Sustainable Energy

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The MSc programme in Sustainable Energy aims to provide you with qualifications in energy systems with a specialization in one of the sustainable energy technologies.

In the coming decades, global energy systems will undergo major changes, and their sustainability will prove to be of the utmost importance—environmentally, economically, and socially. DTU is at the cutting edge in Europe when it comes to research in sustainable energy.

Study programme focus

During the course of study, you will acquire extensive expertise on various energy technologies and systems with focus on sustainability.

The first semester consists of three courses covering the main aspects of sustainable energy systems:

  • energy economics, markets, and policies;
  • modelling and analysis of sustainable energy systems using operations research;
  • energy and sustainability. 

Within this framework, you can choose between the six study lines below.

The first semester offers general system and method courses, while the second semester takes a closer look at specific sustainable energy technologies, allowing you to concentrate on theoretical subjects in each area of technology and to choose more laboratory and application-oriented courses. The aim is to provide you with special technological knowledge, while also ensuring that your gain an understanding of the regulatory framework relevant to the application of the knowledge when performing development and implementation tasks in a company.

During the course of study, it is highly recommended that you spend a semester abroad (preferably second semester) at a university offering courses in either specific energy technologies or the more system-oriented aspects of sustainable energy.


The Sustainable Energy programme allows you to specialize in one of the six study lines:

  • Biofuels 
  • Electric Energy Systems 
  • Energy Savings 
  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 
  • Thermal Energy 
  • Wind Energy 

You should be aware, however, that your choice of courses in your individual study plan offers some flexibility. Therefore, you have every opportunity to design your own study programme—and career—by choosing from the wide range of courses offered at DTU.


In order to obtain the MSc degree in Sustainable Energy the student must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have passed General Competence Courses adding up to at least 30 points
  • Have passed Technological Specialization Courses adding up to 30 or 35 points depending on study line
  • Have completed a Master Thesis of at least 30 points within the field of the chosen study line
  • Have passed a sufficient number of Elective Courses to bring the total number of points of the entire study up to 120 points.

Only applicants holding either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. From September 2017 the bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test).

Academic requirements for this programme

The admission requirements for this programme are specific for each study line and all students are admitted in just one line (see specific requirements below)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering from DTU 

The following Bachelor of Science in Engineering programmes from DTU entitle students to admission to at least one of the study lines of the MSc Eng programme in Sustainable Energy.

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Physics and Nanotechnology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Design and Innovation
  • Strategical Analysis and Systems Design (only Electric Systems, Energy Savings and Thermal Energy lines with specific requirements)

In order to get the most out of the MSc-study it is recommended to use the bachelor to achieve the right prerequisites for the MSc-study.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering and bachelor of Natural Science from other universities

Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Bachelors of Natural Science from other Danish universities are admitted to the MSc in Engineering (Sustainable Energy) if their qualifications are equivalent to those of Bachelors of Science in Engineering from DTU.
The specific course requirements for the six study lines can be found on the study homepage.

Bachelor of Engineering

The following Bachelors of Engineering from DTU have access to be admitted to one of the study lines on the programme,

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Arctic Technology
  • Building and Civil Engineering, specialization in Construction Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Sustainable Energy Engineering, specialization in thermal or electrical engineering

Subject to have completed at least 10 ECTS credit points of the following courses and fulfill the line specific requirements:

01035 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 5 point E1A (Mon 8-12), E2B (Thurs 8-12), F2B (Thurs 8-12)
01037 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 (Summer University) 5 point August
02405 Probability theory 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)
02601 Introduction to Numerical Algorithms 5 point F1B (Thurs 13-17)
11305 Computational Structural Modelling 1: The Finite Element Method 5 point E4A (Tues 13-17)
42101 Introduction to Operations Research 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17), F2A (Mon 13-17)


The 10 points can also be obtained from research based Academic Institutions teaching courses having equivalent content and level as the DTU courses listed above.

Bachelors of Engineering from other Academic Institutions than DTU have access to be admitted if they fulfill the prerequisites mentioned above. 

Line specific admission requirements:

Electric Energy Systems:

BSc in Electrical Engineering, BSc in Energy Engineering, BSc in Energy Technology Engineering, BSc in Strategical Analysis and Systems Design Engineering or similar with specific coverage of content in:

  • 31001 Electric circuits 1
  • 31400 Electromagnetics
  • or 31730 - Electric Power Engineering, fundamentals

Thermal Energy:  

BSc in Production and Engineering Design (DTU), BSc in Mechanical Engineering with energy specialisation, BSc in Industrial Engineering with energy or BSc in Energy Engineering, BSc in Design and Innovation Engineering, BSc in Strategical Analysis and Systems Design Engineering

Including coverage of content similar to DTU courses:

  • 41312 Basic Fluid Mechanics or 41065 Fields and flows or 62657
  • 41401 Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics or 41045 Thermodynamic Modelling

Energy Savings:

BSc in Civil Engineering, BSc in Architectural Engineering, BSc in Strategical Analysis and Systems Design Engineering with courses:

  • 11112 Technical Building Services 1 and
  • 11121 - Thermal Building Physics

Hydrogen and fuel cells:

BSc in Engineering, physics and nanotechnology, BSc in Physics, BSc in Nanoscience, BSc in Chemistry

Wind Energy:

BSc in Electrical Engineering, BSc in Mechanical Engineering or BSc in Energy Engineering including basic electric courses


BSc in Biotechnology Engineering, BSc in Chemical Engineering


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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Foreign:$ 14.3 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Apr 1, 2024 201–250 place StudyQA ranking: 8700 You need IELTS certificate