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 a even greater need for professional managers to lead interdisciplinary wind power projects to successful completion. The one-year Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the global wind power industry combining technology and management as well as both natural and social science.
The programme takes place in the World Heritage town of Visby. Uppsala University’s Gotland Campus, situated on the island of Gotland, is a leader in wind power project management education.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management is designed for those who wish to focus on the exciting interdisciplinary field of wind power project management. The study plan emphasises 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 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.
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 (15 credits) at the end of the 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.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (60 credits) with Wind Power Project Management as the main field of study.
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.
Semester 1 The autumn semester starts with a course in Wind Power Development and Management that provides the basic knowledge and skills in the field. This is followed by courses in 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 of wind power projects are assessed. The term concludes with an individual thesis which can be completed with the cooperation of a partner in industry or research.
Teaching methods in the Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management include lectures, seminars, group and project assignments, case studies, role playing, study visits, computational laboratories and individual work. The language of teaching, instruction 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 the programme’s guest lecturers.
The important network contacts that you will make through the Master Programme in Wind Power Project Management will be a valuable resource in your search for future employment prospects. 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 programme is delivered in English and 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 programme can also prepare you for further PhD studies.
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 that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
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
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
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.