The joint master's programme in Energy for Smart Cities is offered by four European universities through EIT InnoEnergy. Combining urban planning and energy management, in-depth engineering skills and innovation management techniques, the programme enables students to play a critical role in shaping a rapidly urbanising world, and exploring how to create smarter, more sustainable and resource-efficient communities.
Energy for Smart Cities at KTH
The joint master's programme in Energy for Smart Cities has strong partnerships with internationally renowned businesses, smaller companies and a network of start-ups, who actively participate in the programme to ensure it remains current and relevant to their needs – and to yours. Partners are involved in curriculum design, selection processes, internships, support for Master’s theses, and job opportunities. Experts from the private sector, municipalities and other government bodies also take classes and give guest lectures.
For the first year of the programme, you can choose to attend either KU Leuven or KTH. In your first year, you will combine electrical and mechanical engineering courses with energy-related socio-economic subjects.
In the second year, you choose to attend KU Leuven, KTH, INP: Grenoble Institute of Technology, or UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech. You will have the opportunity to take general and option-specific elective courses that enable you to specialise in areas that interest you most. The choice of courses in the second year will determine which university you attend.
Your Master's thesis
During your second year, you will also undertake a research project on electrical or thermo-mechanical energy, or on one of the energy’s technical-economic aspects for your master’s degree project. During your project, you will learn to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme. Each year, the programme directors and the directors of InnoEnergy Benelux award a prize for the best degree project on innovation and the best on entrepreneurship.
The programme takes you across Europe to explore the future of urban living and the resources that will support it. In particular, you will gain:
Deep knowledge of electrical energy processing, mechanical technology, and applied thermodynamics, plus the design and operation of electrical and mechanical energy systems.
Understanding of wider socio-economic contexts and insight into ethical, social and economic frameworks for sustainable energy in the smart-city context.
Communications skills that allow you to discuss ideas with non-technical audiences and to present ideas and innovative solutions in a structured way.
Executive, management and entrepreneurial skills and an understanding of where and how to use them.
“I strongly value the experiences I’ve had these past two years. The chance to study abroad, meet a bunch of amazing people, explore different cultures and just basically test myself in every way possible. I would happily do it again, and recommend it for everyone!"
Joanna Skowrońska, MSc Energy for Smart Cities graduate
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