Master's Degree Programme, 2 years

Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

– Joint Nordic Master

Program profile and aims

The purpose of the Nordic Master Programme in "Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering" is to provide state-of-the-art education in the fields of conventional and renewable energy sources like conventional and new power generation, solar energy, biomass energy, wind power, geothermal power, and energy utilization in the built environment by means of economically and environmentally sustainable systems and technologies.

The term ‘sustainable energy engineering' comprises a wide array of practices, policies and technologies (conventional and renewable/alternative) aimed at providing energy at the least financial, environmental and social cost. A strong emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering tasks with due consideration of technical, environmental and socio-economic issues. Another strong emphasize is put on the Innovative and Entrepreneurial aspects of the energy society, especially related to how existing and new efficiency improvement innovations can be brought to the market in different countries. The innovative aspects inside the programme are both related to the advanced renewable concept in the Nordic countries as well as regards to new businesses in the energy sector. Advanced methods are applied to identify, describe, quantify and find solutions to a diverse range of energy engineering problems.

Participants gain proficiency in project design and implementation, operation and maintenance, as well as in crucial phases of policy generation. Advanced training in a research-oriented perspective is also included.

Structure and organization

In the double degree programme students study one year at two different universities following a Year one university/Year two university pattern:

  • Year one university, 1st and 2nd semesters
  • Year two university, 3rd and thesis semesters

The length of the study period in each university corresponds to 60 ECTS.


ISEE is a two-year 120 ECTS Nordic double degree master programme coordinated by NTNU and based on the particular expertise of the participating universities. The faculties/departments responsible for implementing the programme are: the School of Engineering/Department of Energy Technology at Aalto; the Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers; the Department of Management Engineering at DTU; the Department of Energy Technology at KTH; the Faculty of Natural Science and Technology, Department for Material Science and Engineering at NTNU and the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at UoI.

The programme contains six study tracks covering traditional energy engineering, innovative technologies and renewable energies (year one – year two universities in brackets):

  • Bio Energy (KTH – Aalto)
  • Energy Systems (Aalto – KTH)
  • Geothermal Energy (Chalmers – UoI)
  • Heat and Power Engineering (UoI – Chalmers)
  • Solar Cell Systems and Materials (DTU – NTNU)
  • System Integration of Wind Power (NTNU – DTU)

The programme is adapted to different professional backgrounds among the students. The admission for each study track is dependent on the student's background and bachelor degree. The study track defines year one and year two university, where year two university is the responsible university for the study track. In each study track the students get a background in sustainable energy, energy and environment and energy engineering. Depending on the study track () the students get specific skills in their chosen innovative sustainable energy engineering topic.

The thesis (30 ECTS) is to be a synthesis of the knowledge and competencies gained in the three preceding semesters and the two involved universities will provide co-supervision. The thesis will be presented and defended at the year two university.

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Joint Nordic Master's Application

Application deadline
15 January

How to apply
Apply using NTNU's Søknadsweb if your study track starts at NTNU or if you wish to study the MSc in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (regardless of starting university).

Exemption: Applicants to the MSc in Cold Climate Engineering must apply through DTU.

Nordic Five Tech alliance

NTNU is a member of the Nordic Five Tech, an exclusive, strategic alliance of the five leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.  The universities involved have a strong capacity and a long-standing tradition within research and education. The alliance currently offers five joint MSc programmes.