Sustainable energy systems, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

Apply nowGlobal 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 in the coming decades.

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



Sustainable energy systems​ master's programme at Chalmers

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 with respect to many of the technologies of the future, but also in the bridging technologies and systems that will characterize the professional careers of energy engineers in the coming decades. For instance, several departments conduct cutting-edge research with respect to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), aspects which will be covered in this master's programme.

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 through 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 who are active in the courses. 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 not only to master current energy systems and technologies but also get a close insight into the ones of the future.

The master's programme has close collaborations with many key players in the energy sector, for example, 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 will give you close contact with several sites in the Gothenburg area such as GoBiGas (the world’s largest biogas project), GoteborgWindLab (Sweden’s largest windmill), the West Coast chemical industry and refinery cluster, the car manufacturer Volvo, and the workshop of the boiler manufacturer Valmet.

As we strive for the students to achieve a deep and holistic understanding of technologies and systems, we seek a balance between different forms of teaching. In the courses, the students will take part in individual and group assignments, in addition to lectures, projects, case studies, problem-solving sessions, laboratories and seminars, providing you with an opportunity to train in teamwork as well as in written and oral communication and presentation skills. The newly implemented Tracks courses at Chalmers also give our students the possibility to participate in truly interdisciplinary courses of high relevance.
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Topics covered

The subjects of sustainability and energy technology are fundamental areas in the Sustainable energy systems master’s programme at Chalmers. The courses span a wide range of topics, from higher-level energy systems and process industry to more fundamental processes at a more detailed level, such as combustion processes and computational fluid dynamics. We offer a number of suggested “Profile tracks” where you can choose courses that align best with your interests. In this way, we educate energy engineers with a broad knowledge of the energy systems, but with detailed knowledge in specific and important areas.

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 and Compulsory-elective courses as well as Elective courses. In addition, a 30 credit Masters thesis will be conducted at the end of year 2 of the program.

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year, the programme starts with three compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Sustainable energy systems. Each course is usually 7.5 credits.
  • Heat and power systems engineering
  • Sustainable energy futures
  • Industrial energy systems​

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. 
  • ​Master’s thesis ​

Compulsory elective courses

Through compulsory elective courses, you can then specialise in one of the following suggested profile tracks. During year 1 and 2,  you need to select at least 5 compulsory elective courses in order to graduate. 

Elective courses

Besides the profile courses, you can choose freely among several elective courses. The list below shows recommended elective courses within each profile track, respectively.

Profile track: Energy systems - compulsory elective ​courses
  • Sustainable electric power systems
  • Variation management in the electricity system
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems engineering
  • Energy systems modelling and planning
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Sustainable development
  • Future renewable-based power systems
  • Sustainable biomass supply
Energy systems - elective courses

  • Environmental policy instruments
  • Waste management
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Leadership for sustainability transitions
  • Managing stakeholders for sustainable development
  • Technical change and the environment
  • Circular economy
  • Project management


Profile track: Process industry - compulsory elective courses
  • Sustainable biomass supply
  • Design of industrial energy equipment
  • Compressible flow
  • Variation management in the electricity system
  • Energy systems modelling and planning
  • Turbomachinery
  • Sustainable development
  • Multiphase flow
Process Industry - elective courses
  • Waste management
  • Environmental measurement techniques
  • Preliminary plant design
  • Biorefinery
  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Project management
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Profile track: Heat and power - compulsory elective courses
  • Sustainable electric power systems
  • Multiphase flow
  • Design of industrial energy equipment
  • Variation management in the electricity system
  • Compressible flow
  • Combustion engineering
  • Energy systems modelling and planning
  • Sustainable biomass supply
  • Future renewable-based power systems
  • Turbomachinery
Heat and power - elective courses
  • Biorefinery
  • Waste management
  • Internal combustion engineering
  • Preliminary plant design
  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Project management
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Profile track: Buildings – compulsory electives
  • Sustainable electric power systems
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems engineering
  • Design of industrial energy equipment
  • Variation management in the electricity system
  • Energy systems modelling and planning
  • Computational fluid dynamics for engineers
  • Future renewable-based power systems
Buildings - elective courses

  • Building technology engineering
  • Sustainable Building renovation
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Waste management
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Technical change and the environment
  • Project management


Profile track: Fluid-Dynamics/CFD – compulsory electives

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems engineering
  • Multiphase flow
  • Design of industrial energy equipment
  • Compressible flow
  • Combustion engineering
  • Computational fluid dynamics for engineers
  • Turbomachinery

Computational Fluid-Dynamics - elective tracks

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Project management
  • Biorefinery
In addition, Chalmers also has the Tracks platform, which is a collection of interdisciplinary courses of different themes. There are several courses that could be highly applicable for our students, such as Solar energy, Fuel cell systems and Emissions from transportation.


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​​​​​Sustainable development

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.
SDGs for Sustainable energy systems at Chalmers


 
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
In this programme, students and teachers are actively involved in introducing renewable energy sources and conversion technology with improvement of its efficiency and economic viability.

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
In the programme, the core aspects of sustainability are addressed throughout many of the courses, with focus on the energy systems as well as the transport sector. These are important to transform in order to achieve sustainable and safe cities and settlements.
 
Goal 13: Climate action
The majority of courses in the programme address the opportunities and challenges of providing society with low GHG-emission energy systems and technologies, including courses addressing so-called “bridging technologies”, such as carbon capture and storage, which are aimed at achieving rapid and substantial reductions in emissions. ​

Career​

The energy sector is arguably the largest industrial sector globally. With the challenge of resource depletion and climate change, there will be a future need for energy engineers who have core competences in energy system analysis. 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.

Graduates from our programme will be well prepared for tasks such as design, development and implementation of energy systems and technologies. Graduates will also be able to contribute to energy policy development. Examples of career opportunities after graduation from the programme include the utility industry, the energy-intensive process industry, district heating and cooling companies, larger municipalities, consulting companies, energy equipment manufacturers, research institutes and government agencies.

A significant number of the masters thesis projects in the programme, are conducted together with the industry. This is often also the place where our graduates obtain their first job. In addition, a number of our students also pursue higher-level academic studies, such as Ph.D. positions both at Chalmers and other academic institutions.


Research within Sustainable energy systems

The worlds largest fluidized bed combustion research facility ChalmersChalmers 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 campus hosts smart grid labs, about half of all the chemical looping reactors that exist, an oxyfuel rig, an indoor climate lab and an energy machines lab.

The worlds largest fluidized bed combustion research facility and gasifier (pictured on the right) is also located centrally on campus and is closely connected to the programme. 


Most of the research projects connected to energy systems and energy technology are given by teachers who have active contact with the industry through their projects which benefits our students. There is also a 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.

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