Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management
Programme syllabus, TVP2M
Decisions and guidelines
According to a decision taken by the Vice Chancellor 2017-06-21, Uppsala University will offer a Master programme 120 credits in Wind Power Project Management.
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.
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
The multidisciplinary programme will provide the student with the knowledge, skills and competence needed for a professional carrier within the renewable energy sector by focusing on the planning, development and management of wind power. The programme educates generalists who can lead the transition to renewable energy production and who can take an energy project from idea to reality. The programme additionally provides the opportunity for in depth studies within the fields of wind power project management, wind energy planning, wind recourse assessment or wind energy technology. The education provided is linked to current research within the subject area. The thesis is to be performed within the same area as that selected for in-depth studies. Graduates of the programme are expected to be able to work nationally and internationally within industry, government and academics.
After completing the programme a student can receive a Master’s degree in Wind Power Project Management. The programme is structured such that the student, after one year of studies, can receive the degree of Master of Science (60 credits) in the same main field.
According to the Higher Education Act, the following applies for second-cycle studies:
Second-cycle studies shall be based fundamentally on the knowledge acquired by students during first-cycle courses and study programmes, or its equivalent.
Second-cycle studies shall involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, aptitudes and accomplishments in relation to first-cycle courses and study programmes, and in addition to the requirements for first-cycle courses and study programmes shall:
- further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge,
- develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
- develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work. Ordinance (2006:173).
Objectives for a Degree of Master (120 credits) according to the Higher Education Ordinance, System of Qualifications.
Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including both broad knowledge in the field and substantially deeper knowledge of certain parts of the field, together with deeper insight into current research and development work; and
- demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge in their main field of study.
Skills and abilities
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
- demonstrate an ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even when limited information is available,
- demonstrate an ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate issues and to plan and, using appropriate methods, carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits, so as to contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work,
- demonstrate an ability to clearly present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing, in national and international contexts, and
- demonstrate the skill required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other advanced contexts.
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
- demonstrate an ability to make assessments in their main field of study, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work,
- demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of science, its role in society and people’s responsibility for how it is used, and
- demonstrate an ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to take responsibility for developing their knowledge.
Within the framework of the objectives set out in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) Appendix 2, the student should have shown, in the area of the programme:
- demonstrate a broad and thorough knowledge within the fields of wind power planning, development and management as well as insight into current research and development work (K)
- suggest and critically evaluate methods wand be able to evaluate results ithin wind power project development and management (K, S, J)
- suggest, concretize and handle specific tools and methods to identify, formulate and analysis issues (S)
- evaluate and apply qualitative and quantitative knowledge of the physical, environmental and societal conditions and limitations for wind power planning, development and management (K,S)
- analysis, evaluate and engage on interdisciplinary issues by applying or linking knowledge within the relevant topic areas (S, J)
- work in, plan and lead projects (S)
- independently be responsible for, and on a scientific basis lead, investigations and inquiries of complicated issues within wind power project management (S)
- perform decision analysis within project development and planning using pertinent scientific, societal and ethical characteristics (S, J)
K stands for Knowledge goal, S for Skills goal and J for Judgement goal.
Layout of the programme
The multidisciplinary programme is arranged thematically with teaching on the topics of planning, development and management of wind power.
The programme's first section is comprised of 75 credits worth of courses. These courses investigate and deal with different perspectives in various subjects relevant to wind power project management.
Wind resource assessment, energy calculations, planning for wind power, project economics, environmental impact, permissions and permitting, acceptance, wind power technology and grid integration and optimization are examples of the key areas that are addressed in the programme.
The programme provides the opportunity for deeper study in one of the following areas:
- Wind power project management
- Wind energy planning
- Wind resource assessment
- Wind energy technology
- Multi Criteria Decision Analysis for Wind Power Development
The paths of wind power project development, wind energy planning and multi criteria decision analysis for wind power development are open for all students within the programme. The wind resource assessment path requires that a student have 15 credits in physics and/or mechanics as well as 30 credits in mathematics - which should provide familiarity with partial differential equations, matrix handling, numerical calculations and statistics. The wind turbine technology path requires a bachelor's degree within electrical or mechanical engineering.
The course content of these study paths is balanced to fit possible postgraduate research as well as careers within industry and government.
The Master’s programme’s teaching builds on the different experiences and knowledge the students bring with them to this multidisciplinary education. Students are expected to take part and be active in the teaching as well as to take responsibility for both their own and their fellow students learning. The programme’s teachers are primarily responsible for creating the conditions for active individual and collective learning. The teaching is shaped and developed continuously through a respectful dialog between teachers and students, where everyone can contribute to the development and mutual learning.
The teaching methods included in the programme include lectures, seminars, roll play, study trips, labs, problem based and case exercises as well as project work. In a project course the students develop and apply a decision strategy with the goal of practicing leadership and communication based on the knowledge gained from previous courses during the programme.
Training in both written and oral communication happens throughout the program to give the future project leaders the communication skills they’ll need to be successful. All teaching during the programme is done in English.
Upon request, a student who has received a pass grade in a course is to receive a course certificate from the higher education institution. Upon request, a student who meets the requirements for a qualification is to receive a diploma from the higher education institution.
A Degree of Master is a so called general degree, which means that the student achieve the degree in its main subject according to the criteria below, regardless of the courses being part of the programme or not, therefore there is a possibility also to include single subject courses in the degree.
Regulations according to Higher Education Ordinance
A Degree of Master (120 credits) is obtained after the student has completed course requirements of 120 higher education credits with a certain area of specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, including at least 60 higher education credits with in-depth studies in the main field of study. In addition, the student must hold a Degree of Bachelor in Technology, Natural or Social Science, a professional degree worth at least 180 higher education credits or an equivalent foreign qualification.
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 30 higher education credits in their main field of study, within the framework of the course requirements. The independent project may comprise less than 30 higher education credits, but not less than 15 higher education credits, if the student has already completed an independent project at the second level worth at least 15 higher education credits in their main field of study, or an equivalent project in a foreign educational programme.
A Degree of Master (60 credits) is obtained after the student has completed course requirements of 60 higher education credits with a certain area of specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, including at least 30 higher education credits with in-depth studies in the main field of study. In addition, the student must hold a Degree of Bachelor in Technology, Natural or Social Science, a professional degree worth at least 180 higher education credits or an equivalent foreign qualification.
For a Degree of Master (60 credits) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 15 higher education credits in their main field of study, within the framework of the course requirements.
A degree of Master (120 credits) may, except for courses on advanced level, contain one or several courses on basic level comprising not more than 30 higher education credits.
A Degree of Master (60 credits) may, except for courses on advanced level, contain one or several courses on basic level comprising not more than 15 higher education credits. The course or the courses are meant to provide such additional competence as is needed for in-depth studies in the main field of study and cannot be included in the student’s basic degree.
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 30 higher education credits.
In order to be admitted to a later part of the programme the student must:
- fulfil the general and specific entry requirements for the programme.
- have 15 credits of courses relevant to the programme, at Master's (advanced) level, in addition to the Bachelor's degree.
- have sufficient prior knowledge to be able to follow the programme at the level at which the student is admitted, which means that the student is able to study at least 15 credits from the programme outline (for the semester to which the student is admitted). The other 15 credits are specified in the individual study plan.
All points above must be satisfied, and the courses completed (modules do not count), at the latest by the deadline for supporting documentation of qualifications (see below). Students can only be admitted to a later part of a programme or a specialisation within a programme if there are available places in the programme in the semester in question.
An individual study plan for the first semester should be established by the programme study counsellor.
For studies starting the autumn semester the application period is 15 March - 15 April. Supporting documentation of qualification for the application may be submitted no later than 1 June (for autumn semester). For studies starting the spring semester the application period is 15 September - 15 October. Supporting documentation of qualification for the application may be submitted not later than 1 December (for spring semester). If the specified dates for the application deadline or completion date fall on a public holiday, the deadline is postponed to the nearest following weekday. After the last application day, it is possible to submit a late application until 1 June (for autumn semester) and 1 December (for spring semester). Late applications will be handled in the order they are received.
If the number of applicants is larger than the number of available places according to the dimensioning applicable, the selection criterion of average grade on prerequisite courses from a higher education institution (courses relevant to the programme) is used.