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Master Programme in Energy Systems (online) 120 cr

The purpose of the programme is to apply system perspectives for the analyses of different energy systems focusing on the rational use of energy and conversion to renewable energy sources.
For example the building sector stands for large portions of the total energy demand in every country and people spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors.

About the studies

Reducing energy demand in buildings is essential to the achievement of a sustainable built environment. At the same time, it is also important to create and maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment in inhabited spaces and required thermal and air quality conditions in uninhabited enclosures with an energy efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. A strong emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering and research tasks with due consideration of technical, environmental and socioeconomic issues. Advanced optimization and simulation as well as measurement techniques are applied to identify, describe, quantify and find solutions to a diverse range of energy problems.

In this programme you will learn a multi-dimensional approach, which means that the building is evaluated from different point of views as well as with different system boundaries. As evaluation methods, advanced measurements technique, energy simulation, computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation, psychological and cognitive functioning, intervention methods as well as life-cycle assessment (LCA) for quantification of the environmental impacts will be covered. This unique programme will focus not only on system and component levels but also on all aspects from technology to human response and environmental impacts.

The programme is internationally attractive since Sweden has a strong position in the building technology, indoor climate technology, energy systems and environmental technology both at the academia and industry. Students will benefit from this by close cooperation with our university and industrial partners in different forms. The learning processes are driven by traditional lectures and laboratory moments as well as project based courses with close collaboration based on actual problems experienced by industry and society.

The major provide proficiency in project design and implementation, operation and maintenance, as well as in crucial phases of policy generation.

This study major has a total duration of two-years taught courses (120 ECTS credits) including a thesis project work (30 ECTS credits). The programme is open to applicants from all over the world. The official language throughout the studies is English. There are no restrictions related to geographical location. The program is a distance-based educational program and all courses can be followed online (the lectures notes will be available online on a web-based learning management system for watching at any time).
However, some courses have occasions such as seminars or project presentations as an examination moment where the student needs to be visibly and orally present online.

Ph. D. Nawzad Mardan, nadman@hig.se

After the studies

The aim is that the student after completion of the programme should have a broad know­ledge base to be able to work as a generalist in the energy field, and such deep knowledge in a selected field to be able to work as a specialist. The student should also be able to analyze new and advanced problems on an international market.


Master of Arts/Science (120 Credits)


Form of study
Application *
Autumn semester 2024
Distance learning
2024 - 2026

Number of participants: 15

Location: Ortsoberoende

Aplication code: HIG-19706

Language: English

Pace: Full-time

Autumn semester 2024
Distance learning
2024 - 2026

Number of participants: 20

Location: Ortsoberoende

Aplication code: HIG-19716

Language: English

Pace: Full-time

*) The online application at Antagning.se opens approximately one month before application deadline.

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