The transition to sustainable energy systems is one of the major challenges of our time. Most global emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are associated with energy supplies and transport. Consequently, climate change is largely an energy issue.

By studying one of our energy-focused Master’s programmes, you will acquire the skills needed to solve future energy challenges. Uppsala University has strong research clusters in areas ranging from energy transition technologies, storage, transmission and climate change leadership. The campuses are located in regions with ambitious goals for responding to climate change, which means great potential for collaboration with local actors. Whether you are looking to pursue a career within academia or industry, these Master's Programmes are for you.

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Energy conversion

Increased electrification can be part of the solution to the problem of society’s dependence on fossil energy sources. Uppsala University has long had strong clusters in renewable electricity generation such as hydropower, wind power, marine-based power and solar cells. The research ranges from materials, components and systems to meteorological conditions and environmental impacts. The University also has strong environments in nuclear energy and fusion research.

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Storage, fuel and energy transmission

Increased electricity use and use of renewable energy sources where supply varies over time lead to new and increased demands on electricity grids and energy storage solutions. Transmission of heat energy is another key part of the energy system. At Uppsala University, research is conducted in several areas related to storage, renewable fuels and energy transmission.

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Energy efficiency and negative emissions

Using the energy we have more efficiently is at least as important as increasing the supply of fossil-free energy. Uppsala University conducts research on negative emissions as well as on energy efficiency in the built environment and industry.

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Energy transition of society

The transition from fossil energy means a sea change in society. How should we weigh large-scale and small-scale solutions against one another? Flexibility and low costs have to be weighed against considerations of security and autonomy. The need to exploit natural resources for new technologies confronts the need to conserve environments. At Uppsala University, there is a range of research relating to the energy transition in society and associated challenges. Several of the initiatives are collaborative and have an interdisciplinary sustainability perspective.

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Why Uppsala University?

Uppsala University is recognised around the world as a leading, first-class university dedicated to advancing science, higher education and international student mobility.

As one of Sweden’s most internationally prominent institutions of academic education, research and scholarship, Uppsala University’s foremost aim is to safeguard and pursue the open and unbounded quest for knowledge.

If you have what it takes, and you want to be part of our mission, Uppsala should be one of your top choices in Europe.

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Current rankings

#82 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023 (the Shanghai ranking)

#105 - QS World University Ranking 2023

#140 - Times Higher Education 2023

#12 - QS World University Ranking: Sustainability 2024