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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2014-02-18 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Engineering Mathematics or Physics



Engineering thermodynamics, Heat transfer/Thermal engineering, Fluid dynamics, Mathematics (including Linear algebra, Numerical analysis, Mathematical statistics and Multivariable analysis) and basic knowledge in Environmental science/engineering

General organization:


The aim of the programme is to prepare students for a professional career in the area of advanced technologies and systems that can satisfy energy demand while striving for sustainability. Training is provided in the use of optimisation and modelling tools for energy systems analysis, design and planning at both detailed technical plant level and regional and international levels. This analysis of the energy system on all relevant levels transfers a unique analysis capability to the students which is highly valuable for a professional career within the energy sector. In this sense, courses are integrated so as to train students to approach problem solving in an interdisciplinary way. A general knowledge basis is given through compulsory courses which cover the main energy-intensive sectors (industry, heat and power generation and building) at a technical scale and link these into a system perspective. Thereafter, students can choose different sets of semi-obligatory courses coupled to different profile tracks. Finally, students add in-depth knowledge to their curriculum through elective courses available for each profile track.


Learning outcome:

At the outcome of the programme, students will have achieved a thorough insight into the possibilities and limitations of energy systems, specifically in relation to sustainable development, including environmental and economic aspects.

With respect to Knowledge and Understanding, graduated students will be able to:
1.1. Define the technical characteristics of advanced energy-efficient conversion and end-use technologies
1.2. Explain the problems and opportunities associated with the use of different primary energy resources, conversion and end-use technologies (including renewable energy technologies)
1.3. Define the major challenges facing energy systems from a local and global perspective
1.4. Define the economic, policy and regulatory drivers that shape energy conversion and end-use management decisions
1.5. Recognize the role of key sectors in the stationary energy system with respect to both energy demand and supply

With respect to Skills and Abilities, graduated students will be able to:
2.1. Identify, formulate and solve complex energy system problems in a critical, independent and creative manner
2.2. Select and use appropriate tools for energy systems design and analysis such as e.g. process simulation and pinch technology
2.3. Design and evaluate energy supply and conversion solutions for utilities, buildings, energy-intensive processes, etc. driven by end-use application requirements
2.4. Model, simulate, optimise and evaluate energy systems, also with limited or incomplete information
2.5. Contribute to strategic planning of energy systems and technologies based upon the principles of sustainable development
2.6. Plan and with suitable methods carry out qualified tasks with given time constraints
2.7. Communicate results and conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously, and in national as well as international contexts
With respect to Judgment and Approach, graduated students will be able to:
3.1. Assess energy solutions and energy research in terms of scientific, social and ethical aspects
3.2. Understand the energy technology's role in society and the responsibility for its use, including social, economic and environmental aspects
3.3. Identify needs for further knowledge and continuously develop their skills


Extent: 120.0 c



A Master's Thesis work is to be carried out in largely self-directed and autonomous manner. The Master's Thesis work is usually carried out at the industry and must contribute to enhanced knowledge within research and development of sustainable energy systems.

The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted areas of what has been previously studied at courses within the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. Although, the examiner has always to be a teacher from Chalmers. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator.

More information about rules for master's thesis work is given here: Thesis work


Courses valid the academic year 2014/2015:

See study programme



Five orientative Profile Tracks are defined in the master's programme:

- Energy Systems
- Heat and Power
- Chemical and Process Industry
- Buildings
- Environment

A set of semi-compulsory courses and a variety of elective courses are available for each of the tracks above.

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

The degree designation is Master of Science (120 credits) (Teknologie masterexamen). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject are stated in the degree diploma. Specializations and tracks are not stated in the degree diploma.


Major subject:

Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology


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