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KTH Royal Institute of Technology MSc Decentralized Smart Energy Systems (DENSYS)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

MSc Decentralized Smart Energy Systems (DENSYS)

Stockholm, Sweden

2 Years


Full time

Aug 2024

EUR 9,000 / per year *


* for students from a Programme Country. €18,000: for students from a Partner Country


Decentralized smart energy systems play a vital part in the transition towards a low-carbon society by integrating renewable energy sources into the energy system. Students in the programme acquire skills to design, size, optimize and operate these energy systems. Graduates have a holistic overview of decentralized energy systems, specialized competencies in energy engineering and a strong international network.

Decentralized Smart Energy Systems at KTH

The overall goals of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree “DENSYS” are the following:

  • educate top skilled engineers with multi-physics approaches, who will be able to design, size, optimize and operate decentralized smart energy systems, with a sufficient level of systemic overview, which enables analyzing the complex interactions in energy systems,
  • train future researchers (for both public and private sectors), as decentralized energy systems still require strong R&D investments, at the system scale (smart management), at the component scale (e.g. optimization of the lifespan, energy efficiency or density) and at the elementary mechanisms scale.
  • train highly-qualified students to contribute optimally to this field by providing a “T-shaped*” multinational educational profile. The vertical bar of the T representing the depth of skills and expertise in the mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering disciplines, while the horizontal bar represents a more general understanding of other disciplines, creating an ability to account for the complexity of decentralized energy systems and to work with experts in other areas of expertise.
  • provide to students an international network as well as a genuine European learning, an integrated cultural and language experience.

The two-years 120 ECTS programme is jointly built with four academic partners across Europe:

  • University of Lorraine - UL in Nancy (France)
  • KTH, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH in Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Polytechnic University of Catalunya - UPC in Barcelona (Spain)
  • Polytechnic Institute of Torino - Polito (Italy)

The programme is enhanced by a wide range of associated partners from international universities, SMEs, large industries and other EU consortia. The programme includes an integrated mobility scheme, with the first year in UL, where students master the physical principles and the governing parameters of the main renewable energy sources, energy storage technologies, conversion systems between energy carriers applied to the control and optimization of smart multi-carrier decentralized energy systems. The third semester is spent either at KTH, UPC or PoliTo where students specialize respectively in integration of decentralized energy systems in a global energy system, thermal energy engineering or energy storage by power-to-X. The fourth semester corresponds to an internship/MSc thesis particularly offered by DENSYS associated partners, either in the industry sector or in a research institution. Two joint summer schools will be organized for networking and to expand students’ transferable skills like business and entrepreneurship, or more technical skills like energy storage, hydrogen or energy systems modelling. In addition, an immersive week in University of Liège (Belgium) will provide sound knowledge in the use of artificial intelligence to manage energy networks. To expand students’ vision, a large range of breadth courses will be proposed, including social sciences and humanities dealing with energy policy-making, geography, social acceptance, risk perception, finance, business, together with an integrated cultural and language experience. A significant part of the pedagogy will rely on case and challenge based modules (large multidisciplinary and multi-objective projects), taken from real life and involving partners from the industry and civil society (policy makers, local stakeholders, associations…).

For students choosing to carry out the 3rd semester at KTH, double master degrees will be awarded from UL and KTH.



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