Sustainable energy systems, MSc

120 credits (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.

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 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 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 take an active part in the courses offered.
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.

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.

Topics covered

The subjects of sustainability and  energy technology are fundamental areas in the Sustainable energy systems master’s programme. The courses included in the programme plan handle topics such as climate issues and emissions.

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 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 specialize in one of the following profile tracks. ​​During year 1 and 2, you need to select at least 5 compulsory elective courses within the chosen track in order to graduate. 

Elective courses

Besides the profile courses, you can choose freely among several elective courses. The list shows recommended elective courses within each Study 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
  • Sustainable power production and transportation
  • Sustainable biomass supply
Energy systems - elective courses
  • Environmental policy instruments
  • Power market management
  • Waste management
  • Game theory and rationality
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Leadership for sustainability transitions
  • Managing stakeholders for sustainable development
  • Technical change and the environment
  • Nanotechnology for sustainable energy

Profile track: Process industry
  • Sustainable biomass supply
  • Design ofindustrial energy equipment
  • Compressible flow
  • Variation management in the electricity system
  • Energy systems modelling and planning
  • Design of industrial energy equipment
  • Energy systems modelling and planning
  • Turbomachinery
  • Sustainable development
Process Industry - elective courses
  • Waste management
  • Environmental measurement techniques
  • Advanced separation technology
  • Biorefinery
  • Combustion modeling
  • Multiphase flow

Profile track: Heat and power
  • Sustainable electric power systems
  • Gas turbine technology
  • Design of industrial energy equipment
  • Variation management in the electricity system
  • Compressible flow
  • Combustion engineering
  • Energy systems modelling and planning
  • Sustainable biomass supply 
Heat and power - elective courses
  • Combustion modeling
  • Power market management
  • Biorefinery
  • Waste management
  • Advanced separation technology
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Multiphase flow

Profile track: Buildings
  • Sustainable electric power systems
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems engineering
  • Design of industrial energy equipment
  • Variation management in the electricity system
  • Compressible flow
  • Energy systems modelling and planning
  • Computational fluid dynamics for engineers
  • Sustainable power production and transportation
Buildings - elective courses
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Waste management
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Technical change and the environment
  • Nanotechnology for sustainable energy
  • Building technology engineering

Profile track: Computational fluid-dynamics
  • Gas turbine technology
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems engineering
  • Design of industrial energy equipment
  • Compressible flow
  • Combustion engineering
  • Computational fluid dynamics for engineers
  • Turbomachinery
Computational Fluid-Dynamics - elective tracks
  • Computational fluid dynamics 
  • Multiphase flow
  • Combustion modeling
  • Advanced separation technology
  • Biorefinery

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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.
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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 of our programme will be well prepared for tasks such as design, development and implementation of energy systems and technologies. They 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 conducted, in the programme, are collaborations together with industry, and this is often also the place where our graduates obtain their first job. In addition, a number of 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 master's 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 and refinery cluster, the car manufacturer Volvo, and the workshop of the boiler manufacturer Valmet.

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. 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 an 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.

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