Sustainable Energy Systems, MSc

Chalmers University of Technology
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
28 August 2023
Chalmers University of Technology

About this program

Sustainable Energy Systems, MSc

Global warming and declining fossil-fuel resources have placed the development and implementation of sustainable energy systems at the top of the political agenda worldwide. Major investments in new energy technologies and systems will revolutionise our societies and economies in the coming decades. With unique research facilities and instruction from world-leading researchers and industry professionals, this state-of-the-art education will prepare you to operate at the forefront of that revolution.

Studying this programme at Chalmers University of Technology, you will be exposed to expertise in the technologies of the future, but also, crucially, in the bridging and transition processes and systems needed to implement them. This is something that will characterise the professional careers of energy engineers in the coming decades.

Several departments conduct cutting-edge research in fields such as carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), C02 mitigation for chemical and industrial processes, smart power grids for wind and solar power, and bioenergy, for example — much of which which will be covered in-depth in the programme. We also specialise in modelling and planning of energy systems and in environmental impact analysis of the energy sector through tools such as life cycle analysis and environmental risk assessment.

Energy is a priority area for Chalmers as a whole, and tops the budget list for the University's strategic research and educational plans. The programme enjoys close collaborations with many key players in the energy sector, and our courses offer guest lectures from the industry, industrial site visits and analysis of real industrial cases.

Admission requirements

To fulfil the general entry requirement for a Master's programme at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor degree (minimum 3years, 180 Swedish higher education credits) in either Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture.

  • All applicants must document their formal academic qualifications to prove their eligibility. Only documentation from internationally recognized universities will be approved by the Swedish Council for Higher Education which manages the website
  • If an applicant is also holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be as to fulfil specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fullfill the general entry requirement on it's own.

English language requirement

The requirement is English proficiency equivalent to or above the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6. You can meet the requirement by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised English test. Completed upper secondary education or previous university studies in some countries can also fulfil the requirement.

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Program content

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

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Some of these are administrated by Chalmers and others by external institutions. Additional scholarships may be appended to the list and applicants are therefore encouraged to check this webpage regularly.

Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: 160 000 SEK/academic year

*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees


Credits: 120

Career paths

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.

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Chalmers University of Technology

Providing a comprehensive education in science, engineering, technology and architecture, Chalmers University of Technology is one of Scandinavia’s most respected universities, and consistently ranks highly among the world’s best. Chalmers is a household name in Sweden, regarded as the most...

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412 96 Gothenburg

Phone no: +46 31 772 1000
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