm shift in the development in vehicles will affect how and when electricity is produced, transmitted, distributed, and consumed, and all these challenges need to be met.

The recent advancements in information and communication technology also offer new opportunities in e.g. the design and operation of electric power systems. These are some of the areas where engineers and experts within the field of electric power engineering are needed.

Location: Campus Johanneberg

Who should apply

The programme is suitable for students interested in a career in the power engineering industry, the utility industry and other related areas. Students with basic undergraduate-level training from a branch of electrical engineering, automation and mechatronics engineering, energy engineering or engineering physics are welcome to apply to the programme. The programme is also suitable for personnel from power engineering manufacturing companies, power utilities and individuals who are interested in updating their knowledge in the subject or who would like to enhance their qualifications.

Why apply

Electric Power Engineering aims to provide master’s programme students with:

  • good theoretical knowledge by means of lectures and tutorials,
  • good practical experience by means of computer exercises (simulation) and laboratory exercises (experimentation),
  • contact with Swedish industry through guest lectures, study visits and opportunities to carry out master’s thesis work in the industry.
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Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2018. Minor changes may occur.

Programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses (Student Portal)

Research connections

The programme is closely connected to the graduate school in electrical engineering, and to the research at the Department of Electrical Engineering. Many of the programme’s courses and master’s thesis project areas provide a strong link to research activities within the Electric Power Engineering division at the department. Students who have completed the programme are thus expected to form a strong pool for recruitment to the above-mentioned doctoral programme.

The Electric Power Engineering division also has a well established link to the power industries in Sweden. In the past few years, cooperation with the car, telecom and wind power industries has increased through a number of master’s theses and research projects.

Learn more about the Department of Electrical Engineering

We design machines and power systems”
Yuning Li, China, Electric power engineering

Why did you choose this programme?
– I come from an electrical engineering background and wanted to come to Gothenburg, a city famous for the automotive industry and Volvo. This programme touches on both the automotive industry and the electrical engineering industry which is a good fit for me. We have lectures, labs and work in group projects and get to choose to work in different fields. The knowledge that we gain from the lectures we later apply in the labs or assignments to design either a machine or a power system. 

What have you been working on?
–I have designed different electric drive systems and evaluated the performance of the implemented systems when using different control methods, for example, what is a suitable operating region and how different systems cope with disturbances.

What do you like the most about your programme?
–We have such a close connection with the industry with guest lectures and several study visits to different companies where we get to see how their machines work and what the companies are doing right now. It makes us understand what options we have after our studies and in which way we can contribute to the companies. My classmates are from all over the world and it’s pretty nice to get to know people with the same background but from different cultures.

What do you want to do in the future?
– My education at Chalmers has actually helped me decide what I want to do in the future. I have realized that I would like to work in a research department with vehicle electrification and battery technology. There is a lot left that we can do there and the job opportunities within this area look promising.

Published: Mon 04 May 2020.