Joint Nordic Master’s degree programme, 2 years

Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

Picture EcoPower industrial photovoltaic illustration

Solar Cell Systems and Materials

First year: DTU, Management Engineering, Associate Professor Lise-Lotte Pade
Second year: NTNU, Department for Material Science and Engineering Associate Professor Marisa Di Sabatino Lundberg

Study tracks focus and goals

The overall goal of the study track is to educate MSc level candidates with theoretical knowledge and practical competence, qualified to a professional career in the PV industry, or for PhD level studies in the field. The study track focuses on the fundamental principles behind- and the application and development of- photovoltaic materials and/or devices, and systems.

In the first year at DTU, a broad basis in energy systems, technology and economics will be offered to all students.  The fundamentals of solar energy harvesting are provided, in addition to basic courses in semiconductor physics and materials synthesis.

In the second year at NTNU, depending on study line/direction, advanced courses in solid state physics, optics etc.  will be offered to students in the physics direction. For students in the materials science direction, courses covering process metallurgical, electro-chemical and chemical methods to synthesize semiconducting and light harvesting PV materials are offered. In addition, courses in PV Si-materials processing such as crystallization, wafering and passivation are available. The year at NTNU contains a 15 ECTS project, in addition to the 30 ECTS MSc project. Depending on project and MSc direction, course choice will be recommended by project supervisor.

Research areas for projects, Solar Cell systems and Materials

Read more about the Study plan 2018/2019 online

Course Table

1. semester, Technical university Of Denmark (DTU)

  • 42002 Modelling and Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems using Operations Research, 5 ECTS
  • 42003 Energy Economics, Markets and Policies,10ECTS
    Choose one of:
  • 42004 Feasibility studies of energy projects, 5 ECTS (recommended)
  • 28870 Energy and Sustainability, 5 ECTS
  • 10333 Physics of Sustainable Energy, 5ECTS
    Choose one of:
  • 47311 Analytical imaging of energy materials by electron micrsocopy, 5 ECTS
  • 34540 Light emitting diodes and photovoltaics for energy applications, 5 ECTS
  • 11128 Development of solar energy systems, 5 ECTS
  • 34032 Optical properties of solids, 5 ECTS

Total of 30ECTS

2. semester Technical university Of Denmark (DTU)

Chose 30 ECTS of Elective courses list:

Elective course DTU: 

  • January:10386 Experimental Techniques in Quantum Technology, 5 ECTS 
  • January:31070 Hands-on microcontroller programming, 5 ECTS  
  • January:34551 Thin Film Photovoltaics, 5 ECTS
  • Spring:10302 Electronic Structure Methods in Material Physics, Chemistry and Biology, 10 ECTS
  • Spring:11117 Solar heating systems, 10 ECTS
  • Spring:26510 Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, 10 ECTS 
  • Spring:31756 High Power Electronics, 10 ECTS
  • Spring:31778 Emerging Energy Technologies, 5 ECTS  
  • Spring:33250 Semiconductor Technology, 5 ects
  • Spring:34552 Photovoltaic Systems, 5 ECTS
  • Spring:34051 Nanophotonics, 10 ECTS*
  • Spring:46230 Power system balancing with large scale wind power, 5 ECTS  
  • Spring:47303 Applied Inorganic Chemistry, 5 ECTS
  • Spring:47304 Ceramic Science and Engineering, 10 ECTS
  • Spring:47305 Electrochemistry, 5 ECTS  
  • Spring:47317 Exergy Analysis, 5 ECTS
  • Spring:47319 Functional Materials, 5 ECTS  
  • June:34553 Applied Photovoltaics, 5 ECTS

*Requires Bachelor in Physics


3. semester Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

  • Chose 15 ECTS of Elective courses list

Depending on background, one can for example choose:

  •  TFE4164 Nanoelectronics 1
  •  TFY4300 Energy and environmental Physics 7.5 ECTS  
  •  FY3114 Functional Materials 7.5 ECT  
  •  TFY4255 Materials Physics 7.5 ECT  
  •  TMT4322 Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Nanostructures 7.5 ECTS  
  •  TMT4330 Resources, energy and environment 7.5 ECTS  
  •  TMT4326 Refining and Recycling of Metals 7.5 ECTS  
  •  TMT4322 Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Nanostructures 7.5 ECTS 

  • TFY4530 Solar Cell Systems and Materials, Specialization Project 15 ECTS
    (Department of Physics),
  • TMT4520 Solar Cell Systems and Materials, Specialization Project 15 ECTS
    (Department of Materials Science and Engineering)


4. semester, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

  • TFY 4915 Solar Cell Systems and Materials, Master’s Thesis, 30 ECTS
    (Department of Physics )
  • TMT4915 Solar Cell Systems and Materials, Master’s Thesis, 30 ECTS
    (Department of Materials Science and Engineering)