Programme Outline

The programme gives you a highly relevant and advanced education within the smart grid concept – the electrical power system of the future. Smart grids operate in accordance with many of the key requirements that a sustainable energy system must meet – capacity, decarbonisation, efficiency, flexibility, reliability and sustainability.

Existing technologies make up the bulk of the course content, but strong emphasis is also given to novel and innovative technologies that may stimulate the evolution of existing power grids into a ‘Smart Grid’. The innovation process itself, plus the route towards new business development in the electric power area, is addressed.

MSc SENSE is a two-year programme that includes mandatory international mobility between the first and second year (see map below). The following universities take part in the program:

  • Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP), France
  • University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
  • Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
  • Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e), the Netherlands

Year 1

Your first study year has a strong focus on fundamental courses like power system analysis, power electronics, electrical machines, high-voltage engineering, etc. The joint course ‘smart electrical networks and systems’ introduces you to the novel aspects and challenges of smart grids.

Summer Schools

Two summer schools are arranged between your first and second year: one focused on smart grid innovations and another on entrepreneurship and business creation.

Year 2

  • Energy Management in Buildings and Power Grids (INP)
  • Power Distribution and Storage (KU Leuven)
  • Power Electronics as Enabling Technology for Renewable Integration (UPC)
  • Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (TU/e)

MSc SENSE Programme Mobility Map

KIC InnoEnergy Mobility Concept

Our strong international mobility concept means that you spend your first year at one university, your second year at another, and have the possibility to do your internship at a third location. In addition, two summer schools are arranged between your first and second year: one focused on smart grid innovations and another on entrepreneurship and business creation.

Role of industrial partners

ABB, Vattenfall and IREC have been active in the curriculum design, selection process, teaching, internship and job opportunities. All three have indicated a strong future need of competence in the field of smart grids.

Added value activities

Summer schools

You will have a one month summer school with ESADE in Barcelona on Business & Entrepreneurship.

Training in industry

In-place training in cooperation with ABB and Vattenfall. This gives our students commercial understanding and insights in industry related cutting edge research laying the foundation for future products on the energy market.

Guest lectures from the industry

Regular guest lectures in all modules by leading industry experts give our students a true insight in industrial thinking and future development of smart grids and energy storage.

Courses and Syllabus

Find out more about the course structure of our MSc SENSE programme. Here, you can see an example of how your courses could look. These pages also provide information on mandatory modules  and minimum credit points needed to proceed with the programme.

Thesis Project and Degree

The final degree project is worth 30 ECTS corresponding to five months of full-time study. You summarise your project in a written report and present it at a seminar. It should be relevant to smart grid concepts and have a clear orientation towards innovative solutions relevant to electric power. End-of-project results are presented at the SENSE summer school as, for example, seminar sessions or joint poster sessions.