Master’s studies

Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management 2018/2019

Photo for Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management 2018/2019
Application

Join this programme to make a positive footprint in an interconnected and sustainable world. As wind power development increases its geographic distribution, project size and complexity, there is an even greater need for professional managers to lead interdisciplinary wind power projects to successful completion. The two year Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management provides an opportunity for study specialisation and is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the global wind power industry or for research studies. The programme is unique in technology and management as well as both natural and social science.

The programme takes place in the World Heritage town of Visby. Uppsala University Gotland Campus, situated on the island of Gotland, is a leader in wind power project management education.

Why this programme?

This Master’s programme is designed for those who wish to focus on the exciting interdisciplinary field of wind power project management. The study plan emphasizes applied knowledge through frequent guest lectures provided by experts in different fields, by using state of the art simulation and planning methods as well as excursions to wind farms and into wind turbines. The elective course in the second year, which is directly research related, provides opportunity for specialisation. This specialisation will increase your attractiveness in the job market and can open doors to PhD studies.
 
The different aspects of the programme’s subjects are introduced early on. In the first course of the autumn term, management theory and skills are taught together with wind power development and management. The management skills learned in this first course will be applied and practiced throughout the year. Later in the term courses in wind resource assessment and planning allow you to familiarise yourself with essential topics like energy estimations, planning and development, economics, community relations, the impact of environmental regulations and acceptance. These topics will be taught in lectures as well as workshops, seminars and project work, highlighting their role in the development and management of wind power projects.
 
The programme continues in the spring term with courses focusing on wind turbine technology and grid integration which cover subjects such as the technical functions of a wind turbine, the operation and maintenance of wind farms, the integration of wind power in the electrical grid, and the assessment of wind farm configurations. Knowledge acquired during the earlier autumn term is to be applied in these courses as well. The courses Scientific Methods and Trends of the Industry give you the tools for scientific research and knowledge about the current strengths of and challenges for the wind industry.

In the third term your skills in project management and financing as well as construction, operation and maintenance of wind power projects are expanded. You will be able to specialize in an area of interest with one of four electives where you can choose from the courses, Advanced Wind Power Project Management, Planning for Wind Energy, Advanced Wind Resource Assessment (requires a background in physics, mechanics or meteorology) and Advanced Wind Energy Technology (requires a B.Sc. in Engineering). The elective courses are based on or are related to research projects in the different fields at Uppsala University’s Department of Earth Sciences or Engineering Sciences. It is also possible to a have an exchange term at another university during this semester.

Critical thinking and skills in oral and written communication are equal elements of professional competence and important parts of the curriculum. These skills are practiced throughout the programme and applied in a thesis course (30 credits) at the second spring term where you will independently conduct research and produce a thesis.

As a student in the programme, you will meet industry representatives, researchers and an expert teaching staff that contribute to the development of the field. You will also build a broad network of contacts, enabling you to establish links with potential future employers and for internships in the industry. A further strength of this Master's programme is its interdisciplinary and international approach which creates an exciting multicultural study environment.

As a student at Campus Gotland in Visby, you will be able to enjoy everything the historic town of Visby and the whole island of Gotland has to offer. Located between the Swedish mainland and the Baltic States, the island has a unique character and a long history. Additionally, as a centre of early Swedish wind power development, Gotland is a great location to study the subject. The accessibility of the island is excellent as there are frequent flights and ferries between Gotland and Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. 

Degree

The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Wind Power Project Management as the main field of study.

Programme

The multidisciplinary programme is organised in a sequential path of thematic instruction in planning, project development and management of wind farm projects. Different aspects of these subjects are introduced at the beginning of the programme. As the programme is thematic you often study several aspects of wind power project development and management at the same time.
 
Term1
The autumn semester starts with the course Wind Power Development and Management that provides the basic knowledge and skills in the field. This is followed by the courses Wind Resource Assessment and Planning for Wind Energy where the knowledge of the meteorological, planning and permission prerequisites of wind power projects is taught. The knowledge from these courses is subsequently applied in project work on a real case.
 
Semester 2
In the spring semester, you will learn about the integration of wind power in the electric grid, deepen your knowledge of wind turbine technology and study the planning aspects of wind power. The previously acquired knowledge about project management is utilised during a project course where different wind power project scenarios are assessed. The semester concludes with the courses Scientific Methods in Wind Power Project Management in Wind Industry which will give you the tools for scientific research and the knowledge on the current strengths and challenges of the wind industry.
 
Semester 3
The second autumn semester includes in depth courses such as Wind Project Management and Financing and Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Wind Farms. In the second half of the term you are able to choose one of four elective courses. They include Advanced Wind Power Project Management, Advanced Planning for Wind Energy, Advanced Wind Resource Assessment (requires a background in physics, mechanics or meteorology) and Advanced Wind Energy Technology (requires a B.Sc. in Engineering).

The Advanced Wind Power Project Management course will take the various management, finance and logistics concepts and apply them to a wind power project. Within this course the student will be expected to create a fictional project team based on the expected needs of the project as well as a stakeholder participation plan.

The Advanced Planning for Wind Energy course will take a comprehensive look at different aspects of the development site which promote or hinder successful project realisation. The aspects include, for example, noise, visual impacts and competing land use. These aspects will be considered from both a project and planning perspective, with a specific focus on participatory procedures.
The Advanced Wind Resource Assessment course will take on the key ingredients required to perform accurate wind resource assessments at different locations. It will thus focus on measurement techniques and modelling methods in various environments encompassing sites ranging from offshore to those with complex terrain.

In the course Advanced Wind Energy Technology, an individual topic in wind turbine technology, regarding e.g. aerodynamics, structural mechanics, energy conversion or grid connection will be studied in depth. The technology is dealt with from one or several perspectives such as its function, economy, project and planning. The course will give a deeper understanding of the historical development of technology and the background to the technology choices made today.

It is also possible to have an exchange term at another university or to start an extended thesis of 45 credits during this term.

Semester 4
In the final semester you will conduct an individual research project for the thesis course of 30 credits or complete the extended thesis course of 45 credits.
 
See a preliminary overview of the programme.

Learning experience

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group and project assignments, case studies, role playing, study visits, computational laboratories and individual work. The language of teaching, instructions and literature is English. Some teaching events have compulsory attendance.

All courses are created with a focus on the wind power industry and wind power research. Real-life cases are studied. In project work you will have the chance to explore topics relevant to your background.

Alumni (graduates of the Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management) who work in the field are often invited to give guest lectures and provide students with insights into the role of a project manager. This is very beneficial to our students, as our alumni discuss the knowledge they find particularly important in their professional lives. See a list of guest lecturers from the one-year Master programme.

Career

The important network contacts that you will make during your studies will be a valuable resource in your search for future employment. With guest lectures by representatives from industry and authorities as well as academic researchers, you can make valuable contacts in all areas of wind energy.

This all-English language programme has an interdisciplinary orientation to prepare students for global management positions across the wide spectrum of the wind energy industry. Actors within the field are for example, companies operating wind farms, consulting firms, local and national governments, component manufacturing and supply chain companies, research institutions or other organisations working with renewable energy and/or environmental issues.

The job market for graduates is strongly international as the methods and issues are similar in different parts of the world. Cost reductions in technology as well as an increased motivation of actors to move towards greater sustainability after the Paris agreement in 2015 are causing a rapid development in the field of wind power. This means that the demand for competence is increasing internationally.

Graduates with prior wind power or other industry employment experience may re-enter the work force with advanced management skills which are qualifying for senior project management positions. Graduates from this programme seeking their first jobs in the wind industry will have demonstrable knowledge relevant to wind farm project development and management as well as community relations. This is a powerful combination and the demand for that type of expertise is expected to increase.
 
Besides employment in project management or project development positions, your professional career may also be in scientific or technical research and development, as a scientific and/or technical advisor, consultant or project leader. The specialisation in the second year increases your value in the job market and can open doors for further PhD studies.

Some of the positions held by Alumni of our one-year programme are:

  • Project Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Wind Farm Engineer
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Wind Energy Consultant
  • Consultant Wind Resource Assessment
  • Consent Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Manager in Origination
  • Control Room Engineer
  • PhD Student

Admissions

Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Visby

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1283 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements:
Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within engineering, science or social science.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources

Department of Earth Sciences

Geocentrum, Villav. 16 752 36 Uppsala

Villav. 16, 752 36 UPPSALA

Fax: 018-471 2592

For programme-specific questions, please contact: Lieslotte Aldén liselotte.alden@geo.uu.se

Telephone: +46498-108364

For general information about Master's studies at Uppsala University, please send an email to: masterprogrammes@uu.se