Sustainable electric power engineering and electromobility, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

Sign up for informationDesign electric power systems and solve future challenges in how electricity is produced, transmitted, distributed and consumed by using wind- and solar power or smart grids. This master’s programme will equip you with a sustainable mindset and deep technical competence that will prepare you for a career in the electric power engineering industry.


Sustainable electric power engineering and electromobility​ master's  programme at Chalmers


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 fundamentally. The paradigm shift in the development will also affect how and when electricity is produced, transmitted, distributed, and consumed.

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The master’s programme Sustainable electric power engineering and electromobility at Chalmers is aimed towards students who are interested to face these challenges and work towards a career in the power engineering industry, the utility industry and other related areas. The recent advancements in information and communication technology also offer new opportunities in e.g. the design and operation of electric power systems.

In this programme, you will learn to combine sustainable thinking with deep technical competence. You will gain practical experience through laboratory exercises (experiments) in combination with computer exercises (simulations) You will also get in close contact with the Swedish industry through guest lectures, study visits and opportunities to carry out master’s thesis work in the industry.


Topics covered

The subjects of electric power systems, electric drives, high voltage and power electronics System Transmission, Electric power distribution, Electric drives, High Voltage and Electric Machines are fundamental areas in the Sustainable Electric Power Engineering and Electromobility programme. 
The courses handle topics such as Wind power, Solar power, Electric Vehicles, Smart Grids, Renewables, Ancillary service, Demand-side management, Demand response, Li-ion batteries, Battery management systems, Electromagnetic fields, Power electronics, HVDC and FACTS.

Master's programme structure

The master's programme runs for a duration of two years, leading to a Master of Science (MSc) degree​. During each year, students can earn 60 credits (ECTS) and complete the programme by accumulating a total of 120 credits. Credits are earned by completing courses where each course is usually 7.5 credits. The programme consists of compulsory courses, compulsory elective courses and  elective courses.

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year the programme starts with four compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Sustainable electric power engineering and electromobility. Each course is usually 7.5 credits.

  • Electric machines – design and analysis
  • Power electronic converters
  • Future renewable-based power systems (Year 1 or 2)

Compulsory courses year 2

In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice.

  • Future renewable-based power systems (Year 1 or 2)
  • ​Master’s thesis

Compulsory elective courses

Of the compulsory elective courses listed below, at least five are required for the degree. 
  • Ancillary services in power system
  • High voltage engineering
  • Electric drive systems
  • Advanced power system analysis
  • Applied computational electromagnetics
  • Applied power electronics: Devices and implementations
  • High voltage technology
  • Power system protection and monitoring
  • FEM-based design of electrical machines
  • Power electronic solutions for power systems
  • Introduction to propulsion and energy systems for transport​
  • Lithium-ion battery systems for vehicles and large-scale energy storage
  • Recent advances in electric power engineering
  • Electric power engineering, extended design project
At least one of the compulsory elective courses has to be within the following:
  • Applied computational electromagnetics,
  • High voltage technology
  • FEM-based design of electrical machines
  • Recent advances in electric power engineering
  • Electric power engineering, extended design project
  • Electric installations and statutes (Only in Swedish)
Please note that you can not select both Recent advances in electric power engineering and Electric power engineering, extended design project.

Elective courses

You will also be able to select courses outside of your programme plan. These are called elective courses. You can choose from a wide range of elective courses.

Programme plan, syllabus, course description and learning outcomes

Career​

The Sustainable Electric Power Engineering and Electromobility master’s programme at Chalmers will lead to professional roles such as Designer of electric systems, researcher, developer, power system analyst, tester, project manager and  technical specialist within introduction of renewables in the power system or other areas related to electric power 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 Chalmers. Besides moving on as PhD-students, graduates from the programme can be found at companies such as ABB, Volvo cars, Volvo AB, Scania, Hägglunds,Bombardier, Svenska Kraftnät, Göteborg Energi, Ellevio, E-On, Nexans, NKT Vattenfall incl. Ringhals and Forsmark, Ericsson, AFRY, ALTEN, ALTRAN, SWECO, Aros electronics, research institutes like RISE and Chalmers and other top technical universities.

​Research within Sustainable electric power engineering and electromobility​

The master's programme is closely connected to the graduate school in electrical engineering, and the research at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers. 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 such as Vattenfall, Volvo AB, Volvo Cars, ABB, RISE Svenska kraftnät, Ellevio, E-on and Göteborg energi. In the past few years, cooperation with the car, telecom and wind power industries has increased through several master’s theses and research projects.
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Sustainable development

Access to modern energy, in practice electricity, is a prerequisite within this field. You will learn how to make well-founded sustainable choices based on good technical knowledge in order to be able to make a real difference in the world. The programme is highly interlinked with the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development goals (SDGs).​​ The table below provides an overview of the sustainable development goals and the associated targets within the programme.

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Students and teachers are actively engaged in projects and discussion aiming for to make electricity affordable, reliable and sustainable for all.

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Both projects and courses address e.g. how future power lines shall be built to be a part of a resilient power infrastructure. Issues like electricity access for development and innovation is another overall question discussed in the programme.

Goal 13: Climate action
Many assignments in this programme address the challenges of how to integrate more renewables into the power system, currently focusing on wind power but more and more questions related to solar power and distributed generation are being raised. Design assignments of electric drivetrains for the cars of the future are also part of the programme as is development of charging technologies and charging infrastructure.


Student interview

“One highlight was experimenting in a wind lab
Smita, India, Sustainable electric power engineering and mobility

Why did you choose this programme?
– I have always been fascinated by electricity and more specifically, electrical power. There is an abundance of energy in nature and to use it for furthering the development in a controlled way is something I have always been interested in. When I was deciding to pursue my master's, I had a lot of interesting conversations with my teachers and seniors about the sustainability of power engineering. That led me to several research articles published by the students, researchers, and professors at Chalmers which was my first introduction to the university and its various programmes. After considering the different programmes, projects, and the whole bunch of electives offered by the electrical department, I ended up choosing this one. 

What have you been working on?
– So far, my favorite course here has been an introductory renewable energy course that I took in my last study period. It was very informative and helped me delve deeper into the current technology and ongoing research at an industrial level. The best part, however, was the wind lab which included traveling to Chalmers wind farm and experimenting in real-time on a fully operational wind turbine (read my blog about it here). It was a very different experience for me, compared to all the other lab sessions I have previously attended. I even got to handle the operations and control the electricity generation which furthered my understanding of the subject while giving me a glimpse of everything it takes to keep a power plant successfully running. My current favorite course is based on solar energy and its applications in our lives. The course is fully project-based, with an oral presentation at the end to discuss our research and I am looking forward to learning and working on the recent technological breakthroughs. 

What do you like the most about your programme?
– The best thing about this particular programme is the absolute freedom it grants me to choose my electives. This makes it a very closely tailored experience suited to my interest and skills. The course curriculum of my programme is very well rounded. It covers all the bases and contains everything you need to know as an electrical engineer before delving down a more focused research path. 
Another reason why I choose this programme was the heavy industrial involvement. The electrical engineering department at Chalmers works very closely with many industries and hosts guest lectures from professionals in their fields. We have had two guests from Volvo and electrical aircraft startup by a previous Ph.D. student in the last study period. The conversations with them were very humbling and nothing short of enlightening.
Lastly, the way this programme is designed, many assignments from different courses come together in the end to form one big idea that students have been working on in multiple study periods. The assignments themselves are very practical and often very reflective of the current technologies and the trends of development.

What do you want to do in the future?
– As an electrical engineer highly interested in power engineering, I have this vision of contributing to the research in sustainable energy technologies. I would definitely pursue further research in this field, either in the form of a higher degree or by joining the ranks of the research and development departments of energy industries. The applications of this multifaceted field are abundant, and I am open to all the different opportunities that offer me a chance to learn and experiment. Hopefully, through one of them, I will be successful in bringing about a change and furthering the research in the field of my studies. 

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